Down Payment Assistance

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Greater Circle Living offers a $10,000 forgivable loan for down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of an owner-occupied home by full-time employees of any nonprofit institution in Greater University Circle. The Shaker Square and Larchmere neighborhoods of the Park South area are eligible for program assistance.

Click here for complete program rules, participating employers, and eligibility requirements.

Our Neighborhoods

Since 1976, Shaker Square Area Development Corporation has been representing the neighborhoods of the Shaker Square Area. Best described as small town feeling in a cosmopolitan setting, Shaker Square Area neighborhoods are rich in diversity: racially, economically and socially. The neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options from single family to vertical living.

Access to downtown Cleveland and Tower City is only 15 minutes via Rapid Transit. Shaker Square is only ten minutes by car or bus to world-renowned University Circle, home to University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music.Our neighborhoods include:

INvested in our Neighbors

 Shaker Square
The Boulevard Neighborhood, in the northwest corner of Shaker Heights is adjacent to Boulevard Elementary School. Filled with gracious homes and tree-lined streets, the area is just minutes away from Shaker Square and University Circle in Cleveland. The neighborhood association, the Boulevard Community Association fosters communication among residents, the City of Shaker Heights and other organizations.

Named for the streets—Cormere, Haddam, Ardoon, Larchmere, Kemper—CHALK is a community of comfortable colonial homes just north of Shaker Square. They are in the Shaker School system. The community celebrates Memorial Day each year with an organized potluck picnic. In 2008, they added an Easter egg hunt for the youngsters.

Surrounding Plymouth Church, this neighborhood is comprised of the Cleveland portion of these two streets. They are in the Shaker Heights School system. Drexmore/Chadbourne is part of the broader Boulevard Community Association.

Larchmere offers a variety of housing options and schools as well as the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Fairhill Partners - resources for senior services. Housing stock is a mixture of single-family, “Cleveland Doubles” with their distinctive two-story front porches, apartments and condominiums. The Larchmere Community Association (LCA) is an active community association that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road.

The Ludlow Community Association is an historic community that encompasses both Cleveland and Shaker Heights, defined by the houses in the Shaker School District. Ludlow is roughly bounded by So. Moreland, Van Aken, Onaway, Livingston. The LCA meetings are held at the Positive Education Program (PEP) School, formerly Ludlow Elementary School on Southington Road, the original focal point of the community, on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm.

Apartment and Condominium Corridors

There are more than 4000 apartment and condominium units located in the Shaker Square area. Many of the apartment and condo buildings offer distinctive architectural details as well as hardwood floors and lead glass windows. The variety of housing options available throughout the Apartment and Condo Corridors meet a range of needs from the young person looking for their first apartment to empty nesters interested in downsizing to a condo.

Go to the Contact page for information on how to contact community associations.