Cleveland Neighborhoods

Popular Cleveland Area Neighborhoods

Clevelanders divide the city into “East side” & “West side,” with the Cuyahoga River being the dividing landmark. Because UH is on the east side of town, it’s most common for residents to live in the suburbs closer to the hospital on the East side, downtown Cleveland, or in the historic urban districts just west of the river. Certainly we have residents who live farther away for various reasons. If you’re contemplating living in an area that we don’t include here, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help put you in touch with the right people to answer any questions you might have.

Neighborhoods Surrounding the Hospital

University Circle

Location: within walking distance of University Hospitals.

  • Mostly apartments for rent, but there are an increasing number of condos for sale
  • Right down the street from the hospital, so a very quick walk
  • Uptown is being built up but already includes a lot of popular restaurant options
  • Proximity to Case Western Reserve University campus – residents have a CWRU student ID, so they can use the track, gym, pool, etc.
  • Close to lots of local museums
  • Easy access to RTA red line (subway), which goes out to the airport

The rainforest of Costa Rica and the spiny desert of Madagascar, two exhibits within the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Left: Cleveland Museum of Art. Below: Cleveland trees in fall.

Little Italy

Location: within walking distance of University Hospitals.

  • Mostly older apartments or houses for rent
  • Right down the street from the hospital, so a very quick walk – the extra sleep definitely adds up!
  • Lots of great Italian restaurants and bakeries
  • Busy, colorful neighborhood with Italian festivals and music
  • Very popular with undergraduate students

Corbo’s and Presti’s, two fantastic Italian bakeries that are located across the street from each other in Little Italy, rival each other to be crowned “Best Bakery” by Rainbow residents. Try them both!

Near Eastern Suburbs

Cleveland Heights

Location: one to three miles from University Hospitals (five to 10 minute drive at the outskirts; some areas within walking distance)

  • Probably home to the greatest number of residents
  • Lots of apartment and house rental options as well as condos and affordable single-family homes for sale
  • Close to the hospital – depending on where you live ranges from a 5-10 minute drive (e.g. Cedar/Lee area) to walking distance (e.g. Coventry and Cedar/Fairmount area)
  • Central location – easy commute to downtown and outlying suburbs
  • Great restaurants, especially in Coventry, Cedar/Fairmount, and Cedar/Lee areas
  • Diverse neighborhoods
  • Family friendly: fantastic community recreation center, sledding hill and open-air theaters at Cain Park
  • Many areas are within walking distance to grocery stores and other conveniences

Above: Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, site of the annual Cain Park Arts Festival and also home to a small outdoor concert venue.

Cleveland Heights Neighborhoods of Interest:

Overlook Road
Overlook and the intersecting streets are lined with apartment buildings, townhouses, and homes for rent. As the first main thoroughfare outside of Little Italy, within easy walking distance of University Hospitals, it is a neighborhood filled with professional students and residents, and is particularly popular with interns who are new to the area. Many of the older stone apartment buildings have beautiful hardwood floors and large windows. This area is also within walking distance of the Cedar-Fairmount district, which has a small grocery store, banks, several restaurants, a jazz club and coffee shops. Resident favorite eateries on Cedar-Fairmount include Night Town (the jazz club) and Aladdin’s (Lebanese).

Above: Night Town, a popular Cedar-Fairmount jazz club. Right, one of many apartments on Overlook Rd.

Coventry is an eclectic, walkable neighborhood frequented by area bohemians, students, and families alike. Residents can be found attending summertime street fairs; browsing vintage toys at Big Fun; munching vegetarian fare with the hippie throwbacks at Tommy’s; or relaxing over drinks at one of the many bars on the street. Our favorites on Coventry include Mint Café (Thai), Pacific East (sushi), and the Winking Lizard (pub).

Above: Big Fun vintage toy store and Mac’s books, two Coventry mainstays.

Some of the residents’ favorite activities on Cedar-Lee include indulging in margaritas with friends at Lopez southwestern restaurant; catching an independent film at the Cedar-Lee theater; sharing homemade goodies from Stone Oven bakery; and discovering a yoga class at the award-winning Atma Center. Residents favorite restaurants include Brennan’s Colony (pub), Anatolia Café (Turkish), Dewey’s Pizza (designer pizza), and Lemongrass (Thai).

Cedar Lee favorites: The Cedar Lee theater, Anatolia Café, and Lopez on Lee.

Shaker Heights

Location: five to seven miles (10-20 minute drive) from University Hospitals

  • Various apartment buildings (near Shaker square is popular) and houses for rent. Single-family homes are more expensive here than University or Cleveland Heights.
  • Roughly 10-20 minute drive depending on where you live. Some areas within biking distance to the hospital.
  • More quiet, shady streets and fewer conveniences, but known for beautiful parks (e.g. Shaker Lakes) and highly acclaimed public schools.
  • Shaker Square is a fun, walkable area with lots of great restaurants, outdoor dining in the summer, shopping, a movie theater, and the best weekly farmer's market in Cleveland.
  • This community has the best public transit access of all the Eastern suburbs – 2 train lines traverse Shaker Heights, connecting it to downtown and the airport.


Location: five to seven miles (15-20 minute drive) from University Hospitals

  • Further east than the previous three communities, and a less common area for residents to live.
  • Highly acclaimed public school system, great recreation center, very strong Jewish community
  • Home to an outdoor mall (Legacy Village) and indoor mall (Beachwood Place), two of the most popular shopping areas in Cleveland.
  • Easy highway access

Downtown Cleveland

Location: five miles from University Hospitals (15 to 20 minute drive)

  • Many recently renovated loft-style apartments in historic buildings, some with amenities such as concierge services, gyms, community rooms and gathering places.
  • Home to many young professionals, including residents.
  • Fantastic public transit access – Healthline bus provides direct route to hospital (15 minute commute), RTA subway/streetcar hub is at Tower City with convenient trains to University Circle, Shaker Square, and the airport.
  • Walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, sporting events, festivals, and shops, as well as a large and dynamic theatre district.
  • Lower taxes in Cleveland city limits

Above: The Warehouse District. Right: D’Vine wine bar on St. Clair Ave.

The streets of West 6th, West 9th and West St. Clair are lined with destination restaurants and nightlife. Unique coffee shops and specialty boutiques add to the charm of this neighborhood. Some of Rainbow residents favorite restaurants in the downtown area include Empress Taytu (Ethiopian), Crop Bistro and Bar (New American), Sushi Rock, and D’Vine (wine bar).

Many of the historic warehouses in the neighborhood have been converted into distinctive loft apartments and condominiums, often with extra perks such as concierge services, on-site gyms, and rooftop terraces. A number of residents choose to live in this area, both to take advantage of the urban feel and proximity of downtown nightlife, as well as to be a part of the lively group of young professionals that live in this area.

There is ready access to public transportation in downtown Cleveland – a train line runs westbound to Ohio City and the airport; and eastbound to University Circle and Shaker Square.

Downtown: East Fourth Street:

Location: 5 miles from University Hospitals (15-20 minute drive)

“An Enclave of Entertainment in Cleveland” New York Times, July 7, 2009

Quickly becoming a nightlife destination of choice, this narrow brick street is packed with upscale eateries and entertainment. Take in a show at the House of Blues. Laugh along with your favorite comedian at Hilarities. Bowl at the upscale Corner Alley. Savor a pint at the Greenhouse Tavern, sip a margarita at el Zocalo, or dine at Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lola. Above restaurant row, five historic buildings have been renovated into spacious apartments, with high ceilings, large windows, and great views of the nightlife. This neighborhood is also within walking distance of Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Residents who choose to live on East Fourth have easy access to the RTA Healthline, a a hybrid bus line that runs the length of Euclid Avenue. The HealthLine, sponsored by University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic, directly links downtown to the hospitals in University Circle and is about a 15 minute ride from downtown to Rainbow.

Above: Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers and Progressive Field, home of the Indians.

Above: Intern scavenger hunt takes the new interns to House of Blues (2009) and the Corner Alley (2008), two hotspots on East Fourth Street.

Near West Side

Ohio City

Location: Seven to nine miles from University Hospitals (20 to 25 minute drive)

  • More single-family homes than downtown, condos also available and older apartments to rent.
  • Ethnically diverse and historic neighborhood with lots of great restaurants and nightlife.
  • Home to the legendary West-Side market.

Above: West Side Market


Location: Seven to nine miles from University Hospitals (20 to 25 minute drive)

  • Mostly single-family homes (restored historic homes and new townhouse-style developments) with some rental options.
  • Just south of Ohio City, a young, active community with a growing number of great bars, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries.
  • Built around Lincoln Park a sizable urban park with a playground, community pool, and open space.
  • Home to a vibrant GLBT community.
  • Located near most major highways.

Above: Lincoln Park, Parallax, and Lolita (Iron Chef Michael Symon’s first Cleveland bistro).
Below: Banyan Tree and Visible Voice Books in Tremont.

Southern Suburbs

Suburbs south of the city include Garfield Heights, Broadview Heights, Brecksville, and Seven Hills.

  • Located along the highway between Cleveland and Akron, these communities serve as a midway point for Rainbow residents whose significant others work in Akron.
  • Excellent schools
  • Family Friendly

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