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Old 05-14-2017, 06:30 PM
 
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I drove through the Moreland neighborhood today in Shaker Heights and it seemed like a pretty decent and quiet neighborhood. It really seemed to go downhill quickly once Chagrin turned into Kingsman though. I saw some boarded up windows and a bunch of run down buildings. How safe would it be to purchase in this area? Zillow is predicting the property values to rise in the coming year, but I'm not sure if that holds any weight. Would it be safe and a good investment in terms of a first home?
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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^Don't base anything off of Zillow.
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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No area inside Shaker Heights is "bad." Moreland has more working-class African Americans than any other section and the housing is older and more typical of WWI-era Cleveland housing than the more individually architect-built houses of Shaker-- I believe this may be because the neighborhood was already established when the Van Swernigens annexed it for Shaker Heights during WWI when most areas of Shaker was either farm land and houses or completely undeveloped... But the houses in that area a better kept than many similar Cleveland areas-- Shaker doesn't allow boarded-up abandoned or foreclosed properties... Shaker demands certain standards of upkeep and the area receives Shaker services, including police and sanitation... and its in the still-quality Shaker School District.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:22 PM
 
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Shaker Hts. is very proactive in dealing with abandoned houses. It also has prevention and rehab programs.

Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights fight blight: The House Next Door | cleveland.com

Here's a great thread for someone who wants to do more detailed research on the neighborhood.

Lomond/Sussex and southern Moreland areas of Shaker Heights vs. rest of SH
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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^Shaker also will fine homeowners if their lawns get out of hand.
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:16 PM
 
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Shaker Heights becomes Cleveland as you go west along Chagrin Road (which turns to Kinsman). This is why there is such a dichotomy in the way the neighborhoods look.
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:35 PM
 
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So is it agreed that areas south of South Moreland are a bit dicey? Is that outside of what is considered Shaker area?
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:59 PM
 
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So is it agreed that areas south of South Moreland are a bit dicey? Is that outside of what is considered Shaker area?
Well, South Moreland is a north and south street so it's unclear what you mean by south of South Moreland. However, if you mean south of the south end of South Moreland, that is Cleveland and not so nice.

I agree with the above poster who said there are really no bad parts of Shaker Heights, including the mostly African American areas.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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This is really the only part of Shaker that I wouldn't recommend. There is no real barrier between it, and some VERY rough parts of Cleveland, and there is spill over crime. I'd stay either on the other side of Lee, or the other side of Van Aken.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:19 PM
 
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No area inside Shaker Heights is "bad." Moreland has more working-class African Americans than any other section and the housing is older and more typical of WWI-era Cleveland housing than the more individually architect-built houses of Shaker-- I believe this may be because the neighborhood was already established when the Van Swernigens annexed it for Shaker Heights during WWI when most areas of Shaker was either farm land and houses or completely undeveloped... But the houses in that area a better kept than many similar Cleveland areas-- Shaker doesn't allow boarded-up abandoned or foreclosed properties... Shaker demands certain standards of upkeep and the area receives Shaker services, including police and sanitation... and its in the still-quality Shaker School District.
If they would only write a how-to guide for the rest of the east side...
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