The newly revitalized West Side of Cleveland is home to several historic neighborhoods, including Ohio City, Tremont, Old Brooklyn, West Park, and Detroit Shoreway. These were once “old growth” neighborhoods. Westside Cleveland real estate features an especially relevant variety of boutique shops, trendy restaurants, bustling entertainment districts, and beautiful parks.
Known as “Cleveland’s artisan neighborhood,” Ohio City is located just west of Cuyahoga River. One of the metropolitan area’s older and most walkable neighborhoods, Ohio City was originally part of Brooklyn Township. It became an independent community in 1836, and was annexed to Cleveland in 1854. Today, the historic neighborhood blends classic sophistication with modern trends to create one of Cleveland’s most popular shopping, dining, and entertainment districts.
Ohio City is lined with gorgeous trees, historic houses, commercial buildings, newly constructed condos, and more than 150 artisan shops. Furthermore, these include bookstores, designer boutiques, popcorn factories, gift shops, and award-winning restaurants. The neighborhood’s cultural center is the European-styled West Side Market. Home to a variety of artisan vendors, the market is known throughout the country as a “Great Public Space” and the nation’s “Best Food Lover’s Market.” Adjacent to the market is Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is also Ohio’s first craft brewery. Additional locations include the Flying Fig, Palookaville Café, Urban Orchid, and Hansa Import Haus. Neighborhood amenities include a yoga studio, a spa, a dry cleaners, a hair salon, Lutheran Hospital, five neighborhood parks, and the largest library branch in Cleveland.
Especially relevant, another of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, Tremont is a trendy, eclectic, urban neighborhood on the west side of Cleveland. It is home to shops, restaurants, art galleries, historic churches, and one of Cleveland’s best farmers markets, as well as several developing projects, including the renovation of the 100,000-square-foot old Fairmont Creamery. The neighborhood also plays host to regular festivals and events, including the monthly Tremont Art Walk, the annual Taste of Tremont festival, the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival, and the Tremont Trek. Housing in Tremont features a unique mix of architectural styles, including historic single-family homes, industrial flats, and also luxury houses.
Situated within the National Heritage Corridor and next to the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation, Old Brooklyn is a historic neighborhood of quiet, tree-lined streets; turn-of-the-century doubles and bungalows; specialty shops; and restaurants. It’s also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Originally known for its greenhouses, Old Brooklyn is now known for its residential stability, distinctive churches, and numerous shopping areas.
West Park is a historic community on the west side of Cleveland made up of four smaller neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Kamm’s Corners, Jefferson, Riverside, and Puritas-Longmead. Home to Irish pubs, live music venues, retail shops, restaurants, and an award-winning Farmers Market, Kamm’s Corners is a bustling shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Furthermore, West Park’s amenities include the West Park-Fairview Family Branch YMCA and a branch library. Though not the biggest branch library in the Cleveland system, the West Park library branch enjoys the largest circulation.
Less than two miles from downtown Cleveland, the neighborhood of Detroit Shoreway is a culturally rich; live, work, and play lakefront community in northeast Ohio. Situated on a bluff on the coast of Lake Erie, the neighborhood features art galleries, theaters, retail shops, restaurants, parks, and residential housing. Especially relevant, the neighborhood’s Gordon Square Arts District is home to the Capitol Theatre, the Cleveland Public Theatre, and the Near West Theatre. Retail shops include Retropolitan furniture store, S.P. Leather, Artful Living Boutique, Ezperanza Threads, and antique stores.
Fine wine bars, pubs, international eateries, pizza parlors, and mom and pop diners provide just a sampling of the neighborhood’s culinary delights. A walking and biking trail connects Detroit Shoreway to the 419-acre Edgewater Park. With a fishing pier, a fitness course, beaches for swimming, lakes for fishing and ice fishing, bike trails, picnic areas, boat launch ramps, playgrounds, and also hills for sledding and skiing, the park is a perfect place to spend the summer and winter months.
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