The residential neighborhood of Glenville is close to so many of Cleveland's treasures -- Lake Erie, University Circle, Rockefeller Park, and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, just to name a few. Glenville has a rich and diverse history, and was home to Olympic legend Jesse Owens as well as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of the Superman comic book hero.
Glenville is located ten minutes from downtown Cleveland; accessible from Superior or St. Clair Avenues, and via Interstate 90 at the Eddy Road or Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard exits. Public transportation is available by bus on St. Clair Avenue number 1 bus line.
The area of Glenville was originally populated mainly by farmers. Later as Glenville Village, the area became a summer resort for wealthy Clevelanders. The area was once known as a horseracing center when the Glenville Race Track was open. Glenville Village was incorporated into the City of Cleveland in 1905. The last mayor of Glenville Village was Frederick Goff who founded the Cleveland Foundation. As industrialization continued, the area became more middle class. Eventually parts of the neighborhood fell into disrepair. Today the community is organized to redevelop and rebuild the neighborhood.
Glenville offers a wide variety of home styles, including large, stately homes along East Boulevard, large Colonials, doubles, Victorian, Georgian, and a mix of new construction from townhouse developments to Colonial and Cape Cod styles. A ride down East Boulevard showcases a peaceful, wooded atmosphere, while a trip around East 105th and St. Clair is highlighted by new housing being developed in the area.
Glenville is bordered on the north by Gordon Park, part of the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. Situated on Lake Erie, Gordon Park is available for picnicking, fishing and boating. Adjacent to Gordon Park is the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, an 88-acre man-made peninsula on Lake Erie. The preserve is home to many diverse species of wildlife, which can be enjoyed by the public on its loop trail.
The main commercial districts are along St. Clair and Superior Avenues and East 105th Street. A new Save-A-Lot grocery store opened in 2012 at the Shops at Garrett Square on Superior Ave. Fresh meats, fruits and vegetables can also be purchased at the Coit Road Farmers Market in neighboring East Cleveland.