Best Neighborhoods in Akron

Best Neighborhoods in Akron

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NewToAkron

Dayton, OH

#1 Sep 9, 2008
Hi! I'm moving to Akron soon for a job and I'd like to know if someone could tell me some of the neighborhoods where I should concentrate my housing search based on these things:

~ trendy reataurants nearby (and I'm not talking Olive Garden - something local using fresh ingredients would be nice, I love fine food and hate to cook)
~ walking distance to shops, etc
~ quiet, safe neighborhood
~ type of housing isn't important - I'd be happy with lofts, apartments, houses, condos, townhouses - pretty much anything!

If you've ever been to Columbus, something similar to German Village would be nice.

It could even be a suburb, I'm just looking for something that's near things to do - the background noise is nice to have :)

“Stupidity should be painful”

Since: Jun 08

Akron Area

#2 Sep 9, 2008
NewToAkron wrote:
Hi! I'm moving to Akron soon for a job and I'd like to know if someone could tell me some of the neighborhoods where I should concentrate my housing search based on these things:
~ trendy reataurants nearby (and I'm not talking Olive Garden - something local using fresh ingredients would be nice, I love fine food and hate to cook)
~ walking distance to shops, etc
~ quiet, safe neighborhood
~ type of housing isn't important - I'd be happy with lofts, apartments, houses, condos, townhouses - pretty much anything!
If you've ever been to Columbus, something similar to German Village would be nice.
It could even be a suburb, I'm just looking for something that's near things to do - the background noise is nice to have :)
Try Hudson or one of the Cleveland suburbs...sjt

Since: Jun 08

Omaha, NE

#3 Sep 9, 2008
NewToAkron wrote:
Hi! I'm moving to Akron soon for a job and I'd like to know if someone could tell me some of the neighborhoods where I should concentrate my housing search based on these things:
~ trendy reataurants nearby (and I'm not talking Olive Garden - something local using fresh ingredients would be nice, I love fine food and hate to cook)
~ walking distance to shops, etc
~ quiet, safe neighborhood
~ type of housing isn't important - I'd be happy with lofts, apartments, houses, condos, townhouses - pretty much anything!
If you've ever been to Columbus, something similar to German Village would be nice.
It could even be a suburb, I'm just looking for something that's near things to do - the background noise is nice to have :)
Good luck !!! I will be interested to read the responses you get. It's been a while since I lived in the Akron area but I don't know of places that exist "similar" to the German Village in NE Ohio. I may be wrong.

As for "fine food", WOW !!! Like I said, good luck.
NewToAkron

Dayton, OH

#4 Sep 9, 2008
buckeye in omaha wrote:
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Good luck !!! I will be interested to read the responses you get. It's been a while since I lived in the Akron area but I don't know of places that exist "similar" to the German Village in NE Ohio. I may be wrong.
As for "fine food", WOW !!! Like I said, good luck.
So I'm really asking a lot? Wow - who woulda thought that good food, a quiet neighborhood, and things to do were difficult criteria to meet!

“Stupidity should be painful”

Since: Jun 08

Akron Area

#5 Sep 9, 2008
Hudson has Main Street Area for upscale shopping and dining. It's just slightly north of Akron. It's the only thing I can think of that is close to Akron. I haven't been in the area for just over a year, but I believe it still exists.

Buckeye in Omaha is right, it'll be interesting to see if you get any replies. Certainly won't be for Akron proper...sjt

Since: Jun 08

Omaha, NE

#6 Sep 9, 2008
San Jose Transplant wrote:
Hudson has Main Street Area for upscale shopping and dining. It's just slightly north of Akron. It's the only thing I can think of that is close to Akron. I haven't been in the area for just over a year, but I believe it still exists.
Buckeye in Omaha is right, it'll be interesting to see if you get any replies. Certainly won't be for Akron proper...sjt
There are nice, quiet neighborhoods (Hudson, Fairlawn, Bath, "some" parts of Stow (still ?), "some" parts of Tallmadge (still ?), Green (?).

The clincher was fine food / dining. I'm not sure that fine food / dining is synonomous with NE Ohio.

There was a Lebanese (?) restaurant the last time I was in Hudson Square (2 -3 years ago). It was pretty good. Moe's on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls ... other than that there's Swenson's (God, I miss a Galley Boy) and a Burger King near Fishcreek and Graham Road in Stow.
Starry

Twinsburg, OH

#7 Sep 9, 2008
San Jose Transplant wrote:
Hudson has Main Street Area for upscale shopping and dining. It's just slightly north of Akron. It's the only thing I can think of that is close to Akron. I haven't been in the area for just over a year, but I believe it still exists.
Buckeye in Omaha is right, it'll be interesting to see if you get any replies. Certainly won't be for Akron proper...sjt
Medina is getting pretty uppity upscale. But, I'd still go with Hudson for that elite, New Englandish kind of town. The food ain't that great in the area though. Every third house is for sale, so, you should be able to find a super duper deal.
Starry

Twinsburg, OH

#8 Sep 9, 2008
buckeye in omaha wrote:
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There are nice, quiet neighborhoods (Hudson, Fairlawn, Bath, "some" parts of Stow (still ?), "some" parts of Tallmadge (still ?), Green (?).
The clincher was fine food / dining. I'm not sure that fine food / dining is synonomous with NE Ohio.
There was a Lebanese (?) restaurant the last time I was in Hudson Square (2 -3 years ago). It was pretty good. Moe's on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls ... other than that there's Swenson's (God, I miss a Galley Boy) and a Burger King near Fishcreek and Graham Road in Stow.
Got to, got to, agree with you about the fine dining. Not to be found in Akron proper or suburbs. Well, Ken Stewart's still has the reputation. Gotta migrate on over to Ohio City and Lakewood for the tiny great restaurants.

“Stupidity should be painful”

Since: Jun 08

Akron Area

#9 Sep 9, 2008
When Hudson put in First and Main area, it added lots (maybe 4) upscale restaurants as well as the usual coffee and ice cream shops. They also had a wine bar, etc. All tucked in and downstairs of other stores, etc. I don't know if they have thrived and I don't remember the name of them. The couple that I ate at were very good, but pricey. All within a walking distance if you live in that area of Hudson. North End Market near the Hudson/ Twinsburg line was a really good place too.

Not disputing the other areas, but if the restaurants are still there, the criteria of the poster was trendy eating,shopping and within walking distance. I used to love going to First and Main when I lived in Stow. Also, liked the grocery store there, but pricey.

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Since: Jul 08

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#10 Sep 9, 2008
NewToAkron wrote:
Hi! I'm moving to Akron soon for a job and I'd like to know if someone could tell me some of the neighborhoods where I should concentrate my housing search based on these things:
~ trendy reataurants nearby (and I'm not talking Olive Garden - something local using fresh ingredients would be nice, I love fine food and hate to cook)
~ walking distance to shops, etc
~ quiet, safe neighborhood
~ type of housing isn't important - I'd be happy with lofts, apartments, houses, condos, townhouses - pretty much anything!
If you've ever been to Columbus, something similar to German Village would be nice.
It could even be a suburb, I'm just looking for something that's near things to do - the background noise is nice to have :)
Sorry to hear that. lol I would try Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Silver Lake
Starry

Twinsburg, OH

#11 Sep 9, 2008
San Jose Transplant wrote:
When Hudson put in First and Main area, it added lots (maybe 4) upscale restaurants as well as the usual coffee and ice cream shops. They also had a wine bar, etc. All tucked in and downstairs of other stores, etc. I don't know if they have thrived and I don't remember the name of them. The couple that I ate at were very good, but pricey. All within a walking distance if you live in that area of Hudson. North End Market near the Hudson/ Twinsburg line was a really good place too.
Not disputing the other areas, but if the restaurants are still there, the criteria of the poster was trendy eating,shopping and within walking distance. I used to love going to First and Main when I lived in Stow. Also, liked the grocery store there, but pricey.
North End Market was ahead of its time. Now, it is as passes as Marcelita's.

“Stupidity should be painful”

Since: Jun 08

Akron Area

#12 Sep 9, 2008
Starry wrote:
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North End Market was ahead of its time. Now, it is as passes as Marcelita's.
I quit going to Marcelita's long before we quit going to North End. You're right, though they were ahead of their times. At least 1x week, a few of us gals would go to Brubakers on 91. We REALLY had GREAT TIMES there. When hubby would be out of town, I would go with them more often. Not quite walking distance to home, but I could if I needed to. Loved their Margaritas. Had a nickname that even their bar help called me by. They had good wine tastings paired with food. Scott and his wife were always so nice.

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Since: Sep 07

North Ghetto Hill

#13 Sep 9, 2008
What about Kent? There's decent places to eat downtown (and of course BARS), things to do on campus culturally, you can live pretty decent at average costs and it is walking/bike friendly.

Highland Sq. sounds like the type of area you are wanting, BUT it has crime, at night mostly.

i live in North Ghetto Hill, there is crime (day or night!!) and no real decent places to eat, but i have heard The Office serves good food on N. Main.

good luck!! and i dunno if Hudson is taking applications for residents right now! Silver Lake and Stow don't really have shops within walking distance---unless you live by the plaza with Marc's in Stow. C. Falls has some areas that have shops within walking distance, but it depends what area of town you are going to live in.

what kind of background noise do you want?? i have sirens, life flights overhead, and gang fights when north high school gets out! YEAH!!

good luck!!!

“Stupidity should be painful”

Since: Jun 08

Akron Area

#14 Sep 9, 2008
Miss Tia wrote:
What about Kent? There's decent places to eat downtown (and of course BARS), things to do on campus culturally, you can live pretty decent at average costs and it is walking/bike friendly.
Highland Sq. sounds like the type of area you are wanting, BUT it has crime, at night mostly.
i live in North Ghetto Hill, there is crime (day or night!!) and no real decent places to eat, but i have heard The Office serves good food on N. Main.
good luck!! and i dunno if Hudson is taking applications for residents right now! Silver Lake and Stow don't really have shops within walking distance---unless you live by the plaza with Marc's in Stow. C. Falls has some areas that have shops within walking distance, but it depends what area of town you are going to live in.
what kind of background noise do you want?? i have sirens, life flights overhead, and gang fights when north high school gets out! YEAH!!
good luck!!!
Hey, Hudson's not that bad.(re:taking applns).HA HA.. Good suggestion with Kent. Always liked goint to Pufferbelly...sjt

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Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#15 Sep 9, 2008
NewToAkron wrote:
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So I'm really asking a lot? Wow - who woulda thought that good food, a quiet neighborhood, and things to do were difficult criteria to meet!
West Side/Fairlawn/Montrose has tons of shops and some decent food (sad to say Olive Garden as well). The neighborhoods are pretty quiet. More importantly, you are close to the parks for the weekends. Downtown is no more than 15 minutes away, that is where the "nightlife" is. I, admittedly biased, highly recommend!

Don't panic about moving up here. We here, on Topix, hammer Akron not because it is bad, just because we know it is not what it could/should be!

Let me be the first to welcome you to our fair city!

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Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#16 Sep 9, 2008
buckeye in omaha wrote:
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There are nice, quiet neighborhoods (Hudson, Fairlawn, Bath, "some" parts of Stow (still ?), "some" parts of Tallmadge (still ?), Green (?).
The clincher was fine food / dining. I'm not sure that fine food / dining is synonomous with NE Ohio.
There was a Lebanese (?) restaurant the last time I was in Hudson Square (2 -3 years ago). It was pretty good. Moe's on Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls ... other than that there's Swenson's (God, I miss a Galley Boy) and a Burger King near Fishcreek and Graham Road in Stow.
Alright, you are talking fine dining in Akron and you mention Burger King! Easy there Cornboy!

What about Luigi's?!!?

:0)

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Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#17 Sep 9, 2008
Starry wrote:
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Medina is getting pretty uppity upscale.
READ: Farmers Gone Wild!!!

:0)

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Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#18 Sep 9, 2008
Miss Tia wrote:
What about Kent?....
BWAAAAAHHHAAAHH!

Thanks, Tia! I haven't laughed that hard all day!

:0)

“Watch out, I might be angry...”

Since: Sep 07

North Ghetto Hill

#19 Sep 9, 2008
Bergermeister wrote:
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BWAAAAAHHHAAAHH!
Thanks, Tia! I haven't laughed that hard all day!
:0)
now now...kent isn't THAT bad!! housing has more value there than in most parts of akron....you CAN walk to shops...you can of course stumble home very drunk too...and the crime rate is lower than akrons....WAY lower...i would feel safe walking in kent in the dark, but not akron...

“Watch out, I might be angry...”

Since: Sep 07

North Ghetto Hill

#20 Sep 9, 2008
Bergermeister wrote:
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West Side/Fairlawn/Montrose has tons of shops and some decent food (sad to say Olive Garden as well). The neighborhoods are pretty quiet. More importantly, you are close to the parks for the weekends. Downtown is no more than 15 minutes away, that is where the "nightlife" is. I, admittedly biased, highly recommend!
Don't panic about moving up here. We here, on Topix, hammer Akron not because it is bad, just because we know it is not what it could/should be!
Let me be the first to welcome you to our fair city!
but you can't really walk to those areas and i believe he mentioned walking to shops...montrose is a mecca full of shops but you ain't walking to them from anywhere around there!

nightlife downtown??? where??? does don hang upside down in his office with a vodka IV??? that would be entertaining....i think the aeros are winding down their season...and the civic doesn't hold many events for use mere mortals and they'd rather keep it closed than in use....bars?? i thought they were closing for akron u. to take over down town???

oh! none of us have mentioned that the blimp floats above the city some days!!! that is awesome (no sarcasm, i am fascinated by the blimp) and some days it goes right over my house and i can see the peoples in it!

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