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Issue Date: December 2013

Suite Life: Live It Up: Cleveland Apartments

The expanding choices for downtown apartments and condos mean it's easier to find a place that suites your lifestyle. Our guide will help you get started. 
The Flats

apartments at nautica 2249 Elm St., 216-861-4080,
 $650-$1,000   55   1,2 

Hundreds less per month than other flats in the Flats, the hulking building has high ceilings, whitewashed brick walls and massive banks of square-paned windows, but a riverside address. McCarthy's Ale House, with its unbelievable happy hour ($1.75 domestics, $2 well drinks), shares the space. Resident says: "It has a little bit of a '90s feel," says Nicholas Kania, 27, who also uses the space as an art studio. "It's much more New York than the other places down here."


River Bend Condominiums 1444 W. 10th St, 216-464-7465, ext. 222
 FOR SALE ONLY   46   1,2 

Every one of these condo units faces the river, overlooking Settlers Landing. The abundance of green space below and Warehouse District restaurants up the hill make it a great spot to settle. Resident says: "When I moved here, the Flats were still hopping," says Gene DiVincenzo, 48. "Now that there's a neighborhood down there instead of a bunch of bars, I think that's a good thing. It's quieter now, in a good way."


Stonebridge plaza 1237 Washington Ave. 216-344-3821,
 $1,035-$2,601   109   1,2,3 

This glassy piece of livable art's eastern side offers some of the best city views, including a close-up of our rusty jackknife bridge. The ultramodern kitchens with cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counters are also something to behold. Plus, it has a rent-to-own option that matches 50 cents per dollar toward a down payment. Resident says: "I like the architecture, and its close proximity to my work at Ernst & Young," says condo owner Carlos Miranda, 27.


Stonebridge Towers 2222 Detroit Ave., 216-623-0892,
 $884-$1,500   47   1,2 

Built on the Superior Viaduct, Stonebridge offers stunning views of the river, lake and skyline. The clean, modern carpeted spaces are available to rent or own with amenities including a gym and party center. The third-floor entrance allows easy access to new Italian restaurant Luca. Resident says: "It's easy to go to West 25th or Tremont," says Brendan Cannon, 24. "But these bars, the Flat Iron and Harbor Inn Cafe, are just as much fun, and I can walk to them."


Stonebridge Waterfront Apartments 1500 Detroit Ave., 216-344-2310,
 $902-$2,029   279   1,2 

Hundreds less per month than other flats in the Flats, the hulking building has high ceilings, whitewashed brick walls and massive banks of square-paned windows, but a riverside address. McCarthy's Ale House, with its unbelievable happy hour ($1.75 domestics, $2 well drinks), shares the space. Resident says: "It has a little bit of a '90s feel," says Nicholas Kania, 27, who also uses the space as an art studio. "It's much more New York than the other places down here."


Historic Warehouse District

425 lakeside apartments 425 Lakeside Ave., 216-861-4080,
 $650-$1,500   57     1,2 

High, wood beam ceilings accentuate the charm of these open apartments with giant windows that provide unobstructed views of the lake. Plus, you're steps from Fort Huntington Park. Resident says: "I've got the shortest commute in Cleveland," says Brittany D'Amico, 24, who works at Flack Steel on the second floor. "Hop on the green bus on West Sixth, and it's a short trip to East Fourth as well."


the bingham 1278 W. Ninth St., 216-579-4000,
 $1,000-$2,500   340   1,2,3 

With its exterior lighting and central location in the Warehouse District, it's easy to see why the historic Bingham is such a popular downtown home. Plus it offers in-house amenities such as Constantino's Market, a 24,000-square-foot gym and a sun deck on the 13th floor. Resident says: "You see some of the most amazing sunsets up here," says Sheldon Rose from his penthouse patio. "For concerts at Nautica, you can literally stand out here and listen to everything."


Bradley Building 1220 W. Sixth St., 216-621-2001,
 $850-$3,000   36   1,2,3 

The large, open floor plans and old hardwood and rustic brick emphasize the former garment building's origins and offer plenty of room for a party. The partitioned bedrooms have an abundance of closet space. Resident says: "West Sixth is a great place to people watch," says Stephen Zurney Jr., 30. "I find it better on the weekdays, because you get cool locals hanging out."


Bridgeview 1300 W. Ninth St., 216-781-8510,
 $895-$1,899   247   1,2,3 

While the breathtaking views of the city's steel crossings give this 102-year-old former grocery depot its name, the indoor atrium built from thousands of cedar beams defines this structure. The four building complex offers more than 65 floor plans, including penthouses with rooftop decks and some two-story units. Resident says: "The customer service you get here is second-to-none," says Angelo Johnson, 36. "The doorman even knows everyone's name."


The Cloak Factory 635 W. Lakeside Ave., 216-272-9284,
 $3,000   17   1,2,3 

These live-work lofts have vaulted ceilings and mostly brick walls, integrating a touch of modern chic without overstepping the charm of the original century-old building. Some of the long, narrow terraces have a great view of the lake. Resident says: "I loved Chagrin Falls," says condo owner Debora Bork, who owned a century home there. "This is much better. Now, I can go to a hockey game a lot instead of once."


Crittenden Court Apartments 955 W. St. Clair Ave., 216-781-4884
 $515-$1,3000   202   S,1,2,3 

These affordable apartments ($975 for two bed, two bath) are the perfect place for young professionals on the rise. The building stretches up 17 floors and occupies prime real estate where the Warehouse District drops to the Flats. Resident says: "It's pretty much an even distance from everywhere," says Kevin Burson, 30, a nurse at Lutheran Hospital. "My wife and I walk our dogs every night to the Medical Mart."


Erie Building Lofts 1260 W. Fourth St., 216-678-9303,
 FOR SALE ONLY   19   1,2,3 

Housed in a 1903 building, the Erie Building Lofts are on a quiet one-way block in the Warehouse District. Amenities include bamboo hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-suite washer and dryer, and attached parking. Resident says: "I went from my great-grandmother's house, full of antiques, to a very open industrial [loft]," says Lori Walter, 50. "It's all wood, metal, black."


Grand Arcade 408 W. St. Clair Ave., 216-664-1919
 FOR SALE OR RENT (VARIES)   98   1,2 

Several of these luxury lofts have rooftop patios to enjoy Lake Erie's sunset or the Terminal Tower's light show. Built in 1883 as Cleveland's tallest building, its renovated interiors play up the historic charm, showcasing 15-foot wood ceilings, tall windows and brick walls. Resident says: "People can live pretty stylishly here and feel they're part of a historic neighborhood, a hip and happening neighborhood," says Barry Nelson.

Hart Condominiums 1374 W. Ninth St., 419-602-1133

Built in 1853 and converted for residential use in the 1980s, the four units have either a balcony or rooftop deck. The second and third floors enjoy both easterly and westerly views, to see both the river and Public Square. Resident says: "It's a very neat design," says Sheldon Lewin. "There are many other restored buildings, but this one has a lot of character."


The Hat Factory 1235 W. Sixth St., 216-867-0572
 $900-$1,400   33   S,1 

One of the first buildings in the Warehouse District to be converted for residential use, it offers quaint one-bedroom and studio apartments with exposed ducts and brick walls. Its central location puts you in the thick of the West Sixth Street scene. Resident says: "I love it," says Miriah Vanscoy. "I bartend, so the noise doesn't really bother me."


Marshall Place Apartments 1211 W. Ninth St., 440-975-8118, ext. 334
 $1,000-$2,025   41   1,2 

This building is a good choice for those who want to be near the action of the Warehouse District, but also want a quiet place to come home to. It also offers first floor walk-up style apartments with direct street access. Resident says: "It's good for weekends," says Kevin Benacci, 26. "A lot of good restaurants and nightlife are well within walking distance."


National Terminal Warehouse Apartments 1215 w. 10th St., 440-579-9766,
 $652-$1,200   250   1,2 

There are 96 layouts in the 250-unit complex, formerly a cold storage building — some of which are less than $1 per square foot. At $80, indoor parking is about half what its Warehouse neighbors charge. Resident says: "For the money, you can't beat the space," says Deborah Robinson, 56. "I have 1,209 square feet, and my rent is $1,000. And I'm a five-minute drive from Edgewater."


Perry Payne Apartments 740 W. Superior Ave., 216-694-3756,
 $700-$1,500   93   S,1,2 

Designed by the renowned firm of Cuddell & Richardson, the historic 1888 structure has an elegant, old Cleveland facade with 93 modernized units, a gym and community roof deck. Its masonry frame, in an era of pre-steel construction, was an architectural feat that drew national acclaim. Resident says: "One thing I love about Perry Payne is — whether you are facing north or south — you always have a great view," says Jenn Hardulak, 27, who is a tenant and leasing agent.


The Pinnacle 701 W. Lakeside Ave., 216-272-9284,
 FOR SALE ONLY   80   1,2,3 

The apex of luxury, each of these lofts, which start at the sixth floor to guarantee breathtaking city and lake views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, are custom designed. From the spiral staircases to bamboo floors, the Pinnacle is West Coast opulence on the North Coast. Resident says: "Why would I live anywhere else?" asks Claudia Young, 52. "I see the trains, the planes, boats are constantly docking here. The sky puts on a show for free every night."


Water Street Apartments & Condos 1133 W. Ninth St., 216-771-8600,
 $725-$1,400   100   1,2 

Constructed in 1899 and fully renovated in 1998, the apartments and condos at Water Street offer historic elegance paired with modern convenience. Amenities include vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls, a rooftop deck and more. Resident says: "Access to public transportation was important to me," says Janet Walton, 52, who splits her time between downtown and a suburb. "I can jump on public transportation right here and get all the way to the airport."


Worthington Square Apartments 844 W. St. Clair Ave., 216-861-4080,
 $700-$1,200   54   1,2 

This architectural gem, between West Sixth and Ninth streets, features ceilings up to 20 feet, painted brick walls and laundry rooms on each floor. The former hardware warehouse, built in the mid-1800s, also contains Cleveland Chop and D'Vine Wine Bar. Resident says: "It's one of the few gated parking lots downtown," says Carrie Roach, 36. "I feel like it offers a little extra security."


Historic Gateway Neighborhood

The commercial building 2056 E. Fourth St., 216-589-1111,
 $600-$2,000   35   1,2 

With Michael Symon's Lola on the ground floor, you can boast that an Iron Chef visits your building. There is a mix of simple, one-bedroom units and more intricate two-story, two-bedroom layouts, which offer bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor and the cozy kitchen and a modest living room on top. Resident says: "This city doesn't die at 8 p.m. as much as it used to," says James Morse, 27, who works for the marketing software company Brandmuscle.


euclid block apartments 2015 E. Fourth St., 216-589-1111,
 $600-$2,000   64   1,2 

Opened in 2009, the building above Corner Alley has an in-suite washer and dryer, Jacuzzi tub, Sonos sound system (you do live above a bowling alley) and polished cement or hardwood floors. Plus, the location makes it the perfect pinsetter for downtown life. Resident says: "Usually this is the meeting place before my friends and I decide where we're going," says Katy Armul, 27. "I'm the hub."


Fredirick @ Fourth 2063 E. Fourth St., 216-589-1111,
 $600-$2,000   37   1,2 

The giant windows overlooking East Fourth Street are akin to having a high-definition TV tuned to Cleveland's society channel. Along with modern appliances and a Jacuzzi tub, the units cost about a dollar per square foot. Resident says: "This is less than half of what it would cost to have a similar apartment in Boston," says Brian Stepanek, 25, who recently returned home from Massachusetts. "Everything is still closer and more convenient. And the restaurants are better."


Historic Buckeye Building 2082 E. Fourth St., 216-589-1111,
 $600-$2,000   36   1,2,3 

Cavernous hallways of partially exposed brick give a glimpse to the building's past industrial use, but the units are homey, with 15-foot wood or tin ceilings. The bedrooms are raised to give an extra amount of privacy. Resident says: "The thing I love about this building is its size," says resident Kelly Clausen, 29. "This is an apartment where we can have people over and entertain."


Joshua E. Hall 1148 Prospect Ave., 216-272-9284
 FOR SALE ONLY   4   2 

Natural light shows off the lustrous hickory floors and the brick that covers virtually every wall in the former home to Sandglo Glass and Mirror. Built in 1889, the building was converted to four condos and offices four years ago. Resident says: "You can do a lot of modern things with the brick showing through," says Ed Rocheck.


the Lofts at rosetta center 629 Euclid Ave., 216-589-1111,
 $715-$1,635   96   1,2 

An ornate lobby, shared by the Holiday Inn Express, leads to new units with sliding frosted glass doors to conserve space, ivory-colored rubber wood flooring and a high-efficiency kitchen. Resident says: "I came from a traditional brick house in Cincinnati," says Cathy Kapellas, 54, interior designer. "So I decided to go the complete opposite. I love how open and contemporary it is."


The lofts on fourth 2042 E. Fourth St., 216-281-1500,
 $2,100-$3,000   5   2 

The five units, each on their own floor, are 1,800 square feet with 13- to 16-foot ceilings, two bedrooms and baths, and a gas fireplace and stove. The restored, hand-operated elevator and chicken-wire glass throughout are remnants of the building's past as the Krause Costume Co. Resident says: "Nothing fit the mold that this one did," says Matt Brannon, 29, a Seattle transplant. "It's a pretty unique layout, with a big open front community area and the bedrooms in the back of the condo."


park building 140 Public Square, 216-916-7778,
 FOR SALE ONLY   21   2,3 

Trimmed with granite countertops, hardwood maple floors and fireplaces, these condominiums and penthouses exude luxury. Expansive windows offer views of Public Square, while a rooftop garden adds another perspective. Resident says: When Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Stein filmed a Comcast commercial there in 2010, "they came and took all of our furniture out of the unit and moved their own stuff over," says Mickey Harper, 56, whose wall is now signed by Stein.


The pointe at gateway 750 Prospect Ave., 216-621-6300,
 $750-$1,800   42   1,2 

The entryways still have the beautiful wood trim and frosted glass windows from when they were law offices in the 1940s. Centrally located north of The Q, it's just a four-minute walk to PlayhouseSquare or Tower City. Resident says: "All of the floors have cement in between them, so it's really quiet," says Allison Chan, 27.


Prospect Place Apartments 1104 Prospect Ave., 216-621-6300,
 $875-$1,400   25   1,2 

An extensive renovation in 2008 combined historical elements, such as exposed brick and polished concrete floors, with turn-of-the-century amenities, including thermal-pane windows and Moen fixtures. Tucked away from East Ninth Street, it's also just around the corner from Progressive Field. Resident says: "On one side we have the all the stadiums for sports," says Billy Kotsanis, 31, "but on the other side of us we have the Theater District."


The Residences at 668 668 Euclid Ave., 216-579-1668,
 $1,054-$2,000   236   1,2 

Like Euclid Avenue, which the 109-year-old building overlooks, the former Wm. Taylor Son & Co. department store has received a swanky makeover. The apartments offer granite counters and stainless steel appliances and a washer and dryer. Near the East Fourth Street action, it's also tucked away. Resident says: "When people see this huge patio I have, nobody believes what I pay," says Allison Peltz, 30, who works across the street at Rosetta.


The Sincere Building 2077 E. Fourth St., 216-272-9284
 FOR SALE ONLY   14   2 

These spacious luxury lofts, finished with hardwood floors and granite counters, exceed 1,800 square feet and each have two beds and baths. Glass windows run the entire span of the East Fourth Street side and offer great views of the action below. The Q is visible from the Prospect Avenue side. Resident says: "We're like a small cul-de-sac in one little building," says Melissa Zujkowski. "Someone will knock on my door in their pajamas and ask to borrow an egg."


Statler Arms 1127 Euclid Ave., 216-696-6800,
 $747-$1,686   295   S,1,2,3 

An on-site yoga studio, 24-hour sauna and rooftop deck make relaxation easy. Other in-building services, such as dry cleaning, a business center and deli and coffee shop, add convenience. Plus, the historic 101-year-old former hotel puts you only steps away from the Theater District's Star Plaza patio and fire pit. Resident says: "It's become so social with all the new restaurants," says Cleveland Clinic dietician Monica Habib, 30. "I do feel like it's becoming a great area for young professionals to meet each other."


The windsor building 2000 E. Fourth St., 216-589-1111,
 $600-$2,000   48   1,2 

There's variety in the Windsor Building's 48 apartments with three-story spaces, airy apartments lined with slender two-pane windows or one-bedroom's with rooftop patios. The East Fourth address guarantees close proximity to dozens of restaurants, The Q and Progressive Field. Resident says: "The coolest part of this apartment is the 20-foot ceilings," says Jamie Long, 31. "It opens up the smaller space and makes it feel bigger."


wt grant lofts 248 Euclid Ave., 216-623-1201,
 $750-$1,650   73   1,2 

Converted from its namesake department store, these lofts have high ceilings (some 20 feet), washer and dryer units and a gas fireplace. The two large interior courtyards give residents a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of living between East Fourth and Public Square. Resident says: "I don't own a car," says Jack Bacevice, 29. "I went to 22 Indians games this year. I'm a quarter-season ticket holder for the Cavs and a season ticket holder for [Cleveland State University] basketball. I walk to all those things."


PlayhouseSquare District

the avenue district 1211 St. Clair Ave., 216-589-8524,
 $1,219-$3,309   56   1,2,3 

Built in 2008 as a condominium complex, the Avenue District was converted into high-end loft apartments last year. Choose from one-, two- or three-bedroom layouts with high ceilings and walk-in closets. Each suite includes an in-suite washer and dryer, plus a personal balcony in either the bedroom or the living room. Resident says: "In Boston proper, you have a few bedrooms, parking and a patio, and you'd be paying three times more than what I was able to get at the Avenue District," says Boston transplant Andrew Dieter.


The Chesterfield 1801 E. 12th St., 216-619-3805,
 $630-$1,245   407   S,1,2,3 

The city's oldest apartment building, which has 20 floors, boasts downtown's only rooftop pool, plus a new fitness room and refurbished tennis court. A single bedroom with a lake view goes for $650, but the best are the corner apartments with views of Lake Erie and Terminal Tower. Resident says: "We plan on having babies, but not leaving [downtown] Cleveland," says Brittany Gidley, 29, a photographer, who lives with her husband, Shawn.


huron square 1001 Huron Road, 216-575-1175,
 $775-$1,500   70   1,2,3 

The 90-year-old building near the Huron Road and Prospect Avenue triangle offers bright, utilitarian apartments and close-up views of Progressive Field on the southern end, while still insulated from pedestrian and vehicle traffic on East Ninth. The small staff is very hands-on and will deliver packages to your unit. Resident says: "I've lived in places run by large management companies and felt completely ignored," says Mike DeFabbo, 34. "This place I know everyone by first name. They give us birthday cards. They treat us like family."


The osborn 1020 Huron Road, 216-575-1175,
 $795-$2,400   50   1,2,3 

Unlike any other buildings downtown, this historic flatiron building, located at the point of Prospect Avenue and Huron Road, has modernized narrow units with several bay windows to see clearly south, west and east views, which also let in plenty of natural light and cross breezes in the summer. Resident says: "I'm in a very unique spot where I never have to worry about traffic tie-ups," says Patrick Manfroni, 33. "And I have peripheral views of four streets."


reserve square 1701 E. 12th St., 216-861-2715,
 $717-$1,725   971   S,1,2,3 

The 23-story high rise has a market and sports bar in the lobby, and a new indoor saltwater pool and gym on the seventh floor. With 971 suites, it easily has the most in the city, with the option to go month-to-month with fully furnished units. Resident says: "Living in Reserve Square gives us the ability to meet new people or to walk to the lake or see the attractions downtown," says Niccolo Stefani, 33, who moved here with his wife from Florence, Italy. "And in the winter, we don't have to go outside."


Residences at hanna 1401 Prospect Ave., 216-357-2672,
 $750-$1,750   102   1,2 

These apartments sit atop the Hanna Theatre, just steps away from eight other stages in the pulsating Theater District. With granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets outfitting its 102 luxury suites, you'll feel like the star of a show. Resident says: "Cleveland is just booming," says custom jewelry designer, Vincent Hawley, 30, who is opening a storefront studio in the same building. "It's this phoenix coming from this fire."


The seasons at perk park 1120 Chester Ave., 216-696-5442,
 $900-$1,850   33   1,2 

Step outside and Perk Park serves as your front lawn. Inside, the newly constructed apartments around a central atrium offer modern features such as sliding bedroom barn doors and built-in entry benches with coat hooks. Amenities include walk-in closets, eat-in kitchens, in-suite washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Resident says: "I love my kitchen," says 27-year-old Meghan Sumney. "The large island is perfect for when I bake cookies or make dinner."


Campus District

1900 euclid avenue lofts 1900 Euclid Ave., 216-241-9800,
 $750-$1,350   80   S,1,2 

Located across from Cleveland State University and near the RTA HealthLine, the former 1920s office building was renovated in 2002 into apartments and townhomes. Amenities include gas fireplaces, in-suite washer and dryer, and a tanning bed and sauna in the building's fitness center. Resident says: "Part of my passion is seeing this development and seeing how we can really grow our city," says Adam Rosen, 27, a CSU law student.


the langston 2303 Chester Ave., 866-610-6653,
 $630-$2,520   318   S,1,2,3,4 

Conveniently located across the street from Cleveland State University and various shops and restaurants, these new apartments, which have the appearance of townhomes from the outside, are equipped with a fitness center, on-site tanning and a media room featuring couches, video games and surround sound. Resident says: "I've seen first-year college students all the way up to people my age, if not older, and the whole community tries to make everybody feel comfortable," says Poni Wilcox, 44, who works at University Hospitals and MetroHealth Medical Center.


tower press 1900 Superior Ave., 216-241-4069,
 $895-$2,200   80   1,2,3 

Home to multistory live-work lofts, the 1907 former clothing factory boasts exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors and high ceilings with uncovered ductwork. The historic Cleveland landmark has been updated with a conference room, laundry and an ATM machine. Resident says: "I wanted something with a warehouse feel, but modern amenities," says Cherie Dimmerling, who's in her 40s.


university commons apartments 1900 E. 30th St., 216-241-2535,
 $600-$800   97   1,2 

Within walking distance from Cleveland State University and PlayhouseSquare, these one- and two-bedroom apartments offer city views and a building video surveillance system. A courtyard with grills and picnic tables is a nice warm-weather bonus. Resident says: "I'm from a small town, so living in the big city is nice," says Meagan Manfull, 19, a student at CSU. "I live on the fifth floor, so when the Indians win I can see fireworks from my window."


university lofts apartments and condominiums 2010-2030 Euclid Ave., 216-241-9800,
 $900-$1,950   38   1,2 

Converted into apartments and condos back in 2009, the space was once home to a sporting goods store and a Goodwill. Though near Cleveland State University, the 21-and-over complex is filled with a mix of graduate students and downtown office workers. Resident says: "I think the new buildings in town are almost expecting a higher level of professionalism and behavior," says Lindsey Bisgrove, 25, who is working on a doctorate in psychology. "It definitely makes you feel very safe."

walker & weeks apartments 2341 Carnegie Ave., 216-566-7676,
 $872-$2,500   36   1,2,3 

Live in a building by the same architects, Frank R. Walker and Harry E. Weeks, who designed some of the city's most iconic structures, including Severance Hall, Public Auditorium and Cleveland Public Library. Built in 1927, the building offers amenities including lofted hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. Resident says: "I had a dorm room my freshman year, and it just never felt like home so I could never really get anything done," says Brandon Johnson, 20, who lives with two roommates while studying at Cleveland State University. "Here, it feels like home."


Key: Rent:  $$$  Number of Units:  000  Parking: Pets: Vacancy: Gym: Types of Units:  S,1,2,3 

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