LIVING IN CLEVELAND
LIVING IN CLEVELAND
Did you know that, on average, the cost of living in Northeast Ohio is up to 10 percent lower than the rest of the nation? If you’re considering moving here, use this cost of living calculator to see how affordable—and enjoyable—life in our region can be.
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, downtowncleveland.com
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, littleitalycleveland.com
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, detroitshoreway.org
Ohio City, Incorporated, 216-781-3222, ohiocity.org
Tremont West Development Corporation, 216-575-0920, tremontwest.org
Located in Cuyahoga County, Newburgh Heights is a small community with a population just over 2,000. It has been its own village since 1904, when the population was around only 400. Residents can enjoy the intimate community experience while remaining only twelve minutes from downtown Cleveland, still affording them access to the big city life. Newburgh Heights also offers student loan debt relief to homebuyers with an incentive of the lesser of ½ the homebuyer’s student loan debt total or $50,000, which vests over time.
Residents of Newburgh Heights enjoy access to the Ohio & Erie Canal, as well as Washington Reservation (which includes a 9-hole, par 29 golf course), among other attractions popular with locals and visitors alike.
For more information: Village of Newburgh Heights, 216.641.4650, newburghheightsohio.weebly.com
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, livemusic spots, the Cleveland Institute of Art and its Cinematheque theater and Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
For more information: University Circle, 216.791.3900, universitycircle.org
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, cityofbayvillage.com
With a population just over 19,000, Brook Park is a city with plenty to offer its residents, from recreation options and parks to restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The city is known for being community-oriented and often offers fun, family-friendly events.
For more information: City of Brook Park, 216.433.1300, cityofbrookpark.com
The small town environment in Fairview Park creates a real sense of community among residents. As the city explains on its website, many of the residents of Fairview Park have always lived in the city, or they grew up in Fairview Park and returned later in life—this type of community creates a feeling of home and belonging, even for newcomers!
Fairview Park has an array of housing options, including starter bungalows, Cape Cods and colonials, and it’s clear to anyone passing through that the mark of Fairview Park is well-maintained homes in beautiful neighborhoods.
For more information: City of Fairview Park, 440.333.2200, fairviewpark.org/community
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, onelakewood.com
North Olmsted is known for its familyfriendly atmosphere with great education offerings. As a community, it boasts plenty to do, including access to Cleveland Metroparks, multiple golf courses, Great Northern Mall, a variety of dining options and more. The area is thriving and growing economically.
For more information: City of North Olmsted, 440.777.8000, north-olmsted.com
Located in Lorain County, the city of North Ridgeville has a growing population of over 33,000. When coming to North Ridgeville, whether you’re visiting or settling as a resident or business owner, expect a warm, neighborly welcome. There’s plenty to do to stay entertained. Make it a movie night at Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre, enjoy the great outdoors at Sandy Ridge Reservation and visit local shops like Blue Barn Shops or Hatchery Antique Mall or take in a performance at the historic Olde Towne Hall Theatre.
The city is also conveniently located near the airport and only thirty minutes from downtown Cleveland. Dubbed among the “Best Places to Live in the Cleveland Area” by Cleveland Magazine,
consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in Ohio and a leader in Northeast Ohio for new home construction in recent years by the Home Builders Association, North Ridgeville is an excellent place to work and make a home.
For more information: City of North Ridgeville, 440.353.0819, nridgeville.org
Olmsted Falls is where small town meets big city. Residents have the best of both worlds as they enjoy small town life but are never lacking in entertainment, located half an hour from downtown Cleveland. Olmsted Falls is the perfect place for families, ranked the third safest city in Ohio, and in close proximity to top hospitals and universities.
Want a night out close to home? Enjoy American, French, Italian or Mexican cuisine at restaurant options like The Olde Wine Cellar, Matteo’s Casual Italian and Bistro du Beaujolais, part of the expanding dining scene of Olmsted Falls. Visit Grand Pacific Junction Historic Shopping District, more than thirty shops and services in restored historic buildings. Here, find establishments such as Clementine’s Tea Room, The Pink Bicycle Boutique, Timeless Treasures at The Falls and Crooked River Sporting Goods.
Those who live in Olmsted Falls know what a gem they’ve discovered, but they also readily embrace people looking to make the city their new home.
For more information: City of Olmsted Falls, 440.235.5550, olmstedfalls.org
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, cityofparma-oh.gov
This waterfront community is full of shopping and dining options, paired with plenty of outdoor adventures. Rocky River was ranked the number one Cleveland suburb by Cleveland Magazine in 2018, taking into account such factors as education, number of home sales, environmental infractions and roads with sidewalks.
For more information: City of Rocky River, 440.331.0600, rrcity.com
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, cityofwestlake.org
The city of Berea is well known for being the home of the training center for the Browns, as well as Baldwin Wallace University. However, it’s also a historic community that’s home to just under 20,000 people, just 12 miles south of Cleveland and two miles south of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Homes in Berea range from modest, cozy bungalows to recently custom-built executive-style houses, as well as century-style homes and rental options.
For more information: City of Berea, 440.826.5800, cityofberea.org
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. Those looking to rent will find some condos and apartments in Brecksville, 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, brecksville.oh.us
Residents of Cuyahoga Heights have access to many amenities, including sports programs for kids, weekly trash and recycling services, as well as pick-up of large items and appliances, sewer bills paid for residents, smoke alarms and batteries provided once a year to residents and more. Residents ages 60 and older also receive grass cutting and snow plowing services, a weekly bus service for grocery shopping and a yearly wellness visit clinic.
For more information: Village of Cuyahoga Heights, 216.641.7020, cuyahogaheights.com
With a population of just over 7,000, Independence is a small community with plenty to offer in terms of education, community involvement and business opportunities. It’s an ideal location for families, as the Independence School District received an “A” rating from the State of Ohio and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Independence is also the home of the Cavaliers training facility.
For more information: City of Independence, 216.524.4131, independenceohio.org
“A City for All Seasons,” Middleburg Heights is a landing place for people of all stages of life. Housing options come in a wide range of prices and styles, and access to plenty to do means there’s something to occupy everyone. The Community Center is award winning, and residents have easy access to nearby Metroparks, including Lake Isaac recreation area and Big Creek Parkway. Middleburg Heights is only three miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and is also nearby I-71, I-480 and I-80. Several hotels and restaurants are located at that I-71/Bagley Road interchange, and shopping is available at the Southland Shopping Center and along Pearl and Bagley Roads.
For more information: City of Middleburg Heights, 440.234.8811, middleburgheights.com
Fifteen miles south of Downtown Cleveland, North Royalton is a vibrant community in which to live and work. The population is about 32,500, and major highways include I-77, three miles east, and I-71, three miles west.
Nine percent of the area of North Royalton is made up of parks, which consists of Metroparks, a skate park, two basketball courts, three tennis courts, five soccer fields and nine baseball fields. North Royalton also features a new YMCA and new branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
For more information: City of North Royalton, 440.237.5686, northroyalton.org
Once a stop in 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, strongsville.org
Known as “The Small Community Under the Big Bridge,” Valley View is a lively village with a rich history. Residents enjoy plenty of access to nature with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Just 10 miles southeast of Cleveland, this small community has close access to the features of a bigger city life. Valley View is also part of the award-winning Cuyahoga Heights School District.
For more information: Village of Valley View, 216.524.6511, valleyview.net
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, beachwoodohio.com
Bentleyville is a village of under 1,000 people. This small community has a suburban feel, as most residents own their homes. Bentleyville is served by Chagrin Falls public schools, which are highly rated.
For more information: Village of Bentleyville, 440.247.5055, villageofbentleyville.com/notices-for-residents
Bratenahl is a community with many retirees and is rated as one of the Best Places to Retire in America. The population is just over 1,000.
For more information: Village of Bratenahl, 216.681.4266, bratenahl.org
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, chagrin-falls.org
The city of Cleveland Heights is known for its diversity, from race to age to income to experiences and ways of thinking; Cleveland Heights is a beautiful representation of the melting pot of Cleveland. Residents of Cleveland Heights love living there for a number of reasons. First, Cleveland Heights is very walkable and there is plenty to do. Commercial districts here consist of mostly small and independently owned businesses. Residents are never hard-pressed to find a variety of cuisines to choose from, and shops, as well as theater and entertainment venues, are easy to come by as well.
Cleveland Heights is also much loved for its charming neighborhoods with treelined streets. Large homes here come at an affordable price, as do rental options in a wide range of choices.
For more information: City of Cleveland Heights, 216.291.4444, clevelandheights.com
Gates Mills, noticeable for its Western Reserve architecture, was number 15 on Niche’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Cleveland Area, due to housing options, the public schools, safety and low crime. Gates Mills is a more rural area in Cuyahoga County, and many retirees call the village their home. Gates Mills is also notable for its traditional Christmas Eve Bonfire, when villagers gather around at the Polo Field waiting for Santa’s arrival, enjoying community, as well as hot cider, hot chocolate, hot dogs and doughnuts.
For more information: Village of Gates Mills, 440.423.4405, gatesmillsvillage.com
Highland Heights, “The City with Pride and Promise,” is a close-knit and safe community to work in and raise a family that is conveniently located. The police department has been nationally recognized
since 2010 by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Its public school system, Mayfield School System, has been consistently ranked as Excellent and Excellent with Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education and as one of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report, among other distinctions.
For more information: City of Highland Heights, 440.461.2440, highlandhts.com
Hunting Valley is a picturesque suburb that has maintained its natural beauty over time. According to the village’s website, “It has been populated by many of Cleveland's prominent families, who have developed country estates in this picturesque landscape.” For lovers of the outdoors, Hunting Valley has hiking trails and bridal paths, as well as polo fields and nearby parks.
For more information: Village of Hunting Valley, 440.247.6106, huntingvalley.net
This city is bustling with activity and opportunity! Mayfield Heights has a range of housing options for many types of potential homeowners. Residents have a wide selection of restaurants, grocery stores
and specialty markets, a nationally ranked hospital and a top-rated school system all easily available to them. The city also has two parks and plenty of shopping options.
For more information: City of Mayfield Heights, 440.442.2626, mayfieldheights.org
The Village of Moreland Hills is somewhat rural, with charming homes, both new and old. Moreland Hills is served by Chagrin Falls and Orange City schools, two of the highest-rated schools in the Cleveland area. Niche named Moreland Hills the second best Cleveland suburb in which to raise a family.
For more information: Village of Moreland Hills, 440.248.1188, morelandhills.com
Orange Village, “A Community for All Generations,” is a beautiful community of about 3,300 people. One recent development drawing visitors to Orange is Pinecrest, a new shopping center in Orange featuring several firsts for the area, including Shake Shack, Warby Parker and Silverspot Cinema.
This affluent suburb has been around since 1928 and is 15 miles from Cleveland. Orange City School District is award winning, and the community has a reputation for being both quiet and up and coming.
For more information: Orange Village, 440.498.4400, orangevillage.com
Pepper Pike is a pleasant, easy-going city with plenty of space and a warm community that often hosts events like summer concerts by its community band, ice cream socials, clambakes and outdoor movies. Homes range from homes on large stretches of land to beautiful townhouses.
For more information: City of Pepper Pike, 216.831.8500, pepperpike.org
Richmond Heights is a vibrant city with many parks and is centrally located with easy access to several nearby communities and their amenities. According to Niche, Richmond Heights is the eighth Most Diverse Suburb in Ohio, as well as one of the Best Places to Retire in Ohio.
For more information: City of Richmond Heights, 216.486.2474, richmondheightsohio.org
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, shakeronline.com
In 2013, Solon was named the Best Place to Raise Kids by Businessweek. It has also been selected as the Number Two Suburb in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine, as well as the Third Best Small Town in America. The school system is top notch and was named the Number One Public School District in America in 2018 by Niche.
Solon is home to large companies such as Nestle and Swagelok, providing many employment opportunities. A wide selection of restaurants, parks and shopping means there is no shortage of things to do in Solon.
For more information: City of Solon, 440.248.1155, solonohio.org
University Heights, dubbed the City of Beautiful Homes, offers a substantial history and number of museums to take in. Homes in University Heights are mostly pre-war colonials and neocolonials showcasing
brick and sandstone exteriors, with some midcentury modern homes as well. University Heights is known for its walkability. It is also home to John Carroll University, a private, Jesuit Catholic university, one of 28 in the United States.
For more information: University Heights, 216.932.7800, universityheights.com
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