Whether you’re considering a move to Cleveland or you’ve been living there for years, you may be feeling restless enough to start fresh in a new neighborhood. We’ve assembled a list of underrated Cleveland suburbs that are experiencing a period of revitalization. Enjoy all the benefits of living near Cleveland without the hustle and bustle.
1. Chagrin Falls
Chagrin Falls in Cuyahoga County is a Cleveland suburb along the coast of Lake Erie. The village has a cozy population of about 4,000, and consistently high-rated public schools. Chagrin Falls is well-known for its industrial heritage, with steel mills and factories along the waterfront. A major urban renewal program has resulted in the fun, entertainment-oriented Flats waterfront section, new sports stadiums, and the cleanup of industrial sites. Chagrin Falls takes pride in its arts and culture offerings, its New England-style charm, and its waterfall at the center of the village.
Mentor in Lake County is one of the more populous Cleveland suburbs, at more than 47,000 residents, but still offers a small town feel. Mentor has been home to a number of notable Ohio residents, like football coach Jim Tressel and President James Garfield. Mentor residents can enjoy beautiful outdoor sights like the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve, Mentor Marsh, and Headlands State Beach Park. The Buckeye Trail runs for 1,400 miles through park lands, nature preserves, and historic sites. The 12 miles of this trail within Mentor will take hikers through Civic Park to Lake Erie.
Elyria in Lorain County has a population of about 54,000, and celebrated its 200th birthday in 2017. It features an award-winning regional healthcare system and fiber-optic internet throughout the city. Revitalization efforts have resulted in new hotels, an improved downtown, and reconstructed historic buildings. Beautiful outdoor attractions like the falls of Cascade Park and the Black River Reservation attract visitors from around Ohio.