LIVING HERE: Western Suburbs
Huntington Beach gives Bay Village residents easy access to swimming, sunning and other water activities.
• Population: 15,414
• Median Household Income: $93,220
• Median Home Value: $215,100
Twelve miles west of downtown is the picturesque lakeside suburb of Bay Village. This affluent bedroom community stretching along five miles of Lake Erie’s shoreline consists primarily of large single-family homes, making it a favorite among business executives, medical professionals and even professional athletes. Commercial development has been kept to a minimum, while public parks are plentiful. The Cleveland Metropark’s expansive Huntington Reservation, which includes Huntington Beach, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and BAYarts (a lakeside arts education center) give residents easy access to outdoor activities. For more information, contact City of Bay Village at 440.871.2200; cityofbayvillage.com.
Berea residents enjoy the walking trails, fishing or just enjoying the beautiful surroundings at Coe Lake Park.
• Population: 18,850
• Median Household Income: $57,416
• Median Home Value: $151,359
Welcome to the land of the Cleveland Browns! The team’s year-round training facility is located in Berea. So is the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, a nationally ranked liberal arts college with acclaimed programs in Music Theater, Sustainability and National Security. Berea is a historic community 12 miles south of Cleveland and two miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Homes in Berea range from modest, cozy bungalows to recently custom-built executive-style houses. For more information, contact City of Berea, 440.826.5800, cityofberea.org.
• Population: 18,875
• Median Houshold Income: $48,813
• Median Home Value: $111,800
Home to NASA Glenn Research Center, the International Exposition Center and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Brook Park offers the convenience of a business-friendly city just 14 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Yet it also comes with the affordability and livability of a community-centered, family- friendly suburb. Brook Park is part of the Berea City School District. For more information, contact City of Brook Park at 216.433.1300; cityofbrookpark.com.
• Population: 16,473
• Median Household Income: $54,431
• Median Home Value: $145,500
With its small-town vibe, strong sense of community and large number of long-time residents who welcome newcomers, Fairview Park is an ideal place to put down roots, especially if you’re also looking for proximity to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, I-71, I-90 and I-480. Fairview Park features well-maintained homes and abundant recreational facilities, including two public golf courses and a 93,000-squarefoot community center. Housing options range from starter bungalows to Cape Cods to colonials to apartment communities. For more information, contact City of Fairview Park at 440.333.2200; fairviewpark.org/community.
Completed in 2018, the McKinley Place townhomes are a $15 million redevelopment of the McKinley School site in Lakewood.
Photo: Brittany Graham Photography
• Population: 50,866
• Median Household Income: $47,145
• Median Home Value: $134,000
Cleveland’s second-largest suburb offers everything from high-rise apartments and condos on Cleveland’s “Gold Coast” to single-family homes and duplexes, making it a popular landing spot for transplants, young professionals and families. As one of the most diverse suburbs on Cleveland’s west side, Lakewood is down-to-earth and eclectic, with a thriving commercial district full of trendy yet affordable restaurants, shops and nightlife. The Lakewood Public Library consistently ranks among the best in the nation. For more information, contact City of Lakewood at 216.521.7580; onelakewood.com.
• Population: 32,108
• Median Household Income: $61,444
• Median Home Value: $146,900
North Olmsted is known for its family friendliness, highly rated schools, access to Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, several golf courses, Great Northern Mall and thriving economy. Founded nearly 200 years ago, North Olmsted also has a rich history. Three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Old Town Hall, the First Universalist Church, and Fort Hill, where 1,000-year-old Native American earthworks can be viewed. For more information, contact City of North Olmsted at 440.777.8000; north-olmsted.com.
• Population: 8,889
• Median Household Income: $62,058
• Median Home Value: $145,700
Olmsted Falls is where small town meets big city, where past meets present. Its scenic city parks, Olmsted Performing Arts Center and historic Grand Pacific Junction—a fully restored Victorian shopping village with over 30 shops, restaurants and services—offer both Main Street charm and modern amenities, just a half-hour from Cleveland. For more information, contact City of Olmsted Falls at 440.235.5550; olmstedfalls.org.
• Population: 80,088
• Median Household Income: $51,383
• Median Home Value: $107,500
Parma earned its claim to fame in 1995- 2004 as the setting for the TV sitcom The Drew Carey Show. About ten miles from downtown, Parma is also Cuyahoga County’s largest suburb and is identified with its significant Polish, German and Italian populations. The city is named for Parma, Italy, and its residents are, literally, Parmesans. Locals shop at family- operated bakeries, delis and butcher shops in the Ukrainian Village and Polish Village. The Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation runs through Parma, providing an easy escape from city life. Parma is an attractive market for buyers interested in bungalow, Cape Cod or ranch-style homes. For more information, contact City of Parma at 440.885.8000; cityofparma-oh.gov.
Rocky River's newest lakefront development, 700 Lake, by Brickhaus Partners, includes 25 condos and 8 townhomes; and is designed to deliver luxury with seamless integration into the Lake Erie landscape. / Photo Courtesy of Brickhaus
• Population: 20,211
• Median Household Income: $65,226
• Median Home Value: $215,800
Bordered by Lake Erie to the north and the Rocky River to the east, this suburb 20 minutes from downtown was ranked number one by Cleveland Magazine in 2018. The city earns high marks for its school district—Niche.com gives it an A+ for academics and college prep. Robust home sales, shopping and dining options and numerous parks and outdoor recreation areas also put Rocky River at the top of the list of best places to live. For more information, contact City of Rocky River at 440.331.0600; rrcity.com.
• Population: 32,408
• Median Household Income: $80,989
• Median Home Value: $236,400
Homebuyers in Westlake have their pick of architectural styles: modern condos, historic cottages, classic colonials and craftsman-style homes are plentiful in this affluent bedroom community 15 miles west of Cleveland. Niche.com gives the schools an A+ rating and, at the same time, calls the city one of the best places to retire in Ohio. Crocker Park, a mixeduse retail complex featuring namebrand stores, a variety of restaurants, an I-Max theater, community events, luxury apartments and office space, offers big-city amenities in one convenient location. Westlake is also the corporate headquarters of American Greetings. For more information, contact City of Westlake at 440.871.3300; cityofwestlake.org.