Take Your Taste Buds To Cleveland’s Tremont Neighborhood This Sunday

Taste of Tremont

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Taste of Tremont

12noon-8pm

The 15th Annual Taste of Tremont street festival will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 12noon to 8pm. The street festival will be held in the heart of Tremont’s “restaurant district” and showcase the best of Tremont’s food, art and entertainment.  Professor Avenue will be blocked off, inclusive of commercial areas from Fairfield to Starkweather. The best part is that admission is free.
This year promises some exciting culinary “Tastes” so bring the family and enjoy a day of music, shopping and sampling the cuisines of all Tremon’t’s famous restaurants. Dining Al Fresco without the need of reservations!

 

Follow this link for directions to the neighborhood.

First Time Home Buyer Overview

This is an overview, a way to get you started and understanding  the process of buying a home.  A few things to consider:

At the beginning, the most important thing is talking with a lender.  Unless you are paying cash for a home, a lender is needed for two reasons: to provide you with a pre approval letter, which you will need to present at the same time as you plunk down a purchase offer on a home. It’s most critical to discuss finances right away. What you can afford is not just a phrase, it’s a comfort level for you – it’s crucial to know prior to going to see a home. You don’t want to have your hopes dashed and spend your precious free time looking at homes you really like but find out later you are not able to buy.

Second, a mortgage person you can rely on and feel comfortable with is a big help to you as you go along looking at homes. You can call a lender and they can take a home you saw on tour with sale price, taxes, insurance, any home owner fees or condo fees and give you a monthly estimate. This helps you weigh each property in terms of what you might want to buy…or not!

Third, you might get approved at a certain amount but when you see what the monthly payments are, you might say it would be better to take the price range down a notch because you know what your mandatory monthly expenses are over and above rent. You might not be able, or want to, give up some of these expenses.

Those are three reasons why a mortgage lender is your friend and a necessary part of your team from the beginning.

A Realtor® like me ☺ is the second part of your team. Think about the neighborhoods, towns, places that fit your needs or lifestyle. Do you want a walkable community? Do you want transit close by? Do you want entertainment and eateries? How long do you want your commute to be? Do you want a large back yard for dogs to play? Begin a list of about 5 items that will start out on your ‘need to have’ list. (By the way, this list can and probably will change as we go along. For now, a beginning list is helpful.) Some items might be wants and not needs. The word compromise will become important as well. You might wind up with things that are ‘need to haves’ that you weren’t aware of when you started, and some of your list of  initial needs might go by the wayside. You might change styles of homes you want after seeing some houses.  All of this is fun, just pointing out that being open to a flexibility of thought about what you want is very helpful!

We will begin our relationship and I’ll search out the homes that meet your initial criteria. I can email you a few homes right off the bat.  We can brainstorm a bit together about what you like and don’t like.  Example of what I mean: I send you five homes via email. You tell me you don’t like the floor plan on one and the yard is way too large to take care of on another. That helps me (and you!) understand how to search. When we do the brainstorming it helps start to formulate a game plan so that once you’ve gotten a price range settled with a lender, we can begin to look in real life not Internet life!

If you do the above, the entire home buying journey can be started with enough knowledge to keep stress out of the process and more enjoyable!

 

Historic Tremont Community and One of Her Painted Ladies

I toured a home on W. 14th Street and she was pretty spectacular! Maybe you remember the TV show Route 66? Apparently Robert Redford was here, at this house, filming an episode of the show. This was in 1961. This particular Painted Lady was here long before that, built by an attorney  around 1892.  Tremont is home to many grand old homes.  Industrialists & other professionals  were drawn to it’s location and decided to call it home. Probably true in other cities as well but in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland during that time, W. 14th housed all the company owners and many of the side streets housed the workers. It’s one of those neighborhoods where you can steep yourself in history, enjoy Lincoln Park (the heart of Tremont with a pool, farmers markets and many other festivals and art shows) or enjoy one of the eateries in the area.

This home has a boatload of historic amenities which I won’t go into on this post. Enough beautiful woodwork to line the walls of 3 small homes, pocket doors, leaded and stained glass, a modern but what I call an appropriately eclectic remodeled kitchen for a house of this age and style.  You can read all the listing details here. Be sure to check out that link because listing agent John has amazing photos, wait till you see the interior.  What stood out for me: the iron work. One example in (a first for me) a curved radiator (bottom left photo).  A bronze baluster light (unique to say the least!) plus intricate  iron work inside one of the many fireplaces (upper left photo).  Sometimes newly built homes can seem a bit cookie cutter, right? In older homes all over Cleveland it’s rare to see the same iron work or beveled glass or stained glass patterns twice.

The iron industry, as you can imagine, was a big deal in NE Ohio. Cleveland Iron Mining Company was around during the time this house, and many others like it, were built. Decorative iron works are one of the joys of these Victorian homes.

Maybe you are planning a move to start a job?  Tremont is about 3 minutes from Downtown Cleveland, 10 minutes to University Circle/Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Clinic. It’s about a 15 minute trip on the Rapid Transit or car to Hopkins Airport. Here is a link with more cool history about the area.  Civil War buff? Read about the Tremont Camp. And for a more up to date look at Tremont on the Web,  Tremont West Development Corporation’s site is a good way to get a feel for it. It’s a beautiful place in the City!

One last amazing fact about this W. 14th Painted Lady. Built over 120 years ago and only four owners !