I am a Realtor with Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer in Shaker Heights. I have been in the business for over 16 years. I live in Cleveland Heights. Fair housing laws do not permit me to make statements about "changing areas", etc. but having lived in Cleveland Heights all these years, I will tell you that i love it. Isn't change good? We are selling houses here, and we are getting lots of buyers for the area - surrounding CHTS as well. I see no reason to decide NOT to buy in the Heights area. You get a very good value for your dollar, great cultural events, restaurants, close to everything, and fun places to visit. And, the best people - who all love the area as well. There is really crime everywhere, and it is certainly fearful, but i don't know where you could move that you wouldn't have something "wrong" - except to a mountaintop with the Dalai Lama!
I find it difficult to listen to everyone make these statements about Cleveland Heights without some type of response. I say buy in the Heights - both for yourself and as investment property. And, call me - I will give you a wonderful tour of the Heights - you will be impressed. You need to explore it yourself and talk to people in the city.