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Best Neighborhoods in Cleveland for Families in 2024

Thinking of moving to Cleveland? The Forest City has a lot to offer families—from outdoor recreation on Lake Erie to great schools and fun community events. Here are the five best neighborhoods in Cleveland for families!

  • Edgewater

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        •  Home Price: $84,333 median purchase price; $686 median monthly rent
        • Crime Rate: Safer than 52% of Ohio cities

    Located right on the banks of Lake Erie, Edgewater is one of the best Cleveland neighborhoods for families who want to live within walking distance of Edgewater Park and Edgewater Beach. Whether you’re spending time with your kids in the water, playing beach volleyball, or building sandcastles, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in this Cleveland neighborhood! Events like the Edgewater Neighborfest bring the community together with live music, local food, and other family activities. This community atmosphere is present year-round, with neighborhood kids playing in yards of modest Colonial homes on tree-lined streets. And with good schools nearby like Louisa May Alcott Elementary School, Northwest School of the Arts, and Lake Erie International High School, children can get quality education close to home!

    Things to Do in Edgewater

    Search for shells, fly a kite, or go sailing at Perkins Beach. Let your kids play in the sand and scale the climbing structures at the Lindsey Family Play Space. View a variety of sculptures in the picturesque Seltzer Sculpture Garden. Shop for vintage, mid-century furniture and other home goods at Flower Child. Enjoy breakfast with family by trying the Gyro Omelette, Benedict Florentine, or Crisp Belgian Waffle at My Friends Restaurant. Feast on a Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Smoked St. Louis Ribs Dinner, or a Deconstructed Burrito Bowl at Edgewater restaurant Landmark Smokehouse. Try menu items like the Buffalo Chicken Wrap or Cuban Panini Sandwich with a side of Pickle Fries at restaurant and juice bar Earth Bistro Cafe—which provides several options for different dietary needs. Treat yourself to the Hollaback Girl or Sweet Escape Mixxshake, or create your own ice cream and cereal blend at Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar!

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    Kamm’s Corner

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        • Home Price: $120,510 median purchase price; $677 median monthly rent
        • Crime Rate: Safer than 79% of Ohio cities

    You and your family can feel at ease in Kamm’s Corners, which has been ranked as the safest neighborhood in Cleveland. With gorgeous Craftsman and Tudor homes as well as community gatherings—like Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market and annual Irish heritage event The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners—this tight-knit community feels more like a Cleveland suburb. Even schools like Riverside School or Saint Joseph Academy are focused on connecting students with their community and the world around them! Great for families who love outdoor recreation and an active lifestyle, Kamm’s Corners also includes tons of family-friendly activities at Rocky River Reservation, a scenic park with a nature center, marina, stables, and three golf courses.

    Things to Do in Kamm’s Corner

    Stay active with amenities like the swimming pool, gym, sauna, and indoor track at Gunning Park Recreation Center. Play tennis, baseball, or softball with the family at Drakefield Park. Hunt down your favorite comics or find something new at Carol & John’s Comic Shop. Let your kids pick out fun costumes at Starship Earth, where you can find everything from tiaras to mascot heads. Order the Chicken Shawarma, Fried Chicken, or Fattoush Salad for lunch at Ferris Shawarma. Try the Boneless Wings, Stromboli, or a Meatball Sandwich for dinner at Athens Pizzeria. Go out for date night to try Pad Thai, Pot Stickers, or Green Curry at Thai Elephant Restaurant. Or get a Brewery Pretzel and locally-made beers like the Clock Out P.B. Stout or Jalapeno Aviator IPA at Working Class Brewery.

    Ohio City

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        • Home Price: $124,250 median purchase price; $683 median monthly rent
        • Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of Ohio cities

    Ohio City is one of the safest, most affordable neighborhoods in Cleveland. Since it’s the second most walkable neighborhood in the city, families have easy access to community landmarks like the West Side Market, where you can shop from unique local vendors like Lance’s Beef or Theresa’s Bakery. Families in Ohio City also have their pick of quality schools—like the all-boys Saint Ignatius High School, or Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School, both of which place an emphasis on teaching through the arts. After all, Ohio City is an art-oriented neighborhood—you can even learn how to blow glass at the Glass Bubble Project or view art exhibits at Transformer Station. And if you ever want a change of pace from the calmer atmosphere in Ohio City, you can take a quick ten-minute drive on the OH-2 W into Downtown Cleveland.

    Things to Do in Ohio City

    Watch scuba divers swim with sharks or see exhibits like Ohio Lakes & Rivers and Tropical Reef at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Volunteer at Cleveland’s largest urban farm, Ohio City Farm, which donates fresh produce to community members in need. Dress to the nines and watch emerging jazz and blues acts at BOP STOP at The Music Settlement. Rent a kayak or power boat from Great Lakes Watersports and launch right off into the Cuyahoga River for a fun day in the sun! Try the Spicy Miso Ramen, Spicy Pork Dumpling, or Fried Chicken Bao at one of the best Ohio City restaurants, Xinji Noodle Bar. Chow down a Brother’s Burrito, Naked Burrito, or Talia’s Taco at Ohio City Burrito. Enjoy meals like the Smoked Turkey Sandwich or Babka from the rotating menu at Larder Delicatessen + Bakery, which uses local, seasonal produce and dairy! Or sip on a Great Lakes IPA, Tropicoastal, or Eliot Ness Amber Lager at Great Lakes Brewing Company.

    Solon

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        • Home Price: $273,800 median purchase price; $1,200 median monthly rent
        • Crime Rate: Safer than 65% of Ohio cities

    Located 25 minutes southeast of Downtown Cleveland, Solon is the perfect Cleveland suburb for families to call home! Solon residents can settle down in Colonial-style homes and ranches with nearby green spaces like Solon Community Park. Children can get a great education at schools like Roxbury Elementary School, Solon Middle School, and Solon High School—all of which are a part of one of the best school districts in the state. Additionally, there’s no shortage of things to do in the area, since the Solon Recreation Department provides programming for all ages and hosts community events like Shakespeare in the Park and the Fall Festival. Plus, those with creative interests can also take advantage of the Solon Center for the Arts, which hosts classes for art, dance, and theater.

    Things to Do in Solon

    Get outdoors and enjoy a day fishing or hiking at Shadow Lake. Spend an afternoon with the kids at Play Day Cafe, an indoor playground that also hosts Summer Craft Theme Weeks. Hit the links at a popular golf course in Solon, the 18-hole Grantwood Golf Course. Go cosmic bowling or hit up the game room with the family at RollHouse. Start off your day with some baked goods and a Cappuccino, Latte, or Espresso at Jim Alesci’s Place. Order a Margherita Pizza, a Blackened Steak Sandwich, or Salmon for lunch or dinner at 56 Kitchen. Get your fix of sweet treats like a Pineapple Coconut Popsicle, an Almond Flour Edible Cookie Dough Pop, or a Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwich at Pop Culture CLE. Or try ice cream flavors like Banana Cream Pie, Butter Pecan, or Caramel Sea Salt at Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

    Tremont

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        • Home Price: $119,745 median purchase price; $692 median monthly rent
        • Crime Rate: Safer than 79% of Ohio cities

    Known as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, Tremont is a safe, residential area located near Downtown Cleveland. Bordering the Cuyahoga River, Tremont has a small-town feel and is filled with a variety of art galleries, parks, and trails. With several neighborhood structures and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including several historic churches, this area offers beautiful Victorian-style houses alongside more modern apartments and single-family homes. As for its schools, families can send their young children to high-quality options like Tremont Montessori School, Scranton Elementary School, and Walton Elementary School.

    Things to Do in Tremont

    Gather around the 8-acre park that hosts cultural events like Arts in August and the Tremont Farmers Market at Lincoln Park. Hit up the splash pad, tennis and pickleball courts, or picnic area at the newly-renovated Clark Field. Get a babysitter for the kids and grab tickets to shows like The Grown-Up for date night at the Liminis Theater. Visit the A Christmas Story House, which includes a gift shop and memorabilia from the 1983 film. Feast on a Chicken Salad, Roast Beef Sandwich, or Grilled Cheese for lunch at La Bodega. Order the Grilled Turkey Sandwich, Triple B Salad, or Lucky’s Reuben at the hip Lucky’s Cafe. Satisfy your tastebuds with a Vanilla Glaze Donut, Peanut Butter Blondie, or Chocolate Dipped Strawberries at Terrapin Bakery. Or enjoy a night out and sip tropical cocktails like the Heart of Darkness, Mai Tai, or Porco Colada at Porco Lounge & Tiki Room.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.