Cleveland Housing Tour



  Traditional Homes     New Construction     Apartments

Cleveland has many types and varieties of housing. The majority of housing in the City is single and two-family wood frame housing. Most of the housing was built prior to the second world war and much has wonderful design features including hardwood floors, built-ins and natural wood details. Most neighborhoods have a mix of housing that includes some brick single family, small apartment buildings, and garden apartments.

Many of the existing homes have been rehabilitated under the Homeward program and improved through weatherization activities. Also every neighborhood has some new construction that includes individual homes built on existing lots in a neighborhood, small new developments that take advantage of the unique characteristics of a neighborhood (for example, views of the lake and downtown), and new large scale developments.

The average sales price for an existing home in Cleveland is $40,900, but there are still homes to be found under $30,000. Much of the new construction is above $100,000, with larger homes selling above $150,000.

Cleveland also has a significant amount of affordable housing for the first time homebuyer as well as for renters. Special financing programs have been established to assist first time homebuyers.

Most neighborhoods have two family housing which can make homeownership very affordable and assist renters to become owners.

The following is a short tour of housing in Cleveland. For more detailed information there is a tour of housing for each neighborhood.

The most exciting news in Cleveland is the variety of new construction that is available in every Cleveland neighborhood.

Single family housing is being developed from the modest 3 bedroom woodframe that complements existing housingto unique townhouses in several neighbrohoods including Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway and Fairfax and to elegant larger homes that offer all of the amenities found in any suburban new construction.




In addition to the new housing, Cleveland offers a unique set of housing choices from the traditional mansion to mansion-like apartment buildings around Shaker Square.

Most housing is woodframe. Many neighborhoods offer starter housing with traditional bungalows which have two or three bedrooms. In the neighborhoods closer to downtown these houses are built front porcheson small lots providing close-knit communities.

Many of these communities have anchor churches that provide stability, services and a community focus for both present residents and people long-connected to the neighborhood.


The older communities like Ohio City offer Century homes, many that have been remodeled to preserve the past elegance of the neighborhood.

As one moves further out from downtown both the housing and lot size increase. In these neighborhoods are found the classic Cleveland double (sometimes called the 5 by 5 or 6 by 6) which has a front porch for both families (up and down).

There are also side-by-side doubles and a variety of single family homes that all have front porches and architectural detail. Most of these homes were built between l910 and 1930.

Cleveland also offers many different opportunities for rental from the two-family, houses as well as a variety of different apartments in small four to six suite buildings and large multi-family apartments.


  Garden Apartments     Multi-Family Apartments

All of these neighborhoods offer amenities with parks and City Recreation facilities.
Cleveland boasts access to some of the best medical facilities in the world with the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital and a major public facility, Metro Hospital, that combine for over eight hospitals located in Cleveland neighborhoods.
In addition, Cleveland has a unique cultural center in University Circle that is the home to the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall picture of Severance and the world famous Cleveland Museum of Art that still has free admission for its permanent collection.


 Severance Hall     Cleveland Museum of the Art

Also located in University Circle is Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Music School Settlement, the Cleveland Institute of Music and over 40 other institute School of Art. Many of these institutions host many cultural events for The community and the annual Parade the Circle draws thousands for a day of art and creativity.



Cleveland also has many neighborhoods that were not developed until after the second world war and offer newer housing that become ideal starter homes.
Driving through Cleveland's neighborhoods one can find housing that meets any desire. One can also find things they never knew existed.

For information on housing in Cleveland Neighborhoods , take a neighborhood housing tour
For information on homebuying in Cleveland the Living in Cleveland Center can help.
For general information about Cleveland.