Most of the Cleveland suburbs are located close to the city of Cleveland, and are older, established areas. Suburbs, such as Bedford, Cleveland Heights, Garfield Heights and Shaker Heights have interesting histories and are considered affordable, pleasant places in which to live. Just like Cleveland, all the suburbs are located in Cuyahoga County.
1 – Bedford, Ohio
Settled as a village in 1837, Bedford is surrounded by other Cleveland suburbs, such as Maple Heights, Walton Hills, Oakwood and Bedford Heights. It is distinctively noted for its “Automile,” which sells a diverse range of cars. You can find dealerships selling:
Needless to say, you won’t have any trouble getting around town. Homes in the area are listed at around, on average, $80,000 to $100,000 and have a median size of 1,400 feet.
2 – Cleveland Heights, Ohio
John D. Rockefeller once lived in this suburb, which had a population of only a few thousand in 1873 when he first established his residence in the historic city. The area, which was comprised of farms and quarries, was established after most of the other surrounding suburbs, and was a region which featured forests, wolves and log cabins. Rockefeller eventually donated his estate, Forest Park, which contained around 700 acres. Incorporated in 1921, Cleveland Heights is a community of mainly traditional two-story homes that range around $200,000. Approximately 50,000 people now live in the city, which is about eight square miles in size.
3 – Garfield Heights, Ohio
Garfield Heights has been noted as being one of the most economical places in which to live in the U.S. Comprised of homes that range, on average, from $80,000 to $100,000, the city has:
- two elementary schools,
- one intermediate school,
- one middle school, and
- one high school.
Approximately 1,500 students attend Garfield Heights High School which has high rankings with respect to its educational curriculum. Marymount Hospital lays claim to being the suburb’s major employer for the approximately 30,000 people who call the city home.
4 – Shaker Heights, Ohio
Located in Cuyahoga County, like the other Cleveland suburbs, Shaker Heights is a so-called streetcar suburb because it was built along the former trolley line. The suburb is approximately a little over 5 miles from Lake Erie and consists of nine neighborhoods, all whose names are associated with the city’s first elementary schools, and are named as follows:
Because of its close proximity to one of the Great Lakes, cool breezes off the water lower evening temperatures, making the suburb an idyllic place to live in the summertime. Of note, most of the students that graduate from Shaker Heights High School go on to higher institutions of learning, some of which are conveniently located nearby. The city is close to the campuses of the Cleveland Institute of Art as well as Case Western University. Founded by a religious group called the Shakers, the suburb is comprised primarily of traditional homes valued from $100,000 to $200,000.