Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options-house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location-it all can be quite overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Cleveland City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods.
This list is a more in-depth neighborhood guide meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—Cleveland movers and movers throughout the country).
Over the past few decades, Cleveland has lost a multitude of manufacturing jobs and over 100,000 residents. Most people were thinking (and still do think, actually) of Cleveland as a dud-egg, unable to recover and adapt to economic hits as other cities have successfully done.
But to our surprise, Cleveland is going through a beautiful and long-awaited metamorphosis. Today, Cleveland is considered one of the 21 best places to visit in the world according to the National Geographic and won a spot on the list along with only two other U.S. destinations. The city is peaking its pretty head out from layers of industrial tarnish, and it’s starting to catch some attention.
Why this shift? A ton of work has been put into studying Cleveland’s past, addressing issues, and rebuilding its success from the ground up. City leaders are working hard to acknowledge Cleveland’s need for growth and take steps to improve race relations and curb bias in the city – an issue that has plagued the inner workings of Cleveland for too many years.
As these bruises heal, residents of Cleveland and people throughout the country are noticing once again all that the city has to offer. Super low cost of living, some of the best schools in the state, top-ranking hospital systems, cultural diversity, great eateries and bars, world-class art, sporting events, concerts, museums, and outdoor recreation with the beautiful Lake Erie at Clevelander’s fingertips. Sounds pretty awesome to us.
Below, we’ve highlighted the five best places to live in Cleveland.
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This neighborhood just west of Cleveland and right on the banks of the lake is a perfect spot for families – especially families who love a lot of outdoor activities. Rocky River proudly presents its beautiful homes, quiet and safe streets, and proximity to downtown’s action. Its highly-rated schools are ranked second in the entire state of Ohio.
Most residents of Rocky River were lured into the neighborhood by its outdoorsy amenities. Rocky River Reservation has scenic trails, meadows, wetlands, and waterfalls. The reservation follows the twists of the Rocky River and features gorgeous views of the water-side cliffs.
Emerald Necklace Marina sits right in the center of the reservation and offers boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, hiking, and fishing opportunities, plus an ice cream hut and cafe. The area is also home to a number of upscale salons, shops, restaurants, and bars. Check out Tartine Bistro for some high-end European cuisine. Or pop by Burntwood Tavern for a beer or cocktail.
Some of Rocky River’s excellent rated schools include Rocky River High School, Rocky River Middle School, and Kensington Intermediate School among others.
This neighborhood has an array of housing options but features beautiful lake-front Victorian and Colonial-style homes.
If any area of Cleveland is booming, its Tremont. This area defies cookie-cutter. It’s an eclectic mosaic of creative, local businesses, one-of-a-kind shops, and unique restaurants and bars. Pressed against the edge of the Cuyahoga River, Tremont sits directly downtown and blocks away from the Lake Erie shoreline.
Tremont has been called ‘deliciously artful,’ and if that unusual compliment is in reference to the neighborhood’s cuisine, we agree. Tremont is jam-packed with great places to eat and drink. A stroll around Professor Avenue will leave you bulge-bellied and blissful. Check out the restaurant notorious for the best brunch in the city, Lucky’s Cafe.
The neighborhood gains quite a handful of visitors for its second Friday of the month Walkabout Tremont event. And out-of-towners love touring the Christmas Story House Museum, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and exploring the area’s independent boutiques and the large concentration of galleries.
Schools in the area include Scranton Elementary School, Tremont Montessori School, and Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School among others.
Tremont weaves its residential streets smoothly into the bustling areas of downtown. You’ll find beautiful Victorian-style houses and homey apartments in this area.
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Lakewood is great for families, singles, millennials, and young professionals alike. This inner-ring suburb does not match the calm, spacial suburbian feel of most other neighborhoods on our list. Though it does offer the perks of homes with yards, parks, and wide sidewalks. Lakewood is full of energy and has the densest population between NYC and Chicago.
What are people packing in to get? A walkable, affordable, artsy, restaurant-and-bar-packed place to call home.
Just blocks from the waterfront, minutes from Edgewater Park, and a quick drive away from downtown, Lakewood is in a great location. For some of the best local eats, check out The Proper Pig Smokehouse, Melt Bar and Grilled, and Salt+. Visit 16-Bit for a mix of arcade games and beer, or pop into The Side Quest for board games to pair with your brew.
One of the perks of living in this neighborhood is its schools. The recently remodeled Lakewood High School, Horace Mann, and Hayes Elementary School are a few of the area’s top schools.
Many of Lakewood’s charming homes were built in the early 1900s. Check out what’s available for renting and buying among this suburb’s large and character-rich homes.
With the development of the market district on Ohio City’s W. 25th Street and this neighborhood’s many amenities, millennials and young professionals are clamoring to get in. Ohio City is where Clevelanders go for craft beer, and it’s home to some of the best restaurants in the city.
In this hip neighborhood, there’s always something going on, especially on West 25th Street. This street is lined with popular dining and entertainment hubs with Ohio City’s signature artsy feel. The 100-year-old West Side Market is full of fresh meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, baked goods, flowers, gifts, and crafts from over 100 locally owned and independent businesses.
Sample some of the best food in the area at Momocho, The Flying Pig, and Herb’n Twine.
For some of the best brews in the city, check out Great Lakes Brewing Company. Interested in more nightlife options? Check out TownHall, Forest City Shuffleboard, and Speakeasy.
Schools near Ohio City include Paul L. Dunbar School and Waverly Elementary among others.
You’ll find a blend of historic homes and new apartment buildings throughout Ohio City. Check out what’s currently available for buying and renting in the area.
Detroit-Shoreway has become a hot spot with the development of an arts district in the heart of this neighborhood, Gordon Square. The neighborhood is now packed with millennials and young professionals. And the new Battery Park development added luxury and modern condos to the area’s more historic feel.
One of Detroit-Shoreway’s biggest draws is its many culinary attractions. The neighborhood offers countless coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. We suggest you visit Stone Mad (for Guinness-based drink concoctions) and Spice Kitchen & Bar (for dishes sourced directly from the owner’s family farm).
The neighborhood also has a great art scene and some of our favorite outdoor spots in the city. Tour the Gordon Square Arts District or visit 78th Street Studios during their Third Friday events. Walking and biking around Detroit-Shoreway is a breeze, and Edgewater Park and Beach sit right at the edge of the neighborhood.
Schools near this neighborhood include Urban Community School, H Barbara Booker School, and Max S. Hayes High School among others.
Most of the attention is going to the $100-million development project of the beautiful residential development, Battery Park and the newly constructed group of green homes in EcoVillage. But the neighborhood is full of character-rich, older homes as well.
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We hope this was helpful. If you decide to move in or to Cleveland, don’t hesitate to reach out. We coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Cleveland and we would love to help.
Check out our 2019 guide to the best suburbs in Cleveland.
We've done the research and made our choices for the top up-and-coming neighborhoods in Cleveland for 2019.