Akron is one of Ohio’s largest cities and industrial centers and settled at the highest point of the Ohio and Erie Canal just 40 miles south of Cleveland. Even though we’re nicknamed the “Rubber Capital of the World”, there’s so much more to this city than high-quality tires. From an abundance of farmers markets, brunch destinations and more — you could spend days exploring our amazing city.
When you do decide to move here (and we promise you will), it can be hard to decide on the perfect neighborhood. That’s why we rounded up some of the hottest areas in Akron, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you’re looking for, there’s a home and neighborhood perfect for you. Happy exploring!
For the Outdoor Enthusiast — Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls is a vibrant community located just a few miles north from Akron. Its name stems from its proximity to the Cuyahoga River and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The town offers a diverse selection of housing options, green spaces and a charming downtown area that’s full of things to do!
There are a plethora of outdoor pursuits all around Cuyahoga Falls from kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking and more. If you aren’t a huge fan of outdoor activities, there’s still a ton to do in the area from perusing the shops in the historic downtown or grabbing a bite from one of the fabulous restaurants.
Neighborhood highlights: Blue Door Cafe and Bakery, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Summit Metro Parks and the Downtown Amphitheater.
For Golf Lovers — Stow
This smaller, primarily residential, suburb boasts beautiful homes and ample parks. The friendly community atmosphere, picturesque roads, 410 acres of parkland along with the fantastic home prices make this little town perfect for first-time homeowners.
While the area is full of amazing attractions, it is the golf courses that make this area stand out. Home to the Fox Den Golf Course and the Roses Run Country Club are both award-winning 18-hole courses, this community is truly a golf-lovers paradise.
Neighborhood highlights: Summit County Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, StowNut Donut & Diner, Cellar 59 Wine Bar & Wine Shop.
The small community of Goodyear Heights was created by the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as a neighborhood that would provide an easier commute for Goodyear employees.
Today, the charming town is a mostly residential community full of moderately priced single-family homes. The area features great schools and the Goodyear Heights Metro Park, which provides a recreational oasis for residents.
Neighborhood highlights: The Linda, Julian’s, Buckeye Bookshop and the Goodyear Theater & Hall.
Situated just south of Akron, Portage Lakes is a popular place to call home. It’s also beautiful, with the Portage Lakes State Park surrounding the suburb. The area is also known as the best-kept secret in Northeast Ohio due to the incredible variety of outdoor experiences and the fantastic sense of community.
For those of us who love the small town vibe, getting to know your neighbors and becoming a “regular” at a local business — the tight-knit community of Portage Lakes is the place to be.
Neighborhood highlights: Portage Lake Cruises, The Great Escape Room and The Harbor Front.
Photo courtesy of The Lockview.
You’ll never run out of things to do, see or eat in Downtown Akron. This area is perfect for those who love city life with a small town atmosphere. Downtown is a hub for artists, poets, authors and foodies, so you’ll feel at home no matter what your passion is.
This metropolitan area is also home to some of the best restaurants around. From casual eats to upscale dining, you’ll find delicious food and great ambiance when you choose to dine downtown. Grab comfort food at The Lockview or pizza at the famous Luigi’s — whatever you choose we promise you’re in for a treat.
Neighborhood highlights: The Akron Zoo, Akron Art Museum, Canal Park and Lock 3.
You may recognize the name of this lovely neighborhood due to the fame of one of its residents, LeBron James! The basketball legend calls this town home, with visitors and locals alike trying to catch a glimpse of his stunning home whenever they can.
Even if you’re not a fan of LeBron James, there are still plenty of reasons to fall in love with this suburb. Historians will love spending all day at Hale Farm and Village and learning all about the famous Hale family and the community.
Neighborhood highlights: Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, The Bath Nature Preserve, Bath Township Historical Museum and the Western Reserve Playhouse.
Photo courtesy of Shane Wynn via the PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival.
Highland Square is one of Akron’s most eclectic neighborhoods! The neighborhood is home to a library, a plethora of delicious restaurants and even some local nightclubs and bars. There’s a little something for everyone here, which is why people from all walks of life choose to call it home.
But it’s the art scene of this unique suburb that makes it so popular for artists, musicians and movie lovers. Here, you’ll find the Highland Square Theatre, public art lining the streets and the annual PorchRokr Music and Arts Festival which brings thousands of visitors to the area each year.
Neighborhood highlights: Mustard Seed Market & Cafe, Wally Waffle, The Market Path and Square Records.
Merriman Valley is known as one of Akron’s wealthiest neighborhoods, situated nears several country clubs and home to gorgeous houses built in the early 1900s. For an example of the incredible architecture in the area, stop by Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, a castle-like residence that served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s founder Frank A. Seiberling.
The area itself is pristine and beautiful, offering close proximity to the Cuyahoga Valley National park as well as top-notch public schools. If you’re looking for an HGTV ready home — Merriman Valley is perfect for you.
Neighborhood highlights: F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, Cascade Valley Metro Park and None Too Fragile Theatre.
For the Socialite — Wallhaven
Wallhaven is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy being in the thick of it all. The area is home to some of Akron’s most popular gathering spots from the original location for Swenson’s Drive-in to the iconic Nervous Dog Coffee Bar.
The neighborhood surrounds the intersections of Market Street, Exchange Street and Hawkins Avenue, offering a little bit of shopping, upscale eating and entertainment. Plus, the housing options are incredible from historic castle-like homes to “hobbit houses” that make this area look like it was pulled straight from Lord of the Rings.
Neighborhood highlights: Westlake Manor Park, Eye Opener and Fire Leaf.
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