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Located on the northern outskirts of Akron, and just under an hour's drive from Cleveland, Chapel Hill has an attitude all its own. Resting ambiguously between Akron and nearby Cuyahoga Falls, Chapel Hill struggles with identifying itself with either locale, in the end, creating its own unique, city-like environment.

Anchored by a large shopping mall, the area offers a variety of retail and restaurant experiences for area residents. A large number of nearby apartment buildings and affordable rents make the area ideal for renters and young people just starting out. About a 10-minute drive from downtown Akron, its proximity makes for an easy commute for professionals who work in the city and want to escape to a more relaxed atmosphere on the home front.

While it lacks the glitz and glamour of years past, Chapel Hill remains one of the premiere shopping centers in the area. If you can handle the traffic and massive influx of errand-runners on the weekends and holidays, you find plenty to satisfy you at Chapel Hill.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Akron, OH is $533 for a studio, $535 for one bedroom, and $639 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Akron has decreased by -9.3% in the past year.

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44 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
0 Transit Score® Minimal Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

Due to the retail-heavy nature of the downtown Chapel Hill area, nightlife is somewhat spread out and chain bar/restaurant oriented. The downtown area has restaurants and bars the likes of O'Charleys, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and virtually any other genre of chain restaurant you can think of--both fast-food and sit down--however, for true nightlife most will venture into downtown Akron for the bar scene associated with the city and the university.

For a more local taste, you can head to Falls River Square just down the street and find a number of unique restaurants in historic Cuyahoga Falls. For a special night out, Hibachi Japan is the ideal hot spot for any occasion. Here, you find an assortment of Asian cuisine, desirable for any palate, coupled with the novelty of having your food cooked to order right on your table in traditional Hibachi style. You will find Hibachi Japan a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it for the high quality food, atmosphere and fun.

If you're an early riser, The Eye Opener features delicious gourmet breakfast items American-style. The "Wake-Up Call" omelette will get your day going, featuring chorizo sausage, spicy potato browns and pepper-jack cheese. You can also build your own omelette from a variety of add-on options, and fortify your meal with basket-size side dishes and a cup of 100 percent Colombian coffee.

For the beer connoisseur, go in the direction of downtown Akron as mentioned above. Just a short cab ride away sits 69 Taps, a basement bar made popular by its comfortable, relaxed feel, and, you guessed it, 69 rotating beers on tap. While the food here is average at best, mostly just traditional bar food on a very limited menu, you come here for the liquid diet. 69 Taps has a beer for everyone at a reasonable price and offers pool, darts, and other bar games to entertain everyone in your party.

History

Once the premiere shopping and outlet center in the Akron area, Chapel Hill has given way to other centers in the area in many respects. The "downtown" area has become strictly shopping, devoid of any arts and entertainment scene except for a couple movie theaters in the area. However, this does not preclude residents from finding their way if they choose. Minutes down the road in Cuyahoga Falls lies Falls River Square, which holds an amphitheater for concerts and events as well as a shops, a historic downtown Cuyahoga Falls area and a boardwalk lining the city's namesake river.

Transportation

The best way to get around Chapel Hill is, simply, driving. Unfortunately Uber is not yet an option in the area and taxis do not regularly patrol the area. If you live close enough to the downtown area and don't mind walking, it is walkable, but barely. Riding a bike on the street is not recommended due to high levels of traffic throughout the area, and there are no biking lanes. Public parking is readily available and wide open. Anywhere you need to go you will find a free parking lot or a garage nearby.

The best public transportation option is the METRO, the bus system that services the greater Akron area. The METRO offers a Chapel Hill loop that circulates five times per day, once in the morning at 10:55 AM and four times in the afternoon starting at 1:00 and arriving on or around the hour, ending at 4:05

The best asset in the transportation realm for Chapel Hill is in its proximity to highways. It sits directly off Route 8, which will take you to Akron if you head south and Cleveland if you head North. This accessibility is an asset in getting to and from home, work and pleasure, but it certainly contributes to the traffic problem and safety of the roadways for pedestrians and bikers.

Cost

The cost of living across the board in the Chapel Hill area is just about on par with Akron to the south and significantly lower than Cleveland to its north. The average rent in the area for a one-bedroom residence is $500 per month, give or take, compared with nearly $800 per month in downtown Cleveland.

Using public transportation, you want to stick to downtown Akron, where you can arrive for a reasonable cab fare of 15 dollars. If you are in the mood for Cleveland, a taxi may be out of your price range as it will cost nearly $100 each way. But why not just stick to the Chapel Hill area? A domestic beer at one of the nearby pubs will cost around $3, below what you pay either in downtown Akron or Cleveland, and your meal reflects the same price difference. Gas prices are on par with the rest of northeast Ohio.

Shopping

Chapel Hill is, quite actually, built on shopping. The downtown area offers Chapel Hill Mall, the staple of the neighborhood, which offers nearly 100 different retail and dining options. Anchored by hallmark stores Macy's, JC Penney, and Sears, this mall offers something for everybody and is a one stop shop for many of your retail needs.

If you cannot find what you need at the mall, the surrounding downtown area offers a variety of stand alone retail stores including Best Buy, Home Depot, PetsMart, Toys R Us and other stores of various shapes and sizes. New York Fashion is ideal if you are searching for men's suits, shirts or ties at reasonable prices and in a variety of designer names. It also offers quick alterations. The Dakota Watch Company at the Chapel Hill Mall offers an extensive selection of watches in a wide variety of styles for men, women, and children.

For grocery shopping, there are two primary options. First, the membership requiring BJ's Wholesale, and for the more casual grocery shopper, Marc's. Both stores are conveniently located on or just off Howe Ave, the main street that runs through the heart of Chapel Hill. The Countryside Farmer's Market in Akron offers locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods and much more.

Parks

The Chapel Hill and Cuyahoga Falls areas do a fantastic job of offering family-friendly, outdoor entertainment. There are parks located throughout different neighborhoods in the city that offer a positive environment for families. Most of these parks include wading pools for parents to bring their young children to cool off in the summer, all offered free of charge.

Just around the corner from downtown Chapel Hill sits the Downview Sports Center, which offers batting cages, miniature golf and a driving range, all attached to public Brookledge golf course. Each of these amenities costs a small fee, however discounts are given to Cuyahoga Falls residents with proof of residence.

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Apartments for Rent in Chapel Hill, Akron, OH

Located on the northern outskirts of Akron, and just under an hour's drive from Cleveland, Chapel Hill has an attitude all its own. Resting ambiguously between Akron and nearby Cuyahoga Falls, Chapel Hill struggles with identifying itself with either locale, in the end, creating its own unique, city-like environment.

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