Cleveland’s Cudell/Edgewater Neighborhood

Cudell/Edgewater Neighborhood Guide – Cleveland

Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, the Cudell/Edgewater Neighborhood brings together history, art and recreation with an easy drive into downtown Cleveland. “We’re steeped in history,” says Anita Brindza, executive director of Cudell Improvement Inc. “We have the appeal of a suburban community, but offer convenient proximity to downtown, and have churches and entertainment within walking distance.”

As one of the few neighborhoods with great access to Lake Erie and Edgewater Lakefront State Park, Cudell-Edgewater thrives on the vitality waterfront living and recreation brings. Residents can enjoy boating, fishing, parasailing, beach volleyball and the fitness circuit, as well as passive activities like picnicking and spectacular sunsets- all free of charge. “There is nothing like owning a home or renting an apartment within walking distance or a short drive from all lakefront offers.” says Brindza.

Cudell/Edgewater is also known for its public art. Fifteen locations display art created by professional artists — some in the parks and some in residents’ yards.

Neighborhood Gems

The Clifton Arts and Musicfest has been a popular attraction for 21 years now. Held on the third Saturday of June, the Musicfest brings approximately 100 artists together to showcase their work along Clifton Boulevard. The juried show features just about every medium imaginable, in both music and visual art.

The festival includes six performance art locations. Prizes are awarded to top finishers, as well as scholarships for student entrants.

Another Neighborhood Gem, Don’s Lighthouse began its storied history in what is now Edgewater Lakefront State Park. The small barbeque stand proved so popular that a significant structure was built at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Clifton Boulevard to house what was then called Poschke’s Barbeque. Its owner lived in the home immediately west of the restaurant. In the 50’s, Howard Johnson restaurants leased the site and operated there for 25 years until the strange family bought the building and opened Don’s Lighthouse. Known for its white-tablecloth dining and cozy bar, Don’s offers contemporary cuisine that features spectacular daily-catch seafood, signature salads pastas along with heart steaks. The restaurant is a dining “beacon” at the west end of the Shoreway.

Local Resident

“I live in the house my father built in the Cudell neighborhood. I am so proud to say that my children are receiving an excellent education at Louisa May Alcott School, a National Blue Ribbon School in the Cleveland Municipal School District.”
— Kathy Keating Kudravy

“Our home is unique and full of character. We love living just minutes from theaters, museums and downtown restaurants. Living in the city is convenient, affordable and exciting.”
–– Leigh Ann & Ryan Sprat

Helping Hands

Cudell Improvement Inc. energizes a real estate and human needs agenda for Cudell/Edgewater that assures the neighborhood will continue to be a community of choice. Cudell Improvement places special emphasis on quality-of-life issues that encompass safety, quality housing, energy conservation, education, recycling, local retail and healthy living.

Community Project

The Point Building, at the intersection of Denison and Lorain avenues in the Lorain Station Historic District, is being reborn as a mixed-use, live-work space with a first-floor professional office and second-floor living quarters. It features an open floor plan and a rooftop deck from where residents can enjoy views of downtown Cleveland. This historic building lies in the shadow of St. Ignatius of Antiohc Church –– the cathedral of the West Side. Cudell Improvement, the owner and developer of the project, will offer the building for sale later this summer.

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