Realtor Caren Wallace of Stouffer Realty calls Akron the "20-Minute City" because light traffic and convenient expressways put most of the area a short drive away.
Convenient commutes make it easy to get to communities in nearby Medina and Portage counties, not to mention Cleveland and Canton. It takes about 35 minutes to get from downtown Akron to Cleveland Browns Stadium or Jacobs Field to see the Browns and Indians play.
The Blossom Music Center is summer home to the Cleveland Orchestra as well as host to some of music's biggest acts. The center can seat nearly 5,300 below its sloping roof and another 13,500 on a hillside lawn. The center also includes the Porthouse Theatre where the Porthouse Theatre Co. professional repertory performs.
On the south side of the city, Portage Lakes offers summer and fall boating with waterside restaurants and bars.
"It's great," Wallace says. "You can come for a bite to eat and a drink, then get in the boat to go out for a spin."
Greater Akron's cost of living is well below the national average. The average home is around $120,000 to $150,000 in most areas around Akron, Wallace says, although the upper scale easily crosses the $1 million threshold, giving the region a range of housing options to suit any lifestyle.