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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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.
Downtown Elyria is the heart of the city - a great place to stroll, shop, dine or just pass time with friends. At its center is Ely Square, named for city founder Herman Ely, which is home to a picturesque fountain, veterans memorial and community gazebo used for wedding ceremonies and other city events. A true community, Elyria has a committed volunteer base, several community gardens and many annual celebrations, including a summer concert series, annual apple festival and a Fourth of July fireworks show, to name just a few. The original chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains, Elyria High School was founded in 1830. In 2007, residents showed their commitment to fostering a quality educational environment by voting to fund construction of the new, state-of-the-art campus that stands today. The Elyria School District also has eight elementary schools and three middle schools. Many private schools, as well as Lorain County Community College, also are located in the city. With its tight-knit community, beautiful open spaces, proximity to Cleveland and affordable housing market, Elyria is definitely worth consideration by homebuyers in northeast Ohio. Browse our listings of homes for sale in Elyria and find a gem in this city.