The Clifton / Baltic / Lake / Edgewater neighborhood offers a unique mix of homes, from apartments and condos overlooking Lake Erie to stately Victorians with elegant front porches. The area accommodates a wide range of lifestyles and incomes while keeping a tight-knit, lakefront community vibe. Its retail section centered on West 117th and Detroit Avenue features funky shops and boutiques nestled near long-time neighborhood businesses.
The neighborhood is located ten minutes from Downtown Cleveland, close to Edgewater Park and Beach (with the Fourth of July fireworks display and many community friendly events). It's easily accessible from the West Shoreway at the Clifton, Lake or Edgewater exits; or by public transportation on the number 55 Clifton bus line or the Detroit / West 98 th Rapid Transit Station.
This area was originally part of Brooklyn Township and later became part of West Cleveland Village. It consisted of vineyards, farmland, woodlands and swamps. In the late 1800s a number of estates were built in the neighborhood by industrialists such as Marcus Hannah and Julius Feiss. Eventually, the estates were cut up to develop Edgewater, Cliff and Harborview Streets.
The housing in the Clifton/ Baltic / Lake / Edgewater neighborhood fits into two different categories. North of Clifton Boulevard are beautiful apartment buildings and very large homes with mixed architecture including English Tudor and Spanish Revival—many of which are on lakefront property. Clifton Boulevard also has many large homes and nice apartment buildings, but it is mixed in with more middle-class homes that are typical of the area south of Clifton to Baltic. These homes are generally Colonials and doubles.
People are drawn to the Clifton / Baltic / Lake / Edgewater neighborhood for a variety of reasons, but easy access to Lake Erie and Edgewater Park often top the list. Many of the homes along Edgewater and Harborview have property extending to the lake, while all have access to Edgewater Park—Cleveland's largest lakefront park—which offers areas for picnicking, swimming, boating, bike paths and more.
The main commercial districts in the neighborhood are Clifton Boulevard and West 117th Street. All basic retail needs can be met within the neighborhood including grocery, convenience, pharmacy and banking. Other services include restaurants and coffee houses.