When some people hear of Cleveland, they may think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or it may remind them of The Drew Carey Show. Cleveland has long held a special place in the heart of our country. Also, since it is so large, there are many neighborhoods and suburbs. You can choose from loft living in hip urban areas, a cottage in the small-town exurbs, or a ranch-style house in the country club suburbs. Older adults and empty nesters are sure to find a neighborhood that is right for them with the wide diversity of “The Forest City.”
Coventry Village used to be the place where Cleveland hippies would congregate. Today, it offers an eclectic mix of shops and eateries that cater to young and old alike. Vintage toys, vegetarian food, and art supplies are found alongside restaurants, books, live music, coffee shops, and Birkenstocks.
The Arts District in Cleveland is called Gordon Square. Here, you will find the Cleveland Public Theater and YellowCake Shop featuring exquisitely designed contemporary clothing that is made in the store. There are also many art studios, bakeries, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
Movoto is a popular site for finding great suburbs in and around the big cities throughout our nation. They have an article on 3 Cleveland Neighborhoods for Retirees that found the three best retirement spots based on the cost of living, health care, crime rate, green spaces, home values, and culture. Shaker Heights is at the top of the list with its old growth trees lining wide streets with lovely architecture. There are four lakes in the community that are surrounded by parks. The other two top picks in Cleveland according to Movoto are Rocky River and Chagrin Falls.
When you have a city the size of Cleveland, there are sure to be differing viewpoints on which places are best for retirees. Zippia’s list of the 10 best places to retire in Ohio has a number of Cleveland suburbs, including their number-one choice Parma, which has a lot of things to do for a city of its size, low crime rates, and above average weather for the region. Other Cleveland suburbs on the list are Berea, Garfield Heights, Cleveland Heights, Parma Heights, North Olmsted, and Willowick.
You may not want to live in a community with a bunch of people who are your age just because you are retired. Everyone’s perfect neighborhood is a little bit different. Thankfully, there are tools out there to help you locate your piece of paradise. One popular tool is Neighborhood Scout. This website offers an interactive map that shows the best house values, crime rates, and public schools by neighborhood. For example, you can expect to find low crime rates in River Edge, the Clark Avenue / West 12th Street area, and in Collinwood.
Cleveland is diverse enough and big enough to give you what you want no matter what your lifestyle may be. Enjoy yourself as you find your new home and learn about the city.
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