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October
8

The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Cincinnati [Interactive Map]

'Tis the season to dress up as your inner hero or villain and get free candy! The most committed of trick-or-treaters are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, part of it has to do with wearing the perfect costume, but choosing a route that is safe, walkable and full of friendly, candy-bearing houses is just as important.

We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. If you are new to the area or want to try some new locations to maximize your trick-or-treating loot, these are the spots where you want to ring doorbells!

Use our interactive map to find the best trick-or-treating neighborhood near you! 

Hyde Park

This upscale neighborhood located just east of town is known for its popular shopping district, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt. For some extra fun before Halloween, make sure to stop by Hyde Park Square on October 29 for Halloween on the Square!

 

Mt. Lookout

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This Halloween, make your way to Mt. Lookout, located on the east side of Cincinnati next to Hyde Park, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Mt. Lookout are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in costume before trick-or-treating starts!

 

Deer Park

Known as a safe, family-friendly community with plenty of small-town charm, Deer Park is a prime location for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The streets in this area are well-lit, very walkable and incredibly festive. Because the area is such a well-kept secret on Halloween night, a huge candy haul is inevitable—so don't forget to bring an extra bag!

 

Oakley

The well-lit, decorated streets in Oakley make it an ideal location for trick-or-treaters. On Halloween night, expect the neighborhood to be teeming with foot traffic! The residents welcome locals and visitors alike with open arms, doling out generous amounts of candy and other goodies. And if you happen to be a little too old for trick-or-treating these days—no problem! Several businesses around the area are planning on hosting Halloween parties this year, including the 20th Century Theater who will be hosting their annual Oakley Masquerade on November 1st.

 

College Hill

College Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati, welcoming anyone and everyone to their park-like streets on Halloween. The residents go all-out every year, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The area also happens to be home to Mark Wiechman, a Halloween enthusiast who has been putting on a massive haunted house to scare families for more than 50 years. So put on your costume and head to 6791 Marvin Avenue, Cincinnati in North College Hill to start your spooky night off right. The haunted house experience is completely free, but they do accept donations for the Pray, Hope and Believe Foundation.

 

Mt. Washington

If you're a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood, make sure to get extra treats! This area transforms into a Halloween stomping ground for little monsters and their families on All Hallow's Eve. Also make sure to come back to the area the weekend after Halloween for the neighborhood's annual Pumpkin Chuck, where they'll launch leftover pumpkins from trebuchets and enjoy live music, craft beer, kids games and more!

 

Wyoming

Located about 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a quiet suburb full of tree-lined streets and historic sights. This year, the community is planning on handing out goodies from 6-8 p.m. on the 31st. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

 

Price Hill & West Price Hill

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Just west of Cincinnati lie the Price Hill and West Price Hill neighborhoods, a candy-hunter's haven on Halloween night. An estimated 500+ trick-or-treaters gather in the area on the spooky holiday to beg for candy, popcorn and other tasty treats! Important note: Residents of Price Hill turn OFF their lights if they are giving out candy and turn ON their lights if they are not.

 

Pleasant Ridge

Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming neighborhood and very popular among families. The residents take their Halloween festivities seriously, hosting several Halloween events—including an annual pub crawl and Ghoul Fest—prior to October 31, and decorating their homes to the nines for trick-or-treating shenanigans.

 

Have a Great Halloween!

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September
3

How to Spend a Full Day in Cincinnati's Hyde Park Neighborhood, Mapped

Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.

Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!

Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to The Echo for breakfast and ending with stargazing at the Cincinnati Observatory and a nightcap at Dutch's. Enjoy!

9 a.m. — Breakfast at The Echo

Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you'll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).

 

10:30 — Go Shopping in Hyde Park Square

 
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It isn't a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.

 

1 p.m. — Lunch at Arthur's Café

For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!

 

2:30 p.m. — Peruse Some Great Art at the Miller Gallery

Hyde Park Guide

Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery | Featuring Work From Robert Mars, 40" x 60" Mixed Media

Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati's oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.

 

4 p.m. — Refuel at the Coffee Emporium

Need a midday pick-me-up? We've got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we're not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can't go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.

 

5:30 p.m. — Marvel at the Mushroom House

 
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you'll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you've just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don't worry—it's just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can't go inside this adorably whimsical home, it's still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.

 

6 p.m. — Dinner at Forno Osteria+Bar

When you're looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there's no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you're in the area on a Tuesday, you won't want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.

 

8:00 p.m. — Stargaze at the Cincinnati Observatory

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In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you're in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you'll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don't forget to RSVP online before you go!

 

9:30 p.m. — Late Night Bites at Dutch's

This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!

 

Happy Exploring!

Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

May
30

How to Choose the Right Cincinnati Neighborhood For You

Cincinnati is an incredible city located on the banks of the Ohio River bursting with plenty of great restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries, beautiful homes and a great community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! When you do decide to move here (and we think you will!), it can be hard to decide on the perfect neighborhood. That's why we rounded up some of the most popular communities in Cincinnati, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you're looking for, there's a home and neighborhood perfect for you. Happy exploring!

For the Shopaholic — Hyde Park

Hyde Park Cincinnati, OH Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park is one of the best places in Cincinnati for shopping. In the center of the community, is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area of Erie Avenue, full of one-of-a-kind shops. This neighborhood is located less than five miles from downtown Cincinnati and showcases the best of city living alongside stunning Victorian-era architecture and other unique buildings like the Mushroom House, which looks like something pulled from the pages of Alice in Wonderland. However, Hyde Park isn't only a shopping destination; it's also home to several picturesque parks, award-winning restaurants and wineries. So no matter what you're interested in, Hyde Park is a desirable place to live for practically anyone! Neighborhood highlights: The Cincinnati Observatory, Aligator Purse, Echo, Soho Boutique and the Coffee Emporium.   

For the Hipster — Over-The-Rhine

For those who always want to be ahead of the curve, constantly seeking out new and unique parts of a city, look no further! Over the Rhine (or OTR) is one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods, full of great restaurants, shopping, colorful buildings and friendly people. OTR feels like a mini Brooklyn, in fact, the New York Times described it as having "a scale and grace reminiscent of Greenwich Village in New York" and we aren't surprised. One look at the historic buildings and vibrant culture will have you living out your greatest NYC fantasies. Neighborhood highlights: Eagle OTR, Holtman's Donuts, Bakersfield OTR, Taft's Ale House and Findlay Market

For the Artist — Pleasant Ridge

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Located on the northeastern edge of Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming residential neighborhood marked by its small business district and high concentration of artists and musicians. In fact, Pleasant Ridge and the neighboring community, Kennedy Heights, formed District A in 2008 to build community and fuel the economic development through the arts along Montgomery Road. While Pleasant Ridge is currently on the underrated side, the neighborhood is definitely on the rise. Not only will you find some of the best restaurants and attractions, but you'll also find the Overlook Lodge, a bar full of cocktails inspired by the Shining. Neighborhood highlights: Nine Giant Brewing, Queen City Comic and Card Company and the Pendleton Art Center

For the History Buff — Mount Adams

Situated on what feels like a small mountain and overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, Mount Adams (or the "Hill) oozes the "I could live here" factor. The area is full of picturesque sidewalks, winding streets, new apartments and charming homes. It is even surrounded by one of the city's favorite parks: Eden Park, which is just as idyllic as the name suggests. Because of its view of the river valley, Mount Adams played a role in the city's defense against the Confederate Army during the Civil War, with two artillery cannons placed in the area (neither were ever fired). So, while we think the Hill would be a perfect home for most people, history buffs will love exploring all of the historic features of the neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Mount Adams Bar & Grill, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

For the Young Professional — Oakley

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Oakley has drawn in a ton of young professionals over the years, and it's not difficult to see why. The neighborhood is full of swanky bars, restaurants and shops along with plenty of lower priced, beautiful homes. Because this charming area borders Hyde Park, many people tend to assume (incorrectly) that Oakley is the less desirable of the two. But, until recently, it was one of the best-kept secrets in Cincinnati. The secret is out, unfortunately, and people are starting to catch on to the fact that there's a lot to love about this convenient, up-and-coming neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, Brazee Street Studios, Flying Pig Irish Pub, Oakley Wines and MadTree Brewing

For Families — Indian Hill

Indian Hill is Cincinnati's most affluent suburb and is located just north of the city limits. The village actually encompasses 20 square miles, so there are plenty of opportunities to make a home here. Its rural atmosphere, high safety ratings and strong sense of community make it the perfect place for families! The neighborhood's education level is tough to beat, as Indian Hill High School boasts unparalleled fine arts, athletics and of course, academics. As an added bonus, the area is practically a natural paradise, full of parks, lakes and trails, so you and the kiddos won't ever run out of things to explore! Neighborhood highlights: Indian Hill Club, Rheinstrom Park and Red Bird Hollow Trailhead

For the Foodie — Clifton

Clifton Cincinnati, OH

The neighborhood of Clifton actually encompasses several different areas: Clifton proper, Corryville, the Heights and Clifton Heights (we know, it's a little confusing). But this large area of Cincinnati has gone through a ton of changes lately. What used to be a neighborhood that served as an extension of downtown Cincinnati, has turned into a trendy urban space full of parks, quaint storefronts, shops and, of course, amazing restaurants. Clifton is the place to go for a great meal, whether it's for a date night or just a casual lunch get-together. The food scene in the area also happens to be incredibly diverse, boasting a plethora of Indian, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican establishments. Neighborhood highlights: Ambar, the Brass Tap, Esquire Theater, Edgewood Grove Park and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

For the Outdoor Enthusiast — Sayler Park

Sayler Park is one of the most charming neighborhoods you'll ever visit. This community sits a bit outside Cincinnati and stretches along the Ohio River, so you can enjoy a little quiet outside of the city without being too far away from the action! The area is marked by the gorgeous Fernbank Park, an idyllic 65-acre, park bench-dotted piece of greenery that borders the river. It's the perfect spot for a morning run with Fido or an afternoon picnic on summer days. But the real draw here is the small town feel, friendly people and small businesses. Neighborhood highlights: Cabana on the River, Fernbank Golf Course, Thornton Triangle, Shamrock and Bender Mountain Preserve

For the Architecture Lover — Columbia Tusculum

Cincinnati Neighborhoods

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Founded in 1788, the stunning Columbia Tusculum has long prided itself on being Cincinnati's first neighborhood. And, while many may think that Over-the-Rhine is the current crown jewel of Cincinnati, we think it might be Columbia Tusculum. Not only is there plenty to do, see and eat in the area — it also happens to be absolutely gorgeous. If you take a stroll down the neighborhood, you'll find streets full of colorfully painted houses reminiscent of San Francisco's "Painted Ladies" and murals depicting them along the sidewalks. For those who aren't as interested in architecture as others, head up (and we mean "up" because it's a pretty big hill) to the picturesque Alms Park, which is what nature enthusiasts' dreams are made of. Neighborhood highlights: Streetside Brewery, Ygasana Mysore Cincinnati, Yust Gallery, Taglio and Allyn's Cafe  

Did one of these neighborhoods catch your eye?

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April
30

The 8 Hottest Neighborhoods to Buy a Home in Cleveland Right Now

Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio is a vibrant city that boasts several gorgeous green spaces, an eclectic culinary scene and hundreds of cultural attractions. In fact, it's so amazing that we don't blame you for wanting to live here! When you do decide to move, it can be hard to decide where to settle down. That's why we rounded up some of the hottest neighborhoods in the Cleveland area right now, all featuring affordable housing, new urban developments and a thriving community! No matter what you're looking for in a home, we promise there's a dream neighborhood for you on this list. Enjoy!

Battery Park

Cleveland Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Dave Emery via Battery Park

Battery Park may be one of the most up-and-coming upscale neighborhoods in Cleveland. It's located right along the waterway, but not directly on the beachfront — meaning you can purchase a waterfront home without the beachfront price! That, plus the recent construction of townhomes and loft properties in the community, means it's never been a better time to buy in Battery Park. The redevelopment of the neighborhood has brought with it an urban feel, without sacrificing the old historic details. While there isn't a ton to do in the neighborhood yet, we're pretty sure that within the next couple of years, Battery Park will be one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. Plus, the area is just minutes from downtown, the Gordon Square Arts District and Edgewater Park, so you don't have to go that far to experience all Cleveland has to offer. Search for Homes for Sale Battery Park

Waterloo Arts District

If you're looking for a funky, unique neighborhood to call home — you've found it! Waterloo is located on the east side of Cleveland and is part of the old-school North Collinwood neighborhood. If you walk down the street where the neighborhood gets its name, you'll find an eclectic mix of locally owned bars, art venues, and some of the coolest street art in all of Cleveland! Waterloo was created as a place where artists can live and work, contributing to the health of the community. Wherever you go in this artsy neighborhood, you're pretty much guaranteed to stumble across some beautiful art installation and during the summer, the area hosts The Waterloo Arts Fest, which is one of the most popular annual events in Northeast Ohio. In addition to the thriving art scene, the area offers an unparalleled selection of record stores, fantastic brunch spots, coffee shops and Citizen Pie, which makes arguably the best pizza in Cleveland. Search for Homes for Sale in the Waterloo Arts District

Tremont

Cleveland Neighborhoods

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The popular Tremont neighborhood is known as one of Cleveland's most historically significant neighborhoods, as it was a hotspot for Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, however, the area has become home to a large number of young professionals and artists. The streets are dotted with contemporary townhouses along with historic homes, creating an eclectic mix that is hard to pass up. Tremont is also home to the highest concentration of art galleries in Cleveland, causing creative individuals who don't already live in the area to flock here for monthly art walks when local art galleries and businesses keep their doors open late You can't visit the area without stopping by the famous A Christmas Story House, where the classic Christmas movie was filmed, along with the Convergence Continuum Theater where you can get a fabulous dose of culture. Search for Homes for Sale in Tremont

Slavic Village

This unique neighborhood is named for the Easter European workers that settled it years ago and has recently become a thriving community for families, young professionals and everyone in between. Cyclists will love Slavic Village since it's home to the Cleveland Velodrome, Ohio's only closed bicycle racing track along with Fleet Avenue, which offers a full bike lane. In addition to its biking culture, this neighborhood also offers plenty of outdoor exploration opportunities like Mill Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in Cuyahoga County, the Morgana Run Trail, which used to be a decommissioned freight train line, and several beautiful green spaces. While Slavic Village doesn't have a huge bar scene right now, it does offer plenty of other things to do including the Nash on East 80th, which is a local comedy hotspot that has been churning out rising stars for years. Plus, if you're a history buff, you'll love perusing all of the pre-WWI architecture sprinkled throughout the neighborhood! Search for Homes for Sale in Slavic Village

Ohio City

Cleveland Neighborhoods Ohio City is known as "Cleveland's Complete Neighborhood," because it truly has it all! The area is home to the famous West Side Market, the award-winning Great Lakes Brewing Company, plenty of picturesque parks, trendy shops and incredible restaurants. In this thriving neighborhood, you'll find people from all walks of life enjoying all the area has to offer. As an added bonus, Ohio City offers some of the most beautiful architecture and trendy spots all ripe for snapping the perfect Instagram-worthy shot! While you're in the area, make sure to stop by Campbell's Sweet Factory for some sweet and savory popcorn as well as the Glass Bubble Project, where you can witness beautiful homemade glass creations. Search for Homes for Sale in Ohio City

Edgewater

Edgewater is located on the west side of Cleveland along Lake Erie and has slowly become one of the area's most popular areas to settle down. Because of its proximity to downtown and the abundance of things to do at any time of the day, young professionals and new families have been flocking to the area. It is also one of the most affordable neighborhoods on this list, with a median home price of $150,000! Plus, if you're an outdoors enthusiast, the neighborhood encompasses the 147-acre Edgewater Park, which features over 9,000 feet of shoreline so you can experience the best of both city life and Ohio's natural scenery. Search for Homes for Sale in Edgewater

West Park

Cleveland Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Kramm's Corners Development Corporation

West Park is located just south of Lakewood and became the last suburb annexed into Cleveland proper in 1923. While it still retains a suburban feel today, you won't find any strip malls or chain restaurants around. Instead, the area's Kramm's Corners District boasts some of the best locally owned restaurants, coffee shops and comic book stores around! With its quiet, leafy streets, parks and playgrounds, West Park is a great place to affordably raise a family inside of the city. Plus, its close proximity to the Metroparks, one of the largest urban park districts in the country, make it an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! If you're visiting the area for the first time, don't miss the area's award-winning farmers' market held every year from May to October or the famous Irish pubs that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood (including our favorite, P.J. McIntyre's). Search for Homes for Sale in West Park

Larchmere

Larchmere, in our opinion, is one of the most underrated neighborhoods in Cleveland. Because of its bustling neighbor, Shaker Square, people often overlook Larchmere, mistaking it for a quiet, pretty neighborhood with very little to do. But we like to say Larchmere is Cleveland's best-kept secret! The area is home to an assortment of lovely vintage and craft stores, award-winning restaurants and art galleries — all complete with quaint, historic charm. Some of the shops and eateries, like Felice and Batuqui, are located in gorgeous converted Victorian homes. And, the Academy Tavern, a delicious watering hole with a lauded dinner menu, has been going strong for over 80 years. So while the rest of the world hasn't discovered how amazing the area is, you definitely should! Stop by and explore some of the affordable homes currently on the market, the neighborhood staple, Loganberry Books (one of the most famous bookstores in Northeast Ohio) and grab a bite at Big Al's, a diner that offers one of the best breakfasts around. Search for Homes for Sale in Larchmere  

Do any of these neighborhoods sound like a perfect fit?

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March
12

Which Akron Neighborhood is Right for You?

Akron is one of Ohio's largest cities and industrial centers and settled at the highest point of the Ohio and Erie Canal just 40 miles south of Cleveland. Even though we're nicknamed the "Rubber Capital of the World", there's so much more to this city than high-quality tires. From an abundance of farmers markets, brunch destinations and more — you could spend days exploring our amazing city. When you do decide to move here (and we promise you will), it can be hard to decide on the perfect neighborhood. That's why we rounded up some of the hottest areas in Akron, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you're looking for, there's a home and neighborhood perfect for you. Happy exploring!    

For the Outdoor Enthusiast — Cuyahoga Falls

Akron Neighborhoods Cuyahoga Falls is a vibrant community located just a few miles north from Akron. Its name stems from its proximity to the Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The town offers a diverse selection of housing options, green spaces and a charming downtown area that's full of things to do! There are a plethora of outdoor pursuits all around Cuyahoga Falls from kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking and more. If you aren't a huge fan of outdoor activities, there's still a ton to do in the area from perusing the shops in the historic downtown or grabbing a bite from one of the fabulous restaurants. Neighborhood highlights: Blue Door Cafe and Bakery, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Summit Metro Parks and the Downtown Amphitheater.  

For Golf Lovers — Stow

This smaller, primarily residential, suburb boasts beautiful homes and ample parks. The friendly community atmosphere, picturesque roads, 410 acres of parkland along with the fantastic home prices make this little town perfect for first-time homeowners. While the area is full of amazing attractions, it is the golf courses that make this area stand out. Home to the Fox Den Golf Course and the Roses Run Country Club are both award-winning 18-hole courses, this community is truly a golf-lovers paradise. Neighborhood highlights: Summit County Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, StowNut Donut & Diner, Cellar 59 Wine Bar & Wine Shop.  

For Those Raising a Family — Goodyear Heights

Akron Neighborhoods The small community of Goodyear Heights was created by the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as a neighborhood that would provide an easier commute for Goodyear employees. Today, the charming town is a mostly residential community full of moderately priced single-family homes. The area features great schools and the Goodyear Heights Metro Park, which provides a recreational oasis for residents. Neighborhood highlights: The Linda, Julian's, Buckeye Bookshop and the Goodyear Theater & Hall.  

For the Homebody — Portage Lakes

Situated just south of Akron, Portage Lakes is a popular place to call home. It's also beautiful, with the Portage Lakes State Park surrounding the suburb. The area is also known as the best-kept secret in Northeast Ohio due to the incredible variety of outdoor experiences and the fantastic sense of community. For those of us who love the small town vibe, getting to know your neighbors and becoming a "regular" at a local business — the tight-knit community of Portage Lakes is the place to be. Neighborhood highlights: Portage Lake Cruises, The Great Escape Room and The Harbor Front.  

For the Foodie — Downtown Akron

Akron Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of The Lockview.

You'll never run out of things to do, see or eat in Downtown Akron. This area is perfect for those who love city life with a small town atmosphere. Downtown is a hub for artists, poets, authors and foodies, so you'll feel at home no matter what your passion is. This metropolitan area is also home to some of the best restaurants around. From casual eats to upscale dining, you'll find delicious food and great ambiance when you choose to dine downtown. Grab comfort food at The Lockview or pizza at the famous Luigi's — whatever you choose we promise you're in for a treat. Neighborhood highlights: The Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum, Canal Park and Lock 3.  

For the Historian — Bath Township

You may recognize the name of this lovely neighborhood due to the fame of one of its residents, LeBron James! The basketball legend calls this town home, with visitors and locals alike trying to catch a glimpse of his stunning home whenever they can. Even if you're not a fan of LeBron James, there are still plenty of reasons to fall in love with this suburb. Historians will love spending all day at Hale Farm and Village and learning all about the famous Hale family and the community. Neighborhood highlights: Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, The Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Township Historical Museum and the Western Reserve Playhouse.  

For the Artist — Highland Square

Akron Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Shane Wynn via the PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival.

Highland Square is one of Akron's most eclectic neighborhoods! The neighborhood is home to a library, a plethora of delicious restaurants and even some local nightclubs and bars. There's a little something for everyone here, which is why people from all walks of life choose to call it home. But it's the art scene of this unique suburb that makes it so popular for artists, musicians and movie lovers. Here, you'll find the Highland Square Theatre, public art lining the streets and the annual PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival which brings thousands of visitors to the area each year. Neighborhood highlights: Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Wally Waffle, The Market Path and Square Records.  

For the Luxury Lover — Merriman Valley

Merriman Valley is known as one of Akron's wealthiest neighborhoods, situated nears several country clubs and home to gorgeous houses built in the early 1900s. For an example of the incredible architecture in the area, stop by Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a castle-like residence that served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder Frank A. Seiberling. The area itself is pristine and beautiful, offering close proximity to the Cuyahoga Valley National park as well as top-notch public schools. If you're looking for an HGTV ready home — Merriman Valley is perfect for you. Neighborhood highlights: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Cascade Valley Metro Park and None Too Fragile Theatre.  

For the Socialite — Wallhaven

Wallhaven is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being in the thick of it all. The area is home to some of Akron's most popular gathering spots from the original location for Swenson's Drive-in to the iconic Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. The neighborhood surrounds the intersections of Market Street, Exchange Street and Hawkins Avenue, offering a little bit of shopping, upscale eating and entertainment. Plus, the housing options are incredible from historic castle-like homes to "hobbit houses" that make this area look like it was pulled straight from Lord of the Rings. Neighborhood highlights: Westlake Manor Park, Eye Opener and Fire Leaf.  

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February
26

A Complete Guide to Downtown Cleveland's 9 Unique Neighborhoods

Downtown Cleveland is home to nine incredible and unique neighborhoods full of art, music, great food and more. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city center is teeming with excitement and history. There is really no wrong choice when considering where to live or what to do in Downtown Cleveland, but we've created a complete guide to the nine different districts to make your exploration a little easier.

North Coast Harbor

Downtown Cleveland North Coast Harbor is home to Cleveland's most notable attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. This neighborhood is located on the shore of Lake Erie, bringing together the energy of the city and the tranquil waters of the lake. Plus, there is a ton to do in the area all year long, from summer food trucks and yoga events to the North Coast Harbor Ice Fest. Neighborhood highlights: The Goodtime III, FirstEnergy Stadium, Steamship William G. Mather, the International Women's Air & Space Museum and Voinovich Bicentennial Park.    

The Campus District

"Arts, eds and meds" are what define the Campus District. Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Hospital anchor this eastern Cleveland neighborhood. With all of the great schools in the area, this is the perfect spot downtown if you're interested in expanding your education, or even raising a family! Plus, with all of the incredible restaurants, shops, galleries, art and sporting events — you won't ever run out of things to do! Neighborhood highlights: Trinity Cathedral, Wolstein Center, Becky's Bar and Grill, Aladdin's Baking and Phoenix Coffee.  

The Flats

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of  Orville McEachron Photography via The Flats.

No matter who you ask in the area, they'll tell you that the Flats are back. Thanks to a multi-million dollar makeover to both its east and west banks, this waterfront neighborhood is thriving. Today, you'll find fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a boardwalk with a complimentary green space in the area. Make sure to take one of the area's famous water taxis from one side to the other to get the true Flats experience! Neighborhood highlights: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Jacobs Pavilion, Punch Bowl Social, Shooters on the Water and Lago.  

NineTwelve District

Formerly known as the Financial District, this neighborhood features office buildings mixed with stunning downtown residences and beautiful restaurants. In the summertime, Perk Plaza, the neighborhood's funky urban greenspace, turns into a food truck hub — perfect for those on the 9-to-5 schedule downtown. Neighborhood highlights: Heinen's, the 9 Cleveland, the Swetland Building and Omeleggedon Smokehouse Cafe.  

Gateway District

Downtown Cleveland The Gateway District is a downtown hub for major concerts, professional baseball, basketball and hockey games. The area is home to many downtown hotels, retail stores and more than 60 restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is also home to the famous 5th Street Arcade, a century-old architectural landmark that is home to some incredible shops and a hotel. Neighborhood highlights: Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, Flannery's Irish Pub, Greenhouse Tavern and the Chocolate Bar.  

East 4th Street

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of East 4th Street.

Pedestrian-friendly East 4th Street is the epitome of urban development. With strings of overhead light bulbs, an abundance of patio seating and ever-present street life, this up-and-coming downtown neighborhood is hard to ignore. This is all due to a tenacious developer, who was determined to put life into a block of vacant and struggling storefronts in the heart of our beloved city. If you're not ready to buy a home, check out their amazing apartments! Neighborhood highlights: The Corner Alley, CLE Clothing Company, Pickwick and Frolic, Zocalo Tequileria and Erie Island Coffee Company.  

Civic Center District

The Civic Center District is an essential Cleveland stop. This area is home to the city's landmark skyscraper, Terminal Tower, as well as the Cleveland Mall, one of the city's public parks that is a grassy oasis in the middle of downtown. Don't miss the JACK Cleveland Casino, which used to be the Higbee Department Store featured in the famous "A Christmas Story" movie! Neighborhood highlights: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.  

Warehouse District

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Coffee.

In the mid-19th century, the Warehouse District was home to warehouses for hardware, marine and garment businesses, as well as offices for the shipping industry. Today, the Victorian-era buildings are preserved on the outside but are now filled with fine dining eateries, wine bars, clubs and urban lofts. Neighborhood highlights: Dive Bar, Blue Pointe Grille, Barley House, the Nauti Mermaid and Johnny's Downtown.  

Playhouse Square

You can't miss the massive marquees and twinkling lights of Playhouse Square, Cleveland's official theater district. This area's collection of glamorous theaters draw well over a million visitors annually. Aside from New York's Lincoln Center, this is one of the largest theater districts in the United States with staples like the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Neighborhood highlights: DYNOMITE, Cowell & Hubbard and the plethora of venues.  

Happy Exploring!

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