The communities to the west and northwest of Cleveland offer a respite from modern life in the suburbs and the cities.
The city of Avon Lake sits on the shores of Lake Erie, fifteen miles west of Cleveland. The lake offers residents several public beaches as well as a boat launch to enjoy. Residents also have access to twenty miles of bike trails and 220 acres of park land complete with playgrounds, swimming pool, golf courses, and an outdoor ice rink.
Elyria is about fifteen miles from downtown Cleveland. Community life is grounded by cultural and civic activities, including international, national, and local organizations. The city has thirteen parks offering sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming pools, and an ice-skating arena. Elyria is also a thriving retail center, serving a tri-county area.
Lorain is Ohio’s tenth-largest city. It is the site of several of Republic Steel’s mills, one of the few integrated steel mills left in the U.S. The city is diverse, with over seventy nationalities represented. There are fifty-six parks here, with playgrounds, sports fields, and three community swimming pools.
Apartments in West/Northwest range from studios to three-bedroom units. Rents are below average for the greater Cleveland area.