Since 1976, Shaker Square Area Development Corporation has been representing the neighborhoods of the Shaker Square Area. Best described as small town feeling in a cosmopolitan setting, Shaker Square Area neighborhoods are rich in diversity: racially, economically and socially. The neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options from single family to vertical living.
Access to downtown Cleveland and Tower City is only 15 minutes via Rapid Transit. Shaker Square is only ten minutes by car or bus to world-renowned University Circle, home to University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Larchmere offers a variety of housing options and schools as well as the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and Fairhill Partners – resources for senior services. Housing stock is a mixture of single-family, “Cleveland Doubles” with their distinctive two-story front porches, apartments and condominiums. The Larchmere Community Association (LCA) is an active community association that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Road.
There are more than 4000 apartment and condominium units located in the Shaker Square area. Many of the apartment and condo buildings offer distinctive architectural details as well as hardwood floors and lead glass windows. The variety of housing options available throughout the Apartment and Condo Corridors meet a range of needs from the young person looking for their first apartment to empty nesters interested in downsizing to a condo.
The Ludlow Community Association (LCA) is an historic community that encompasses both Cleveland and Shaker Heights within the Shaker Heights School District. Ludlow is bounded by South Moreland, Van Aken Boulevard, Drexmore Road, Onaway Road and Livingston Road. The LCA meetings are held at the Positive Education Program (PEP) School, formerly Ludlow Elementary School on Southington Road, the original focal point of the community, on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.
Surrounding Plymouth Church, this neighborhood is comprised of the Cleveland portion of these two streets. They are in the Shaker Heights School system. Drexmore/Chadbourne is part of the broader Boulevard Community Association.
Named for the streets—Cormere, Haddam, Ardoon, Larchmere, Kemper—CHALK is a community of comfortable colonial homes just north of Shaker Square. They are in the Shaker School system. The community celebrates Memorial Day each year with an organized potluck picnic. In 2008, they added an Easter egg hunt for the youngsters.
Located south of Shaker Square, this neighborhood was historically an Hungarian and Slovak community. It’s anchored by Saint Elizabeth Hungarian Catholic Church, Buckeye Plaza and the EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant complex that includes its bakery, butcher shop and diner. It is served by Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc.