Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts should take a close look at Brecksville, about 20 miles from downtown Cleveland. The 3,000-acre Brecksville Reservation, a part of the Cleveland Metroparks system has a variety of hiking trails, fishing spots, horse stables, golf courses, and picnic areas, and it connects to the nearby 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Also nearby are the CVNP’s Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts. Other amenities include community fitness center and aquatics center, community theatre, specialty shops, a range of restaurants, and a picturesque town square and gazebo.
The suburb is part of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights school district, which includes four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school that was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top 3 percent nationally, and the top 4 percent statewide. In addition, Brecksville is home to a private Catholic grade school, a Montessori preschool, and the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for technical education.
As for housing, home buyers will find beautiful tudor, colonial, and craftsman style houses on spacious lots, most (about 70 percent) of which were built after 1990. There are some condos and apartments, but the majority of units are houses. Centrally located between Cleveland and Akron, residents enjoy easy access to I77.
Also consider Broadview Heights, Independence and North Royalton.
For More Information:
City of Brecksville, 440.526.4351, www.brecksville.oh.us
City of Broadview Heights, 440.526.4357, www.broadview-heights.org
City of Independence, 216.524.4131, www.independenceohio.org
City of North Royalton, 440.237.5686, www.northroyalton.org
Cleveland’s largest suburb, Parma, is about 10 miles from downtown and home to more than 80,000 residents, including significant percentages of Polish, German, and Italian residents. It is named for Parma, Italy, and its residents are Parmesans (truly). Parmesans enjoy ethnic delicacies at the city’s restaurants and bars, and the many amenities the suburb offers. Among them: three outdoor pools, a municipal golf course, 19 city parks, an ice skating rink, a 48-acre working/education farm, a shopping mall, and the West Creek Reservation, a part of the Cleveland Metroparks, with its upland and wetland landscapes, trails, picnic areas, and Watershed Stewardship Center, a “living laboratory” dedicated to storm water and pollution control.
The three-community school district serves Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills, and is comprised of eight elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, including Normandy, which U.S. News and World Report ranked as being in the top 12 percent nationally and in the top 18 percent statewide. The city also has several charter and private schools, including two private Catholic co-ed high schools. It is also home to the Western campus of Cuyahoga Community College and Bryant & Stratton College.
Finally, with median home values around just $100,000, Parma is an especially attractive market for buyers looking for bungalow, Cape Cod, or ranch-style homes.
Little wonder why comedian, Cleveland native, and pierogi-loving Drew Carey chose to “immortalize” Parma in 1995 with his TV show’s “Moon Over Parma” theme song (penned by Robert McGuire).
Also consider Parma Heights and Seven Hills
For More Information:
City of Parma, 440.885.8000, www.cityofparma-oh.gov
City of Parma Heights, 440884.9600, www.parmaheightsoh.gov
City of Seven Hills, 216.524.0523, www.sevenhillsohio.org
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