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Cleveland Magazine’s “Rating the Suburbs” issue has hit the stands, and the City of Beachwood is rated #2 overall in Northeast Ohio, and the #1 place to live in Cuyahoga County.
Cleveland Magazine rates suburban communities in Northeast Ohio on factors such as neighborhoods, home values, education, safety and tax rates.
“Beachwood has long had a well-earned reputation as one of the best places in Northeast Ohio to live and work. We are very honored to be recognized by Cleveland Magazine as one of the best communities,” said Mayor Merle S. Gorden. “I also want to thank our City employees for their hard work in making Beachwood a successful and vibrant community.”
“Beachwood’s neighborhoods are safe and well-kept, schools are consistently rated excellent and housing values are among the highest in the County with a business base that keeps taxes low,” Mayor Gorden said about Beachwood’s attributes. “Our residents have superb city services and some of the best shopping and dining in the region. But mostly, I think it’s our residents that truly make our City stand out.”
Mayor Gorden said that while the City’s leaders are pleased with the honor, “we also realize we need to keep working hard to maintain and elevate Beachwood’s traditional high standards – and that is what we will keep doing.”
He also gave a shout out to the Northeast Ohio region: “The editors of Cleveland Magazine have a difficult job to do,” he said. “There are so many wonderful suburbs in the Greater Cleveland region that can boast of a great cost of living with many great attributes that make us competitive. This is simply a great part of the country to live in.”
This issue of Cleveland Magazine is not yet on the publication’s Web site. Here’s a sampling of what they wrote about Beachwood, and attached to this release is the full insert:
“At the East Side suburb’s northern edge, Beachwood Place and its collection of trendy stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue is thriving - even expanding by 46,841 square feet- in an era where indoor malls are so yesterday. Less than 3 miles away at the city’s southern border, the Chagrin Highlands area has boomed to life thanks to the University Hospitals Monte Ahuja Medical Center and manufacturing giant Eaton Corp.’s North American headquarters.
More than 25,000 people (and their income tax dollars) go to work in Beachwood each day at more than 2,500 companies.
But in the middle of it, all that hustle and bustle feels worlds away from its tree-lined neighborhood streets and the manicured lawns of three- and four-bedroom colonial, bungalow and ranch homes, which have a comfortable $255,000 median home sale price.
"Residential is not intertwined with the commercial," says longtime resident Scott Berkowitz. "You don’t feel like you’re shrouded in commerce."
The real estate developer- he owns the Aloft Beachwood hotel in Chagrin Highlands - never questioned buying a home in the city he grew up in. All the money the businesses bring in means the city can keep property taxes ($2,100 a year per $100,000 home valuation) much lower than neighboring suburbs.
"That’s a lot more house you can afford, because your real estate taxes are that much less," Scott says.
He appreciates the easy access the city’s three freeway interchanges bring and having Moxie the Restaurant and Red, the Steakhouse less than a mile from the house he shares with his wife, Julie, and their two kids. But for Scott the school district (No. 4 in our rankings) and its small grade sizes make the city of 11,762 feel tight-knit.
"When your children grow up in a school system, you develop a kinship with the other parents," Scott says. "We really like engaging with those other parents."