Old World architecture mixes with sleek modernism in Tremont, a neighborhood located less than five minutes from downtown Cleveland. It's an eclectic enclave of homes, churches, art galleries and cutting-edge restaurants. A destination neighborhood in its own right, Tremont has the added benefit of its proximity to Downtown and to Cleveland's historic West Side Market and bustling Ohio City neighborhood.
Tremont is accessible from Interstate 90 at the West 14th Street exit. Public transportation can be accessed by the numbers 84 or 81 bus lines, as well as the Red Line train which stops at the nearby Ohio City Rapid Station.
The Tremont neighborhood was settled in the mid-1800s by Connecticut farmers and later became home to Cleveland University. The university failed, but left the neighborhood with the building and the associated street names Literary, College, Professor and University.
The industrial boom of the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries drew immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom worked in the steel mills in the Flats. These immigrants built stunning churches, like the onion-domed St. Theodosius Orthodox Cathedral, featured in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter
Artists began to settle in the area in the 1970s, attracted to Tremont's architectural character and proximity to downtown. These same qualities are drawing new generations of artists, musicians, professionals and an increasing number of young families.
The housing stock in Tremont is probably the most diverse in the City of Cleveland. The styles range from very large homes on West 14th Street to Victorian, Italianate, Colonials, doubles, townhouses, workers' cottages, loft condominiums, storefronts and upscale new construction. A number of the lots in the neighborhood contain two or even three homes. Also scattered throughout the community are storefront buildings that once housed businesses but have since been used for residential purposes or live/work space. A ride down the oddly-angled streets in the neighborhood gives one an idea of the European feel in the neighborhood.
Recently, construction of modern single-family homes and townhomes have added to the living options in Tremont:
The Footbridge Townhomes offer open, contemporary spaces overlooking Clark Field and the Cuyahoga Valley. Each home features a beautiful, open great room containing sliding glass doors that lead to a spacious deck with views of Cleveland's Industrial Valley.
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The diverse streets of Tremont are lined with 17 different churches as well as social halls, art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants which are woven among the residences and public spaces.
The many artists who call Tremont home are showcased in a monthly Art Walk in the neighborhood galleries and restaurants.
Two parks are also part of the community, Lincoln Park on West 14th Street, which has a place for picnicking and a City swimming pool, and Tremont Fields which has a number of baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and a soccer/football field.
The main commercial districts in Tremont are Professor and West 14th Streets. Basic retail opportunities include convenience retail, but only a few minutes away is the West Side Market where one can purchase myriad fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and baked goods. Other services and retail in Tremont include coffee houses, pastry shops, restaurants, taverns, and art galleries.