Living in University Circle

by | Aug 20, 2013 | Neighborhoods & Housing

photo courtesy MRN Ltd.

UpTown Apartments – photo courtesy MRN Ltd.

Updated December 2016 – Until recently, there were not many living options for professionals who wanted to live close to University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural center.  With the growth of the hospitals & university, combined with a 96% occupancy rate in downtown Cleveland, developers began eyeballing this area about 10 years ago and now there are many choices for those who want to rent or buy in the district.  And, when the Maron family jumped in to develop several city blocks into a mix of retail and residential buildings, this neighborhood just took off. And it didn’t hurt that the city has just invested almost $200M into the Euclid Corridor project, re-developing a main thoroughfare that connects downtown to University Circle that included a state of the art bus/rapid transit connector along the corridor. And when you think about it, its LONG overdue, as this is cultural epi-center of NE Ohio. How cool would it be to be able to walk to a Cleveland Orchestra Concert or a day at the art museum? But good options didn’t exist until a few years ago.
Just 3 miles due east of downtown Cleveland, University Circle is the 2nd largest business district in the city and is anchored by the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University as well as many arts institutions including Severance Hall (Cleveland Orchestra’s winter  concert hall), MOCA (the museum of contemporary art), Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
University Circle Inc., the non-profit that links all the players (museums, hospitals, residential real estate) in this district, as well as providing a dedicated police & safety force, provides a great list of places you can rent or buy in the University Circle area. And with the Case Western Reserve University bookstore combined with a Barnes & Noble and Constantino’s upscale fresh food market, there are lots of shopping choices.
Some of our favorites residential buildings include:  
Park Lane Villa – a fabulous rehabbed 1920’s former hotel now rental apartments complete with a doorman on E. 105 & Park Lane
UpTown – new construction of very contemporary 1-2 bedroom rental apartments on the 2nd floor overtop of retail on corner of Euclid & Mayfield
118 Flats-Circle  and 118 Flats-Square – rental units on Euclid & E. 118th
Hazel 8 – 59 single and multi-story rentals (offer short term leases and furnished rentals also), on Hazel Drive between East Blvd. & Magnolia
Circle East Townhomes – 20 unit gated rental community on Euclid at E. 125th Street
127 Coltman – condos to purchase, on Coltman Road and E. 119 & E. 120th Streets
Villa Carabelli – condos for purchase on Mayfield Road in Little Italy, just up the hill from University Circle, these are for purchase 4-story condos with rooftop patios and 2 car garage parking (rare in Little Italy)
One University Circle – with move in scheduled for spring of 2018, this new 20 story building will have over 200 apartments ranging from efficiencies to luxury townhomes of more than 2,500 SF. This was the site of the former Cleveland Children’s Museum (which has a capitol campaign underway as it works to move to the old Beckwith Staiger Mansion on Euclid Avenue)
Centric – 270 apartments in brand new construction (7 story building) with 30,000 SF of commercial space, 2/3 acre of green space creating an interior garden area nd a 360 space garage is underway on Mayfield Road near the new RTA Rapid station where University Circle and Little meet. Completion planned for summer, 2018. Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom at $2.25/SF
118 Flats – Oval – companion to the 118 Circle and 118 Square apartments (all built by WXZ), this apartment building will have one bedroom suites and is being constructed on the E. 118 just north of Euclid Avenue
Little Italy and Cleveland Heights are  just a few blocks away and very walkable and offers dozens of restaurants, less expensive rental options and nightlife and boutique shops as well.
photo courtesy Greater Cleveland RTA

photo courtesy Greater Cleveland RTA

RTA’s HealthLine really helped jumpstart the residential growth here, as this part bus/part rapid transport connects University Circle to Downtown in just 20 minutes – and from there you can jump on a train to get to the airport.
To learn more about how Executive Arrangements can provide the latest information for your recruits and new hires who are relocating into NE Ohio, call us at 216.231.9311. We are not realtors, we connect out of towners with quality of life info they need to make educated decisions.