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 researched the best up and coming neighborhoods in Cleveland 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, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhop—Cleveland movers and movers throughout the country).

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A Little About Cleveland

Since the 2010 Census, the city of Cleveland has lost 30,000 residents to the suburbs (down to 366,00). 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 97th on the U.S. News & World Report list of the 150 best places to live in the U.S. The city is peeking 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.

Cost of living is low – 27% below the national average according to Best Places. So is the cost of housing. Single family residences average $101,000 as of mid-2023 according to Zillow, with condos averaging $168,000, a reflection of new units being built as the city undergoes revitalization.

Below, we’ve highlighted the best up and coming neighborhoods that this up and coming city has to offer.

Tremont

If any area of Cleveland is booming, it’s 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, making it a scenic choice for the best up and coming neighborhoods in Cleveland. Niche.com ranks it as the 6th best place to live in inner city Cleveland.

What’s Happening in Tremont

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 that was featured in the movie, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and exploring the area’s independent boutiques and the large concentration of galleries.

Schools in Tremont

Schools in the area include Scranton Elementary School (which earned “A” ratings in all areas of value-added on the Ohio State Report Card), Tremont Montessori School, and Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School among others.

Homes in Tremont

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. Homes currently average $326,000, condos $291,000.

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Ohio City

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.

What’s Happening in Ohio 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. Niche.com ranks this as 2nd best place in town for young professionals after Downtown.

Sample some of the best food in the area at top-rated Mexican restaurant Momocho, seafood at Blue Point Grille, and great sandwiches at 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 the hidden Speakeasy at Quintana’s.

Schools in Ohio City

Schools near Ohio City include Paul L. Dunbar School and Waverly Elementary among others.

Homes in Ohio City

You’ll find a blend of historic homes and new apartment buildings throughout Ohio City. Single family residences average $290,000 as of mid-2023 according to Zillow with condos priced on average at $249,000.

Detroit-Shoreway

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. Niche.com ranks this area as #4 in downtown Cleveland.

What’s Happening in Detroit-Shoreway

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 pub-style Stone Mad (for Guinness-based drink concoctions) and Ninja City Kitchen & Bar for Asian.

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 in Detroit-Shoreway

Schools near this neighborhood include Urban Community School, H Barbara Booker School, and Max S. Hayes High School among others.

Homes in Detroit-Shoreway

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. Home prices average $193,000, condos $385,000.

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Clark-Fulton

Tucked between the better-known Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods, Clark-Fulton is blocks away from tons of city amenities, including Ohio City’s West 25th Street retail district and West Side Market. But what makes this neighborhood special is its rich cultural diversity.

Clark-Fulton is home to Ohio’s densest Latino Population. This neighborhood is the city’s most diverse region, with a large population of African-Americans, Germans, Czechs, Italians, Slovaks, and Poles. And the area is going through some big renovations and changes. We’re catching Clark-Fulton right before it blooms.

What’s Happening in Clark-Fulton

While there’s still a lot of work to be done, local leaders are determined to preserve the culture and protect the people of Clark-Fulton as the area continues to develop and gain attention. Gentrification is not what Clark-Fulton leaders and residents are going for. Instead, they’re highlighting the people and cultures of the community and putting their efforts toward projects like La Villa Hispana, which they hope will become the economic and cultural center of the Hispanic community in Greater Cleveland.

Currently, they’re working towards creating a massive culturally-based public market called El Mercado. This commercial and residential investment is predicted to generate $29.4 million in annual labor income and support 500 jobs per year by 2024. La Villa Hispana is also incredibly unique since it’s largely funded and led by local organizations, businesses, and citizen groups.

Schools in Clark-Fulton

Schools near this neighborhood include Frederick Douglass High School, The Bridge Avenue School, and Lincoln Park Academy among others.

Homes in Clark-Fulton

Housing in this neighborhood is still very affordable, averaging $82,000.

Waterloo

This section of the North Collinwood neighborhood is unlike the rest of Cleveland, with its unconventional and eclectic blend of bars, art venues, and street art. Every one of this arts district’s businesses is locally owned. And the area is starting to draw more locals who like living right in the midst of a unique, artsy hub, making it the eclectic choice on our guide to the best up and coming neighborhoods in Cleveland.

What’s Happening in Waterloo

The Waterloo Arts District is hugely driven by art (of course) but mainly music. It offers three record shops on the same block, live music on street corners and in the neighborhood park, and some of the best music venues in the city. Beachland Ballroom and Tavern is known as the best music and brunch venue in Cleveland, and who wouldn’t love that combo?

Apart from the arts, Waterloo has plenty to offer in the food and drink department. Grab a small-batch roasted coffee from Six Shooter. Chow down a chewy artisan pizza from Citizen Pie. Or enjoy a classic-Cleveland lunch and stop by European-style Raddell’s Sausage Shop for a spiced and smoked sausage dog loaded with sauerkraut.

Waterloo’s bar scene is just as quirky as the rest of the district, with great spots like Millard Fillmore Presidential Library (yes, it’s really a bar) and Callaloo Cafe and Bar for Jamaican eats.

Schools near Waterloo

Schools in the area include St. John Lutheran School, Collinwood High School, and Imagine Bella Academy of Excellence among others.

Homes near Waterloo

This area offers homes at various prices and in various styles and sizes. Average home value is $68,000.

There you have it: the best up-and-coming neighborhoods in Cleveland!

We hope this guide to the best up and coming neighborhood in Cleveland 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, as well as other nearby cities such as Cincinnati and Columbus. Need to move quickly? We also provide last minute moving services in Cleveland. 

Harrison Stevens