Revving Up for CliftonFest!

During my daily stroll, I happened upon some folks who were decorating the streetlights on Ludlow Avenue, which was something that begged documentation. At 8pm all of the light sculptures are going to light up, and tomorrow night CliftonFest begins. Gaslight Property is once again a proud sponsor of CliftonFest, which is one of many reasons the Gaslight District is a great place to live!

Gaslight Property A Star Sponsor of the 2016 Northside Rock ‘N’ Roll Carnival

Northside Rock N Roll Carnival 2016Gaslight Property is proud to be a Star Sponsor of the 2016 Northside Rock ’N’ Roll Carnival, an event that starts today (Friday, July 1) and lasts through July 4. Free for all ages, the carnival includes sword swallowers, jugglers, magicians, a bed of nails, and dozens of bands, all at Hoffner Park. The music starts at 6pm tonight and continue until late in the evening on July 4. For more information on the event, here’s a link to its Facebook page. Long a sponsor of the carnival, Gaslight Property salutes the wackiness and craziness of this event, the legendary Northside parade, and Northside in general—and we’d like to remind folks that our own Spyglass Apartments are located in Northside, on a top of a private hill, within a mile of Northside’s Hamilton Avenue business district. Here’s a video of the Spyglass Apartments, call our office at 513.861.6000 if you’d like to learn more about these apartments or any others that we have all over Greater Cincinnati.

Gaslight Property Wins Uptown Business Award

Uptown Consortium Award photoThe last two weeks have been great ones for Gaslight Property. Last week marked the 25th Anniversary of the company, and this week, at Cincinnati Uptown Consortium’s Fifth Annual Business Awards, Gaslight Property won the Award of Excellence for Large Business. In the photo on the left, that’s Dave Taylor, CEO of Gaslight Property, flanked by University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, Ph.D. and Beth Robinson, CEO and president of Uptown Consortium. You don’t win an award like that just for being a business; you win it for making a commitment to the community and making positive changes. Gaslight Property is a family-owned business with deep roots in the Clifton community, and they have a brick-and-mortar office in the heart of the Gaslight District, at 311 Howell Avenue. Also, Gaslight Property helped facilitate the Clifton Natural Foods move to Ludlow Avenue and the opening of Petey’s Pet Stop, Gaslight Gourmet Cookies, and others. And best of all, Gaslight Property has brought new construction to the Gaslight District, with The Whitfield, which offers “modern, luxury apartment living.” Apartments have already rented, but there are still some units available. To find out more about these or any other Gaslight Property apartments, call 513.861.6000.

Come to Global Water Dance on June 20 (It’s Free!)

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THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS – NOW WORD YET ON THE NEW DATE

On June 20, 2015 at 11am a free performance that features live music and dance while celebrating and raising consciousness about water will take place at Serpentine Wall at the Ohio River. The event, Global Water Dance, is one of 70 such performances occurring on six continents on the same day. Global Water Dance has been here before—it’s a biennial event—and, having witnessed a previous performance, I can testify that it promises a vibrant, colorful, spiritual, and powerful blend of music and dance that is lyrical (with a great and soulful ensemble of singers) but also has a strong world beat element, with a killer percussion section. What makes the event even more colorful will be the hundreds of Paddlefest kayakers who will be watching from the river.

This free event is a peaceful way to spend a Saturday morning; it also happens to raise awareness of the critical need for safe, clean, accessible water to sustain all beings on the planet. The choreography for the event is led by Fanchon Shur, an Ohio Governor’s Woman of the Year; the original music was penned by Event Director Shari Lauter, MEd. The Cincinnati dance also features over 60 yards of hand-painted silk oceanscapes painted by Shari.

The performance will be webstreamed live; visit globalwaterdances.org for the live broadcast link. For more information, you can visit and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalWaterDancesCincinnati or contact Shari Lauter at maestrashari@gmail.com, or teamgwdcincy@gmail.com.This video gives a taste of the event:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incline Ridge Apartments Are Ready To Rent!

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Gaslight Property is excited about the Incline Ridge Apartments now available for rent. These two-bedroom apartments are located at 2361 – 2377 Maryland Avenue in the historic Incline District in East Price Hill. The location is fabulous – a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown – and it just got better. Recently construction wrapped up on Route 50, and the distance to downtown is a mere two miles. You can drive to and from work downtown in under five minutes, which means enjoying all the benefits of downtown without having to deal with the hassles and expense of parking if you lived there (parking is free at the Incline Ridge), plus (unlike downtown) the rent’s quite modest (695 – 795 a month).

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These two-bedroom apartments brand new, stylish, stainless appliances, and they feature long balconies — long enough to link the master bedroom and the living room — and those balconies offer a fabulous view. In fact, the view competes with any in Price Hill or for that matter the whole city. Incline Ridge Apartments are also close the Incline Public House and other spots in Price Hill that are themselves destination spots.

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If you have any interest in finding out more about these or any of the other apartments Gaslight Property has to offer, call us at 513.861.6000. Our agents would love to tell you more about these apartments!

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Really it’s “the best of both worlds,” as the apartments are on a peaceful and quiet street on the edge of East Price Hill at the same time that they’re close to downtown and Northern Kentucky.

Fries Cafe Is Back!

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Last Night at the Taft

Height-heightening hairstyles notwithstanding, she's the tallest of 'em all.
Height-heightening hairstyles notwithstanding, Holly Williams is the tallest of ’em all.

Often at concerts the venue is mostly empty when the opening act begins and what crowd there is seems disinterested. At the Taft Theatre last night, however, most everyone who was coming had taken their seats by the time Holly Williams walked out on stage—and the opening chords of her first song, “Drinkin’,” brought cheers of recognition.

Armed only with her acoustic guitar, another acoustic, and an upright bass (that and the voices of the people playing), Holly delivered a strong eight-song set that confirmed her reputation as a refreshingly unvarnished and unaffected country singer boasting a rich, soulful voice that’s equal parts painful and sensual and that exudes a “been-there” quality. She knows how to write songs—“Drinkin’,” “Railroads,” “The Highway,” and “Waiting on June” were definite highlights—and she also knows how to sing John Prine, as the sole cover of the night made clear. Another thing you don’t associate with opening acts—good clean sound—helped ensure that this was an opening act people would remember. Incidentally, Holly is the granddaughter of Hank Williams, daughter of Hank Jr., and half-sister to Hank III. We call that “lineage” back where I come from.

The headliner was Jason Isbell, who I had seen recently on Austin City Limits.  His latest record, Southeastern, is a more subdued affair than some previous efforts, and, rightly or wrongly, his performance on the television show seemed flat to me. Last night at the Taft I got it, though. It helped that the sound was fantastic—the best I’ve heard at the Taft. Sitting there 13th row dead center, I was so impressed that I ended up complimenting the sound man on the way out. The mix brought out the subtleties as well the dynamics of a band that was locked in from the first note. Aside from the drummer, everyone stood even with Jason (as opposed to the norm, where everyone’s behind the lead singer), which seemed to suggest that this was a band as opposed to a solo artist backed by accompanying musicians. Drummer Chad Gamble killed it, btw—laying a rock-solid foundation but never resembling a metronome, which can make for a long night of listening. This was a Monday night and the day after the Super Bowl, but plenty of beer and mixed drunks were sold and consumed by a crowd that between songs wished Jason happy birthday so many times the show began to feel like a birthday party.

I filmed Holly Williams singing John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery,” and here ‘s the video. (Please note that the music doesn’t start until about 1:20 in, so I recommend jumping there right off the bat.) 

 

Gaslight Property Wins The “Best of UC” Poll

Gaslight LogoLast week we were excited to learn that Gaslight Property won the 2014 UC News Record’s “Best of UC” poll for Best Rental Property. Thanks to everyone who voted for us! There’s a reason we deserved to win – or several reasons, actually:

  • Classic Spaces: Like most cities, Cincinnati has its share of prefab apartment complexes, but Gaslight Property rents apartments with history and character.
  • Experience: Gaslight Property is a family-owned business that’s been part of Clifton for decades.
  • Accessibility: Gaslight Property’s  office is in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight District, so it’s within walking distance (or a very short drive) for many of their tenants.
  • Location: Most of Gaslight Property’s rentals are located in or near “The Uptown Area,” known for world-class education and healthcare. Within minutes you’ll find University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State, Hebrew Union College, University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. You’ll find many of of Gaslight Property’s places are pet-friendly, within walking distance of unique shops, locally-owned cafes, an independent theater, and scenic parks. Most also have close access to public transportation.

This came at a time when Gaslight Property is extremely busy preparing for the upcoming school year. We encourage anyone who is looking for a house or an apartment to rent to call us at 513.861.6000, so the best rental property in the area can find an apartment that suits your needs!

Visit Us at the UC-Rutgers Game Saturday!

UC Bearcats BasketballAlong with thousands of UC fans, Gaslight Property will attend the UC-Rutgers division game Saturday. The game starts at 6pm. Come visit our booth, where, along with grabbing free basketball schedule magnets and koozies, you can enter a contest to win two free floor tickets to the UC – UConn game on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7pm, a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN. This promotion is a reminder that Gaslight Property stays busy all year. Along with showing a list of apartments (with photos) ready to rent for next school year, we’ll hand out coupons offering discounts on security deposits. It’s our way of showing support for the team and UC fans and students. If you can’t attend the game, just call a representative at 513.861.6000 to learn about rental opportunities.

Vote for Gaslight Property!

Gaslight PropertyThe News Record is running their annual “Best of UC” poll as we speak, and guess what? One of the categories is Best Rental Property, and the best one on the list is Gaslight Property. All you have to do to vote for Gaslight Property is go to www.newsrecord.org/bestofuc/ and then scroll down until you see Best Rental Property – and then cast your vote for Gaslight Property. Why do we think Gaslight Property is the best rental property? Here are some reasons:

  • Classic Spaces: Like most cities, Cincinnati has its share of prefab apartment complexes, but Gaslight Property rents apartments with history and character.
  • Experience: Gaslight Property is a family-owned business that’s been part of Clifton for decades.
  • Accessibility: While some landlords seem in absentia, Gaslight Property’s  office is in the heart of Clifton’s Gaslight District, within walking distance (or a very short drive) for many of their tenants.
  • Location: Most of Gaslight Property’s rentals are located in or near “The Uptown Area,” known for world-class education and healthcare. Within minutes you’ll find University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Cincinnati State, Hebrew Union College, University Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital. You’ll find many of of Gaslight Property’s places are pet-friendly, within walking distance of unique shops, locally-owned cafes, an independent theater, and scenic parks. Most also have close access to public transportation.