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 

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