The City of Belpre, located along the Ohio River, was established in 1789 by members of the Ohio Company.
Just like across the river in West Virginia, Revolutionary War veterans received land as payment for service. The location, earlier surveyed as “Belle-Prairie,” French for beautiful meadow, became the settlement of Belpre.
Farming became the main means of livelihood here and some continues in Washington County today providing area fresh produce in local markets.
The river was the source of transportation for early settlers and was the attraction to the chemical industry which brought Shell Chemical, now Kraton Polymers Company here providing good jobs to area residents.
Today, the river offers the backdrop for festivals and the annual August homecoming, and opportunities for recreation.
The view of Blennerhassett Island from Hardees is the one we choose to show newcomers as we tell them the magical story of the island’s history.
Beautiful Civitan Park provides river access, walking tours, a place for a picnic lunch and especially a great place to attend free concerts at the bandstand on a warm Summer evening.
Local residents enjoy the construction of Route 50, the Blennerhassett Ohio River Bridge and its opportunity for growth and economic development.
The census of 2010 determined there were 6441 people, 3053 households, and 1788 families residing in the city.
There were 87 houses sold in Belpre in 2015 with an median sales price of $125,000, an average days on the market of 68; and an average sales price of $134,345..
Many of Belpre’s homes are ranches taking advantage of the level topography.
Some newer housing, duplex ranch condos units for 55 & up active adults have sold on Oaktree Lane beginning at $154,900 and up.
Brentwood Subdivision and its surrounding streets has been a desirable neighborhood featuring different styles on an attractive street.
Many lovely homes were built around the Oxbow Golf Course..
The upscale neighborhood of Boulevard Sands is Belpre’s newest subdivision with modern styles of open floor plans in the $200,000-$300,000 range.