Centered around the oldest retail district in Ohio, the Shaker Square - Larchmere neighborhood is known for its historic buildings and variety of stately homes, condominiums and multi-family dwellings. Its location on the East Side of Cleveland is conveniently accessible to Downtown, while proximity to the inner-ring suburb of Shaker Heights affords residents access to Shaker's school district and city facilities.
Shaker Square - Larchmere is located approximately 15 minutes from Downtown Cleveland on Shaker Boulevard. From Downtown it is accessible by Carnegie to Fairhill to North Moreland to Shaker Square. Public transportation is made easy by the two rapid transit routes, which traverse through the center of the Square, providing a 12-minute trip to Downtown.
Shaker Square is a planned community, designed by the Van Sweringen brothers (of the Terminal Tower complex) as the gateway to Shaker Heights. It was the first planned community, and the second shopping center ever built in the U.S. The square itself is a retail center built in the 1920s in the Colonial Revival style of architecture, inspired by European city squares. The center of the square has the rapid transit line, also developed by the Van Sweringens, for easy access for downtown commuters.
There is a wide variety of housing in Shaker Square - Larchmere, including historic luxury condominiums, Dutch Colonials, English Tudors, duplexes with English accents, doubles and bungalows. A walking, driving or transit tour of this area will give you an idea of the European charm and quality housing stock that Shaker Square provides.
The main commercial districts for the area are Shaker Square itself, Larchmere and Buckeye Roads. Grocery stores, pharmacies, a first run movie theater and several restaurants can be found in the neighborhood. Larchmere offers a number of boutiques and specialty stores.
Just a short drive from Shaker Square is University Circle, which is home to many of Cleveland's cultural, educational and health institutions. Among the cultural institutions are the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society and the Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum. Educational and health institutions include Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House.