LIVING HERE: Eastern Suburbs

The Beachwood Family Aquatic Center / Photo: City of Beachwood

• Population: 14,040
• Median Household Income: $89,190
• Median Home Value: $302,500
Known for its contemporary homes, state-of-the-art recreation center, outstanding schools, nationally recognized senior living facilities, public transit lines and easy access to I-90, I-271 and I-480, Beachwood is ideal for families, retirees and commuters alike. The school district was rated #3 in Ohio and #44 in the nation by in 2020. Beachwood is also home to several major corporations, medical centers, hotels and the Beachwood Place retail complex, making it a major business and shopping destination. For more information, contact City of Beachwood at 216.292.1901;

Chagrin Falls
The Popcorn Shop, in Chagrin Falls, is a popular spot in the center of town to grab a sweet snack.

• Population: 4,032
• Median Household Income: $101,691
• Median Home Value: $346,300
About 20 miles east of Cleveland, nestled on a bluff above the Chagrin River Valley, the picturesque Village of Chagrin Falls is known for its country-meets-city vibe. This former mill town features a vibrant Main Street with New England-influenced architecture, charming boutiques, eateries, parks and a spectacular waterfall. The school district is top-rated, and homes offer a variety of architectural styles, from Greek Revival and Italianate to late 19th-century Queen Anne to 20th-century bungalows. Several newer housing developments further out of town provide large lots and contemporary construction. For more information, contact Village of Chagrin Falls at 440.247.5050;

Cleveland Hts
Residents of Cleveland Heights love its proximity to downtown. / Photo: City of Cleveland Heights

• Population: 44,992
• Median Household Income: $57,768
• Median Home Value: $128,700
Just up the hill from University Circle and Little Italy, Cleveland Heights is known
for its diversity; a melting pot of ages, ethnicities, lifestyles and ways of
thinking. Residents love its proximity to downtown and its independently owned shops, ethnic restaurants and small businesses. Much of the action centers around three walkable districts—Coventry Village, Cedar Lee and Cedar Fairmount—each with its own character and surrounded by charming, tree-lined residential neighborhoods. From mid-century bungalows to historic mansions to newer condos and townhouses, homes here come at an affordable price, as do a wide variety of rental options. For more information, contact City of Cleveland Heights at 216.291.4444;

Gates Mills
A Gates Mills' tradition for 80+ years, residents gather 'round a bonfire on December 24th. / Photo: Village of Gates Mills

• Population: 2,189
• Median Household Income: $165,167
• Median Home Value: $505,100
The beautiful village of Gates Mills, located in the heart of the Chagrin River Valley, blends Western Reserve architecture, rural living, equestrian farms and stunning river views with the convenience of being located just 25 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. Gates Mills is steeped in tradition, history and community spirit, which makes it an ideal place to raise families. Gates Mills is part of the highly rated Mayfield City Schools District and is home to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club. The village has its own post office, three churches, Marston Park and a branch of the Cuyahoga County Library. Its award-winning Land Conservancy preserves woodlands and meadows, and it is home to the Cleveland Metroparks’ North Chagrin Reservation. For more information, contact Village of Gates Mills at 440.423.4405;

• Population: 8,373
• Median Household Income: $109,818
• Median Home Value: $280,700
Highland Heights, “The City with Pride and Promise,” is a close-knit community offering a balance of residential neighborhoods, businesses and green space, all conveniently located near I-271 and I-90. The police department has been nationally recognized since 2010 by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Highland Heights is part of the highly rated Mayfield City School District, which includes one of America’s Best High Schools according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, contact City of Highland Heights at 440.461.2440;

• Population: 763
• Median Household Income: $250,001
• Median Home Value: $1,529,200
Picturesque Hunting Valley, situated along the Chagrin River, is eight square miles of tranquil forests, rolling hills and country estates. Hiking trails and bridal paths weave throughout the woods, meadows and polo fields, managed by the Cleveland Metroparks. Hunting Valley is an upscale rural community, nestled between Gates Mill and Moreland Hills, and is served by the highly rated Orange City School District. For more information, contact Village of Hunting Valley at 440.247.6106;

• Population: 18,487
• Median Household Income: $53,450
• Median Home Value: $145,400
Mayfield Heights is a thriving business and residential community, conveniently located along the Interstate 271 corridor between I-90 to the north and I-480 to the south. Two major shopping complexes offer a wide selection of national-brand retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and services, plus a state-of-the-art ten-screen movie theater with fully reclining, reservable luxury seats. Mayfield Heights is part of the top-ranked Mayfield City School District, which includes one of America’s Best High Schools according U.S. News & World Report. For more information, contact City of Mayfield Heights at 440.442.2626;

• Population: 3,372
• Median Household Income: $77,784
• Median Home Value: $230,400
Mayfield Village, the proud home to the corporate headquarters of Progressive Insurance, is also an affordable,
family-friendly community on the rise. U.S. News & World Report lists its high school as one of the Best High Schools in America, and the city recently introduced an innovative new Greenway Trail to connect the village’s many services and amenities. The 2.5-mile corridor allows residents to bike or walk between a variety of community buildings, recreational facilities, ball fields, the library, a 25-acre wetland, the Grove Amphitheater and the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation. For more information, contact Mayfield Village at 440.461.2210;

• Population: 3,306
• Median Household Income: $173,209
• Median Home Value: $435,000
The village of Moreland Hills is an affluent community featuring large homes, both older and newer, nestled among the forested hillsides of the Chagrin River Valley. Moreland Hills is served by Chagrin Falls and Orange City schools, two of the highest-rated school districts in the Cleveland area, and was named the second-best Cleveland suburb in which to raise a family by Niche. com. The Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation borders Moreland Hills to the south. The award-winning Pinecrest retail complex in Orange Village is located just west of Moreland Hills. For more information, contact Village of Moreland Hills at 440.248.1188,

• Population:3,276
• Median Household Income: $116,823
• Median Home Value: $334,200
Orange Village, which lies just east of the I-271/I-480 interchange about 15 miles from Cleveland, is an affluent community with a mix of newer construction and older homes on larger parcels. Orange’s high-performing schools and commuter-friendly location have made this a popular location for families and business executives. The suburb’s award-winning new retail, dining and entertainment complex, Pinecrest, draws visitors from all over the region. For more information, contact Orange Village, 440.498.4400,

• Population: 6,330
• Median Household Income: $190,682
• Median Home Value: $440,600
Pepper Pike is a largely residential suburb just east of the I-271 corridor, with easy access to upscale shopping and newer office developments. Pepper Pike’s gently winding side streets, quiet cul-de-sacs and large landscaped lots feature residences ranging from elegant townhouses to traditional homes with generous acreage. Nearby Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere offers high-end boutique shopping and dining as well as national-brand retail stores and family-friendly eateries. For more information, contact City of Pepper Pike at 216.831.8500;

Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights is known for its excellent schools and historic architecture. / Photo: Spencer

• Population: 27,027
• Median Household Income: $87,232
• Median Home Value: $229,500
Shaker Heights, one of Cleveland’s oldest suburbs, is also one of its grandest. ranks Shaker Heights as the 12th-Best Suburb in America and the 2nd-Best Place to Live in Ohio. Residents love its cultural, racial and socioeconomic diversity; beautiful lakes and park lands; excellent schools; and historic architecture. Characterized by stately boulevards lined with beautifully landscaped lawns and large Tudor, Victorian, French Chateau and Colonial homes, Shaker Heights also prides itself on its many modestly priced single-family homes and duplexes on friendly, well-kept side streets. Two Rapid Transit lines to downtown Cleveland and a short drive “down the hill” to University Circle make Shaker Heights an ideal location for professionals. And the new Van Aken District Market Hall is a lively hub of activity for all ages. For more information, contact City of Shaker Heights at 216.491.1400;

• Population: 24,779
• Median Household Income: $107,286
• Median Home Value: $286,200
Located in the southeastern corner of Cuyahoga County, this once-rural outer suburb is now one of the fastest growing bedroom communities in the greater Cleveland area. In 2013, Solon was named the Best Place to Raise Kids by Businessweek. It was on Money Magazine’s Top Ten Places to Live in 2015. Its school system is top-notch and has been named the #1 Public School District in Ohio and #7 School District in America by Solon is also home to large companies such as Nestle and Swagelok, which have played a major role in the city’s economic success story. Plenty of new residential developments and large lots offer families a great place to put down roots. For more information, contact City of Solon at 440.248.1155;

South Euclid
Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation in the City of South Euclid / Photo: Daniel Subwick - The City of South Euclid

• Population: 21,297
• Median Household Income: $61,078
• Median Home Value: $100,200
South Euclid is a vibrant, walkable, and diverse community, born from quarries that built Cleveland's first sidewalks. South Euclid offers attractive housing options ranging from century farmhouses and cozy bungalows to new homes for families and empty-nesters. The city’s community development corporation provides home repair grants and programs to bolster neighborhood revitalization. With over 60 acres of public parks, ten community gardens and access to Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, South Euclid appeals to people looking for a sustainable lifestyle just minutes from University Circle's arts, culture, and medical centers. South Euclid is also home to its own cultural gems, including the Museum of American Porcelain Art and House of Swing Jazz and Blues Club, as well as burgeoning Notre Dame College. For more information, contact City of South Euclid at 216.381.0400;

• Population: 12,797
• Median Household Income: $77,256
• Median Home Value: $164,300
University Heights prides itself on its walkability, convenient location and affordable starter- and midsize homes. The heart of this suburb is John Carroll University, consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top Ten Midwestern Regional Universities. Steps from the campus, at Fairmount Circle, a cluster of eateries, markets and garden-style apartments attract students and professionals alike. A few blocks away, Bialy’s Bagels is not only a local institution but considered one of the only places in the country with bagels as good as, or better than, New York’s. For more information, contact University Heights at 216.932.7800 at

• Population: 2,246
• Median Household Income: $73,269
• Median Home Value: $217,500
At the southern edge of Cuyahoga County, just north of the Summit County line is Walton Hills, a semi-rural planned community offering a mix of well-kept older and newer homes. Residents enjoy the community’s close proximity to Interstate 271 and the Route 8 corridor, as well as the serene rural surroundings. A large portion of Cleveland Metroparks’ Bedford Reservation lies within Walton Hills, as does part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, giving residents endless opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation close to home. For more information, contact Village of Walton Hills at 440.232.7800;

• Population: 13,108
• Median Household Income: $38,433
• Median Home Value: $81,000
Just south of Shaker Heights and located minutes from I-271 and I-480, Warrensville Heights offers affordable homes in well-kept neighborhoods while also hosting major corporations, retail giants and educational and medical institutions. Warrensville Heights is the home of Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College, I.T.T. Technical Institute, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic-affiliated South Pointe Hospital. For more information, contact City of Warrensville Heights at 216.587.6500;