One of Ashtabula County's Many Covered Bridges

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Small-town charm and rustic scenery meet exceptional cultural opportunities in Ashland County, an area with a vibrant business community, peaceful neighborhoods and thriving parks.

Ashland County communities are warm and welcoming, providing a diverse mix of moderately priced single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments.

Ashtabula is Northeast Ohio’s most northeastern county and is situated along the Lake Erie shoreline. It is best known for its wineries and covered bridges.

Major communities include Geneva, home to more than 20 wineries, the City of Ashtabula, home to the Historic Ashtabula Harbor, Conneaut steeped in history and culture, as well as Jefferson, home to the Ashtabula County Fair each summer in August. In October, the fairgrounds serve as the central location for the county’s famous Covered Bridge Festival.

  • Ashtabula: The city of Ashtabula offers some of the most affordable housing on Lake Erie. The best neighborhoods include Walnut Boulevard and Edgewater Drive. For more information, visit
  • Geneva-on-the-Lake: While the area is a destination for vacationers, many choose to live here year-round. And who wouldn’t love to live where people vacation, with restaurants serving local wines and breathtaking sunsets over Lake Erie? The newest development, Lake Erie Vista, is a five-story upscale condominium that is popular with residents buying for year-round living or summer getaways.
  • Roaming Shores: The Roaming Shores Village is Ashtabula County’s newest and most affluent community with housing development on the waterfront where many residents dock their boats.
  • Conneaut: This charming city has a diverse offering of housing styles and pricing. There are older neighborhoods with sturdy homes from ship captions and others that spent their winters here as well as newer developments, close to shopping.

Bordered by Pennsylvania to the east and the Ohio River to the south, rural Columbiana County boasts a legacy of agriculture and industry. Residents enjoy pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, as well as roadside produce stands, and a smattering of state parks and wildlife areas.

Farms abound in Columbiana County, but you don’t have to buy a farm to live here! You can find homes on small and large lots alike, at price points in the low to moderate range.

Midway between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, Erie County (not to be confused with Erie County, Pennsylvania), hugs the southern shore of Lake Erie and provides easy access to Lake Erie Shores & Islands, so much of its culture centers on the water. From watersports and waterparks to amusement parks on the beach, this area offers excitement, adventure and peaceful moments, all wrapped into one.

Midway between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, Erie County (not to be confused with Erie County, Pennsylvania), hugs the southern shore of Lake Erie and provides easy access to Lake Erie Shores & Islands, so much of its culture centers on the water. From watersports and waterparks to amusement parks on the beach, this area offers excitement, adventure and peaceful moments, all wrapped into one.

Home to 76,000 residents, Erie County offers a number of lifestyles to choose from including metropolitan areas, lakeside communities, historic downtowns and rural “small town” communities. When you live in Erie County, your warm-weather vacations are practically right in your backyard. You become part of a community that appreciates the splendor of nature as well as good neighbors. Here are two of the most popular places to live in Erie County:

  • Sandusky: An old port town built in large part on the steel industry, Sandusky today is home to adventurers and beachcombers who enjoy its proximity to islands, beaches and bays, as well as Sandusky’s infamous amusement and water parks. The area has plenty of choices for residents: single-family homes, town homes, condos and apartments.
  • Vermilion: Positioned on the Erie County/Lorain County border, Vermilion cherishes its maritime history and flavor — from its famed lighthouse, sitting near the mouth of the Vermilion River, to the Inland Seas Maritime Museum. Riverfront houses and condos immerse residents in that maritime spirit; those who choose to live in the many other areas of the town are just a short way from boats, beaches, shops and restaurants, including the nationally acclaimed Chez Francois.

Steeped in history and tradition, Huron County is a rural region. Its 1,000 farms, and a variety of manufacturing businesses, provide employment for many residents. Norwalk is the largest city, and the county seat, of Huron County.

The cities, towns and villages of Huron County offer families and individuals a diverse range of affordable homes in quiet neighborhoods.

Lorain County is a diverse county. With some of its communities bordering Lake Erie, it offers numerous recreational opportunities. It is also home to Oberlin College, a topranking liberal arts college, a world-class conservatory and first-rate art museum all on a single campus. In addition, Lorain County Community College (LCCC) offers opportunities for associate degrees, shortterm certificates, workforce training, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees through LCCC’s University Partnership.

From new rural new developments to oldtime towns, Lorain County offers a variety of settings for you to call “home”. Below is a sampling of some of the communities in Lorain County.

  • Amherst: Amherst is an alternative to suburban and urban living. Known for its smalltown friendliness, single-family dwellings and many new home developments, the community is a good place to raise a family. Visit for more information.
  • Avon: This growing suburb has a lot of new housing developments and is ideal for growing families. In addition to access to shopping and recreation, the city is home to the Lake Erie Crushers, a professional baseball team with the Frontier League. For more information, visit
  • Avon Lake: Avon Lake is a professional, family-friendly community. With one of its borders on Lake Erie, resident enjoy recreational activities that include public beaches, 20 miles of bike trails and more. While there are many new housing developments, the city also hosts a number of industrial companies. For more information, visit
  • Elyria: While the city has seen hard times, revitalization efforts continue in Elyria as the community celebrates its 200th year. The downtown area boasts a variety of new businesses and restaurants as part of its restoration, and the large number of parks and recreational centers offer outdoor enthusiasts a place to play. For more information, visit
  • North Ridgeville: Located in Lorain County, the city of North Ridgeville has a growing population of over 33,000. When coming to North Ridgeville, whether you’re visiting or settling as a resident or business owner, expect a warm, neighborly welcome. There’s plenty to do to stay entertained. Make it a movie night at Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre, enjoy the great outdoors at Sandy Ridge Reservation and visit local shops like Blue Barn Shops or Hatchery Antique Mall or take in a performance at the historic Olde Towne Hall Theatre.
        The city is also conveniently located near the airport and only thirty minutes from downtown Cleveland. Dubbed among the “Best Places to Live in the Cleveland Area” by Cleveland Magazine, consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in Ohio and a leader in Northeast Ohio for new home construction in recent years by the Home Builders Association, North Ridgeville is an excellent place to work and make a home. For more information: City of North Ridgeville, 440.353.0819,

Richland County is an area of rolling hills, peaceful parks, and historical and leisure activities to delight every taste.

Whether you prefer wide-open spaces or a cozier neighborhood, you should have no trouble finding a wonderful home in Richland County. Mansfield is perhaps the best-known city in the county, but cities and towns such as Lexington, Ontario, Butler, Crestline, Lucas, Shelby and Shiloh offer a variety of housing choices as well.

Historic Tuscarawas County holds notoriety for a number of reasons: Astronaut John Glenn took his first flying lessons at Harry Cleveland Field in New Philadelphia; baseball Hall of Famer Cy Young hailed from Newcomerstown; and renowned football coach Woody Hayes started his coaching career with the New Philadelphia Quakers.

Tuscarawas County offers residents affordable home options with plenty of space to breathe! Many Amish families call this county “home,” especially near the towns of Sugarcreek and Baltic. Educational opportunities include not only fine K-12 schools but also a Kent State University campus that gives local college students the opportunity to take advantage of this exceptional university at a convenient location.

Farms and wineries, parks and culture — like much of Northeast Ohio, Wayne County offers the relaxed attitude of a rural setting with the excitement of great entertainment and cultural experiences you’d expect only in big cities. The countryside is beautiful, and the quality of life outstanding.

With its relatively low cost of living and affordable property rates, Wayne County is a great place to live.

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