Mayor A PERSONAL MESSAGE

Mayor Stefan Densmore

Hi. My name is Stefan Densmore. I’m the Mayor in the Village of Golf Manor. At the time of writing this, I’ve lived in the village for 13 years. I was initially attracted to Golf Manor by its tree lined streets and central location to all the major amenities of Cincinnati. 

Golf Manor is a “first suburb”, centrally located between I71 and I75, approximately one mile from Montgomery road to our East, and one mile from Reading Road to our West. Our northern border is with Amberley Village, and our southern border is with the City of Cincinnati.  

I purchased property here in the village two months before getting married, as a place to make a home for my wife and our future children. My wife and I now have six children, all born during our time here in the village! I find the Village of Golf Manor a great place to call home. 

There is a rich diversity of housing options in the village, including single family homes, duplexes and apartments. Many of the homes were built in the 1940s and 50s, though several date back to the 1800s– and new development is occurring throughout the village. The village provides a wide range of housing options, in size, style, and price, and most of our single family homes are affordable to first-time home buyers. 

The village takes its name from the surrounding golf course of our neighboring Losantiville Country Club. Our local public school is Pleasant Ridge Montessori, and we are fortunate to have several private schools and daycares –both secular and nonsecular– within our village. 

Perhaps our greatest asset is the rich diversity of people we have living in the village. My personal professional background is in community service and social work, so I make a mindful effort in my role as mayor to make the community inclusive and supportive of all individuals and families. Regardless of how you define family, or your social/cultural or economic circumstance, your voice matters and you are welcomed and valued in our village.

We have a strong Orthodox community of the Jewish faith, including one of the oldest orthodox synagogues in Cincinnati, an internationally renowned rabbinical seminary, as well as the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School, and two boarding schools. We have Catholic parishes located at Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill, Church of the Nativity in Pleasant Ridge, and Holy Trinity in Norwood– all within a mile of the village. Other churches within a mile’s reach include Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian, All Saints Episcopal, Turning Point, and New Beginnings, among many others.

Unity isn’t something that always comes naturally with diversity. It takes persistent effort, nurturing and protection, which is something we specifically celebrate in our annual 4th of July and Juneteenth community celebrations in the park. 

The services offered by the village include our own police department, which affords community peace keeping in a manner that is becoming less common in our country. Our peace officers know our residents and walk our streets day and night. They will check on your property while you are out of town, and toss a football with you and your kids in the park. When I first moved to Golf Manor, before I had children of my own, I noticed these beautiful interactions of our police with the neighborhood kids. It is quite the contrast to the horror stories you hear in the national news media about other communities. Our peace officers are exemplars of the oath of selfless service, and train officers from other police departments throughout the tristate area.

We hope you’ll join our community. We have vibrant walking paths, residential speed bumps, tree lined streets, community gardens, and community celebrations in our parks. The Village of Golf Manor is a place for children and seniors alike to have safe, walkable streets and events for continued connection to the community and its celebration.

If you would like to learn more, you can follow activities on our village website, our village app, or on my Mayor’s Blog. I additionally host “Coffee with the Mayor”, available to anyone interested, to schedule and meet with me to discuss one-on-one any ideas or concerns you have about the Village, and its future. If you are a current resident, wishing to become more involved, or have an idea or question, please don’t hesitate to schedule with me, at s.densmore@golfmanoroh.gov. If you are not a resident, but curious about making Golf Manor your home, please reach out as well. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. We’d love for you to join us!

Stefan Densmore, Mayor, Village of Golf Manor


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