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Old 05-20-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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Default Moving to Cleveland and need some help...

Hi All,

My wife and I are in our late 40's (empty nesters) and we are moving to a new job in Parma and wanted to get some info on best places to live and commute (would like a short commute) in and around Parma? Right now we are thinking about renting the first year but if we can get a nice house under $150K close to Parma we may buy. Suggestions??
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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What type of neighborhood are you looking for? Rural? City? Pedestrian Friendly? Big yard? Newer suburban?

You could actully get a pretty decent house right in Parma for $150k, but I think it's always a good idea to rent first so that you have some time to get to know the area.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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We are looking for a nice neighborhood with friendly people in their late 30's to 60's, close to shopping and good restraunts but with parks in the area and a slower lifestyle....
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Sounds like suburbs then.

I agree that $150K can get you a pretty decent house in Parma, Seven Hills, and even Broadview Hts/Brecksville. You'd have the Metroparks nearby too.

The most bang for your buck would probably be Parma itself.

And, I'll echo the "rent first" so you can get a feel for the area you would most like to buy in after about 1 year.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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Yeah, anything along I-77 will be close to the MetroParks.

Personally I think the best bet for your money may be the Old Brooklyn neighborhood in Cleveland that is just north of Parma. It also borders some MetroPark areas. The downside to that area is that it has poor schools (Cleveland City), but it does not sound like that would be a factor for you.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Yeah, anything along I-77 will be close to the MetroParks.

Personally I think the best bet for your money may be the Old Brooklyn neighborhood in Cleveland that is just north of Parma. It also borders some MetroPark areas. The downside to that area is that it has poor schools (Cleveland City), but it does not sound like that would be a factor for you.
On second thought, agreed!

I vote Old Brooklyn.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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Thanks everyone, this is great info. what is the market like in Old Brooklyn?
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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150K can get you something pretty decent in Old Brooklyn (4 br, 2 ba) for example. Although much of the area has one story houses.

Here are some pics:

Cleveland: South Hills (Old Brooklyn neighborhood)
Community Garden Cleveland: Old Brooklyn's Benjamin Franklin Community Garden


Neighborhood website: Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Here are some decent examples:

4518 Henritze Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109 MLS# 3126723 - Zillow
4500 Spokane Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109 MLS# 3134513 - Zillow
2206 Hood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109 MLS# 3123875 - Zillow
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Old 05-23-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, Ohio
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I'm going to chime in on the Old Brooklyn suggestion. It's got mixed housing stock, so while you'll see 5x5 doubles going for under 70K, you can also get a bungalow or ranch just like the ones 3 miles north in Parma for 10K less, and some of the classic brick colonials in the South Hills area run up to the 150K range. Taxes are lower in Cleveland than Parma, so there's also a savings there.
Both Old Brooklyn and Parma have lots of shopping, parks, and quick access to the Metroparks system. I'd recommend looking at neighborhoods along Broadview Road south of W. Schaaf. This includes the South Hills section of Old Brooklyn, and Parma (on the west) and Seven Hills (on the east) further south. The taxes in Seven Hills are higher than Parma, but the level of services is higher, too, and it's a more "relaxed" and upscale city than Parma. Broadview Road runs parallell to I-77 for easy access to downtown, has numerous strip shopping centers and is 10-15 minutes from Parmatown Mall.
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