Solon has been ranked the #1 Suburb in the area by Cleveland Magazine for the last two years. While Solon’s reputation locally is well-known, Solon is also gaining attention nationwide as well. In 2005, the city was listed by Money Magazine as forty second in its list of “Best Places to Live.” Here is a highlight of features that make Solon an appealing place to live and work and why it is a very popular starting point for those re-locating to the area.
Since a community is often judged on the quality of its schools, the Solon School system helps make Solon one of the most desirable places to live in all of Ohio.
In 2001, Newsweek named the Solon Schools as one of the top 75 school systems in the nation. Solon consistently ranks among the top schools in Ohio and the nation in standardized testing. Solon achieved a rating of 108.6 on the Ohio state performance index in 2007, the second-highest in the state. Solon has also won awards as a Blue Ribbon School. The Blue Ribbon award is considered to be the highest honor that an American school can achieve.
Solon has four public elementary schools, Arthur Road Elementary, Dorothy Lewis Elementary, Parkside Elementary, and Roxbury Elementary, one middle school, Orchard Middle School, and one high school Solon High School.
RECREATION AND ACTIVITIES
When it comes to recreation, there is no shortage of things to do in Solon. The shining star of the community is the new state of the art Community Center featuring an indoor and outdoor pool, rock climbing wall, several exercise areas, and an entire schedule of aerobic and wellness classes. It also has banquet facilities available, suitable for birthday parties, small gatherings, weddings and Bar Mitvahs. There is also a babysitting room for busy parents looking for a workout. Membership is inexpensive for residents and the ideal place to be for active families.
Another community gem is the Solon Center for the Arts( SCA ) (which is located in the heart of Solon, next door to City Hall. Many local young actors and musicians get their start right here. Children can take classes in Art, Acting, music, and even magic. The SCA offers great after school programs with buses taking kids to the center directly from school. The Solon Center for the Arts even boasts its very own theater with top of the line productions like Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, and Showboat!
Solon has it all when it comes to local shopping. Solon offers grocery shopping at Giant Eagle in Solar Shopping Center, and Mustard Seed Market and Café is a great place to go for natural and organic foods .
Nearby Market Placeshopping center is a convenient location to shop at some of your favorite places such as Home Depot, Pet Smart, Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Michaels, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Babies “R”Us, Marshalls, Linens-n-Things, The Flower Vendor, and many other stores. Aurora Farms Premium Outlets provides a great opportunity to get name brand items as a huge discount.
Within minutes of Solon are some of the best shopping destinations in the entire Cleveland Metropolitan area.
Beachwood Place has long been considered northeast Ohio’s premier fashion destination for the best in shopping, entertainment and dining. Beachwood Place has anchor stores of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Dillards, along with name brand stores, a food court, and restaurants for fine dining.
La Place, located right next to Beachwood Place is a nice, small, upscale mall located in Beachwood. It has a nice selection of businesses such as Border’s Books, and restaurants such as Sushi Rock, a favorite hot spot, Melange, and Mitchell’s Ice Cream voted Cleveland’s best.
Legacy Village is a lifestyle center located just outside Beachwood in Lyndhurst that was built within the last 5 years. Legacy Village offers a wide assortment of shops, restaurants and scheduled events that offers fun for everyone. Whether you need to pick up a quick gift for a friend, are looking for a fun-filled day of shopping, planning a business lunch or a fun night out with friends, Legacy Village has it all. Popular stores here are Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nordstrom Rack, Arhaus furniture, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cheescake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and Starbucks Coffee.
Eaton Chagrin Blvd is located in Woodmere, just outside of Pepper Pike and Beachwood and is always a popular place to shop and dine. It has well known stores such as Barnes and Noble, one of the nation’s largest bookstores and Trader Joes, a store/market known for its organic food selection, extensive and affordable wine department, and fun atmosphere. Eaton also offers fine dining options. Pacific East Japanese Restaurant offers some of the area’s best sushi. Located right next door is Paladar, one of the area’s hottest restaurants. Paladar offers great atmosphere and a unique menu that you won’t find anywhere else. The food is a mix of Latin Caribbean and Cuban and is sure to please any palate. Village Square Shopping Center, just down the street, rounds out some of the best shopping destinations in the state.
Here is a great map of Solon Shopping Centers:
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In general, the housing stock in Solon is as diverse as the people who live there. There are older homes and newer homes. Homes on five plus acres and cluster homes on small lots. There are more luxury homes located in Solon than any other city in the area. The home values in Solon range from $150,000-$2,000,000+. The average sale price of a home in Solon in 2008 was $326,776 with the average market time being 100 days.
The folowing is a list of a few of the developments that can be found in Solon.
SIGNATURE OF SOLON – Signature of Solon is a prestigious gated community consisting of two phases and has 354 home sites, ranging in price from $600,000 – $1,000,000+. Homes in Signature have all been built within the last 8 years with some new construction and lots still available.
THORNBURY - Thornbury is a picturesque upscale non-golf course community with over 250 newer homes situated on beautiful lots of at least .5 acres. Home prices range from $550,000+.All homes in Thornbury have been built within the last 8 years with some new construction and lots still available. Sidewalks and location make this a very desirable community.
THE PRESERVE – Like many other large subdivisions, The Preserve was also built in two phases with most homes here being built in the early to mid 1990′s. A large development with sidewalks, homes here range in value from $350,000-$550,000.
CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS – This is a vast development located in the central part of Solon with most homes being built in the early to mid 1990′s. Homes range from $450,000-$1,000,000+. The distinguishing feature of Chagrin Highlands is that all homes are situated on lots of at least an acre!
ROLLINGBROOK ESTATES – One of the most distinguished developments in Solon boasting homes on at least 5 acres of land. The homes here were built in the 1980′s and are priced from $650,000 + but rarely come up on the market. Located next to Signature of Solon, this development is truly a gem of Solon.
TIMBER TRAILS – A smaller subdivision located off Liberty Road, the homes here were built in the 1990′s. Timber Trails features many custom built homes with lots on between .5-1 acres. Prices range from $400,000-$650,000.
HERITAGE LANDING- Located conveniently off SOM Center Road, this subdivision consists of two housing styles. Part of the development contains single-family homes on about .5 acres built in the mid 1990′s and range in price from $400,000-$550,000. The newer portion of Heritage contains cluster homes built after 2000 that sit on approximately .25 acres. Many of the homes here have master bedrooms on the first floor and are considered lower maintenance as the monthly fee associated with them covers lawn care and snow removal.
NORTH PARK ESTATES - Premiere upscale Dinallo and Wittrup North Solon development. Homes built within the last 7 years situated on large lots ( .75 acres+ ) and priced mainly in the 700′s, 800′s, and 900′s. Impressive finishes and upgrades abound in these fine Solon luxury homes.
NORTH HILLS ESTATES – Unique development in the heart of North Solon. With homes built in the 1960′s and 70′s, North Hill offers homes with unbelievable charm set on beautifully wooded 1 acre lots. A true neighborhood development in every sense boasting it’s own pool, tennis courts, and calendar of social events just for North Hill residents. Not your typical Solon development. Prices range from $375,000-$575,000.
BRIAR HILL ESTATES- With homes built in the late 1940′s and 50′s, this development offers old world charm on park-like 1-3 acre lots. Boasting it’s own pond for swimming and recreation, Briar Hill offers a bit of the country living in the heart of Solon. Homes prices range from $250,000-$500,000.
SOM HILLS ESTATES – Offering large homes built mainly in the mid 1980′s, this development is desired for the location and feel of the neighborhood. Home priced range from $350,000-$550,000.
AYLESHIRE – Homes built in the mid to late 1990′s. Great neighborhood feel and in walking distance to the Solon Recreation Center. Homes in Ayleshire range in price from $350,000-$550,000.
Solon is indeed a fantastic community and has something for everyone. The residents take great pride in their community and the area businesses appreciate the loyalty of the local consumers. If you are in the market for a new home, or just visiting the area, check out all that Solon has to offer.
About The Authors:
Dan and Amy Schuman are Solon OH residents. They specialize in Solon luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Solon, and first-time buyers.
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