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Where to Retire in Cleveland and Home Prices

The median sale price of a home in Cleveland in the first quarter of 2018 was $133,500, according to the National Association of Realtors. You would want to pick your neighborhood or town carefully.  There are gentrified neighborhoods such as in the Flats and the Euclid Corridor Project. Shaker Heights was long considered one of the more affluent suburbs. Solon is one place to consider outside of the city, as is Lakewood, a popular and thriving community on the shores of Lake Erie.  There are active adult communities in the area (see link at right). 

What is special about Cleveland

Culturally, Cleveland has some of the most important cultural institutions one would expect in an old and large city. Cleveland is home to Playhouse Square Center, the second largest performing arts center in the United States.  University Circle houses an impressive collection of museums along with top tier Case Western Reserve University.  The IM Pei designed Museum of Rock and Roll is a popular tourist attraction.

What is not special about Cleveland

High crime rates in the city, abandoned homes, and a shrinking population are some of Cleveland's challenges.   Also, winter is tough with Lake Effect snows and winds.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature in Cleveland is 28 degrees, and the average July temperature is 72 degrees.  Lake-effect snow does occur in Cleveland with an average winter snowfall of 62 inches.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

All the culture that one could want can be found in Cleveland - from opera to symphonies to art museums to Rock and Roll history. A big part of local culture are its sports teams - notably the Browns (football), Indians (baseball), and Cavaliers (basketball).  Cleveland's cusine includes Polish and Central European contributions, with neighborhoods like Little Italy, Slavic Village and Tremont offering a taste of the various culinary traditions. A visit to the West Side Market, which dates back to 1840, is great place to experience Cleveland's ethnic diversity.

Crime

Crime rate is more than double the national average.

Medical facilities

Cleveland is one of the top medical centers in the world.  We bet you have heard of the Cleveland Clinic, with branches all over the world.

Transportation

Cleveland International Airport, Amtrak, Interstates I71 and I90, and The Port of Cleveland, all service the area, as does the RTA- Cleveland's bus and rail mass transit system.

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