Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn Neighborhood: Affordable Housing and Community Amenities

Old Brooklyn covers a very large area of Cleveland, bordering Brooklyn on the north and west and Parma to the south. It’s also become a popular place to buy a home. It appeals to people who like long standing amenities like diners, bakeries, community gardens and The Metro Park Zoo. It also appeals to new residents who want affordable housing choices, it’s 10 minutes from Downtown Cleveland, 5 minutes to the Ohio City and Tremont neighborhoods, a very short drive via I 480 to Hopkins Airport. And a lot of organic entrepreneurial spirit happening here. There is not much a person needs that doesn’t already exist somewhere in Old Brooklyn.

I have a new listing on Flowerdale.  This is a street very close to the City of Brooklyn border and Ridge Road. I’d like to highlight a few of the features:

A cape cod home with 3 bedrooms, two with newly refinished wood floors; the roof is about 10 years old; it has an environmentally friendly permeable driveway; it’s been waterproofed and has a transferable warranty; new blinds; newly refinished living room floor;very large dining room, freshly painted interior and a low maintenance exterior. Close to Fulton and Brookpark Rd.

The home sits on a pretty brick street and is a 4 minute walk to Ridge Park Square for AMC movies, food shopping, several full service plus other eateries (including a Starbucks) and shops where you can buy everything from eye glasses to pet supplies and clothing. All this in walking distance!
A big local feature is Jack Frost which many Clevelanders consider the best doughnut shop in town. Two minute walk from the house!

Old Brooklyn has a farmers market, festivals, and a new local business buzz is happening. Entrepreneurs are setting up shop. For instance, Sixth City Cycles is a bike shop but wait, it’s also a coffee house, making it a great place to feel that community spirit. A few other examples are The Sausage Shoppe and Old Brooklyn Cheese Company.

In fact, Old Brooklyn is the perfect place to satisfy anyone’s eclectic tastebuds.  Sabor Miami Cafe and Gallery has (and it’s not just my opinion) a kick butt Cuban Sandwich and I love the coffee. Bite Buff did a review last year when the Cafe was very new. (click link above). There is an old fashioned wonderful bakery called Michael’s.  Terrific fresh bread and mouth watering pastries plus a few noshable lunch items as well. The best part is, it’s not a New Age priced place and has all sorts of pastries/cookies, including some your parents and grand parents probably smile about and wish they had in their hands right now! Yes they have a stall at the West Side Market but guess what, the prices are better  here and there is a wider selection of goodies.

It’s also home to one of my favorite places to eat: Wexler’s Tavern. There is so much more here, so this list is just a good starting point.

If you are moving to Cleveland and looking for affordable housing to purchase, Old Brooklyn is a great community to consider.

Some stats on home sale activity in Old Brooklyn within the last six months:

18 single family homes are more recently under contract, listed as contingent.  They could be waiting for preliminary loan approval or inspections to be done. But 18 buyers most recently are under contract with 18 sellers to buy their homes. 30 homes are ‘pending’ meaning they have passed the contingency phase and are now deep into the closing process and awaiting title transfer.  Translation: most recently, 48 homes had buyers for them.

Within the last six months, 198 homes have sold in Old Brooklyn.  The average sale price on these 198 homes was $80,261. The average number of days each of these homes was on the market before going under contract was 74.

The highest sale price within the last six months was for a 4 bedroom, 2 full, two half bath home on Broadale Avenue with just under 3000 sq. ft. of living space. It sold for $236,000. There were 13 homes that sold for more than $140k. 38 homes sold between $100k and $139k; 23 homes sold between $99k and $90k; 44 homes between the prices of $79k and $88,000. This breakdown covers both zip codes in Old Brooklyn (44109 and 44144).

So as you can see, the Old Brooklyn housing market is active and vital. To check out my listing at 5908 Flowerdale in more depth, go here.

 

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