For people looking for a true sense of belonging in an era of upheaval and change, the Toledo Region extends a particular welcome. Here, the remarkable combination of affordability and accessibility that one finds only at rare moments and places converges to create a quality of life that others can only dream of.
The Toledo Region offers the highest quality of life at the most reasonable cost of virtually any other place in the nation. Among metro areas with 500,000 or more people, Toledo ranked as the seventh most affordable city in the nation in the first quarter of 2010. 72.2 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the first quarter were affordable by families earning the national median income of $63,800.
Few larger cities have managed to preserve their residential neighborhoods while adding new ones the way Toledo has. The area’s individual neighborhoods each have their own distinctive character.
For those that love the energy of the city, downtown Toledo offers unique, upscale urban living in lofts, condominiums and townhouses. From the exposed brick and beams of a century-old warehouse to the high ceilings and modern angles of new construction, there’s something for everyone who wants to be only steps away from a game at Fifth Third Field, a performance at the Valentine Theatre, a show at the Huntington Center or fireworks over the Maumee River.
Near downtown, the Old West End neighborhood is a potpourri of architectural styles popular from the 1870s through the 1920s. Many of the houses were designed by Toledo's leading architects of the day for the leading citizens of the day, including the Reynolds, Libbey, Spitzer and Bartley families. Today, the Old West End boasts one of the largest remaining collections of late Victorian and Edwardian homes in the nation. The area is home to the Toledo Museum of Art and the Historic Rosary Cathedral, the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.
In North Toledo, life in the Point Place area is oriented to water. Originally a location of summer vacation homes, this shore side community, full of docks, parks and yacht clubs, is the ideal place to live for those interested in activities such as boating or fishing. Although some of Point Place’s housing originated as 1920s-era resort housing, most of the homes here were developed after World War II. Lined with multitudes of shade trees, the predominant architectural styles are Ranch, Split-Level and one- or two-story Cape Cods. The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is located nearby.
East Toledo is an established residential neighborhood, with homes dating to just after the turn of the century. Many homes in East Toledo are moderately-sized catalogue houses, which are houses commercially built by contractors who obtained their designs through mail-order kit companies. The architectural styles of these houses reflect the popular styles of the time, including Arts and Crafts, Cape Cod and Neo-Colonial designs. It is home to Tony Packo’s, the famous Hungarian restaurant often mentioned by native Toledoan Jamie Farr on the 1970’s television series M*A*S*H.
From the gambrel, hipped and colonial Edwardian cottages sitting side-by-side in the Old South End, to the larger lots housing Ranch, Split-Level, Cape Cod and Neo-Colonial designs in the Southwyck area, South Toledo runs the gamut from the urban to the suburban.
South Toledo is home to the Toledo Zoo and the Stranahan Theater.
West Toledo encompasses a broad area with homes of all styles, ages and prices. In the Westmoreland neighborhood, Colonial, English, Italian, French and Spanish mansions are found throughout the neighborhood’s gently rolling hills, reminiscent of the Virginia countryside, which inspired the names of its major streets. Homes in the Franklin Park area were built from the 1950s through the early 1980s on some of Toledo’s largest lots. Their architectural styles are Ranch, Prairie, Split-Level, Neo-Colonial and Neo-Tudor in design. The University of Toledo’s main campus is located in West Toledo, as are many of the area’s shopping facilities, including Westfield Shopping Town at Franklin Park.
Toledo is also an easy commute from many nearby suburbs.
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