LIVING HERE: First Ring Suburbs
Bratenahl is a mix of historic mansions, contemporary homes, and a luxury high-rise condominium complex, most having magnificent views of Lake Erie. / Photo Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Realty, Inc.n
• Population: 1,379
• Median Household Income: $104,318
• Median Home Value: $289,300
Bratenahl’s stately lakefront estates, built more than a century ago along the tree-lined Lake Shore Boulevard, tell the history of Cleveland’s early millionaires. Wealthy families summered here, six miles east of downtown, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today, Bratenahl is a mix of historic mansions, contemporary homes and a luxury highrise condominium complex, all with magnificent views of Lake Erie. The prestigious Newport Harbor Marina and Shoreby Club cater to the boating community as well as families and business professionals seeking the amenities of a traditional country club. More modest homes on charming side streets offer additional housing options. For more information, contact Village of Bratenahl at 216.681.4266; bratenahl.org.
• Population: 1,615
• Median Household Income: $72,708
• Median Home Value: $165,800
Just minutes from Downtown Cleveland, offering immediate access to Interstates 77, 480 and 90 and the Jennings Freeway (State Route 176), Brooklyn Heights refers to itself as a “Small Village, Big Community.” The suburb features both century homes and newer construction, offering great options for young families, empty nesters and everyone in between. Brooklyn Heights is part of the excellent Cuyahoga Heights School District and enjoys a thriving business sector and abundant recreational opportunities for all ages. For more information, contact City of Brooklyn Heights at 216.749.4300; brooklynhts.org.
• Population: 677
• Median Household Income: $63,542
• Median Home Value: $144,100
Residents of Cuyahoga Heights enjoy excellent schools, low taxes, sewer bills paid by the city, free grass cutting and snow plowing for ages 60 and up, and many other complimentary services and amenities. The city’s crown-jewel is the portion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that lies within Cuyahoga Heights, allowing residents to walk, run, bike and cross-country ski for 85 miles along the historic route. The Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center serves as a visitor center for the trail. The city also has easy access to I-77 and I-480 and is just minutes from Downtown Cleveland. For more information, contact Village of Cuyahoga Heights at 216.641.7020; cuyahogaheights.com.
• Population: 2,080
• Median Household Income: $31,932
• Median Home Value: $61,437
Newburgh Heights is a small residential enclave just beyond the Cleveland city limits, tucked between the industrial valley of the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. Newburgh Heights participates in the Cleveland Historical Society Home Heritage Program, which offers technical assistance and low-interest home improvement loans to residents who own older houses. Newburgh Heights is part of the Cleveland Municipal School District. For more information, contact Village of Newburgh Heights at 216.641.4650; newburgh-oh.gov.