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  1. Why tier did you sign up for? Do you actually get the speeds that they advertise? I do a lot of video work, so I'm leaning towards the 1Gbps up/down tier for the speed and no data cap.
  2. Wasn't sure if I should start a new thread for this, but since it's related to our move to the area, I thought I'd throw it in here. We did find a great house in Cleveland Heights and will hopefully be closing this week. One of the first things we will need to set up at our new house is a fast internet connection for work. I've done quite a bit of research already on this topic, but I was hoping to get personal insights. I've read that AT&T Fiber is fast and should be available at my address, but I was hoping someone could share any persona experiences they have had with AT&T and their home internet services here in the area. If there is an alternative to AT&T's fast fiber speeds, please let me know. I'm looking for a balance between great speeds and a good price.
  3. I really appreciate the discussion about the different cities and neighborhoods. As stated in my original post, we love cities and everything they have to offer. While Cleveland Heights is on our list, the areas that we are looking at are along Ceder and Coventry which appear to offer a variety of shops, restaurant and walkable neighborhoods. As far as schooling goes, we're not really that picky. We have been homeschooling for nearly two years now and could actually continue with that since our jobs allow us to travel at any time. We're also of the firm conviction that a school's score isn't representative of how individual students perform. We have experienced schools with failing grades first hand, but that had little effect on our daughters and their education. As mentioned, some of these cities have higher property taxes and some have better connections to public transit. Are there any other pros/cons that we should consider when looking at these various places?
  4. It seems like a lot for that house, but the location is pretty great. You’re not going to be getting any deals in Ohio City at the moment. I would expect a property like that to backslide a bit in value when things settle down. Of course that’s just an opinion, based only on limited experience. Ohio City is definitely the best area in Cleveland at the moment imho. However, I think Detroit Shoreway has a chance to catch up eventually. And while you also won’t find any “deals” per se in Detroit Shoreway, I think a lot of the properties in that neighborhood are more likely to retain their increased value, since they have been undervalued for so long. I was thinking along the same line. It seems as though they wanted the house as an investment property and quickly changed their mind. That being said, they honestly didn't keep in on the rental market for very long, listing it a few weeks after purchasing the property and then switching over to selling it about a month later. This leads me to another question: how's the rental market in the area? As I mentioned, I'd be interested in something similar to this which would allow us to occupy one unit and rent out the other as a standard rental or AirBNB. We've looked at rental units in the area and it doesn't look like there are many that are available. I'm assuming that most units go pretty quickly.
  5. Again, thanks for the input. Several of you have mentioned that properties in the Ohio City area go really fast. Even though we will not be moving to Cleveland for at least another 6-9 months, we've been keeping an eye on properties that seem interesting within our price range. One that's been available for a few months now is 2-unit house along Franklin that's been renovated. It looks like the owners tried renting it out before putting it up for sale. https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3014-Franklin-Blvd-Cleveland-OH-44113/33329863_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-propalert-hdp&rtoken=a89aa507-fefc-437d-9001-d1125001e704~X1-ZUzcedlosaxrt5_70ucp I'd be interested in some insight from you guys on this property, the price, neighborhood and any issues you might have with it. We are not planning to buy this property, but we'd be interested in something similar when so do decide to buy.
  6. We're not opposed to going the private school route, but we'd honestly prefer neighborhood schools for our girls so that we can be better integrated into the community. Thank you for sharing all the links. The wife and I will dig into them to see how things look. As for the question about my job... no, I'm not being relocated for work with Valspar/Sherwin Williams. I'm a freelance tech writer and I also own a small online business. The reason we have Cleveland in our sites is that we're looking for a place to settle down after we finish up 18 months of full-time travel. After moving back from Europe to the US, we decided to take 18 months to travel in a renovated travel trailer. We considered going back to MN, but we've been away for nearly 3 years already and don't have family there. The reason we started exploring Cleveland was because of the very low home prices, good city life and the lake. We have discussed renting something short-term in Cleveland to get a feel for the city before committing to a neighborhood. My wife doesn't like the idea of moving multiple times, but renting first is the best option. We purchased our first house in the Twin Cities right out of college and regretted our choice of neighborhood after the first year. We definitely don't want to do that again. I also wanted to ask about crime. I've looked at the crime maps and the stats and it seems that the neighborhoods we are considering are pretty safe. Naturally, there's more crime centered around areas where there's heavier street traffic, but that's to be expected. The one stat that jumped out at me was the number of assaults reported. Cleveland's population is about 25% higher than Saint Paul MN, but the number of assaults is 400% higher in Cleveland. Is it really as big of an issue as the stats show it is or is there an element to the data that I'm missing? The neighborhood we used to live in wasn't the safest in Saint Paul, but I never felt like I needed to watch my back when walking down the street at night.
  7. Thanks for the quick replies. For those asking about my commute, the wife and I will actually be working from home. We've lived in Europe and don't mind taking public transit, but we'll likely have at least one car to get around town with. While I enjoy working from home, I'd also like the option of popping into a local coffee shop a few days a week to get some work done in a different environment. Is there a resource you can point me to that has more details regarding the schools in Cleveland? What sort of issues should we be on the lookout for? We'll definitely look into the Campus International school to see what they have to offer.
  8. My family and I are planning to love to Cleveland next sprint/summer. We've been doing quite a bit of research about the city and the different neighborhoods, but I wanted to get some insight from those who are living in the city. Personally, I love the forum and all the information it offers since I was a frequent contributor to a similar forum when I lived in the Twin Cities. The neighborhoods we've been looking at are Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway and Edgewater, but we've also considered University Circle, Little Italy and Ambler Heights in Cleveland Heights. We love living in cities and enjoy having a walkable community. Being close shots, local restaurants would be ideal, but we're not sure what spots in the city would be best. We've noticed small clusters of walkable neighborhoods in the areas I've listed, but Ohio City seems to offer more than the rest. I've read comments regarding higher taxes in Cleveland Heights and tax abatements on redevelopment/remodel projects in Cleveland. Can anyone give me a high-level overview of the important details I need to be aware of? We'd like to buy something that's in decent shape, but we're also not opposed to buying a property that needs to be fixed up. As for schooling for our girls, are there any issues with the schools in the different neighborhoods? Any additional insights would be appreciated.
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