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Bay Village

Bay Village has a fast-growing reputation as one of the best towns to live, work and raise a family—not only in Cuyahoga County, but in the entire state. The city is consistent in attracting the attention of affluent homebuyers and real estate investors for three main reasons: its collection of luxury properties, its ideal location near Lake Erie and Cleveland, and its wealth of community amenities.

Let Katy show you the many luxury real estate opportunities available in Bay Village, Ohio.


Bay Village is located only 15 miles west of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County via I-90. It lies on the comely southern shores of spectacular Lake Erie, making it one of the premier destinations for luxury waterfront homes in the Buckeye State.

Covering less than five square miles of land area, Bay Village is a small, compact, and predominantly residential city. It’s also well-situated in the Cleveland metropolitan area, making travel to other major cities– Akron, Columbus, and Pittsburg– easy and achievable within three hours or less.

Bay Village’s story started when Joseph Cahoon settled in the area in 1810. Then a budding real estate investor, Cahoon built the location’s first gristmill in 1813. His descendants built a family barn in 1882. Today, this structure serves as Bay Village’s community center.

Even before the 21st century, Bay Village was already known as an affluent community. After the Civil War, some of Cleveland’s wealthiest families built summer cottages on the beaches of Lake Erie. The township’s economy grew significantly, and the locals eventually decided to apply for cityhood. Bay Village, which had a population of nearly 7,000 residents at the time, eventually became a city on the first day of 1950. Today, the community is home to over 16,000 people.

Essential facts about Bay Village

  • In total, Bay Village occupies 7.06 sq. mi, of which 65% (4.57 square miles) is land and the 35% (2.49 square miles) is water.

  • The city has a humid continental climate, which means it experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and cloudy, while winters are cold, snowy, and dark. It gets 38 inches of rain and 53 inches of snow annually, and averages 164 sunny days in a year. Average temperature is 71°F in the summer, and 43°F in the winter, with extremes rarely reaching below 22°F or above 81°F.


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As a suburban community, Bay Village’s real estate market is comparatively smaller than its big-city neighbor to the east.

About 97% of the city is residential, but this translates to only over 6,000 housing units across Bay Village. Nearly all of these properties are single-family homes with a distinct Americana or New England feel, as a large chunk of homes for sale in Bay Village, OH were built between the 1940s and 1960s. As for its architectural flavor, Bay Village tends to lean traditional, with Cape Cods, Colonials, and Craftsman bungalows found all over the city.

More recent construction– dating from the early 2000s– can also be found in Bay Village, some of which are waterfront luxury estates along the Lake Erie shoreline. Most of these properties have designs that follow the Bay Village aesthetic, but with some contemporary elements. To a much smaller degree, Bay Village real estate also includes condominium complexes and cluster properties.

The city’s lakefront setting and limited housing inventory are two factors that make homes for sale in Bay Village, OH sought-after in the Cleveland metropolitan area. Hardly anyone wants to leave, with nearly 92% of the houses here owner-owned and occupied.


  1. The parks

    Although it’s a small city, Bay Village is home to a well-run park system that covers a grand total of 120 acres. Residents and visitors alike congregate in these public spaces to socialize, play sports, or simply enjoy a day out in the sun.

    • Bradley Road Park is located in west Bay Village. Its 16 acres of pet-friendly parkland includes several sports fields and courts (basketball and tennis), a playground, and a half-mile exercise trail that loops around the park. Bradley Road Park is also the home of Bay Lodge, a 130-person events venue that can be rented by Bay Village residents.

    • Cahoon Memorial Park is one of Bay Village’s larger parks. It covers 116 acres and is divided into east and west sections. As a whole, Cahoon Memorial Park offers an array of facilities, including baseball diamonds and lighted courts for basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball. Two more facilities are located here: Bay Boat Club and the Bay Village Family Aquatic Center, both of which are exclusive to residents. The latter is home to a seasonal outdoor pool.

    • Reese Park, which was formerly known as Clague Road Park, is a six-acre park located in east Bay Village. It’s a pet-friendly spot that’s primarily known for its lighted tennis and pickleball courts, as well as its seasonal outdoor ice skating pond. Reese Park also has several picnic facilities and a paved trail that’s perfect for short walks or quick jogs.

    • Walker Road Park is jointly owned by Bay Village and the neighboring city of Avon Lake. Apart from its soccer fields and exercise trail, people also go here to fish independently or with Bay Village’s Fishing with Friends program. Fishing licenses are required, and every fish caught must be released in accordance with Ohio’s wildlife regulations.

    Bay Village is also home to Cleveland Metroparks’ Huntington Beach and Reservation.

    This sprawling 103-acre park by the lake is a popular outdoor recreation site, with trails, beaches, and fantastic fishing opportunities. The park is also the location of three Bay Village landmarks: the old water tower; BAYarts, an educational center dedicated to arts and culture; and the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, which functions as a wildlife rehabilitation center and living museum, among other things.

  2. Access to Lake Erie

    One of the best things about living in Bay Village is having Lake Erie as your playground. As part of the Five Great Lakes, Lake Erie is huge, and there’s a long list of activities to do on its shores and waters. The previously mentioned Huntington Beach offers sunbathing, swimming, and fishing opportunities. You can also go island hopping to key sites such as South Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, or Kelleys Island, where community events and get-togethers are held on a regular basis.

  3. The schools

    Bay Village is served by its very own Bay Village City School District, which is currently ranked 16th in the entire state of Ohio. The school district oversees four public schools in the city:

    • Bay High School is recognized as one of the top public high schools not only in the Cleveland metro area, but in the state as well. It was awarded a National Blue Ribbon in 2010 and has produced a star-studded list of alumni, including actress Lili Reinhart, musician Kate Voegele, and congressman Bob Gibbs.

    • Bay Middle School, which sits among the top 20 middle schools in Ohio. It is the only middle school in Bay Village and has a student body of over 700 children, all of whom are referred to as Bay Rockets.

    • Normandy Elementary and Westerly Elementary, the former open to K-2 to second graders, and the latter serving third and fourth graders. Westerly is especially notable, having recently been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School as well as ranking among the top 40 elementary schools in Ohio.

    In addition to Bay Village’s top-performing public schools, private schooling options are also available in the city through St. Raphael School and Bay Presbyterian Church Preschool. There are also a few higher education institutions nearby, such as Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, The North Coast College in Lakewood, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and John Carroll University in University Heights.

  4. The local restaurants

    With 97% of Bay Village residential, what’s the remaining 3%? Many things, including several well-loved dining options. You won’t need to venture all the way to Cleveland for good food, whatever the occasion.

    • Arrabbiata’s Italian Restaurant at 600 Dover Center Road is the second location of what is hailed by many as one of the best Italian restaurants in the Cleveland metro. On the menu: a blend of essential Italian culinary offerings and some surf-and-turf options. Whichever you go for, everyone at the table will leave the restaurant full and satisfied.

    • Quinn’s Kitchen and Bar at 25517 Eaton Way specializes in hearty and comforting American favorites, from to-die-for double cheeseburgers to prime cuts of steak served with risotto and asparagus on the side. On game days (and nights), Quinn’s becomes sports central, with delicious pub grub and a wide selection of drinks on offer.

    • Thyme Table at 583 Dover Center Road made a name for themselves in the Bay Village and Cleveland metro dining scene for their vegetarian-friendly options and cocktails, but it’s their tender and succulent pork chop that made fans out of casual diners. It’s easy to see why: cooked in a mix of smoked sage butter and pomegranate cabernet reduction, then served with duck-fat brussel sprouts and manchego whipped potatoes, Thyme Table’s bone-in pork chop is a masterpiece.

    • The Bay Diner at Dover Commons is much revered in Bay Village– eating here is a local tradition. It’s a family-owned and operated restaurant that’s well-known in the community for their good– and reasonably priced– food. People keep coming back to Bay Diner for their omelets, big Sunday breakfasts, and their Stack sandwich.

    • Chatty’s Pizzeria at 28611 Lake Road is another local institution, one that’s dedicated to the fine art of pizza-making. You can order from a variety of their specialty pies– served NYC- or square-style– or select your favorite cheese and toppings to create a pizza pie that’s 100% you. Chatty’s also offers an impressive selection of housemade cocktails, such as their Spicy Hibiscus, which contains tequila, hibiscus syrup and lime juice, then served in a glass rimmed with spicy tajin.

  5. Proximity to Cleveland’s top attractions

    Living in Bay Village will put you about 20 minutes away from Cleveland’s best sights and activities, including:

    • The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) (approx. 28 minutes by car) is definitely the premier art institution– and the only one specializing in contemporary art– in the Cleveland metropolitan area. This free-for-all museum hosts a number of exhibitions and events, all of which help attract up to 40,000 visitors every year.

    • The Cleveland Museum of Art(approx. 25 minutes by car) in Cleveland’s East Side region is known throughout the globe for its extensive collection of Egyptian and Asian art. The museum also features works from masters such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. The best part about the Cleveland Museum of Art, however, is that it offers general admission completely free of charge.

    • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (approx. 20 minutes by car) , mostly referred to as Rock Hall, houses a number of permanent exhibits that shine the spotlight on the evolution of rock and roll as a musical genre and the artists that have significantly contributed to the movement. The third level, however, is the main attraction. It’s where you’ll find the Hall of Fame, where you can see the signatures of all of its inductees. Rock Hall also hosts live music events throughout the year; check their calendar for upcoming events.

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    • West Side Market (approx. 17 minutes by car) is hailed as Cleveland’s oldest indoor/outdoor market space, with roots dating back to the early 20th century. Today, it’s a modern shopping destination with over 100 vendors, selling everything from fresh baked goods and pastries to exotic spices and sauces. The actual building itself is a beauty, designed by Benjamin Hubbell and W. Dominick Benes. The 137-feet clock tower and vaulted ceiling are now both part of the market’s symbol.

    • The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (approx. 20 minutes by car) covers over 180 acres, with multiple exhibits and areas dedicated to a specific biome and their inhabitants. These include The RainForest, where visitors can see Bornean orangutans, box turtles, langurs, and other endangered animals. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo also has an active wildlife conservation program.


Bay Village is a wonderful place to call home for those who wish to enjoy lakefront living, a New England atmosphere, and close proximity to Cleveland’s big-city thrills and amenities.

Come and see homes for sale in Bay Village, Ohio with Katy Dix Brahler. She has 25+ years of experience on Cleveland/Akron real estate under her belt, plus some firsthand knowledge as a longtime West Side Cleveland local. For Katy, it would be an honor to help you discover your luxury real estate opportunities in the area.

Katy can and will lead you to your dream home in Bay Village. Get in touch today at 440.724.4313 or send an email to explore luxury homes for sale in Bay Village, Ohio.

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