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Old 10-27-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Default Shaker Heights vs Cleveland Heights- Need Input

My family and I will be moving to the Cleveland area in June for my husband to begin a fellowship for three year duration. We desire a safe area, good schools, sidewalks, parks, and close to UH/Rainbow Babies. Currently we are looking at the Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights areas. What are your thoughts of the two and in comparision to one another? We are looking at renting. Any input is much appreciated!
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: north royalton
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both cleveland heights and shaker heights are beautiful...We are moving back in the summer as well...Im leaning toward shaker heights, but would not mine cleveland heights, and university heights as well...Shaker heights has a lot of history..lots of older homes, and lots of charm.....the only problem with shaker heights is the high property taxes, and i do mean HIGH.....the school system is the best, (next to beachwood).....you should be able to find a nice home there....
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Shaker
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The property tax rates are very close (3.3 for SH vs. 3.08 for CH). The property values in SH are a bit higher than CH, so will pay more. But, you will get better schools and easier time (relatively) selling your home.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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My husband and I are just moving to the area as well and we are also renting. We decided on Cleveland Heights, in the Forest Hill neighborhood. So far, we really like the area as it is very close to restaurants, things to do, etc. Our rental company is Reilly Properties and we like what we've seen from them so far. You can check out their website at Welcome to RPC, The Home Mechanics and Reilly Properties | Reilly Painting & Contracting. I know most of their properties are already rented, but it's worth taking a peak at. I have heard the schools are not very good in CH. We do not have children yet, but we're planning on them soon. We're not sure how long we will be renting; at least one year. But when we decide to buy we will probably look in the Beachwood or the Shaker area do to the schools. I have heard from a lot of people about the high property taxes in the area, but to my husband and I , the taxes are cheaper than private school, so it evens out. Cheers to Cleveland newbies! = )
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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To be honest, if you don't have kids and aren't buying, you can't really go too wrong. I lived in both SH and CH, and both are nice, fun places to live with short commuted to UH/RBC/CCF. Just find a nice neighborhood in either. I'd recommend somewhere near Coventry Rd in CH and somewhere near Shaker Sq in SH.

PS: By law, there is 100% sidewalk coverage/penetration in Cleveland Heights.

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Old 10-28-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: north royalton
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My husband and I are just moving to the area as well and we are also renting. We decided on Cleveland Heights, in the Forest Hill neighborhood. So far, we really like the area as it is very close to restaurants, things to do, etc. Our rental company is Reilly Properties and we like what we've seen from them so far. You can check out their website at Welcome to RPC, The Home Mechanics and Reilly Properties | Reilly Painting & Contracting. I know most of their properties are already rented, but it's worth taking a peak at. I have heard the schools are not very good in CH. We do not have children yet, but we're planning on them soon. We're not sure how long we will be renting; at least one year. But when we decide to buy we will probably look in the Beachwood or the Shaker area do to the schools. I have heard from a lot of people about the high property taxes in the area, but to my husband and I , the taxes are cheaper than private school, so it evens out. Cheers to Cleveland newbies! = )
I have to agree...the cleveland heights school system is not the best...That was why we chose shaker heights..I have 2 boys I have to worry about, lol....
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Twinsburg, OH
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If schools are an issue - then Shaker Heights beats out Cleveland Heights.

If not - Then I would go with Cleveland Heights if you want to be close to restaurants and night life. Coventry area is a cool spot. The two are similar communities.
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