Why Cleveland Is A Great Place To Live

All Things CLE

Whether you’re from Cleveland or relocating here, there are so many reasons to love The Land, one of which is real estate. Whether you’re buying your first home, selling your beloved home, relocating here or want to invest in real estate — Cleveland is a great place to live.

Cleveland is located in northeast Ohio on the southern shores of Lake Erie and is about 60 miles west of the Pennsylvania border. Greater Cleveland sits along Lake Erie for about 100 miles and runs  40+ miles inland. It incorporates Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina, Geauga and Lorain counties and includes more than 70 suburbs, such as Lakewood, Bay Village, Parma, Westlake, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Avon, Avon Lake and more.

The city of Cleveland has a population of 381,009 (census.gov) while Greater Cleveland has a population of around 2.1 million (worldpopulationreview.com) making it the 32nd largest metro area in the U.S and the second largest city in Ohio (behind Columbus).

Downtown Cleveland has been revitalized over the last five years, with an estimated $19 billion in development already completed or planned in the last ten years. Occupancy rates are at 98% while home sales are up around an impressive 12% year after year (Real Wealth Network).

For more Cleveland real estate stats, click HERE.

There are some major factors that make Cleveland a great place to live and purchase real estate including:

  • “#1 City to Buy Home for Best Rental Return” – CNBC
  • “#4 City Where Your Paycheck Will Go the Furthest” – Forbes
  • “#10 Best City for First Time Home Buyers” – Business Insider
  • “Cleveland Real Estate Market Trends” – Movoto
  • “Ohio Best State for Start-Up” – Forbes
  • “#84 Best Place to Live” – U.S. News


Some great aspects contributing to Cleveland’s economy include:

  • It’s home to the fastest growing healthcare economy in the country (home to well-known Cleveland Clinic). The healthcare sector serves as one of the leading employers in the area.
  • 10 Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here, one of which is Sherwin Williams.
  • Cleveland is home to the second largest live theater district (Playhouse Square) in the country, behind New York City.
  • Cleveland has three major sports teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is located in downtown Cleveland.
  • You can find the famed “A Christmas Story House” in CLE.
  • The Cleveland Orchestra consistently ranks as one of the best orchestras in the world.
  • Cleveland is home to the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Wondering what there is to do around Cleveland? The answer is PLENTY.

The city offers residents and visitors alike tons of things to do:

  • Grab some delicious food from one of the many amazing restaurants
  • Spend the day in Little Italy
  • Catch a game at one of the many great local bars
  • Indulge your culinary side at the West Side Market
  • Tour the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Go to a Browns, Indians, Cavaliers, or Monsters game
  • Shop at the 5th Street Arcades
  • Tour the “A Christmas Story House”
  • Spend a relaxing Saturday or Sunday morning at a farmers market
  • Catch some sun at one of the many beaches
  • Spend the day on Lake Erie
  • Play some golf
  • Watch a play at Playhouse Square
  • Take a hike in the Cleveland Metroparks
  • Spend the day at a local brewery
  • Drink some wine at a local winery
  • Go fishing
  • Go shopping at Crocker Park, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Legacy Village or Beachwood Place
  • Spend the morning relaxing or working in one of the local coffee shops
  • Indulge your love for sweets at a local bakery
  • & so much more

While Cleveland really does have so much to love, our favorite part of this wonderful city is the pride that the we have in it. Clevelanders aren’t fair-weather fans when it comes to how much they love their city (or their sports teams lol).

If you’re relocating or considering relocating to Cleveland, send us an email at sfloodrealestate@gmail.com for a copy of our free Relocation Guide.

For a copy of our Moving Guide, click HERE.

Posted on October 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland, Buyers, Sellers |

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Fall Decorating on a Budget

There’s just something about decorating for fall that gives us the warm fuzzies! It may be the promise of cool, crisp evenings with brilliant sunsets, or the fact that fall decorating is all about creating a cozy atmosphere in your home. The fun thing about fall decorating is that it’s easy and inexpensive. Here are a few of our favorite fall decor ideas that are easy to accomplish on a shoestring budget.

  • Hit your local nursery, grocery store and fabric store for fall color. Place potted chrysanthemums, pansies, croton, purple fountain grass, or flowering kale on your front porch, in your foyer, or around your fireplace to add color. Tuck some mini pumpkins, Indian corn, or gourds around the base of the plants. Instead of spending money on pots, wrap the plant containers in fall print remnants from the fabric store.
  • Scavenge your yard for fresh ornamental cuttings. Put on your gardening gloves, grab your cutting shears and a basket, and head outside for some free decor. Fall leaves, small branches, ivy, ornamental grasses, flower blooms, pinecones, and seed pods make great accents. Arrange cuttings on your mantel or dining table with LED flameless candles and small gourds, or place branches and blooms in a large mason jar or vintage pitcher.
  • Get creative with pumpkins. There are lots of fun things you can do with a pumpkin besides carving a jack-o-lantern. Try painting some pumpkins in fall colors that coordinate with your home’s decor (we’re big fans of white pumpkins). Or wrap a few large pumpkins in light strands to light up your front porch. Make pumpkin topiaries by stacking three or four on top of a planter, largest to smallest, and wrap then in garland or light strands.
  • Create a focal point in your kitchen. In lieu of spreading fall decor all over your kitchen, pick a counter & decorate that! Fill a vase with some wheat, add a few pumpkins & a candle for an adorable look!
  • Get cozy with it. Place a few fall-inspired throw blankets around your house in plaids or other fall hues. This not only adds some fall vibes but it’s also practical for when temps start to drop.
  • Spruce up your living room seating. It’s so easy to spice up your living room by throwing some fall-colored pillows on your sofa & love seat. Whether you prefer to keep them cohesive throughout the room or want as many pillows as you can get, you can’t go wrong.
  • Candles, candles, candles. Fall-scented candles are a must when it comes to fall decorating tricks! You can add them to any room. Try to go for candles with pretty packaging so they can serve as cute decorations as well!
  • Fill baskets with fall decor. Pick up some woven or metal baskets to display & store your favorite fall items. Whether you toss in fall-colored blankets or pillows or store some pumpkins in there, you can do no wrong with this simple, yet effective decor idea!
  • More ideas for fabrics. You don’t need a sewing machine to make use of fall fabrics. Many fabric stores stock fall prints or have remnant pieces for quilting. Fold a couple of yards of plaid fleece like a throw blanket and drape it over a chair.  Wrap your throw pillows in a yard of a fall print and secure it with craft ribbon or safety pins. Fold the raw edges under and iron to make a simple table runner. Wind strips of fabric around a grapevine wreath or use them to tie big bows around your pumpkin stems.

If you love decorating as much as we do, make sure you tag us on Instagram (@thefloodsrealestate) and Facebook (The Floods Real Estate) so we can see your beautiful fall decorations!

Onto the less fun stuff…

Wouldn’t it just be awesome if all you needed to get your home ready for the fall season was a little home decor and pumpkin spice? While decorating for fall is one of the best parts, there are more important (and less fun) tasks that come with being a homeowner which include prepping your home for the changing season. Click HERE to download a copy of our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist and rest easy knowing your home is fully prepared for the season!

We hope you’re enjoying the new season as much as we are. If you have any real estate questions or we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy Fall, y’all!

Posted on September 28, 2020 at 1:28 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland, Tips For Homeowners | Tagged , , ,

Welcome Home To 700 Lake

Brickhaus Partners & 700 Lake

If you live in Cleveland and even if you don’t, chances are you’ve heard of renowned luxury home developers, Brickhaus Partners. Their impressive resume includes:

  • Brownstones of Derbyshire – Cleveland Heights
  • 27 Coltman – Little Italy
  • Eleven River – Rocky River
  • Clifton Pointe – Lakewood
  • Riversouth – Fairview Park
  • 95 Lake – Edgewater
  • One Seventeen – Edgewater
  • Riverhaus – Chagrin Falls
  • Twenty Four Hundred – Beachwood
  • 700 Lake – Rocky River

Have any of these residences caught your attention or want to find out more about Brickhaus in general? Head to the company’s website,  HERE.

If you’re looking for style, sophistication, and elegance in Cleveland – all of Brickhaus Partners’ projects fit the bill by combining luxury, ground-breaking technology and eco-friendly practices. They raise the bar in not only design and livability but functionality and sustainability as well. Their latest venture, 700 Lake, epitomizes this.

To learn more about these exceptional residences, visit their new site dedicated solely to 700 Lake, HERE.

“International Partners Andrew Brickman and Alexandra Yonkov combine bold planning with classic architecture to create the most progressive lakefront residence between New York and Chicago. Mindfully designed to deliver unparalleled luxury, every surface, every angle and every viewpoint of the 25 condos and 8 townhomes forges a connection with the natural beauty of Lake Erie. 700 Lake is driven by the history of Rocky River and its scenic shores, embodying classic design and a health-focused lifestyle that redefines lakefront living.”

This masterpiece was designed with remarkably innovative ideas, refined crafting and top-of-the-line materials. As mentioned above, 700 Lake includes 25 condos and 8 townhomes.

Features of the condos include:

  • Lake views
  • Pool right on Lake Erie
  • Square footage ranging from 2,220 – 3,600
  • 3 bed & 3.5 bath
  • Spacious, open floor plans
  • Private outdoor living spaces

Features of the townhomes include:

  • Rooftop terraces
  • Square footage ranging from 2,000-2,200
  • 3 stories of open floor plan living
  • 3 bed & 2.5 bath
  • Customizable finishes
  • 2-car garages

Not impressed enough yet? See all the awards and nominations Brickhaus has received, HERE.

Interested in making a slice of Cleveland heaven your own? Give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to view their gallery, see state-of-the-art digital presentations, have Brickhaus Partners show us through the project or take us to the site.

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 9:32 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland, Buyers |

Home Cleaning Tips For Pet Owners

Keeping Your Home Clean With Your Furry Friends

We all cherish our precious pets— I mean what’s not to love? The cute facial expressions, affectionate hellos, constant companionship, and sleepy snuggle sessions.

While there’s SO much to love about our fur babies, there is an extra demand of keeping your house clean and tidy.

Handle your pet’s mess like a boss with a few simple tricks:

•Change the air filters in your home on schedule. This reduces pet dander and dust.
•Try taking your pet to the groomer or brushing their coat regularly to help control shedding.
•Put towels near the entryways you use when letting/taking your pup out to wipe their paws after they go outside.
•Consider purchasing a Roomba/Roomba alternative. This has been a lifesaver in our household and there are so many affordable alternatives that work great!
•Give your bud a bath/shower regularly (but not too many as you don’t want to strip essential oils or give them dry skin). This will help keep both your dog and home smelling fresh!
•Make sure you have a few lint rollers around. These are perfect for getting dog and cat hair off pillows, clothes, etc.
•Regularly clean your pet’s collars, dog beds, and toys. These items may be a bit easier to overlook but it’s important to wash these items to keep them clean as well as keeping them from smelling.

For some more tips on keeping your home clean with pets, visit this article: https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/clean-and-organize/cleaning-tips-for-pet-owners-pictures

Considering Adopting a Dog?

Have you been considering making a four-legged friend an addition to the family? If you’re looking to adopt a dog in the Cleveland area, we recommend Oshie’s Tail Wagon Rescue & Transport.

Oshie’s TaiI Wagon Rescue & Transport is an amazing 100% volunteer, foster-based nonprofit rescue that saves dogs that have been abandoned or neglected and are about to be destroyed in kill-shelters. The rescue does not focus on specific breeds and saves dogs of all ages, sizes, predicaments, etc. They believe they have more of an impact on the homeless pet situation by establishing relationships and providing services for shelter & other rescues.

The rescue has great reviews from many people from all over the country and has received the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency in both 2018 and 2019.

Ruby’s Story

We adopted our sweet Ruby from Oshie’s and are so glad we did. Ruby had been attacked by multiple dogs and left at a kill-shelter with serious injuries in a laundry basket. She had to have a few surgeries (including over a dozen vet visits) and stitches in four areas.

We adopted her weeks after her attack with her wounds still healing. We weren’t sure what to expect from her after she had been through all of that. Would she be feisty? Timid? Standoffish?…not that we’d blame her, it would be understandable. She was quite the opposite, though. She was happy, vibrant, loving, sweet, and incredibly trusting especially considering what had happened to her.

Ruby celebrated her 1-year Gotcha Day just a few weeks ago and we couldn’t be happier and more grateful to have adopted her. She’s been such a blessing to us. She wakes up everyday, just happy to be alive and her optimism is contagious. Ruby is so thankful to be here and we’re thankful to Oshie’s Tail Wagon & Rescue for allowing us to adopt our sweet pup.

If you have any questions about this organization or our experience with it, please don’t hesitate to reach out and please consider adopting and not shopping. With over 1.4 million adoptable dogs being killed every year in kill shelters, there are plenty of dogs whose lives need saving.


For more information on this rescue, please visit the organization’s Facebook page:


Here is a link to the organization’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oshiestailwagon/

Posted on June 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland, Tips For Homeowners |

Crocker Park

Everything Happens at Crocker Park!

Crocker Park is a hub for shopping, dining, working, relaxing, working out, and even living. It offers a wide variety of restaurant and bar options to suit all tastes including:

  • 3 Palms
  • Aladdin’s Eatery
  • B Spot
  • Bar Louie
  • Barroco
  • Bibibop Asian Grill
  • Blue Sushi Sake Grill
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Burntwood Tavern
  • Condado Tacos
  • Crepe’s In The City
  • Dave’s Cosmic Subs
  • First WatchFive Guys
  • Graeter’s
  • Hot Chicken Takeover
  • Hyde Park
  • Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes – available during the summer
  • Mikey’s Pizza
  • Pacific East
  • The Pasta Co-Op
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Starbucks
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Yard House

Crocker Park has a plethora of stores from apparel, footwear, and jewelry to electronics, sporting goods, and furniture. Some stores include:

  • Altard’d State
  • American Eagle
  • Ann Taylor
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple
  • Apricot Lane
  • Arhaus
  • Athleta
  • Baby Gap
  • Banana Republic
  • Banyan Tree
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Buckle
  • Cara’s Boutiqes & Gifts
  • Carhartt
  • Chico’s
  • Cle Clothing Co.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dry Goods
  • DSW
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Emily Roggenburk
  • Evereve
  • Express
  • Francesca’s
  • Gap
  • Gap Kids
  • H&M
  • Homage
  • J. Crew
  • Jos. A Bank
  • Learning Express Toys
  • Loft
  • LoveSac
  • Lululemon
  • Lush
  • Market District
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Orvis
  • Sephora
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Soma
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Sur La Table
  • Talbots
  • Trader Joes
  • Urban Outfitters

The lifestyle center is not just fit for those looking for a place to eat or have a fun shopping trip; in fact, there are many well-known and recognized salons and spas as well.

Salons, Spas, Etc. include:

  • Aveda
  • Charles Scott
  • Dina Palmieri
  • Massage Envy
  • European Wax Center
  • Massage Heights
  • The Lash Lounge
  • Westlake Plastic Surgery

You can get your fitness on at the Cycle Bar or LA Fitness, stay the weekend at the Hyatt Place, or go see a movie at Regal Cinemas. Additionally, there are residences in Crocker Park in the form of both apartments which are located above the restaurants and stores and townhomes which are located in the back of Crocker Park.

Besides the lifestyle center’s regular restaurants, bars, gyms, stores, and salons, Crocker Park also holds a lot of fun events including a farmer’s market every Saturday, Truck Stop Tuesdays from April to September, 5ks, outdoor movies in the summer, massive decorations for Christmas, and so much more.

Whether you live in the Cleveland area or are just here for a visit, you should definitely make a stop at Crocker Park!

For more information on everything it has to offer, visit Crocker Park’s website: https://www.crockerpark.com

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Susan Flood | Posted in Around Cleveland |