Toledo is a medium sized city in the north-west of Ohio, and it sits at the edge of Lake Erie on the Maumee River. The city is known for its varied architecture and thriving port, which handles ore, coal, general cargo, ship repairs, and more. Originally settled in one of the most inhospitable areasof the Midwest, today the city has a large university, historic buildings, a daily newspaper, a world class zoo, and some fantastic dining options.
Today there are about 290,000 people living in the city, with a relativelylow averagehousehold income of just over $31,000. Average values for the different homes in the city vary: detached houses are at about $110,000, other attached units and townhouses average $153,000, and 2 unit to 5 unit structures vary from just $89,000 to $133,000. Overall, average listing prices for all properties are at about $93,000, with median sales prices of only $58,000. As you can tell, these values are below average for the US, however they are in line with the lower income rates in the city and state when compared to others. There is a good variety of housing options here -- from rental homes to homes for sale.
The public schools in Toledo are run and operated by Toledo Public Schools, while the city is also home to a number of charter schools and 2 imagine schools. There are also a few parochial and private schools, both primary and secondary, within the city. Roman Catholic schools are run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, while the main private high schools include Central Catholic High School, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Francis de Sales High School, and St. Ursula Academy, among many others. In Metro Toledo, there are also a number of higher education facilities and schools, including the University of Toledo, David College, and Bowling Green State University.
Toledo is home to a wide range of outdoor activites, many of which are ideal for kids and the whole family. To start off with, Toledo Zoo is a world class attraction, with all sorts of events and things to enjoy each season. Fossil Park in Sylvania is another great attraction, especially for kids interested in paleontology. Spend as long as you wish hunting for fossils, all for free, and keep anything you find. For a spot of relaxation amid a tranquil and beautiful environment, check out Toledo Botanical Gardens, while for something a little more active, head off into Maumee Bay State Park for some hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, and a range of other activities. If you really enjoy it, you can even stay there in one of their many log cabins or camping grounds. Just beyond the boundaries of the city you can also enjoy one of several waterparks, such as Splash Bay and Kalahari Resorts. And, aside from the zoo, if you're really into your wildlife you can take a trip to the African Safari and Wildlife Park, with a great drive through safari park that allows you to get really up close with a range of exotic African animals. The list goes on and on, and throughout the year you'll find that Toledo throws up some interesting outdoor activities for the whole family.
There are many neighborhoods in Toledo that have some historic interest, and the city is full of interesting features and architecture. In total, there are just under 30 neighborhoods of varying size in the city. If you are looking for a rent to own, rental property, or outright home for sale for your family, you'll find that many of the neighborhoods have a good sense of community.
Some of the most noteworthy include:
Downtown:Over the last few years Downtown Toledo has seen a massive revival, changing it from a ghost town to a far more attractive place to live and visit, with new restaurants, homes, entertainment facilities, and more, being built up. Major attractions in the area include Erie Street Market, the Huntington Center (used for hockey and other events), and the Valentine Theatre.
Harvard Terrace:Harvard Terrace is one of the most historically interesting areas in the city, with most of the 435 residences there built in the early part of the 20th century. With a beautiful boulevard and wonderful views over Maumee River, Harvard Terrace is a highly aesthetic place to live and popular among the city's more affluent families.
Library Village:Another of the city's historic neighborhoods, Library Village is more affordable than other areas. The neighborhood is named after the West Toledo Branch Library, a landmark so loved by the community that they decided to name the area after it.
Warehouse District:This area, once rather run down, has seen a huge revival over the last decade, with a variety of residential and commercial buildings popping up and creating a lively and vibrant local community. West of Downtown, the area has several interesting attractions, such as 20 N Gallery (an art gallery), Fifth Third Field and, like Downtown, Erie Street Market. You can definitely find a purchasable or rentable home here.
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