Communities - Orange
Communities - Orange
Orange Village, or Orange as locals call it, is a small village located in Eastern Cuyahoga County. It is considered one of the more affluent of Cleveland’s east side suburbs. In 2000, the population of Orange was 3,236. Orange shares a school district with neighboring Pepper Pike and Moreland Hills.
While the Village of Orange consists mainly of homes and has very little business and industry, you can find everything you need nearby. The following information can be used as a great resouce for those living in Orange.
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Home values in Orange range from roughly $200,000-$650,00. The average sale price of a home in Orange in 2008 was $301,994 with the average market time being 90 days. Orange has a wide variety of housing including single-family homes, attached condominiums, and luxury free-standing cluster homes.
Here are some of the popular developments in Orange are:
Orangewood – A very popular development of single-family homes with sidewalks. Homes here were built mainly from 1975-1985 and range in value from $275,000-$475,000.
Orange Hill Estates – This is the most upscale development in Orange. Homes here were built from 1995-2005 with a few lots still remaining. Homes typically range here from $450,000 - $650,000.
Stonebrooke – A development of attached townhouses and cluster homes built in the mid 1990’s. Prices for these homes are in the $250,000-$300,000 range. A monthly maintenance fee is required.
Landerwood Glen – Another townhome development is Landerwood Glen. These units were built mainly in the early to mid 1980’s and range in price mainly from $250,000- $350,000. A monthly maintenance fee is required.
Villas of Orange – This is the newest townhome development with homes built within the last 10 years. Homes here are priced between $450,000-$500,000 on average.
Orange has an excellent rated school district. Moreland Hills Elementary is recognized as an OAESA Ohio Hall of Fame School.
Brady Middle School is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Orange High School is rated “excellent” by the Ohio State Department of Education, the highest rating given out by the state. It is known not only for its challenging curriculum, but also for its variety of interesting electives such as sports medicine, film, drama, and photography.
The main contact information for the Orange City Schools is:
Orange City Schools
32000 Chagrin Boulevard
Pepper Pike Ohio 44124
Main Phone: 216-831-8600
Recreation and Activities
Orange Village has a 52 acre park which includes nature preserves with a half mile of paved trails, two baseball fields with bleachers and back stops, an ice skating area, tether ball, volleyball, and two tot lots with picnic pavilions, tables and grills, as well as a newer municipal facility. The Orange Village Community Park’s playground is very popular with young children and is located off Pike Drive, just off Lander Road.
Preston’s H.O.P.E. ( Helping Others Play and Enjoy ), located in nearby Beachwood, offers local children another alternative to the Orange Park playground. This particular playground is designed to allow children with a variety of disabilities to play with their families and other children, the first such playground in Northeast Ohio. The 60,000 square feet playground is packed with play structures on multiple levels connected by ramps. Activity panels with lively motion activated music are found throughout on walls, pathways, and on play structures.
Nearby Beachwood also has a beautiful City Park which has 1.6 mi of trails perfect for bicycling, walking, and running. There is also a great playground located next door to the family aquatic center on Fairmount Boulevard.
Solon offers its residents a little bit of everything in terms of casual dining. We have Chinese restaurants, Imperial Wok, and Hunan of Solon, places to go for breakfast, Bob Evans, Chicago Deli, D and R bagels, Panera Bread, and Jim’s Open Kitchen, Solon also offers one of the area’s most popular Italian restaurants, Jimmy Daddona’s.
Other popular casual dining spots include, the American Tavern, know for their great hamburgers, Arabica Coffee House, the Rusty Bucket, Mustard Seed Café (located inside Mustard Seed Market), Station 43 Tavern, Chipotle, and Alesci's.
Located in nearby Bedford, The Winking Lizard Tavern remains one of the most popular places to go as they offer great food at affordable prices and a fun atmosphere. While known for the award-winning bar-b-q sauce on their chicken and ribs, all of the food on their extensive menu is great. Plus, it is one of the most kid friendly restaurants in the area. They also offer multiple big screen TVs for watching sporting events and just about any kind of beer imaginable, so adults enjoy it just as much as the kids. Everybody loves the Winking Lizard and they also offer take-out and catering.
For those looking for a fine dining experience, there is an endless supply of fantastic culinary cuisine located in and around the Solon area. To start, the Leopard Restaurant, located inside the luxurious Bertram Inn in nearby Aurora offers an award-winning menu and has won 5 consecutive 4-Diamond awards. Blue Canyon in Twinsburg offers a fine dining experience in a unique atmosphere inside and is one of the most popular places to dine in the summer as the outdoor patio and bar area is packed on most weekend evenings.
Nearby Vue Restaurant and Downtown 140 in Hudson are both critically acclaimed restaurants providing a special night out of fine dining and wonderful atmosphere. Giovanni’s in Beachwood offers upscale Italian food in a formal setting. Generous portions and creative desserts are the norm at Giovanni's and the service is as good as you’ll find. Moxie, also located in Beachwood is consistently a great place to go for a great night and is also a popular spot for a power lunch. The atmosphere is upbeat and the crowd is usually loud and lively. Moxie’s sister restaurant Red Steakhouse is known by many to have the best steaks in town. Hyde Park Steakhouse located in Beachwood is consistently rated by the Zagat guide as one of the area’s best steakhouses.
Neighboring Chagrin Falls is home to one the area’s finest restaurants. Gamekeeper’s Tavern is located in the heart of Chagrin Falls and offers cozy fireside dining along with an award winning outdoor courtyard. The great food, unique atmosphere and great service keep any patron coming back. A consistently great dining experience.
Pacific East Japanese Restaurant, located in Eton Chagrin Boulevard just 15 minutes from Solon, 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. Paladar is a huge fan favorite of the Schuman Team.
Although not restaurants, no meal is complete without ice cream, and Solon boasts some of the area’s finest ice cream parlors. Mitchell’s Ice Cream is made right here in Cleveland and was recently voted Cleveland’s Best. Although popular year round, it is the place to be on a warm summer evening where you are sure to see someone you know. Another Cleveland area ice cream staple is East Coast Custard also located conveniently in Solon. For people who love soft serve ice cream, East Coast Custard is the best, offering different flavors daily. Diary Queen also has a location in Solon and is always popular.
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 Place shopping 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.
Eton 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. Paladar is a huge fan favorite of the Schuman Team. Village Square Shopping Center, just down the street, rounds out some of the best shopping destinations in the state.
Solon has a few events that can’t be missed. In July, the center of Solon turns into an minor amusement park with rides, music, local vendors and lots of family fun. Solon Homedays usually occurs in July and is not to be missed. The Annual Fourth of July fireworks is also a popular attraction.
Community Info and Links
Solon is an outstanding location within which to work as it has a vibrant business community and highly active Chamber of Commerce boasting over 500 members! Solon also has one of the most progressive and distinctive industrial areas in the county. Solon also has an active PTA and early childhood PTA that offers activities such as Soccer in the fall and T-Ball in the Spring for boys and girls between the ages of 3-5. The early childhood PTA also offers events for adults as well that let’s moms and dads get together to have some fun. The Solon branch of the Cleveland Public Library system is conveniently located near the Community Center and Solon Park.
Geographically, Solon is located in the southeastern portion of Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest county, and has a population of about 22,000. Solon is very popular as it is only minutes away from the cultural amenities of Cleveland and a short drive to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Solon is located near the borders of 2 other counties, Geauga County on the east and Summit County on the south. Neighboring communities include, Orange, Moreland Hills, Bentleyville, Bedford Heights, Aurora, Glenwillow, Oakwood, and Twinsburg.
While many of Cleveland’s older residents remember Solon as predominantly farm land, it has achieved tremendous growth over the last 40 years. The first settlers in Solon Township arrived from Connecticut in 1820. The township was named after Lorenzo Solon Bull who was the son of Isaac Bull, one of the first settlers.
The area was popular for growing corn and wheat. In addition, 5 cheese factories were built, creating a profitable dairy business. In 1850 the population of Solon was 1,034.
The coming of the railroads contributed greatly to Solon's growth. In 1857, the Cleveland-Youngstown section of the Cleveland & Mahoning Railroad opened a route through Solon. The main road was Som Center Road, so named because it passed through the centers of Solon, Orange, and Mayfield townships.
Solon was incorporated as a village in 1917 and became a city in 1961, operated under the mayor-council form of government.
One hundred fifty businesses have located to Solon over the last 75 years, ranging in size from small shops to industries employing over 1,000. Industry has traditionally contributed more than 50% of the tax base. Some of the largest area employers includes Nestle’, Swagelock, L’Oreal, King Nut Company, and Venture Lighting.
The city's population increased from 6,333 in 1960 to 11,519 in 1970, and 14,341 in 1980. The last 25 years has brought a tremendous amount of new home construction to the area, helping to increase Solon’s population to over 22,000.