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How to Find the Best Apartment in Cleveland

October 1st, 2020

Looking for an apartment in Cleveland can be a daunting task. There are lots of great neighborhoods in and around the city that make finding an ideal apartment in a perfect location a bit overwhelming. When searching for an apartment, there are three main aspects you should consider: price, quality and location.

The first thing you should do is set a budget. Most landlords will use income as one of their main qualifying factors. Be sure you make at least 3 times your budgeted rent in income per month. To play it safe, take your gross income per month and divide it by 4. That number will give you a good idea as to what you should spend per month in rent.

Quality is another important aspect to consider when choosing an apartment. Try making a list with the top 5 amenities you want to see in your new place. Here are some examples:

  1. Central Heat and Air
  2. In-Suite Washer/Dryer
  3. Hardwood Floors
  4. Renovated Kitchen
  5. Spacious Living Room

If you are new to the Cleveland area or are just unsure of where you would like to live, here is a breakdown of some of the best areas to rent in Cleveland.

1.Lakewood

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Situated right on the lake, Lakewood is a vibrant inner ring suburb on Cleveland’s west side. The area had humble beginnings as a farming community and became more popular due to Cleveland’s street car system. Today, Lakewood has become a sought-after place to live due to it’s affordable living, great nightlife, music venues, parks and trendy bars and restaurants. Lakewood is a great place for people who value a healthy, physically active and social lifestyle.

2. Ohio City

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Ohio City is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland and sits just west of the Cuyahoga River. In recent years, Ohio City has become a hub for trendy dining and entertainment. Beer gardens, cocktail bars and gourmet restaurants line the main strip of West 25th Street. West Side Market, located in the heart of Ohio City, has some of the best food Cleveland has to offer with fresh baked goods, smoked meats and homemade pasta. This neighborhood is a great option for those of us who enjoy shopping local, old architecture and delicious food!

3. Tremont

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Tremont was originally a neighborhood filled with East Slavic immigrants who worked at the nearby steel mill. It was also once home to the now obsolete Cleveland University. Today, Tremont has reinvented itself as a destination spot with hip restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and local boutiques. Tremont has a combination of old Victorian architecture and modern, new homes. This neighborhood is perfect for young professionals who want to be in close proximity to downtown while being surrounded with eclectic dining and entertainment options.

4. Cleveland Heights

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Cleveland Heights is an inner ring suburb located east of Cleveland. Originally, most of the suburb was divided into farm land or quarry’s used for mining. Cleveland Heights is known for its beautiful tree lined streets and large, gorgeous homes. Cedar Fairmount is known as “The Gateway” to Cleveland Heights. The area boasts unique shops, restaurants and entertainment. The Cleveland Heights area is great for professionals in the education and medical community due to its close proximity to hospitals and universities.

5. Downtown

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Downtown Cleveland truly has it all. It’s proximity to the lake and rich cultural history makes the area unique. Cleveland was once a city built on industry and manufacturing.  Today, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a destination and is filled with entertainment, nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops. Whether you’re sitting by the water sipping a margarita, catching a game at Progressive Field, or watching a play at Playhouse Square, Cleveland is sure to impress.

6. Detroit Shoreway

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Detroit Shoreway is located about 2 miles west of Downtown Cleveland and overlooks Lake Erie. It is home to Gordon Square Arts District, Lorain Avenue Antiques District, Edgewater Beach, Cleveland Eco Village and more. Detroit Shoreway is a vibrant, diverse and walk-able neighborhood with lots of great restaurants and shops.

7. Old Brooklyn

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Old Brooklyn is centrally located just south of Downtown Cleveland. The neighborhood is home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the original Honey Hut ice cream shop. Old Brooklyn’s streets are dotted with boutiques, bakeries, restaurants and low-key neighborhood bars. Old Brooklyn is a great neighborhood for those looking to be close to everything while maintaining a close-knit community feel.