University Heights

University Heights

Best Places to Live: University Heights

With tree-lined streets, charming homes and long-standing local spots, the suburb has strong community spirit.

About Town: 
Originally Idlewood Village, this eastern Cleveland suburb was renamed University Heights in 1925 in honor of one of its most notable landmarks, John Carroll University. With about half of the more than 13,000 residents under the age of 30, this family-focused community is attracted to the area’s parks, nearby schools such as Gesu Catholic School and the charming historic homes.

University Heights is an urban suburb that celebrates diversity. Our community’s mosaic is replete with educational and religious institutions, walkable neighborhoods, local eateries, shopping and nearby amenities, offering residents the opportunity to build a life by design, find their forever homes and plant roots.

Slice Of Life:
Start your day at Bialy's Bagels, a no-fuss, East Side institution since 1966. (Try the pretzel bagel!) For a family meal, sit down at Pizzazz and dig into one of its massive calzones, or head to Geraci’s Restaurant for delicious pizza and other Italian staples made with recipes that have been passed down for generations from the Geraci family’s Sicilian ancestors. While chef Anthony Zappola’s Lox, Stock and Brisket is moving to nearby Shaker Heights, his popular Asian-fusion Rice Shop, formerly housed within the Ohio City Galley, will take its place. Cap off the day at O’Rielly’s Pub.

The casual Irish spot with an unassuming exterior welcomes visitors with a long bar and high tops, where it serves some of the best wings in the area — plus, you’ll get a perfect Guinness pour every time. Whether it’s a cheerful pick-me-up or a sweet display for someone special, Flowerville has been the spot for meaningful floral designs since 1949. Owner Michael Day and his team bring vibrancy to your vision for seasonal bouquets and heartfelt arrangements. The University Heights branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library is another point of pride in the community. Extensively renovated between 2016 and 2017, it offers a diverse reading collection and historical materials as well programs for seniors and dedicated spaces, such as the after-school center for teens.

Save The Date:
Families look forward to the annual University Heights Memorial Day Parade (which dates back to 1966!), where children wiggle their way through crowds to find the best spot on the curb and excitedly wait to fill their pockets with the candy thrown their way. The summer concert series has been infused with new life, and throughout the season, block parties are a hit. The beloved University Heights tradition brings neighbors together all afternoon and into the evening with a potluck spread, children’s activities and perhaps even a Tiki bar dishing out cool drinks. Keep an eye out for the Rocket Car. Made from the rocket-ship ride at the old Euclid Beach Park, it’s a favorite ride to hop into and take a cruise.

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