With more than 360 acres of parks and open spaces, Elyria is a refuge for nature lovers. For instance, the 135-acre Cascade Park, located at the fork of the Black River in the heart of the city, features hiking trails, wildlife encounters, waterfalls and rock formations that tell the story of the region's geologic past. The park also contains play structures and a large hill popular for winter sledding. In addition to the city's natural beauty, Elyria's downtown is home to some splendid examples of late 19th century and early 20th century architecture, such as St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, the old Lorain County Courthouse, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and many other structures built during the city's time as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse.

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A city with a strong sense of community, Elyria, Ohio, boasts an ample inventory of single-family homes, ranging from stately century-old properties on large lots to newer residential construction, along with condos and townhouses. A buyer's market, home prices in Elyria fall well below the national average. Located just about 25 miles from Cleveland, Elyria's 54,000 residents enjoy a small-town vibe while having easy access, by car or public transit, to employment, shopping and recreation in the big city.

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