The homes of Shaker Heights are well known to be some of the most striking in the country, boasting a real estate catalogue's worth of steeply angled Tudors and gracefully symmetrical Georgians. Gardens dripping with life and color beckon neighbors to pause and visit while walking their children to elementary school. If all this sounds too good to be true, you obviously haven't made your way through Shaker.
Originally a planned garden city for early commuters, the verdant region has numerous parks, lakes and natural attractions. This tight-knit community of 30,000 blossomed in the early 20th century thanks to its pair of light-rail lines that connect its residents to downtown and the Cleveland airport.
On the border of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, you'll find Shaker Square, one of the nations' first planned shopping districts, which connects via Cleveland's light rail system to downtown and beyond. Adjacent to the Square is the Larchmere neighborhood, a trendy arts-minded strip filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries.