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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Cleveland in 2024

Considering a move to Cleveland? With vast amounts of green space, exciting business districts, and recreation on Lake Erie, there’s plenty to do for people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or looking to rent a home, check out these safe, affordable neighborhoods in Cleveland!

Downtown

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  • Home Price: $102,343 median purchase price; $669 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 86% of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

Downtown Cleveland is the heart of the city and one of the best neighborhoods in CLE! You’re not going to have a hard time finding things to do in Downtown Cleveland, thanks to professional sports stadiums, multiple museums, amazing restaurants, and a surprising amount of green space scattered throughout the neighborhood. Not to mention, Downtown is the hub of the Cleveland brewery scene and local food scene, as well as home to Playhouse Square—the U.S.’ biggest performing arts area outside of Broadway itself! With close proximity to Cleveland State University, plenty of great housing options to choose from—including condos and apartments—and easy access to the Cleveland Rapid Transit System, residents living in this safe neighborhood are truly surrounded by everything they could want and need!

Things to Do in Downtown

Cheer on your favorite sports team like the Cavaliers (NBA) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Browns (NFL) at Cleveland Browns Stadium, or the Guardians (MLB) at Progressive Field. Learn about some of the greatest musicians of our time and the history of one of music’s most popular genres at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Check out interactive science exhibits or catch a movie on the six-story-high domed theater screen at the Great Lakes Science Center. Catch a live music show from your favorite artists such as Rema, Corey Taylor, Des Rocs, and more at House of Blues Cleveland. Treat yourself to a Grand Seafood Tower or a 24 oz. Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye with a side of Lobster Mashed Potatoes at the Blue Point Grille. Craving barbecue in Cleveland? Try the Spicy Kielbasa, Giant Beef Rib, and Crispy Ears at Mabel’s BBQ. Order one of the daily Oyster flavors and sip on craft cocktails such as the Cat’s Pajamas, Margarita Sandia, and Walking on Coconut at Alley Cat Oyster Bar. Or head to an historic bank-turned-top restaurant in Cleveland and try the Bone-In Filet Mignon with Banana-Mango Panna Cotta for dessert at Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar!

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Edgewater

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  • Home Price: $84,333 median purchase price; $686 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 83% of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Those who thrive on outdoor recreation are sure to love the friendly neighborhood of Kamm’s Corner. The beautiful Rocky River Reservation borders the entire eastern side of the area, which makes this neighborhood a great option for active and outdoorsy individuals. Sleek Tudor and Craftsman-style homes represent a majority of the housing options in Kamm’s Corner, while large apartment complexes make up the remainder of this western Cleveland neighborhood. Crime in Kamm’s Corner is incredibly low—you’ll see people walking their dogs often, and hear children playing after school or in the summer. But if you want some excitement, you don’t need to go far—Downtown Cleveland is under half an hour away!

Things to Do in Edgewater

Enjoy an outdoor picnic, take a dip in the lake, or get a photo op with the Cleveland script sign at Edgewater Park. Get active and go swimming, play a game of basketball, or hit the weight room at Cudell Recreation Center. Watch a comedy show, attend trivia night, or catch a live concert from local music acts at The Foundry Concert Club. Enjoy unlimited play and go for the high score on vintage and modern pinball machines at Superelectric Pinball Parlor. Find breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24 hours a day and try the Gyro Omelette, Turkey Club Triple Decker, or Honey Dipped Fried Chicken at My Friends Restaurant. Sink your teeth into a Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Sliced Brisket, or Smoked St. Louis Ribs at Landmark Smokehouse. Get a taste of fresh seafood like the Prince Edward Island Mussels, Portuguese Seafood Stew, and Alaskan Halibut at Don’s Lighthouse Grille. Or order a plate of Santorini Wings and try the Lobster Ravioli or Jack Daniel’s Burger at Tick Tock Tavern.

Ohio City

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  • Home Price: $124,250 median purchase price; $683 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 92% of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

As one of the safest neighborhoods in Cleveland, it’s no surprise that Ohio City is one of the best Cleveland neighborhoods for families. Residents looking to settle down in a quieter neighborhood that’s still close to fast-paced city life have met their match. On almost any given day, you’ll see your fellow neighbors roaming around historic West Side Market, which is filled with a variety of local shops and restaurants. Families will love that top-rated schools like Menlo Park Academy and Saint Ignatius High School are within walking distance from most of the single-family homes, duplexes, and large apartment complexes in the neighborhood. Plus, active residents are sure to enjoy being just five minutes from Downtown Cleveland as well as Lake Erie, which is located on the northern end of this attractive neighborhood.

Things to Do in Ohio City

Pet some stingrays, spot different species of fish, or watch the sharks get fed at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Catch a live concert or attend Reggae Sundays at Music Box Supper Club. Reserve a sand volleyball court, go fishing, or roam through 22 acres of green space on the shores of Lake Erie’s Wendy Park. Belay down from the top of the 54-foot climbing wall, or try a Slow Flow Yoga class at Cleveland Rocks Climbing. Take a glassblowing class or watch the masters at work by visiting the glass gallery at Glass Bubble Project. Enjoy food and drinks like The Babalu Panini, Buff Chick Bites, and BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza while playing board games at Tabletop Board Game Cafe. Order modern Mexican dishes like the Chile Poblano Relleno, Carne Asada, and Blue Corn Enchiladas “Suiza” at Momocho. Try wood-fired pizza pies like the Smoked Pepperoni, Pesto Animal, and Cacio E Pepe at Citizen Pie. Or chow down a plate full of Bee’s Sting Chicken Wings and a helping of Saucy Balls while sipping on a pint of Juicy Asap IPA at Saucy Brew Works.

Tremont

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  • Home Price: $119,745 median purchase price; $692 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 94% of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Home of the famous A Christmas Story house, you don’t need to be triple-dog dared to fall in love with this historic neighborhood of Tremont! As one of the best neighborhoods in The 216, residents of safe and affordable Tremont get to enjoy a lively art scene and several award-winning restaurants. While this Cleveland neighborhood is one of the busier in the city, there are still green spaces that provide a peaceful place to unwind like Lincoln Park. Houses of all kinds can be found in Tremont, but perhaps the most notable ones are the beautifully-restored Victorian homes that surround the park. And, while you don’t need to leave Tremont to find quality entertainment, the rest of the city is highly accessible to residents via Highways 71 and 490.

Things to Do in Tremont

Attend events like the Tremont Farmers Market and Arts in August at the historic Lincoln Park. Become a member and learn how to conquer challenging bouldering walls or sign up for relaxing yoga classes at Climb Cleveland. Pump some iron, sign up for a personal trainer, or take a variety of fitness classes at Tremont Athletic Club. Head over to a Contemporary art gallery that doubles as a cocktail lounge to enjoy exhibits from up-and-coming regional artists at the Kaiser Gallery. Try the Shirley Egg Sandwich and an order of Karleen’s Cornmeal Fries with Sunshine Sauce at Martha on the Fly. Order farm-to-table and sustainable food dishes like Kimchi Potatoes, Pork Noodle Salad, and Adobo Fried Chicken at Fat Cats Cleveland. Enjoy Cajun dishes like Swamp Fries, a Blackened Poulet Po’ Boy, or New Orleans Shrimp Creole at The Bourbon Street Barrel Room. Or relax in the evenings with beers like the Rhinegeist Zango Crush, Brewdog Elvis Juice, and Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold at The Treehouse.

University Circle

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  • Home Price: $130,729 median purchase price; $731 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 89% of Cleveland neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

One of the best neighborhoods in Cleveland is University Circle, thanks to its excellent safety rating, affordability, and extremely walkable and bikeable streets. If you thrive on arts, entertainment, and culture, you will love this small, friendly neighborhood, known as Ohio’s “most spectacular square mile.” Residents have convenient access to many museums, hip restaurants, and more! Those looking to purchase Cleveland real estate can find a variety of affordable housing options with the area’s selection of historic Craftsman homes, luxury condos, and apartments. Plus, University Circle is also home to some of Cleveland’s top universities, public schools, and hospitals—including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Cleveland Clinic—making it one of the best Cleveland neighborhoods for singles and young professionals.

Things to Do in University Circle

Take a guided tour or check out exhibitions like Love Gardens / Forbidden Fruit and Animals in Japanese Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Learn how to incorporate landscaping in your own backyard in the Inspiration Gardens or smell the endless rows of roses in the Rose Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Grab some tickets and listen to The Cleveland Orchestra perform at Severance Hall. Discover the wonders of science and nature and explore exhibits like Perkins Wildlife Center at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Start your morning with fresh-baked pastries like Pecan Rolls, Cherry Crostata, and Almond Tarts at Presti’s Bakery. Enjoy authentic ramen dishes like the Miso Ramen Bowl, Katsu Curry Don, and Beef Curry Udon at Otani Noodle – Uptown. Get a taste of Italian fare and order the Linguini Bolognese, Cheese Tortellini, and Eggplant Parmesan & Cavatelli Pasta at Mia Bella Restaurant. Finish off with a sweet treat and order a scoop of Toasted Pistachio, Banana Cream Pie, or Bing Cherry Chocolate Chunk ice cream at Mitchell’s Ice Cream – Uptown.

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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.