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Akron, Ohio

 

 

 

 

Akron was founded in 1825 at the highest point of the Ohio and Erie Canal.  It is the county seat of Summit County and its largest city.  During the late 19th and early 20th century the city grew into a boom town mainly as a result of the emergence of the rubber industry, earning it the nickname “Rubber Capital the World”.  Today, as a result of the loss of many rubber companies Akron has diversified to include research, financial and high-tech sectors.  Newsweek named Akron one of nine “High-Tech Havens”, cities that have become important role players in the Information Age.  Akron’s designation is mostly a result of the research and development of polymers.

 

 Akron Ohio Housing

 

Living in Akron, one can enjoy the rich real estate history it offers, from the Grand Tudor estates of yesterday’s affluent rubber industry icons, to the trendy alternative historic area of Highland square boasting eclectic shops and dining. Downtown offers high rise lofts with a Manhattan feel including concierge services. Downtown Akron comes to life at night and offers many activities within walking distance for singles and families alike. Find your property in an area of rolling hills, private wooded settings, quiet valley's, quaint neighborhoods or urban areas. Whether you are looking for an affordable starter home, a low-maintenance Condo, New Construction or a reasonable re-sale we have the inventory to assist your needs. Property values have maintained due to the stability of the surrounding areas and local economy. Housing guru Barbara Corcoran, on the Today Show named Akron the 2nd on her list of the “Top 10 Cities for Best Home Bargains”.  The criteria for inclusion on her list were job growth, rising prices, good schools and low cost of housing.  

 

 Akron Ohio Recreation and Lifestyle

Akron was voted a #1 city and is proud to be “Green” with its city transportation, recycling programs and healthy outlook. Akron is culturally diverse with a big city feel and small town virtues. Local wineries, locally owned businesses, gourmet markets, and fine dining add to the vibrancy of the neighborhoods.  Local events like the All American Soap Box Derby in existence since 1930 draw children from around the world to race. The Firestone Country Club hosts the “World Golf Championship – Bridgestone Invitational” an annual PGA event brings the best golfers in the world to Akron every summer.   

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking and biking in the Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, run in the Akron Marathon, ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, enjoy both winter and summer sports or explore the magnificent Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.  Balmy summer evenings beckon “Akronites” to Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the world renowned Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and other top talents from around the world.  Two of Americas’ favorite Hall of Fames is located less than a one hour drive from Akron.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located to the north in Cleveland and the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton to the south.

 

Akron Ohio Education, Health Care, and Transportation

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 Education is a priority in Akron.  The district includes seven high schools, 10 middle schools and 34 elementary schools. It is the fifth largest district in Ohio with approximately 23,000 students enrolled.  Akron Public Schools is currently undergoing a massive construction process for all of its buildings. Through a partnership with the City of Akron, by 2015, every school in the Akron Public Schools' district will be rebuilt or remodeled to become a state-of-the-art community learning center. CLCs are schools by day and community learning centers by night and on weekends.

The University of Akron is a world-class university with a vision to forge a new gold standard for a truly excellent American university — one that provides access to a top-quality education for a broad range of citizens, then creates and adds value for our students, community and nation

 

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