Progressive Urban Real Estate has been an active member of the community in the city of Cleveland since being founded in 1986. With deep roots in downtown Cleveland and the first suburbs, Progressive Urban has been an advocate of urban revitalization and contributing to the growth and development of Cleveland's urban neighborhoods. Not only do many of our realtors live where they work, our agency also supports local organizations such as the Brite Winter festival. Progressive Urban Real Estate is proud to be a bronze level sponsor of this year's Brite Winter festival; an annual outdoor music, arts, food, and beer festival hosted during one of Cleveland's coldest months.
So how did the Brite Winter festival come to be? It all began when a couple of friends were sharing a pitcher on a patio at the end of the summer. Conversation turned to two things: what can younger people do to get more involved in the community; and what are things you've always wanted to do? We decided that Cleveland really needed to embrace winter and have fun with it. They ended up finding an enormous amount of support in the community and found that there were way too many things to show off in this town. Their first event consisted of 800 people listening to music, building snow forts, and sliding around on ski-bikes in an urban park. The second year lead to even more partnerships and fun. Since then, the event has grown to one with over 20,000 visitors, tons of community partnerships, and over 3 dozen musical acts.
The team at Brite Winter wanted to contribute to the Cleveland cultural landscape with a free/low cost, and accessible events during underserved times of the year, like winter; an event where anyone can experience our city through traditional and innovative activities. Brite Winter marries fire, participatory art, food, music, and games to build community while helping Clevelanders embrace the cold winter months.
Brite Winter embraces their core values of positivity, community, creativity, artistic excellence, and accessibility contributing to the Cleveland cultural landscape with a free/low cost, and accessible events during underserved times of the year, like winter; an event where anyone can experience our city through traditional and innovative activities. We at Progressive Urban Real Estate are proud to be a community partner of the Brite Winter organization.
The Brite Winter festival is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 3p to 1a in the West Bank of the Flats and is a FREE event. For more information about the event, click here. We hope to see you there!
A true hidden gem of Cleveland, the historic St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is located just east of downtown. Minutes from both Lake Erie, the neighborhood has convenient access to both I-90 and Route 2. The community was established in the 1860s and has seen expansive changes over the years since. With downtown Cleveland bordering the neighborhood to the west, Lake Erie to the north, and Chester Avenue to the south (Superior to the south, east of East 55th Street), the area stretches to Rockefeller Park.
Popular for its indoor shopping area carved out of old factories, the neighborhood features a number of shopping plazas including the Asia Plaza located on E. 30th Street and Payne Avenue as well as Asia Town Center on E. 38th Street. The plaza is home to a number of unique stores and restaurants as well as the Park to Shop grocery store. Galleries and live-work lofts coexist on tree-lined streets with modest homes and quaint urban gardens. A majority of the residential communities run north-to-south between the main roads of St. Clair, Superior Avenue, Payne Avenue, and Chester Avenue. The main roads running east-to-west are primarily home to converted warehouses and the neighborhoods dozens of incredible restaurants.
With over 30 restaurants, cafes, and shops, the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is a vibrant community bursting with culture, diversity, and a staunch support for small businesses. Well known for its various asian cuisines, the neighborhood is home to a wide variety of foods including Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Croatian, Ethiopian, and Soul Food.
The neighborhood is a frequent location for a number of festivals and events. One of the more popular is the Cleveland Flea; a local organization created to support local and small business vendors. The event was started in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in Tyler Village; a warehouse park located on Superior Avenue. In addition to the Cleveland Flea, the neighborhood hosts the yearly Cleveland Asian Festival during the month of May. The Cleveland Asian Festival is a grassroots festival that highlight Cleveland's AsiaTown, diversity, and Asian culture in northeast Ohio. Other events include the Night Market on the last Friday of every month during the summer and the annual Asiatown food tour held in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood that visits a number of the community's best restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.
Another popular cultural festivals is the annual Cleveland Kurentovanje festival. The event is held at the end of February through the beginning of March and is a multi-day "Slovenian Mardi Gras" festival, celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Founded in 2013 and volunteer-organized, Cleveland Kurentovanje is filled with cultural and festive events, and culminates in a day-long Parade & Festival celebration on Saturday complete with costumes, a parade, ethnic food and drink, musical and cultural performances, and Kurents — mythical creatures who are believed to chase away winter and usher in spring.
2019 Cleveland Kurentovanje | Monday, February 25th - Saturday, March 2nd
The Cleveland Flea | Saturday/Sunday, May 4th-5th, 2019, July 13th-14th, 2019, September 21st-22nd, 2019
Cleveland Asian Festival | Saturday/Sunday, May 18th-19th, 2019
Night Market Cleveland | Friday, June 21st, July 26th, August 30th, June 27th
Asiatown Food Tour | Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
IngenuityFest 2019 | Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th
Founded in 1870 as the Village of Glenville, the neighborhood was annexed to the city of Cleveland in 1905 and is known for its lush greenery, parks, and lake access. Glenville is located just a short distance from downtown Cleveland and is bordered by MLK Jr. Drive to the west, Lake Erie to the north, Lakeview Road to the east, and Wade Park Avenue to the south. The historic, tree-lined East Boulevard runs along MLK Jr. drive with dozens of ornately designed homes featuring grand porches, leaded glass windows, brick chimneys, and park views. Famously known as the birthplace of Superman in 1932, the popular comic book character was created out of the home of Jerry Siegel who grew up in a house still present on Kimberly Avenue.
Glenville's Gordon Park opened in 1893 and originally sat on a total of 122 acres of land adjacent Lake Erie on the city's East Side. It is named in honor of philanthropist and industrialist William J. Gordon, who originally owned and developed the land as part of his estate. In 1978 the section of the park adjacent to the lakeshore was incorporated, along with five other individual recreational areas along the lake, into the larger state-funded district known as Cleveland Lakefront State Park. Most recently, Gordon Park became part of the Cleveland Metroparks system; which includes 18 reservations and more than 23,000 acres of park space.
The Rockefeller Greenhouse was completed in 1905 and was originally intended to be used to grow the plants used to landscape city parks and gardens. Since its development, the Greenhouse and grounds have evolved into a first-rate botanical facility containing specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens. The greenhouse was built on a portion of the 270 acres donated to the City by John D. Rockefeller soon to be called Rockefeller and Gordon Parks. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens were built on the remaining acres; lining MLK Jr. Boulevard and East Boulevard with gardens designed to commemorate different ethnic groups whose immigrants have contributed to the heritage of the United States over the centuries, as well as Cleveland
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Recently, the neighborhood of Glenville welcomed the New East Side Market located at the corner of St Clair and E. 105th. The market is a neighborhood indoor fresh market venue and facility. It is anchored by a full-service grocery store offering healthy and fresh, organic, locally grown produce, fresh meats, fish, prepared meals, and other specialty food and beverage items. In addition to the new market, the Gateway 105 Farmers Market is held every Friday during the warmer months. The market is Glenville's own Farmer and Maker's Market with fresh and local produce, local artisan crafts, and live music! Each Friday there are different activities for visitors to enjoy including a monthly market dedicated to sustainability.
Shaker Square is a historic neighborhood within city limits located just southeast of downtown Cleveland. The neighborhood is complete with restaurants, shops, entertainment, and more including the decoratively ornate Atlas Cinemas theater. One of the first of its kind, the square was designed as a suburban shopping center to appeal to the upper-class clientele of Shaker Heights and housed a great variety of businesses over the years, from realtors and restaurants to specialty clothing stores and professional offices.
Initially designed as a gateway to the Shaker Heights suburb, the square's design was inspired by 18th-century European royal squares with American Colonial-Georgian details to conform with the vision of Shaker Heights. The surrounding residential parts of the Shaker Square neighborhood primarily feature English, French, or Colonial style homes and apartment buildings. Immediately surrounding the square, a majority of the residences are apartment buildings designed in the aforementioned styles on tree-lined streets in walking distance to the square.
More recently, the square has evolved into a popular location for small business entrepreneurs. The proximity of the neighborhood to downtown via the RTA transit Shaker Square station and other neighboring communities - including Cleveland Heights, the new Van Aken district, and Larchmere - makes the location ideal for businesses and residents looking for urban living paired with neighborhood charm. The transit line runs directly through the center of the square connecting residents and visitors to the new Van Aken district to the southeast and Tower City in downtown Cleveland to the northwest. The Tower City transit stop provides riders with access to other neighborhoods within the greater Cleveland area.
A popular location for festivals, Shaker Square is home to a number of events including the weekly seasonal North Union Farmers Market which occurs every Saturday. The market is part of a city wide series bringing locally-grown or made products to urban communities for purchase directly from the vendor. The market is held outdoors in the middle of the square from April until December. Another popular event hosted by the North Union Farmers Market organization is the Cleveland Garlic Festival is a two-day yearly event featuring live music, entertainment, vendors, and all things garlic-related.
North Union Farmers Markets (seasonal) - every Saturday from 8:00a to 12:00p
Free Summer Concert Series - June 22nd to August 3rd from 6:00p to 9:00p
Cleveland Garlic Festival - August 24th from 12:00p to 8:00p
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival - September 12th from 10:00a to 11:00p
Holiday Market - December 1st from 9:00a to 1:00p
Located southwest of downtown Cleveland on the edge of city limits, the Larchmere shopping district is a historic neighborhood with unique shops, art and antique stores, restaurants and personal services. The neighborhood's main shopping district - Larchmere Boulevard - is ten blocks of upbeat vitality and offbeat charm running west to east between E. 120th Street and North Moreland Boulevard. Located north of Shaker Square, Larchmere has evolved into a truly unique shopping destination that is home to independent, locally-owned and locally-operated businesses.
With a majority of the neighborhood homes built between 1910 and 1925, the Larchmere residential and shopping community is popular for its duplex style homes and turn-of-the-century style single family homes. In 2015, the neighborhood was officially listed as the Woodland-Larchmere Commercial Historic District when it was approved by the state and the National Park Service. In addition to the recognition on the National Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood underwent a $3 million streetscape project to help redevelop that district; creating new crosswalks, installing distinctive bike racks, and other amenities aside from resurfacing.
The neighborhood is also a haven for artists and like-minded individuals with art installations, murals, and galleries lining the main shopping district. Several of the galleries double as studios and are home to many of Cleveland's unique talents. The community has been described as funky, retro, and shabby chic due to its general atmosphere and artist scene.
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A popular location for festivals, the Larchmere shopping district features several yearly events including the PorchFest and the Larchmere Arts Festival. The PorchFest is a free music event that features a day with a lineup of about 30 bands on 30 different porches scattered about the neighborhood. A major event in Cleveland, the festival includes live music as well as theatrical and artistic performances, enhanced food options and great shopping and socializing to create a cohesive community within the Larchmere neighborhood and greater Cleveland.
PorchFest - June 15th from 2:00p to 10:00p
Larchmere Festival - Saturday, July 6th from 10:00a to 5:00p
Author Alley - Saturday, July 6th from 12:00p to 4:00p
Sidewalk Sale Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, August 31st from 10:00a to 5:00p
Halloween Candy Run - Thursday, October 31st from 5:00p to 7:30p
Located just east of downtown Cleveland along the HealthLine bus rapid transit route on Euclid Avenue, University Circle is a burgeoning neighborhood built around University Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and the many museums. With attractions such as the Uptown shopping district, educational institutions, and the historic Murray Hill area, University Circle has become a cultural hub just minutes from downtown Cleveland and the near-east suburbs. The I-90 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway is a few minutes drive from most of University Circle. The neighborhood also features two Red Line transit stops located at the bottom of the Murray Hill area on Mayfield Road and at the bottom of Cedar Hill. Both provide residents with access to downtown and the surrounding suburbs.
The University Circle residential style is a blend of old and new with new construction apartments and townhomes being developed in several parts of the area for those who enjoy a more contemporary lifestyle. The neighborhood is also home to a number of historic homes and apartments that include unique architectural features. University Circle is a community that has experienced quite a bit of development with new shopping, restaurants, and residential spaces, some of which are still in the works.
Widely known for its arts and history museums, University Circle is home to the Cleveland Museum of Art which was ranked no. 2 in the country in 2016 by Business Insider. The museum features a number of galleries that are open to the public at no cost and contain world-renowned works of art by artists including Picasso, Degas, van Gogh, Monet, Dalí, Warhol, and more. The museum also features special temporary exhibits for a fee that have included Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt, Georgia O'Keeffe, and most recently, Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art.
Home to the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall was opened in 1931 and is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful concert halls. For over a century, the orchestra has traveled the globe and become one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. A true rare gem of Cleveland, the orchestra and Severance Hall are pillars of the University Circle community.
A community built by diversity, University Circle is a frequent location for festivals and events dedicated to the arts. One of the more notable festivals is the Parade the Circle; a free yearly event to celebrate the arts, culture, and music from local groups and organizations complete homemade decorations and costumes.
Parade the Circle 2019 - Saturday, June 8th from 10:00a to 4:00p
Solstice Festival 2019 - Saturday, June 22nd from 8:00 to 1:00a
CMA Chalk Festival - Saturday, September 21st from 11:00a to 5:00p
Wade Oval Wednesdays - Every Wednesday starting June 12th from 6:00p to 9:00p
Feast of the Assumption 2019 - Thursday, August 15th to Sunday, August 18th from 12:00p to 11:00p
University Circle's Murray Hill area is a well-known attraction with beautiful churches, shops, Italian restaurants, galleries, and events. Most notably, Murray Hill's Feast of the Assumption is an annual celebration that brings attendees from all over Northeast Ohio for food delicacies, entertainment, and local vendors. The festival has been occurring for more than a century, having begun in 1898. The neighborhood was built by immigrant Italian families and has added to the architecture's historical charm.
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.
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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.