• Clevelandish Team

Clevelandish Cribs: 8 Most Baller Apartment Buildings in Cleveland

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

In the 1950s, one of Cleveland's many nicknames was "The Best Location in the Nation." Today, of course, we can all agree that motto needs updating to include "in the World." Either way, we wanted to determine which apartment buildings deserve the title of "The Best Location in the Land." The decision was difficult because the city has added thousands of new units to the market over the past five years. Nevertheless, using five factors (quality of the units, amenities in the building, views, the neighborhood, and price), here are the top 8 places to live in 2020:

1. One University Circle

(1) Quality: Just opened in 2018, One University Circle is still brand new. Units include hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows (btw, these ceilings are 11-13 ft...not your normal 9), stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and "spa-inspired" bathrooms with walk-in showers. (10/10)

(2) Amenities: Resort-style pool, massive fitness facility (2,800 sqft), a rooftop deck, a "Sky Lounge" on the 20th floor, and a dog park (and pet spa in case you were worried your dog wasn't spoiled enough). (10/10)

(3) Views: Great views of University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, Wade Lagoon, and Little Italy. From the upper floors, great views of downtown and Lake Erie in the distance. (7/10)

(4) Neighborhood: University Circle. Located in the heart of University Circle, this building is half a mile away from Cleveland's cultural hot spots (e.g. Cleveland Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens, Severance Hall) and only a fifteen minute walk to Little Italy. With several nearby parks to stroll including Wade Oval, Wade Lagoon, and the new Doan Brook, this location is tough to beat. (10/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,845-2,300. Ballin' don't come free! (2/10)

Total Score: 39

2. The Lumen

(1) Quality: Opened in summer 2020, the Lumen is on another level. Literally. This 34-story skyscraper is apparently the tallest residential building in Ohio. Units include floor-to-ceiling windows (that can open for fresh air), quartz counter tops, brand new steel appliances (including gas stoves), walk-in showers, and carpeted bedrooms. (8/10)

(2) Amenities: Heated pool with lounging cabanas, rooftop deck with kitchen, large fitness facility and yoga studio, 20,000+ sqft of community space (including bar area, outdoor grilling stations, social game area, etc.), dog park and spa. (9/10)

(3) Views: Unbelievable downtown and Playhouse Square views throughout the entire building. Lake views from the top floors. The combination of the building's height and the floor-to-ceiling windows easily give the Lumen Cleveland's best views. (10/10)

(4) Neighborhood: Playhouse Square. With nonstop entertainment from America's second biggest performing arts district (nbd) and several upscale restaurants (Cibreo, Cowell & Hubbard, and Republic Food + Drink) less than a minute away, Playhouse Square is one of Cleveland's coolest neighborhood. The only minor drawbacks--a ten minute walk to the central business district (for downtown workers) and below-average nightlife--can be quickly fixed by a short ride on the Health Line, which stops in Playhouse Square. (7.5/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,470-2,200. (4/10)

Total Score: 38.5

3. Iconic Living at the 9

(1) Quality: Renovated in 2013, Iconic Living at the 9 is exactly that: Iconic. The 9 is the home of many Cleveland athletes and big names (e.g. Johnny Manziel's bachelor pad back when he was a Brownie). It also offers incredible quality in each unit. Units include granite counter-tops, custom cabinets, Bosch stainless steel appliances, huge windows, and big walk-in closets. (8/10)

(2) Amenities: Four on-site bars/restaurants (Azure Rooftop Lounge, Adega, Ledger Bar, and The Vault), a fitness center, 24/7 valet, housekeeping/dry-cleaning/shoe-shining services. (5/10)

(3) Views: With the exception of the building itself (The 9's exterior design makes Manziel's NFL career look good), the views from this 28 story building are top tier. (9/10)

(4) Neighborhood: Downtown. Attached at the hip to America's second most beautiful grocery store, The 9 is centrally located and within walking distance of everything downtown. The 9 is the Nightlife Capital of Cleveland. Not only is there on-site nightlife, but there are also a ton of legendary Cleveland bars--like The Clevelander, Thirsty Parrot, and Wild Eagle--within a minute's walk. (9.5/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,225-2,175. Significantly more affordable than the top three, but just as badass. (6/10)

Total Score: 37.5

4. The Beacon

(1) Quality: The Beacon just opened in 2019. These brand new units include hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and stainless steel appliances. (8/10)

(2) Amenities: Rooftop Sky Lounge and deck (29th floor), state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga/spin studio, a community espresso bar, a rooftop dog park (taking a leak on the sidewalk fire hydrant is just not in style these days), and tons of community events for residents. If it had a pool, the Beacon would be a ten for sure. (8/10)

(3) Views: As the second-tallest apartment building in town with 29 floors, The Beacon offers unparalleled views of the city and lake. The combo of its height and location are the closest thing you'll find to an apartment in downtown Manhattan. (10/10)

(4) Neighborhood: Downtown. If Cleveland was a Monopoly game, the Beacon would be Boardwalk. This is the best location money can buy: a one minute walk to Cleveland's premier nightlife and restaurant scene on East Fourth Street, a five minute walk to the endless sporting events and concerts at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Progressive Field, a quarter mile walk to most of the major downtown employers, less than a mile to the Flats and Playhouse Square. (10/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,893-2,600. The only drawback of the Boardwalk slot in Monopoly is that you've gotta pay for it! The Beacon is the most expensive building on our list. (1/10)

Total Score: 37

5. Flats at East Bank

(1) Quality: Built in 2015, the Flats at East Bank are some of the highest-quality apartments in town. Units include stainless steel appliances, chef-inspired gourmet kitchens, granite counter-tops, and rainfall showers. (8/10)

(2) Amenities: Massive rooftop (40,000 sqft) with cabanas and grills, pool pass to FWD Day + Night Club, pet park and spa, resident club, and fitness center. (8/10)

(3) Views: Surrounded by prime time views on all sides: the lake to the north, the riverfront to the west, downtown to the east, and the rest of the Flats to the south. (9.5/10)

(4) Neighborhood: The Flats. Although Cleveland has almost consistently botched its waterfront areas, the Flats East Bank is the one major exception. With a waterfront boardwalk, tons of restaurants, two brewing companies, FWD Day + Night Club, the Flats is a tough place to beat right now. (7/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,495-2,260. (4/10)

Total Score: 36.5

6. Church + State

(1) Quality: Just opened, Church + State is the newest building on our list. Every unit is brand new. Units include white shaker cabinets, granite counter-tops, stainless steel Samsung appliances, full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets, and huge windows (that open). (9/10)

(2) Amenities: Rooftop deck and lounge, rooftop hot tub, a climbing wall, and tons of art. (8/10)

(3) Views: Cool views Ohio City and downtown, but not on the level of the The Lumen, The Beacon, or The 9. (6/10)

(4) Neighborhood: Hingetown. This booming segment of Ohio City is probably the hottest area in Cleveland right now. Five great breweries (Saucy, Bookhouse, Market Garden, Great Lakes, and Hansa) you can walk to within ten minutes, unbelievable morning-time options (Big Mouth Donut, Cleveland Bagel Co., Rising Star Coffee, and all the brunch options on W. 25th), and quick access to downtown/Gordon Square/Edgewater Park. (9/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,600-2,550. (3/10)

Total Score: 35

7. The Edison

(1) Quality: Opened in 2017, The Edison is still one of the newest apartments in town. Units include granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and many have balconies. (7/10)

(2) Amenities: Easily the best apartment pool in Cleveland, big fitness center, a park, a community clubhouse, and assigned parking. More importantly: the people. If Cleveland was a college campus, The Edison would definitely be the cool kid dorm. (8/10)

(3) Views: Depending on the location within this massive complex, some solid views of the lake and Gordon Square. (5/10)

(4) Neighborhood: Gordon Square. Walking distance to one of Cleveland's best arts (several theaters and studios) and food scenes (Happy Dog, Boiler 65, Brewnuts, etc.). Seconds away from Edgewater Park--Cleveland's biggest beach and the huge park attached to it. Short drives to downtown, Ohio City, and Lakewood. (8/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,553-3,990. (2.5/10)

Total Score: 30.5

8. The Shoreline

(1) Quality: Originally built in 1929, The Shoreline (formerly "Quay 55") was renovated in 2002 and partially updated in 2017. While these units feel a little outdated compared to some of the newer apartments on the list, The Shoreline's upgraded units offer granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, and 14 ft ceilings. (6/10)

(2) Amenities: Lakefront pool with resort-style cabanas, outdoor dog park, lakefront patio with grills, 24/7 fitness center, and complimentary Phoenix coffee bar. (8/10)

(3) Views: Easily the best lake views in town being right on the water. Plus, scenic skyline views in the distance. (8/10)

(4) Neighborhood: E. 55th. With I-90 to the south and Burke Lakefront Airport to the west, there is not much to do in the immediate vicinity of the Shoreline. (2/10)

(5) Price: One bed, one bath units currently lease for $1,399-1,499. Gets points for those ballin' on a budget. (5/10)

Total Score: 29

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