Incorporated in 1898, Oakley was annexed to the city of Cincinnati in 1913. This well-balanced community nevertheless retains a sense of proud identity. Oakley has managed to remain one of the city’s desirable residential havens because of its unassuming charm, solid character, wonderful shopping, and centralized location. Newcomers will find a good selection of affordable older brick and frame houses. Closer to downtown where Oakley hugs more affluent neighborhoods, many young professionals are buying and renovating well-crafted older homes filled with character and charm. Oakley Square is the center of commerce with its collection of specialty shops, restaurants, and old-fashioned eateries. Residents enjoy easy access to Greater Cincinnati through a convergence of major highways that make Oakley a major transportation hub.