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The City of University Heights is a community of approximately 15,000 located 20 minutes east of Cleveland and is accessible via I-90.


University Heights was founded in the early twentieth century as Idlewood Village. Its name changed when John Carroll University, previously located on the west side, began a new campus on the east side. Today, University Heights is a diverse suburb featuring historic, well-kept homes.


University Heights features diverse housing stock. The community contains mostly single-family homes with some two-family homes and apartment buildings.


Residents and visitors to University Heights enjoy its high quality retail areas, including Fairmount Circle and Cedar Center. Cedar Center is located at the intersection of Cedar and Warrensville, and is in the process of a comprehensive redevelopment. Redevelopment of the city has included the University Commons retail development at S. Taylor and Cedar Rd., and University Square, the region’s only two-story shopping plaza, which features a Kaufman’s, a Target, a T.J. Max and other chain stores.

Points of Interest

University Heights is the home to John Carroll University, one of the highest-ranked Jesuit universities in the Midwest. The community is also known for its historic homes and quiet, tree-lined streets. Its attractions include Purvis Park, which was redeveloped in 1995 to include a renovated swimming pool and recreation facilities.


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