Many variables are taken into account when moving to a new community.
According to Paul Blumberg, Realtor and leader of the Paul Blumberg team at Howard Hanna in Pepper Pike; Scott Miller, principal at Miller Homes in Beachwood; and Joanne Zettl, Realtor at Stouffer Realty in Chagrin Falls, the Chagrin Valley meets many of those requirements.
“First off, there are great schools, and that is important for everyone, even if they don’t have school-aged kids,” Blumberg said. “Also, you have that New England feel. There are historic districts, but also close proximity to everything. You have the best of all worlds if you want small town living. You can be at the store or a restaurant in five minutes or the airport in an hour. It’s a total lifestyle.”
Zettl added, “We have a diversity in housing stock, great access to schools, shopping and freeways, the (Cleveland) Metroparks and the arts. It’s all-encompassing.”
From a builder’s point of view, Miller said he has many clients in the Chagrin Valley area, specifically in Pepper Pike and Orange.
“The reason we’re focusing there is that we’ve seen nothing but growth,” he explained. “In addition to residential building, which has been strong in the area, there is also commercial growth (like Eton Chagrin Boulevard and Pinecrest). The value people get in this area, they’re amazed on the pricing and they’re getting much more.”
Specifically, the professionals identified some of the biggest residential draws to the area.
“You see that country living with a city feel,” Zettl stated. “You’re not out in Burton where you’re on 12 acres or in Cleveland Heights where you’re on less than an acre. You’re on a middle ground – with great proximity to other larger cities. And these amenities are easily attainable in a short car ride.”
Blumberg added, “The towns themselves have wonderful restaurants, a lot of good programming and interesting stores. There is a universal appeal.”
Miller said many young families are attracted to the area, as well as empty nesters.
“For younger families, it’s a good lifestyle,” he said. “The school systems are great and the shopping opportunities are a big bonus. And those schools don’t just attract young families. When you buy into Pepper Pike or Orange, for example, even if (the buyer) doesn’t have kids in school, they know the schools keep their values up. It’ll always be marketable.”
With the area’s flexibility, the professionals said there is something for every buyer.
“You can be young and live out that way and there is still nightlife there and nightlife that is easy to get to,” Blumberg said. “You can also be older and enjoy the quiet. You can be with kids and enjoy the great school system and the small town appeal.”
Zettl added, “There is such a diverse housing stock there, as well as employment opportunities. So, one of the things that makes it a great place to be is because there is something for everyone. Whether you want to live in a small condo or a multi-million dollar home, these units are right next to each other.”
And on the building side, Miller agreed, saying he could be building a house for two people, one for a family and then two houses away, one for empty nesters.
“I don’t see a limit in terms of who can live and thrive here,” he said.
As for the future, buyers will continue to look to the Valley.
“We’ve seen a pretty strong price appreciation in the last handful of years which indicates property values are only getting stronger here,” Zettl explained. “The supply is somewhat limited, but the demand is always strong.”
Blumberg added. “It’ll continue to be vibrant – as much as anyone can make those predictions. It’s a wonderful place to live and will be for years to come.”