Youngstown’s Southside
Neighborhood Boundaries: Glenwood Avenue to the east, and Mill Creek Park to the north, south, and west.

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The Idora neighborhood is one of the most historic, unique, and beautiful
neighborhoods in Youngstown. It is a private little gem tucked into the eastern side of Mill Creek Park, right in the heart of the city. The neighborhood previously housed some of the most influential families in Youngstown as well as the historic Idora Amusement Park.

Today, the neighborhood is a quiet retreat with many streets that extend into Mill Creek Park. Many types of people live in the neighborhood such as professionals, school teachers, businesspeople, university professors, retired couples, and young families. Most people have lived in the neighborhood over 30 years, and some young families are moving into the neighborhood as well. Because Mill Creek Park surrounds the neighborhood to the north, south, and west, there are several roads and trailheads into the park, making it very accessible to those who live in the neighborhood. The Ford Nature Center and Lanterman’s Mill both border the neighborhood, and a variety of stores on Glenwood Avenue provide convenient shopping. The neighborhood is located centrally in Youngstown, so it is 2.5 miles north to the downtown business, arts, music districts, and Youngstown State University. It is merely 4 miles south to Highway 224 with a plethora of grocery stores, shopping centers, malls, restaurants, coffee shops, and movie theaters.

The neighborhood streets are a unique blend of architectural periods and styles. Youngstown’s influential families built many of the historic Colonial and Tudor style mansions that border Mill Creek Park. The homes on Volney Road are a showcase of architectural styles ranging from Tudor, Federalist and Dutch Colonial Revival, American Saltbox, Craftsman, French Eclectic, and Neo-Romanesque. Many of the homes between Volney Road and Glenwood Avenue are smaller Tudors, a variety of Colonials, Craftsmans, and American Foursquares.

Home Prices (units sold)

Move-in Condition Price:  $74,000 (8)
Minor Rehab Price:  $33,000 (5)
Major Rehab Price:  $9,897 (26)
Average Property Taxes:  $608.60 per year

NOTE:  Home prices are based on median home sales within a twelve month period (9/1/06 to 8/31/07).

“This neighborhood is in one of the most beautiful sections of Mill Creek Park. There are many roads and trails, and I walk my dog in the park almost daily. I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and the park is so quiet and peaceful I feel like I’m in a huge forest. I feel fortunate to live in this beautiful natural setting right in the middle of the city.”
-Donna Mower (Moved from Washington State)

“Living in Mill Creek Park is the best of two worlds for us. We enjoy the beauty of its natural wooded landscapes enhanced by a thick growth of trees, bushes, flowers and animal life. Our home sets on a spacious lot surrounded by evergreen trees that allows us privacy and contentment. We are not bothered with the noise of traffic or other annoyances found in some areas. However, we are not secluded as some would be living in an area such as ours. We live within the boundaries of the city and enjoy all the amenities the city has to offer. We have wonderful neighbors, police protection, garbage disposal, street cleaning and park maintenance. Most important, our area does not have an outlet which as deterred crime and unnecessary traffic. We feel more safe in our habitat now and would like to keep it that way.”
-Joan & Williard Boyd (long-time resident)

“My husband Julius and I raised our three children in our home on Lanterman Ave. and we have lived here for thirty-three years.  The neighborhood has changed but it is still very quiet.  I am able, during the early spring, to begin my daily walk in Mill Creek Park which is right around the corner from my home.  I am able to enjoy the beauty of the park by walking through the flats and across the Silver Bridge every morning.  We are also able to walk across the street to the Old Mill and it has always been a family tradition the weekend after thanksgiving to visit the Christmas displays and crafts.  Homes change and families come and go but the beauty of the Park is always a constant.”
-Germaine & Julius Bennett (long-time residents)

A number of surrounding communities have open enrollment in their school district. These communities offer private school options, as well.

Some schools on this list might offer curriculum for children with special needs.  Nevertheless, additional schools do exist in the City and surrounding communities that specialize in provided such services.