Cleveland Heights

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Best Neighborhoods In & Around Cleveland Heights, OH

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
University District, Cleveland722.27,940
Edgewater, Cleveland6910.27,397
Tremont, Cleveland686.96,533
Old Brooklyn, Cleveland688.933,665
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson, Cleveland6812.518,606
Downtown, Cleveland676.48,632
Ohio City-West Side, Cleveland668.19,075
Goodrich-Kirkland, Cleveland665.43,969

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Heavy handed from city hall, great culture and food.

We bought a house to live in/renovate in Cleveland Heights Summer of 2009. Great restaurants and cultural activities. We could have been a big supporter of the city and renovated multiple homes, but the heavy handed inspections turned us off and we moved. The Negative: We found the 'point of sale' process to be very heavy handed, and it ultimately led to the sale being unprofitable for us when we were required to replace a driveway with minimal cracks in it (while potholes on Taylor Rd. were likely to rip a wheel off...) We had a 9 page list of stuff to fix before we could sell the home. We would have done 95% of it anyway, but the $6500 for the driveway really threw things off and left a bad taste in our mouths. The property (and school) taxes are also absurdly high, particularly considering that most upper income people send their kids to private school. When we sold the home in Fall of 2010 (we meant to be there 4-5 years, but changed plans) the school taxes were the second highest in the state (right behind Shaker Heights just to the south.) We moved to Mantua with the second lowest school taxes in the state and much better performing schools (surprising in the sticks.) We bought our house for $30,000. We sold it for $70,000 after about 1000 hours of work put into it. The county still had it valued at $130,000, even after one reduction. Taxes were $3950/year. Our current home is 1/3 larger with 8 times the land (and better schools) and taxes are $2200/yr. Those $329/mo in taxes works out to $70,000 in value over 30 years at 4% interest. So the taxes literally reduced the value of the home by 50%. I was a contractor for several years as well, Cleveland Heights was one of the trickier cities to work in out of the 40+ cities I did work in. The additional costs of living there (taxes and inspections), combined with older housing stock in need of repairs, are depressing housing values and sending the city on a downward spiral. I hope they catch it because there are a lot of cool things about it. Finally, the highway is very tough to get to. Fastest I ever got there was 12 minutes to I-271. Other directions are about a 20 minute ride. If you work at Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals, or The Cleveland Clinic, this is a great place to live. If you need to get to the highway, pick a suburb closer to a highway. The Positive: Enough whining. This is a wildly walkable city, second probably only to Lakewood. There are a TON of cool restaurants. Cain Park has some great shows. The Shaker Square Farmer's Market is AMAZING. Lots of green space. Zagara's is a sweet grocery store, and you can walk there from a lot of neighborhoods. RTA from Shaker Square is great for getting downtown or to the airport. Amazing library. Some of the prettiest churches and houses I've ever seen. My favorite era of homes is here: between the war. They are built like brick outhouses with gorgeous trim and built ins (but an energy and comfort nightmare, my professional specialty.) We trained for a marathon living here and never ran the exact same route twice. (Watch your routes, though, we got a little nervous a few times...) Little Italy is really cool. The museums and orchestra are some of the best in the world and only a few miles away. Church Festivals are a blast (especially the Greek and Catholic ones, as a protestant we don't drink much, often making us sticks in the mud...) Part of my negative outlook is also influenced by the fact that we moved here somewhat under duress. My wife and I both lost our jobs within 2 weeks of each other in early 2009 (when the world was about to end) and we sold our home in Kent, then used the equity to buy a foreclosure in Cleveland Heights. We both started businesses at that time (which are still going) but it was very stressful. So keep that in mind, I was not in the best of mindsets.
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Source: The Cleveland Heights, OH data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).