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Overview of Westlake

At the beginning of the 21st century, the community of Westlake had prospered into a dynamic blend of students, families and retirees. To accommodate the influx of residents, the city built the largest development in its history called Crocker Park. The mixed-use center blended retail, office space and residential units in a way not seen by residents yet. This spurred more development including the corporate buildings of Hyland Software, Five Seasons Country Club, Lutheran Home's Concord Reserve continuum of care campus and much more.

Located on roughly 16 square miles on the western edge of Cuyahoga County, Westlake is one mile south of Lake Erie and 15-minute drive to downtown Cleveland.  Served by Interstates 90 and 480, it is very easy for residents to commute in Westlake.

Westlake apartments for rent are conveniently located for students to get to school and business professionals to commute to work. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 32,400 residents call Westlake home.

Living in Westlake, OH

The history of Westlake dates back to October 1810 when two families of settlers arrived in the area by oxcart. One of the family members was Leverett Johnson, who settled in a spot that later became Bay Village. By 1811, Johnson cleared land in the spot that later became Westlake, and he was considered the first pioneer. Along with all the other original settlers, Johnson led the way for New Englanders to travel to the densely forested community. During the same year, Dover Township was incorporated and it marks the founding of Westlake.

The pioneers cleared the dense forestation to make way for farm lands and provide pasture for raising cattle, horses and sheep. Today, this area is where Dover Center and Center Ridge roads connect. Like much of the Midwest, the agriculture in Dover Township thrived with grains, small fruit and grapes, and in the second half of the 19th century the township was the largest shipping area for grapes in the country.

During the early 1900s, Dover Township experienced a flood of people who owned property on Lake Erie and created their own community of Bay Village. By 1940, Dover Village was renamed as Westlake because another community had already claimed the name Dover. 

Westlake Work and Study

The convenient location of Westlake makes it a prime spot for businesses. The area’s major employers include Bonne Bell, Energizer, Hyland Software, Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve and Travel Centers of America.

Students living in apartments in Westlake likely attend one of the post-secondary institutes in the community. Cleveland State University and Corporate College and Workforce Solutions - a branch of Cuyahoga Community College - are two ideal options. Some students may travel to Cincinnati for school since it is only a short drive away.

Rentals in Westlake, OH and Cost of Living

Living in Westlake is moderately considering the modern community and rich historical significance. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 14 points higher than the national average, food is 10 points higher and utilities are 4 points lower. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Westlake is fairly average. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $959. 

Westlake Attractions and Special Events

The city of Westlake celebrates holidays with a bang. Throughout the seasons, there are plenty of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Some of the most beloved events include the annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks, October Pumpkin Festival – a true Westlake tradition – and St. John’s Medical Center’s Festival of the Arts. The fair brings more than 200 artists and crafters together for one of the premier art and crafts events in Ohio.

Rent.com® can help you get settled in a Westlake apartment. Look through our rental listings and find the perfect home for your needs.

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North Olmsted, OH 44070

$685 and up

1-3 Beds1 Bath

North Olmsted, OH (Butternut Ridge)

(6)

$685 and up

1-3 Beds1 Bath

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$750 and up

2 Beds1 Bath

11

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$674 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

North Olmsted, OH

(11)

$674 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
15

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$945 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

4

Rocky River, OH 44116

$639 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Rocky River, OH (Rocky River)

(4)

$639 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$700 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Fairview Park, OH (Fairview Park)


$700 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Rocky River, OH 44116

$843 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Rocky River, OH (Rocky River)


$843 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$529 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Fairview Park, OH (Fairview Park)


$529 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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3

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$649 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Fairview Park, OH (Fairview Park)

(3)

$649 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Lakewood, OH 44107

$480 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Lakewood, OH (West End)


$480 and up

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Lakewood, OH 44107

$695 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Lakewood, OH (West End)


$695 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
16

Lakewood, OH 44107

$630 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Lakewood, OH (West End)


$630 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath
11

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$719 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

North Olmsted, OH (Cantebury Woods)

(11)

$719 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
8

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$499 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Fairview Park, OH (Fairview Park)

(8)

$499 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
6

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$730 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath

North Olmsted, OH (Butternut Ridge)

(6)

$730 and up

1-2 Beds1 Bath
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7

Rocky River, OH 44116

$550 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Rocky River, OH (Rocky River)

(7)

$550 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
13

Cleveland, OH 44135

$725 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cleveland, OH (Kamm's Corners, West Park)

(13)

$725 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
18

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$930 and up

2 Beds2 Baths

North Olmsted, OH (Cantebury Woods)


$930 and up

2 Beds2 Baths