The renowned American poet Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights. Known for her inability to "distinguish between work and play," it makes sense that she hails from Maple Heights, as the two seem to overlap here quite often.
The old train whistling and the birds chirping in Dunham Park perfectly sum up the rhythm of life in Maple Heights. Yes, it's kind of like a storybook movie, but in a totally good way. The folks who call the 5.17 square miles of Maple Heights their home know it be somewhat rural, with Cleveland just a short drive or very fast helicopter ride away. So whether you are arriving by boat, plane, car, bus or train, it's time to get a move on and find yourself a place in this town to call home.
Getting a Pad in Maple Heights
A vacancy rate of 15% makes finding a suitable place quite easy. If you plan on working in nearby Cleveland, a 30 to 45 minute commute doesn't seem like such a bad idea considering the amount of choices you have when it comes to finding an apartment for rent in Maple Heights.
Finding a Place
While there are plenty of rental apartments in Maple Heights, the percent of owner-occupied units triples that of renter-occupied units. The city is clearly an owner's market. Think about your options, and if you plan to live here long term, purchasing a property is worth your consideration as it offers return on your investment.
When to Look
Look for a place on your birthday, when the leaves in Stafford Park start to fall, or basically whenever you want because there are plenty of houses, apartments, and condos for rent throughout the year.
Most landlords want to see evidence of income and a credit report. References and a solid rental history can make the process smoother, but if you have enough cash to pay the first and last month's rent right away, nothing should be an issue. After all, cash is king!
Maple Heights Neighborhoods
Walking across the entire city wouldn't take long, but finding the neighborhood that suits you best could. Don't be too antsy to sign a lease. Find out what parts of the city you like first, as different areas suit different needs.
Libby Road: One of the main roads in town, this area has plenty of furnished apartments and houses as well as restaurants and shops. The Mill Creek flows nearby, too.
City Center: Be right in the middle of the action and near the Southgate USA Shopping Center. Tons of apartments are available here.
Turney Road/ Dunham Road: Enjoy a bit more space and larger homes here. Stretch out your legs at Dunham Park, and truly take in the sights.
Rockside Road/ Pennsylvania Avenue: If you like the sound of trains and industry, this area is your spot. Also, think of all the quick road trips you can escape to by train!
Living in Maple Heights
Despite being a suburb, locals like to use the public transportation system here, regardless of whether they are commuting to work, getting a meal at Famous Gyro George, bowling at Maple Heights Lanes or heading to Cleveland. A car is still very useful, but taking a bus is truly local it's green, cost-effective and convenient. Hop on board and ride to the rhythm of life in Maple Heights.