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Old 01-27-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Hi all,

So I just accepted a position at Ernst and Young in Cleveland. I will be travelling about 80% of my time for my job.

I am trying to figure out where to live when I move there in the July/August timeline, and I am completely stuck. I have no idea about parking, safety, and a lot of other issues and I really really would like to have some advice.

I really have three options: live close enough to the office downtown and walk to work, live on the bus line, or drive into the city everyday. I am looking for an area that has an active young population, maybe a farmer's market close by, and plenty to do within walking distance. Bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. would be nice. I don't want to live in suburbia or anything like that.

Any and all advice would be great. Would it be better to live a little further away from downtown and drive into the city or would it be cheaper to live downtown?

Help!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Welcome to Cleveland!

Sounds like you should narrow your search to Ohio City, Tremont, and Downtown.

1) Ohio City -- Westside Market The West Side Market: Cleveland's oldest publicly owned market, Great Lakes Brewery Great Lakes Brewing Company: Homepage, about a dozen other restaurants and bars, and an additional grocery store. Also has a train stop on the Redline, that connects to the Waterfront route (Ernst and Young's new HQ)

2) Tremont -- Chuck full of restaurants and bars. (Iron chef Michael Symon and other local famous chefs have places here). 5 minute drive or bus ride to Downtown. Easiest place to find parking. Farmer's markets in the nicer weather.

3) Downtown -- Restaurants, bars, theater, Casino, comedy clubs, mall, etc etc. Apartments are currently 97% full, but plenty more are coming online this year. Generally, the best places to live Downtown are centered on E.4th and W.9th.

I'd recommend checking out this brand new place opening up this summer:
East Fourth Neighborhood: NEW! The Lofts at Rosetta Center - "Cleveland's Premiere Downtown Living Destination"

Also, if you live Downtown or Ohio City, the Redline train connects right into Cleveland Hopkins Airport for all your high level of travel. http://sotreproperties.com/images/bus_train_lg.jpg

Good Luck on the move and search!
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Hi all,

So I just accepted a position at Ernst and Young in Cleveland. I will be travelling about 80% of my time for my job.

I am trying to figure out where to live when I move there in the July/August timeline, and I am completely stuck. I have no idea about parking, safety, and a lot of other issues and I really really would like to have some advice.

I really have three options: live close enough to the office downtown and walk to work, live on the bus line, or drive into the city everyday. I am looking for an area that has an active young population, maybe a farmer's market close by, and plenty to do within walking distance. Bars, restaurants, clubs, etc. would be nice. I don't want to live in suburbia or anything like that.

Any and all advice would be great. Would it be better to live a little further away from downtown and drive into the city or would it be cheaper to live downtown?

Help!
Sounds like you want Ohio City, it meets all of your criteria.

You can go to the West Side Market 4 days per week. It's really a wonderful place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9axN9w1n2Z8

It's also right across the Cuyahoga River from downtown. You could take a bus down Detroit or the RTA Redline Rapid Transit 1 stop to Tower City/Public Square Station. Both are quick and easy.

As for stuff to do in walking distance, W. 25th Street (and the area near it) is the main activity center. That's where the famous Great Lakes Brewing Company is. There is also Old Angle Tavern, ABC the Tavern, Market Garden Brewery, Bier Markt, Bar Cento, Velvet Tango Room, Nano Brew, and probably a couple others that I'm forgetting about as far as bars go. All those places are in .5 miles of each other. The club scene is really downtown in the Warehouse District (W.6 and W. 9 streets), but like I said, that's just over the river from you in Ohio City. You are also close to a lot of nightlife options in the neighboring Gordon Square and Tremont neighborhoods.

Ohio City for the most part is safe (especially around W. 25) and keeps getting safer as more and more young people keep moving in. To be sure, the edges are a bit more sketchy, but in my opinion, not sufficient reason to miss out on all Ohio City has to offer.

Downtown is cool too, but it's a bit pricey. I think you'd find Ohio City a little cheaper and you'll get more of a sense of community. Downtown tends to be pretty transient and too homogenous for me to get too excited about living there.

Congrats on the job! Hope you find what you're looking for! Welcome!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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Just beware when you are looking for properties in places like Ohio City or Tremont. Many realtors and landlords will advertise that their property is in one of these desirable areas when they actually would be stretching it to say the property was on the fringes. It's fairly easy to see when a property is in the fringes around one though, especially Ohio City and Tremont. The good streets are beautifully restored homes and new builds while the fringy areas look very worn and may even have a boarded up house or two.

Ohio City is majority single homes or duplexs. While the official boundaries (on city data) extend south of I-90 to Clark, I would say the "nice part" boundaries are north of Lorain between w. 25th and w .44th. The the restaurants and bars are centered around the intersections of W. 25th & Lorain and Fulton Rd & Bridge. South of Lorain starts to get sketchy on many streets, but the gentrification has also spread south a little. South of 1-90 is ghetto, no two ways about it, but there is a good little Italian restaurant (Bruno's) south there on W. 41st.

E.4th area is very popular, especially for renting a place by yourself since everything is secured apt buildings. East 9th Street Pier hosts a Thursday farmers market a short drive/10 min walk away in the summer and supposedly there is a Thurday farmer's market at tower city.

Besides the aforementioned westside market, Ohio city also has some urban farms (a large one behind the Riverside home on W. 25th and some folks even raise chickens in their yards to sell eggs or have a farm in a formerly vacant lot. Tremont also hosts a Tuesday farmer's market in the summer at Lincoln park.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Just beware when you are looking for properties in places like Ohio City or Tremont. Many realtors and landlords will advertise that their property is in one of these desirable areas when they actually would be stretching it to say the property was on the fringes. It's fairly easy to see when a property is in the fringes around one though, especially Ohio City and Tremont. The good streets are beautifully restored homes and new builds while the fringy areas look very worn and may even have a boarded up house or two.
True, some realtors will try to pass their properties off as "trendy Tremont" or in Ohio City when it's really just close to these places or on the very border/fringe area. However, I have friends in some of these areas with a couple boarded up houses on the street and it's actually turning around quickly. The street I'm thinking of in Tremont had like 3 or 4 houses boarded up last year, now it's down to one and it's being redone completely. If a street looks bad now in Ohio City or Tremont, I will almost guarentee it will look 10x better in a couple years. These places are filling up quickly.

Agreed with ECBeastor about the best parts of Ohio City.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH USA / formerly Chicago for 20 years
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Just beware when you are looking for properties in places like Ohio City or Tremont. Many realtors and landlords will advertise that their property is in one of these desirable areas when they actually would be stretching it to say the property was on the fringes. It's fairly easy to see when a property is in the fringes around one though, especially Ohio City and Tremont. The good streets are beautifully restored homes and new builds while the fringy areas look very worn and may even have a boarded up house or two.
To the OP: If you choose Ohio City, try to live as close to West 25th and Lorain as you can. Not just for safety and being in the "best" part of the neighborhood, but also for the easiest access to the best bars and restaurants as well as grocery shopping like the West Side Market, Dave's, etc. Also, your commute to downtown should be very easy from there because you're within easy walking distance of the Red Line stop, and Tower City is just one stop away.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I would recommend my area for you, Kamms Corner/Westpark.
It's a Cleveland neighborhood on the extreme western edge of the city. It is, generally speaking, safer then any other area already mentioned. We have cool *hip* bars as well as *regular* corner bars. Good restaurants and a farmers market every Sunday in the summer and once a month through the winter.
There are apartment buildings, reasonably cheap on Rocky River Drive both north and south of Lorain Road.
You have easy MetroPark access which none of the other areas offer.
Added bonus for someone traveling 80% of the time: it's 5 minutes from the airport and a pretty short commute to downtown.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:54 PM
 
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thanks guys! I really appreciate all of the information. I definitely feel like I have a better idea of where to look.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Check out Engage Cleveland and even Global Cleveland. Google it. There is a ton of information for people like you that want to get to know Cleveland.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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WHy tell someone to google something instead of just posting the links??

ENGAGE! CLEVELAND | Connecting and Empowering Young Professionals

http://www.globalclevelandinitiative.com/default.aspx
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