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May
30

Located just west of downtown Cleveland, Edgewater is a lakefront neighborhood with ample outdoor space, restaurants, and retail including the Clifton Boulevard Historic District. The neighborhood extends from West 117th, where Lakewood begins, to the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood to the east. With excellent beach access at the nearby Edgewater Beach and Park, Edgewater truly is lakefront living at its best.

Edgewater is a vibrant neighborhood with a unique mixture apartment buildings, duplexes, triplexes, and individual homes. A walkable neighborhood with tree-lined streets, Edgewater is also a bike-friendly community with access to the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway at Edgewater Park. The bikeway extends a total of 17 miles along the city's Lake Erie shoreline, between Euclid and Edgewater Park. The neighborhood is also known for its grand, stately homes with unique architectural features located on both Lake Avenue and Edgewater Drive as well as Harborview Drive. Many of these homes are located just a short walk from the water with some even having private access to Lake Erie and views of downtown Cleveland.

Edgewater is close to other popular neighborhoods including Lakewood, Ohio City, Tremont, and downtown Cleveland. With access to the Shoreway, Edgewater is only a short drive to the other surrounding eastern neighborhoods and suburbs including last week's feature, North Collinwood, just east of the city.

Restaurants

Earth Bistro Cafe

Liquid Fresh Planet Clifton

Project: Pizza

Clifton Martini & Wine Bar

Don's Lighthouse Grille

Pulp Juice & Smoothie Bar

Twist Social Club

Landmark: Smokehouse. Kitchen. Bar.

Tick Tock Tavern

China Cafe

El Jalapenos Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Papa Nick's Pizza & Pasta

The Brother's Lounge

Grocery

Lucky's Market

Coffee Shop

Starbucks

Retail/Salons

Flower Child

Pet-Tique

J. Romer Salon

Eddy's Barbershop

Parks

Edgewater Park Beach

Edgewater Park

Attractions

Edgewater Cleveland Sign

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway

The neighborhood's main attractions - Edgewater Beach and Park - are popular venues for festivals, concerts, races, food trucks, and more. Shared with the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, the beach and park are managed by the Cleveland Metroparks and feature two beaches, a pier, trails, pavilions for picnics and an endless list of events. One of the more popular events is the weekly concert series, Edgewater Live, held every Thursday starting the end of May. This concert series features live music, an assortment of local food and drink, and beautiful lake views. Other popular events include yoga on the beach and run/walk events raising money for charity organizations.

Events 2019

Edgewater Live - held every Thursday starting May 30th from 4:30p to 9:00p

Edgewater Beach Cleanup - Tuesday, Jun 4th from 5:30p to 7:30p

PositiveSpin216 - Friday, June 21st from 6:00p to 9:30p

Edgewater Street Fest 2019 - Sunday, June 30th from 12:00p to 7:00p

AIA Cleveland Sand Festival 2019 - Saturday, August 3rd from 8:00a to 5:00p

May
23

A lakefront neighborhood located just north of the highway, North Collinwood is a community of artists and small businesses. This community features beautiful, eclectic homes with tons of character and charm that come at an affordable price tag. While much of the neighborhood was a popular residential community for the nearby railroad workers in the early 1900s the neighborhoods near and north of Lakeshore were second homes or beach houses for those who wanted to escape the city and spend some time on Lake Erie.This historic neighborhood on the water is experiencing a steady revitalization.  

A truly unique aspect is the neighborhood's lakefront beach clubs with private water access that line the north coast of Lake Erie. Starting at the edge of Bratenahl on the western side of North Collinwood, there are a series of private beach clubs including the Ouidenarde Club, Groveland Club, and Shore Acres Association. Moving farther east, the Coronado Beach Association, Beachland Park, East Shore Park Club among others are located to the east of the Wildwood Marina and park as well as Euclid Beach park and only a short walk or drive to the storefront districts.

The community has two main streets which include Waterloo; also known as the Waterloo Arts District, and the historic E. 185th district. A true hidden gem just east of Bratenahl Village, North Collinwood has a lot to offer including lakefront parks, entertainment, restaurants, coffee shops, brewery, and murals on every corner. One of the more recognizable landmarks in North Collinwood is the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. As one of the anchors of the Waterloo Arts District, the venue brings concert-goers as well as foodies to enjoy their music shows and diner style food.  

Lakefront Parks

  1. Wildwood Park and Marina
  2. Euclid Beach Park

Popular Events 2019

  1. Euclid Beach Live - every Friday from May 31, 2019 to August 2, 2019
  2. Walk All Over Waterloo - every first Friday of the month from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
  3. Waterloo Arts Fest - Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Restaurants/Eateries/etc

  1. Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
  2. The Callaloo Café and Bar
  3. Ritual Juicery and Kitchen (coming June 2019)
  4. Citizen Pie
  5. Scotti's Italian Eatery
  6. The Standard
  7. Chili Peppers
  8. Irie Jamaican Kitchen
  9. Fresh Catch Seafood
  10. Luckys Restaurant
  11. Gus's Diner 185
  12. Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery
  13. Calypso's Cafe
  14. Bratenahl Kitchen

Coffee Shop/Brewery

  1. Six Shooter Coffee
  2. The Cleveland Brewery

A true haven for artists and creativity, the community also features a number of art galleries spread out across North Collinwood's Waterloo Arts District. Many of the galleries offer free exhibits, programs, classes, and more for local residents to enjoy.

  1. Waterloo Arts Gallery
  2. Phone Gallery
  3. Waterloo 7 Gallery
  4. Space: ROCK
  5. Praxis Fiber Workshop
  6. Azure Stained Glass Studio
  7. Ink House
  8. Matt Shiffler Photography
  9. Article: Art in Cleveland



May
15

Located just west of the Cuyahoga River, Tremont is a residential neighborhood known for being one of the oldest areas in Cleveland with its rehabilitated and new construction homes, great views of downtown Cleveland, and scenic walkability. It can easily be identified by the many church steeples throughout the neighborhood. The historic Lincoln Park, the neighborhood's town square, and Tremont Park are great places to enjoy the outdoors. The recently renovated and expanded Tremont Park also features a dog park and has the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail running right through it.

Tremont is just a short drive from downtown Cleveland, Ohio City, Lakewood, and other neighboring communities. The neighborhood's central location makes it easy to access all points in the region. For those who enjoy Cleveland tourist stops, Tremont is also home to the A Christmas Story House which has been turned into a museum for year-round enjoyment.

In recent years, Tremont has transformed into one of Cleveland's trendiest neighborhoods with the main streets lined with restaurants, cafes, shops, boutiques, bars, and art galleries. With all types of food, there is something for everyone. Some of the more landmark stops include:

Landmark restaurants/cafes/etc

  1. Sokolowski's University Inn
  2. Prosperity Social Club
  3. Grumpy's Cafe

Top 10 Food Spots (yelp.com)

  1. Trio
  2. The Bourbon Street Barrel Room
  3. Sokolowski's University Inn
  4. Fat Cats
  5. Tremont Tap House
  6. Fahrenheit
  7. Dante
  8. Crust
  9. Ushabu
  10. The South Side

Coffee Shops

  1. Civilization
  2. Loop
  3. Beviamo
  4. Duck-Rabbit Coffee
  5. Terrapin Coffee Company

The neighborhood is also a frequent choice for arts and food festivals including the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival in addition to the Taste of Tremont, the annual Greek Festival, Crafted; a local food, beer and music festival, and a number of other events.

Festivals 2019

  1. Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival
  2. Taste of Tremont
  3. Greek Festival
  4. Crafted - Local Food, Beer & Music Festival
  5. Tremont Trek Home Tour
  6. Walkabout Tremont

With the continued development and revitalization happening in Tremont, this area is definitely one to keep an eye on.

May
8

The question many Cleveland home buyers face when deciding to buy is whether to buy a new build, existing home, or fixer upper? Last week, we listed a few benefits associated with purchasing a new construction home. With Cleveland's rich architectural history and burgeoning communities, there are a number of benefits that come with purchasing an existing home that needs some attention. In this blog post, we look at the benefits of purchasing a fixer upper home.

Likely to have a lower purchase price. Especially in trendy neighborhoods where already updated homes are out of a home buyer's price range, fixer upper homes offer the opportunity to buy in the desired neighborhood without breaking the bank. In Cleveland, the Gordon Square Arts District is a blooming community with beautifully updated homes and price tags to match. However, the fixer upper homes offer an opportunity for some home buyers to live in their dream neighborhood at a cost that may fit their budget.  

Likely to have less competition. Because not everyone is cut out for a fixer upper or uninterested in tackling project after project, there is likely to be less competition for home buyers looking to buy an existing home that needs attention. With that being said, the Cleveland market is hot and home buyers should still move quickly on a home that fits their criteria and must-haves.

Yes, customization! In contrast to new construction homes, existing homes also offer the benefit of customization. A fixer upper is essentially a DIY-er's dream; an opportunity to take a home and completely customize it through one DIY project at a time. In comparison to a new construction home, a fixer upper already has the existing structure and isn't started from scratch. Many of these homes have the potential to create a one-of-a-kind residence that combines contemporary with the original architectural features.  

Home value builds quickly with improvements. When purchasing and renovating an existing home, every project and improvement is a potential benefit to the home's value. In Cleveland's up-and-coming neighborhoods, property values are jumping quickly and additional improvements can help add to a home's value. A home buyer has the potential to purchase a home at a more affordable cost, add value through improvements, and end up with home worth  as much as similar homes in that neighborhood that were purchased for much more.

Renovation Loans/Incentive Programs. Some neighborhoods offer incentive programs to encourage those working in the neighborhood to also take up residence. For example, Greater Circle Living is an incentive program that offers a forgivable loan to eligible University Circle employees to use as a down payment or toward closing costs. To learn more, click here. Other programs include the Cleveland Restoration Society which offers technical assistance to help provide homeowners the help they need to repair, rehab, and maintain their home as well as low-interest loan options for homeowners that are rehabbing their older home. To learn more, click here

Architectural character! Cleveland is filled with historic neighborhoods complete with century homes boasting crown molding, hardwood floors, unique door knobs, ornate fireplaces, and so much more. With a little maintenance, many of these homes have unique details that can be blended with more modern features to create contemporary living spaces of old and new.  

Now that we have listed the benefits of both purchasing a new construction home versus purchasing a fixer upper, what sparks your interest? Are you leaning toward purchasing a century home in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts District or is a new construction home in Ohio City more your speed? For help finding your dream home, contact one of our expert Real Estate agents today!

May
1

When it comes to purchasing a home in greater Cleveland, there are several questions home buyers must ask themselves before making the final decision. With Cleveland as well as the surrounding neighborhood's experiencing a vibrant revitalization, now if an excellent time to buy. One big question is; to buy a new build, existing home, or a fixer upper? In this blog post, we look at the benefits of purchasing a new construction home. Next week's blog post will feature the benefits of purchasing a fixer upper home.

Less projects! Which in turn means more free time and more time to visit the West Side Market, hike the Cleveland Metroparks, explore the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Greenhouse, and to try Cleveland's unique restaurant scene. With new build homes, you don't have to worry about removing that vintage green wallpaper in your guest room or ripping up the shag carpeting that was installed when the home was built. Instead, weekends will be about completing your next Cleveland adventure!

Customization. With most new build homes, there is a certain amount of customization that allows home buyers to suit the house to their needs and tastes. For example, home buyers of new construction might get to choose the flooring, cabinetry, lighting fixtures, layout, and more while the home is being constructed. Ask your Progressive Urban agent about the level of customization available for different developments.

More likely to be more energy efficient. When new construction homes are being built, they are often made with more energy efficient details such as windows and heating/cooling units. Older homes that have yet to be renovated are not likely to have these updated, costly features. Additionally, new construction, energy efficient homes that meet the Cleveland Green Building Standards may qualify for a 15-year tax abatement. Read below to learn more about Cleveland's tax incentives!

Tax Incentives. As mentioned, the city of Cleveland offers a 15-year tax abatement for new construction as long as the property meets the Cleveland Green Building Standard. Tax abatement is the reduction of taxes approved by the city to encourage economic development. Want to know more about the city's tax incentives? Ask your Progressive Urban Real Estate agent for more details.

More able to have smart technology. More and more homes these days are constructed with smart technology in mind. Think smart panel lighting, blinds, thermostats, appliances, the list goes on. Many of these features are offered as upgrades for home buyers during the construction process.

Which brings us to - cleanliness. Since new construction homes are exactly that; new, they are clean! There are no messes from the previous owner to clean up or soot buildup in the kitchen from years of cooking. We've all seen those grease stains next to the stovetop that are impossible to remove!

Likely to have less maintenance costs. With all of the mechanical systems, windows, walls, and roof being new, there will be less maintenance in the first years of a new home versus an existing home.

After reading the benefits of buying a new construction home in the Cleveland area, are you still thinking to yourself that you are more of a fixer upper type of home buyer? Lover of projects? Interested in character and unique architectural features? Check back next week for our blog post on the benefits of purchasing a fixer upper home.

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