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From modern apartments in the city’s downtown district to lakefront property in the western suburbs, historical homes in the eastern suburbs and a variety of attractive homes south of the city along the I-77 corridor, Greater Cleveland provides options for all tastes and budgets.

For the ultimate in urban living, Downtown Cleveland offers loft-style apartments and condominiums in some of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, including East 4th Street, The Warehouse District on West 6th and the East Bank of The Flats along the Cuyahoga River.

For more information: Downtown Cleveland Alliance, 216-736-7799,

Five miles east of Downtown is University Circle, a flourishing arts and entertainment district that’s part of Cleveland’s cultural mecca, including world-class museums and Severance Hall, where the Cleveland Orchestra performs. The University Circle neighborhood is home to modern apartments and condominiums interspersed among trendy eateries, live-music spots, the Cleveland Institute of Art and its Cinemateque theater and Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

For more information: University Circle 216-791-3900,

Close to University Circle is Little Italy, one of Cleveland’s most charming neighborhoods. About 8,700 residents call Little Italy home and about three-quarters of the houses are rentals. Higher-end new construction includes the Villa Carabelli condo development at the top end of Mayfield Road and the Random Road Lofts. You’ll also find well-maintained mid-19th century single-family homes. And of course, Little Italy is home to some of Cleveland’s finest Italian restaurants.

For more information: Little Italy Cleveland, 216-421-2995,

Just to the west of Cleveland are three historic neighborhoods worth noting: Detroit-Shoreway, Ohio City and Tremont. Each of these neighborhoods is experiencing an eye-catching transformation.
Housing in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, situated a couple of miles west of Downtown along the North Coast, ranges from mid-19th century single-family homes to modern townhouses and condominiums.

Just south of Cleveland and to the west of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood is Ohio City, located in the W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue area. This is one of the oldest (est. 1826) yet trendiest Cleveland neighborhoods. Marked by a blend of historic and modern housing, you can own, rent and build here in what is the center of the city, near West Side.

Just southeast of Ohio City is Tremont, one of the city’s most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. Tremont offers a range of rentals, including loft-style apartments, renovated houses and modern townhomes for sale.

For more information:
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, 216-961-4242,
Ohio City, Incorporated, 216-781-3222,
Tremont West Development Corporation, 216-575-0920,


Cleveland’s second-largest suburb (Parma, to the south, is the biggest), is home to nearly 60,000 residents and dozens of restaurants, churches, parks, art galleries and shops. Its housing options range from high-rise apartment and condo buildings on Cleveland’s “Gold Coast” to single-family homes and doubles. Located along Lake Erie, Lakewood is one of the area’s most walkable suburbs, and its network of RTA bus stops and a nearby rapid (electric train) station make it easy to get downtown and to points east, west and south.

Lakewood is one of the area’s most diverse communities, comprised of families with small children, young professionals, singles and retirees alike calling it home.

Lakewood borders the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Housing options range from high-end lakefront homes, condos and apartments, to affordable one- and two-family homes on small lots in charming neighborhoods, and apartments situated near bus stops for mobility.

For more information: City of Lakewood, 216-521-7580,

A few miles west of Lakewood and 12 miles west of Downtown Cleveland is the picturesque and affluent lakeside suburb of Bay Village. This bedroom community consists primarily of large single-family homes and limited commercial development. As a result, property taxes tend to be relatively high, but the beautiful homes and proximity to the lake make this a favorite location among business executives, professional athletes, and medical professionals.

One of the area’s nicest lakefront parks — the Cleveland Metroparks system’s Huntington Reservation and Beach — is in Bay Village. Residents can also enjoy the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center.

For more information: City of Bay Village, 440-871-2200,

Cleveland’s largest suburb is about 10 miles from Downtown and home to more than 80,000 residents, including significant percentages of Polish, German and Italian residents. It is named for Parma, Italy, and its residents are Parmesans (truly). Parmesans enjoy ethnic delicacies at the city’s restaurants and bars, and West Creek Reservation, a part of the Cleveland Metroparks that features upland and wetland landscapes, trails, picnic areas and Watershed Stewardship Center, a “living laboratory” dedicated to storm water and pollution control.

Parma is an especially attractive market for buyers interested in bungalow, Cape Cod or ranch-style homes.

For more information: City of Parma, 440-885-8000,

Homebuyers in the affluent suburb of Westlake have their pick of a wide variety of housing options: modern condos, historic cottages, classic colonials and craftsman-style homes with impressive features. Big city energy meets small town charm at Crocker Park, one of the most exciting developments of its kind, offering extraordinary shopping and dining, as well as relaxing green spaces, luxury apartments and office space.

For more information: City of Westlake, 440-871-3300,

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts should take a close look at Brecksville, about 20 miles from Downtown Cleveland. The 3,000-acre Brecksville Reservation, a part of the Cleveland Metroparks system, offers a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Homebuyers will find Tudor, colonial and craftsman-style houses on spacious lots, most (about 70 percent) built after 1990. There are some condos and apartments, but most units are houses. Centrally located between Cleveland and Akron, Brecksville offers residents easy access to I-77.

For more information: City of Brecksville, 440-526-4351,


Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, Strongsville is a great place to live and work for many reasons: distinctive neighborhoods, ample shopping, 2,400 acres of green space, a covered bridge, a clock tower at the city commons, a water tower painted by Ziggy comic-strip creator and Cleveland native Tom Wilson, and a robust business community and educational system.

The Mill Stream Reservation, part of the Metroparks system, runs through Strongsville, and offers hiking trails and picnic areas. The Chalet, with its twin toboggan chutes, is a favorite attraction for winter thrills.
Homes in Strongsville are recognized for their excellence and appreciating property values.

For more information: City of Strongsville 440-580-3100,

For those who appreciate proximity to the city’s cultural attractions at University Circle and Playhouse Square, the main campuses of Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University, one of the city’s older inner-ring suburbs — Shaker Heights — is an attractive choice.

Housing in this culturally and racially diverse community represents a mix of architectural styles, including Tudor, Victorian, French chateau and colonial, to name a few, and includes some newer condo developments. A pair of light-rail rapid transit lines connect Shaker to Downtown Cleveland.

For more information: City of Shaker Heights, 216-491-1400,

Just a couple miles east of Shaker Heights is Beachwood, known for its modern, upscale homes, condos and apartments; easy access to the area’s major thoroughfares, I-90, I-271 and I-480; beautiful parks that include one of the area’s nicest public pools; and its own world-class museum: the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Plus, Beachwood is home to Eaton Corporation’s Eaton Center and University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.

For more information: City of Beachwood, 216-464-1070,

About 20 miles east of Downtown Cleveland, the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls is home to one of the area’s most scenic waterfalls. Its quaint downtown, and New England-influenced architecture make it popular for casual strolls and shopping. Main Street divides the natural and the man-made falls (the calm side), where a river-walk park runs along the side of the river (you can relax on benches and feed the ducks!). On the natural falls side, a steep set of stairs offers access to an extraordinary view. Downtown Chagrin Falls features a gazebo for community events and band concerts, popular restaurants and specialty shops and galleries.

Homes in Chagrin Falls range in style from Greek Revival and Italianate architecture of the 1870s, to Queen Anne homes of the 1890s, to the practical bungalows of the 20th century, creating beautiful neighborhoods.

For more information: Village of Chagrin Falls, 440-247-5050,

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