EAST SIDE

THE HEIGHTS

For those who appreciate proximity to the city’s cultural attractions at University Circle and Playhouse Square, the main campuses of Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University, one of the city’s older inner-ring suburbs—Shaker Heights—is an attractive and culturally/racially diverse place to live. Housing choices in these adjacent suburbs represent a mix of architectural styles, including Tudor, Victorian, French chateau, and Colonial, to name a few. Newer condos can also be had. Dining options are eclectic. Boutiques and niche stores can be found in Shaker Square and in the Coventry Road and Fairmont Boulevard areas in nearby Cleveland Heights. A pair of light rail Rapid Transit lines connect the suburb with downtown. And its educational system is considered one of the area’s best. U.S. News and World Report placed the high school in the top 5 percent among 20,000 high schools nationwide. It also offers private-school options, including all-girls K-12 schools and a Catholic grade school.

 

Also consider Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

 

For more information:

City of Shaker Heights, 216.491.1400, www.shakeronline.com

City of Cleveland Heights, 216.291.4444, www.clevelandheights.com

City of University Heights, 216.932.7800, www.universityheights.com

 

BEACHWOOD

Just a couple of miles to the east of The Heights is Beachwood, known for its modern, upscale homes, condos, and apartments; easy access to the area’s major thoroughfares— I-90, I-271, and I-480; impressive shopping areas in the form of Beachwood Mall, Legacy Village, and nearby ETON Place in Woodmere Village; restaurants that range from affordable delis to fine dining; beautiful parks that include one of the area’s nicest public pools; and its own world-class museum—the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Plus, it is home to Eaton Corporation’s Eaton Center and University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. Like Shaker Heights, the public-school system receives high marks and its high school is in the top 9 percent among 20,000 schools nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report. Beachwood also has two private Jewish schools and a Jewish day school for preschool through 8th grade.

 

Also consider Woodmere Village and Pepper Pike.

 

For more information:

City of Beachwood, 216.464.1070, www.beachwoodohio.com

Village of Woodmere, 216.831.9511, www.woodmerevillage.com

City of Pepper Pike, 216.831.8500, www.pepperpike.org

 

 

CHAGRIN FALLS

About 20 miles east of downtown Cleveland you will find the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls, known for being home to one of the area’s most scenic waterfalls, its quaint downtown, and New England-influenced architecture. This suburb is located at the “High Falls” of the Chagrin River, which runs through the center of town. On one side of Main Street is the natural falls; on the other is the man-made falls. On the man-made falls side, the calm side, is a “river-walk” park that runs along the side of the river and where you can sit on benches and feed the ducks. On the natural falls side, a steep set of stairs accesses allows you to get close to the falls, with viewing areas along the way. As for housing and population, homes range in style from Greek Revival and Italianate architecture of the 1870s, to Queen Anne homes of the 1890s, to the practical bungalows of the 20th century, making for beautiful neighborhoods.

 

Downtown Chagrin Falls features a gazebo for community events and band concerts; popular restaurants; and specialty shops and galleries. Chagrin Falls public schools are among the area’s best; its high school is in the top 2 percent among 20,000 schools nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report. It is also home to a private Catholic grade school.

 

Also consider Moreland Hills and Solon.

 

For more information:

Village of Chagrin Falls, 440.247.5050, www.chagrin-falls.org

Village of Moreland Hills, 440.248.1188, www.morelandhills.com

City of Solon, 440.248.1155, www.solonohio.org

 

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