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Welcome to Cleveland, the best location in the nation. Did you know that Cleveland is within a day's drive of 50 percent of the population of both the United States and Canada?
Its strategic location on the Great Lakes, between Pittsburgh and Detroit allowed Cleveland to develop into a manufacturing center. These cities provided great opportunities for jobs and homeownership for many different people seeking a better life. Cleveland’s still reaping the benefits as a rich multicultural community.
Cleveland is connecting the dots – affordable housing, rich culture, diverse economy, community pride, and a highly skilled workforce – making it a great place to set down roots.
In 1682, King Charles II of England gave up a large portion of land west of Pennsylvania to Connecticut. General Moses Cleaveland, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a shareholder in the Connecticut Land Company, the owner of this land, set out to survey the area for possible development. Prior to Cleaveland arriving in the area, most of what is now Ohio was home to several Native American tribes. In 1796, Cleaveland landed on the shores of Lake Erie near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, where he carved out a small village, named it for himself, and proceeded to return to Connecticut. The city’s name was eventually changed, dropping the “a'' from General Cleaveland’s name The village took some time growing but eventually became a thriving commercial center with the digging of the Erie Canal, linking Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Cleveland is now a thriving metropolitan area home to a melting pot of cultures.
Things to do in Cleveland
Things to do in Cleveland
Spend an afternoon or evening exploring some of Cleveland’s vibrant neighborhoods. You just might find your next house. Cleveland, OH has many neighborhoods to choose from; here are a few to consider:
Traverse the Towpath
Tremont is the only Cleveland neighborhood located directly on the Towpath, a 101-mile all-purpose trail that connects downtown Cleveland with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
While you enjoy a nice ride, you’ll be charmed by the Victorian houses and Craftsman-style bungalows intermixed with contemporary new construction with the backdrop of Cleveland’s stunning skyline.
After biking, wander around the neighborhood, grab breakfast at Lucky's and browse some quaint boutiques. If you’re into movie trivia, visit the neighborhood landmarks – St.Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which was prominently featured in the movie, The Deer Hunter, and the house that inspired the movie A Christmas Story.
Visit Old Brooklyn
Hidden amongst the modest colonials and brick bungalows of Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood sits the most famous residence of Old Brooklyn, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
With easy access to downtown, Tremont, and Ohio City, this affordable enclave is a great community for young families. In the summer months, check out Jack Frost Donuts and Memphis Kiddie Park, a Cleveland institution that provides pint-size amusement park rides for the tiny thrill-seekers.
Head to the Beach
Edgewater Park is a highly desirable area because of its proximity to the beach, restaurants, and parks. It has a suburban feel and is very kid-friendly with walkable neighborhoods. During the summer months enjoy concerts, picnics, and family gatherings at the 147 acres of the Edgewater Metropark.
The Terminal Tower
The Terminal Tower, completed in 1927, majestically stands 52 stories above Public Square in downtown Cleveland. One of the most recognizable landmarks in Cleveland, the Terminal Tower is now a multi-use building home to retail, commercial, and residential occupants.
The West Side Market
Built more than a century ago, the West Side Market is a Cleveland icon; it's both a travel destination and a neighborhood market for nearby residents of the Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods. The market is home to more than 100 locally owned independent businesses selling fresh meats, cheeses, poultry, seafood, bakery items, spices, ethnic specialties, prepared foods, and much more.
A Christmas Story House
A house Cleveland, OH residents love to take visitors to, is a two-story Victorian in Tremont made famous in the holiday movie, A Christmas Story. Visitors to this Cleveland landmark can even spend the night and relive the movie all night long.
Greenspace and easy access to parks and outdoor recreational facilities are very important to the overall health of a community. Cleveland has that covered. From planned greenspaces like the Cultural Gardens, with its 33 gardens that honor the diverse groups of Cleveland’s immigrant population, to the Cleveland Metroparks with more than 24,000 acres in and around Cleveland, you are never too far from nature. Many of the Metroparks are linked by trails or paths and are collectively referred to as the “Emerald Necklace.” Not far from Cleveland is Ohio’s only National Park, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Bikers and hikers can take this multipurpose trail from Lake Erie in downtown via the 101-mile Towpath Trail that follows the route of the Ohio and Erie Canal. This trail intersects many other urban trails allowing riders access from many Cleveland neighborhoods.
Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The lake provides 14 miles of coastline for Cleveland residents to enjoy and also serves as a natural border between the U.S. and Canada.
According to the recent 2020 U.S. Census, Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio by population (396,815 residents) and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County. In contrast, the Cleveland Metropolitan Area, or commonly known as “Greater Cleveland” consists of Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County and Medina County has a population of just over 2 million. Both statistical references are commonly used to describe the greater Cleveland area.
Research indicates Cleveland's economy started shifting away from manufacturing in the 1960s. During that time, the area was dependent on heavy industry, steel mills and automobile manufacturers for jobs. Fifty years later, Cleveland is still home to some manufacturing, but the area is more robust because of a diversified economy that includes healthcare, insurance, banking, education, tourism, and professional sports.
Cleveland’s largest employers include: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, KeyCorp, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,
and Progressve. And Cleveland is the home to eight Fortune 500 companies including: Progressive, Sherwin-Williams, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Parker-Hannifin, FirstEnergy, KeyCorp, J.M. Smucker, and TravelCenters of America.
Arts in Cleveland
Arts in Cleveland
Museums and Performing Arts. Culture in Cleveland is big business. According to research firm Tourism Economics, Cleveland’s big four cultural institutions — Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame combined generated more than $800 million for Cuyahoga County’s economy in 2019. The four locations also employ over 6,000 people.
Professional Sports. The three major league professional franchise teams also play a huge role in the local economy. Clevelanders are die-hard fans for all three teams: The Cleveland Browns who play at FirstEnergy Field, The Cleveland Cavaliers who play at Rocket Mortgage Field House, and the Cleveland Guardians who play at Progressive Field.
Festivals. Almost every weekend, Cleveland has something to offer in the way of festivals. From the Cleveland International Film Festival, to Parade the Circle, to the TriC Jazz Fest, Clevelaners love to share and celebrate their cultures and passions.
Schools in Cleveland
Schools in Cleveland
The Cleveland Municipal School District is the public school option for all of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. While some are better than others, some open enrollment public schools have lotteries for attendance. Some of these institutions like Campus International School, a K-12 public school, located on the campus of Cleveland State University, are a very popular and desirable education option. Many residents prefer to send their children to the local Catholic Schools as well, Urban Community school, a K-8 school, gets high marks, as does St. Ignatius High School (all boys) and Saint Martin de Porres High School, a co-ed college prep school. In addition to Cleveland State University, students can also attend Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College to further their education.
From stately brick colonials to Craftsman bungalows, buyers are sure to find a house that fits their needs without sacrificing accessibility to greenspace, entertainment, or commute times. If you are looking for your next house the neighborhoods of Cleveland, OH need to be tops on your list.
Top 10 Reasons to buy a house in Cleveland, Ohio
Big-city amenities and culture
A diverse selection of houses and neighborhoods
Highly-ranked private schools and universities
A growing, diverse economy
Supported entrepreneurial ecosystem
15-year tax abatement on new home construction.
Wonderful parks and museums
Cleveland’s standard of living is lower than the national average
A consistent supply of freshwater thanks to Lake Erie
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