Cleveland: It’s a midwestern coastal city that melds friendly people, sports fans, Irish, Polish and German culture, beer and rock and roll (well, the hall of fame is here, anyway).
In general, housing in Cleveland is very affordable, with a median home value of $61,000 and a median rent of $800, but these numbers get higher in more desirable neighborhoods. Prices in the following neighborhoods will bring you closer to a median listing price of $250,000 and monthly rent of about $1,300.
Young professionals will want to check out the neighborhoods of Tremont and Ohio City. Tremont is a historic neighborhood full of beautiful old churches mixed with new developments; it’s the perfect neighborhood for foodies. Ohio City is another bustling area filled with breweries, shops and cafes — all in walking distance of each other. Looking for love? Check out the vibrant nightlife scene in these neighborhoods: You have a 50/50 chance of meeting someone single in Cleveland.
Downtown Cleveland is another great spot for single renters, while Old Brooklyn is more family friendly and touts good schools. If you’re looking to live in a modern high-rise, check out University Circle (also great for consumers of culture, as it’s home to the Cleveland Natural History Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Botanical Garden). Detroit Shoreway is an up-and-coming, diverse neighborhood anchored by Gordon Square Arts District and the Capitol Theatre.
There are plenty of ways to fill your days in Cleveland, from a day on Lake Erie to a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a shopping spree on 4th Street and chowing down on Cleveland’s delicacy, the Polish Boy (kielbasa in a bun with french fries, barbecue sauce or hot sauce and coleslaw). But the city is also chock full of quirky destinations like the house from “A Christmas Story” and the bar from “The Drew Carey Show,” a record processing plant called “Gotta Groove,” a Merry Go Round Museum and the National Polka Hall of Fame (yes, that accordion music).