Avon Lake : Ohio

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What it's Like to Retire in Avon Lake

Avon Lake is located in Northern Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, approximately 20 miles west of Cleveland, with a population of 22,581 (2010 census). The town’s history has it belonging to three different nations and dates back to the 1600’s when it was inhabited by Wyandots, Eries and Ottowas. The area belonged  to France prior to 1765, at which time it became the property of the British.  During the Revolutionary War, a direct trail crossed the lake shore through what is now Avon Lake. Today, residents enjoy the many recreational activities that both the the town and Lake Erie have to offer. The community is comprised of public beaches, 20 miles of bike trails, a boat launch, fishing pier, an aquatic center, three public golf courses, an outdoor ice skating rink, and over 200 acres of parks.


Where to Retire in Avon Lake and Home Prices

According to City-Data.com, the median selling price of a house in Avon Lake was about $240,000 in mid-2014.  Zillow.com reports it to be close to the same price at $237,200. Homes along the lakeshore are priced much higher and sell for over $1,000,000. There are active adult communities in Avon Lake, see link on top right.



What is special about Avon Lake

Avon Lake is located along the Shores of Lake Erie with a very low crime rate and offers all types of outdoor recreation for every season.  The town is home to parks, and trails for cross country skiing, biking and hiking.  The Avon Lake Library is located at the end of a trail which makes for a nice walk to the library through the woods.  The town also boasts and a huge $4.2 million outdoor aquatic center for residents and guests only, that includes a lap pool, a lazy river, zero depth entry, and is free to seniors.  Cleveland and all the events are nearby, with Avon Lake having easy access to Interstate 90 and to the airport.



What is not special about Avon Lake

Although Avon Lake is not in the snowbelt, it can get over 40 inches of snow during the winter months; high real estate taxes; the town has sidewalks throughout, but there is no real "downtown", so to speak.


Who will like retirement in Avon Lake

Retirees who enjoy living near the water in a town with a low crime rate, enjoy the outdoors and all four seasons, may like retiring in Avon Lake.   The Avon Lake Old Firehouse Community Center provides recreational programs for seniors; free transportation with curb-to-curb service is available to all Avon Lake residents; the town is home to golf courses, wineries, medical facilities, and a top notch library; the nearby Y offers senior classes, wellness programs and planned trips; with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearby, you can enjoy listening to and reliving the era of the “Golden Oldies” in a great atmosphere.


Local economy is driven by

Manufacturing is Avon Lake's most common industry and is home to a Ford Motor Company plant, Lubrizol and PolyOne, among other industries.  Professional, scientific, and technical services also drive the economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 29 degrees, with July's average at 75 degrees.  Avon Lake's snow average is about 42 inches.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Avon Lake is dotted with restaurants, and shops, but because of its close proximity to Cleveland, residents here have convenient access to museums, the Indians', Browns', and Cavaliers' stadiums, Playhouse Square, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with a system of Metroparks.



Avon Lake has a very low crime rate.


Medical facilities

Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Emergency Department is part of the Cleveland Clinic and is 3 miles away in Avon; St. John's Medical Center is 9 miles away located in Westlake.



Avon Lake does offer free, scheduled community curb-to-curb service for residents; the town has miles of bike lanes; Amtrak is 11 miles away in Elyria; the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is approximately 16 miles from Avon Lake; the community has easy access to I90.


Valuable Links

Avon Lake, Ohio

Lorain County Metro Parks

Avon Lake Public Library


What people are saying about Avon Lake

Avon Lake
The wind chill factor off of Lake Erie during the winter months is bone chilling.
Posted by bubbajog on October 10, 2014

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Facts about AVON LAKE
  • State: OH
  • Environment: Suburban,Lake,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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