Saturday, September 27, 2008 


The Neighborhoods of Shaker Square Home Tour featured the different types of housing, including single-family houses, multi-family homes, and condominiums.

More than 400 persons took the tour!

To see the full set of tour photos, click here.

Highlights from the Neighborhoods of Shaker Square Home Tour
Saturday, September 27, 2008 2 pm – 6 pm

421 total attendees

44 day-of-event volunteers

17 generous property owners:
Sergio Abramof, Merras Brown, Kevin & Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Beth & Chris Dunworth, Leonard Linden, Margaret Mueller & Ricardo Sandoval*, Katharyne & Tom Starinsky, Lee Maxwell & Michael Prunty, Dale H. Smith & Richard Van Petten, Holly Unger & Craig Miller * Operator of Felice Urban Café

12 amazing artists from the neighborhoods of Shaker Square:
Anna Arnold, Charles Burkett Jr., Rodney Carpenter, Shirley Clark, Dr. Bruce Cline, Bill Faust, Nancy Weymouth Halbrooks, Chloë Hopson, Richard Howell, Charles J. Pinkney, Gloria Plevin, Mary Urbas

9 generous sponsors:
Cleveland Clinic, Epstein Design Partners Inc., The Coral Company, The Dancing Sheep, Felice Urban Café, Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer, In Flora Veritas, Sergio’s SARAVÁ, Vine and Bean Café

10 promotional partners:
CityWheels, Greater Circle Living, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Larchmere Community Association, Ludlow Community Association, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, North Union Farmers Market, A Piece of Cleveland, Progressive Urban Real Estate,

40 merchants along Larchmere and around Shaker Square
who participated in our discount card promotion.
(The first 250 Home Tour patrons were treated to a key ring that had merchant business cards with discounts and promotions.)

23 hard-working (volunteer) planning committee members:
Katharyne Starinsky (co-chair), Patrick Shepherd (co-chair), Lynne Alfred, Molly Allen, Anna Arnold, Reka Barabas, Mary Brown, Gwen Chapman, Melissa DiGioia, Dominic Gatti, Pamela George-Merrill, Jason Lansdale, Jason Linder, Jalene Pardon, Dwight Robinson, Kathy Rosner, Susan Rotatori, Barbara Saltzman, Dale Smith, Steve Smrdel, Barbara Szaibel, Mary Urbas, Richard Van Petten

3 mentors:
Margy Judd (Tremont Trek) + Thom Geist & Christopher Leo (Ohio City Home Tour)

1 worthy beneficiary of event proceeds:
Shaker Square Area Development Corporation (visit website)

Heard around the neighborhoods during the Home Tour:

  • “What a wonderful street of front porches!” - Arthur Ziegler, Pittsburgh History Landmarks Foundation

  • “If the goal of the event was to help people understand the amazing variety of housing options in the city of Cleveland, then I would have to say it was a huge success!” – Michael Bosak

  • “This neighborhood has regional attraction, and not just for people who are interested in finding a great Cleveland neighborhood.” – a person who plans to buy a condo in the neighborhood

Some of the properties featured on the tour include:

  • "The Dandelion House," a single-family home in the Ludlow neighborhood. This new-construction house is one of the most environmentally-friendly homes in Ohio. Learn more (pdf).

  • Two spectacular suites in Moreland Courts Condominiums, one of the most historic and exquisite properties in Northeast Ohio;

  • A Shaker Towers suite and the beautiful roof-top garden.

  • A five-bedroom, two-story Shaker Courts Condominiums penthouse with terraced rooftop gardens in the Condominium Corridor;

  • A newly-renovated Cleveland "double" home in the Larchmere neighborhood;

  • Felice Urban Café, a new restaurant located in a restored turn-of-the-century house in the Larchmere neighborhood; and,

  • A new construction townhouse on Larchmere Boulevard.

The art, antique, restaurant, and entertainment establishments in Shaker Square’s two commercial districts will be promoted during the event.

A special gallery exposition at the former American Crafts Gallery (13010 Larchmere Boulevard ) featured the work of neighborhood artists

Heart Healthy Screenings were provided at no cost by the Cleveland Clinic from 2 - 4 pm at the Welcome Center (at Sergio’s SARAVA) on the day of the tour.


Volunteers from the Shaker Square neighborhoods of CHALK, Larchmere, Ludlow, the condominium corridor, and the apartment corridor are planning the event to promote these neighborhood assets:

  • Financial Incentives – The Greater Circle Living Initiative offers forgivable loans and rent reimbursements towards owner-occupied Shaker Square properties for those who work in the University Circle area. Plus, all who live AND work in Cleveland pay less in Payroll Taxes (compared to working in Cleveland and living outside of the city) - it can be an annual saving of more than $1,000.

  • Lower Transportation Costs – Residents can save on gas and car maintenance costs by riding the RTA rapid commuter rail to downtown Cleveland or the bus to University Circle;

  • Close Proximity to City Amenities – Most necessities and amenities are within walking distance, such as a six-screen Cineplex, art galleries, a full-service grocery store, drug store, coffee shops, and specialty shops and services;

  • Vibrant People – The neighborhood is home to diverse and creative residents representing a myriad of cultures, ages, and professions;

  • Fabulous Food – A variety of restaurants that appeal to every taste feature some of the region’s most prolific chefs and patio dining.

  • Special Events - North Union Farmers Market, Larchmere Sidewalk Sales, the Coral Company’s free summer concert series, the annual holiday lighting ceremony, and other events are neighborhood traditions;

  • Parks and Recreation – Nearby Shaker Lakes features six natural habitats -- lake, stream, marsh, field, ravine and forest. Amenities include a Nature Center, two hiking trails, and a bike path that connects with University Circle and eastern suburbs.

Webkeeper's notes:
Beyond the more than 400 persons it brought to see places to live near the Square, the incredible volunteer invovement and business ccoperation made this a very important event for the Square. We will leave this page "up" for a long time. 

Thanks to Patrick Shepherd for his text and photos, pre- and post event, and to Epstein Design Studios for the graphics.

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