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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.

Kensington Court
3

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$525+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Kensington Court

North Olmsted, OH

(3)

$525+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
The Westbury
12

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$545+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

7 Units Available

The Westbury

North Olmsted, OH

(12)

$545+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
7 Units Available
Victoria Plaza
7

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$715+

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Victoria Plaza

North Olmsted, OH (Butternut Ridge)

(7)

$715+

1-3 Beds1 Bath
Northern View Villas

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$750+

2 Beds1 Bath

Northern View Villas

North Olmsted, OH


$750+

2 Beds1 Bath
9
Furnished Studio - Cleveland - Great Northern Mall

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$1,008+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Cleveland - Great Northern Mall

North Olmsted, OH (Butternut Ridge)


$1,008+

1 Bed1 Bath
Great Northern Village
6

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$740+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

6 Units Available

Great Northern Village

North Olmsted, OH (Butternut Ridge)

(6)

$740+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
6 Units Available
Furnished Studio - Cleveland - Airport - North Olmsted

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$1,008+

1 Bed1 Bath

Furnished Studio - Cleveland - Airport - North Olmsted

North Olmsted, OH


$1,008+

1 Bed1 Bath
Bridlewood Apartments
11

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$694+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Bridlewood Apartments

North Olmsted, OH

(11)

$694+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
Linden House West
5

Rocky River, OH 44116

$659+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Linden House West

Rocky River, OH

(5)

$659+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
200 West Apartments

Cleveland, OH 44126

$705+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

1 Unit Available

200 West Apartments

Cleveland, OH


$705+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
1 Unit Available
26
Brighton Chase

Rocky River, OH 44116

$843+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

2 Units Available

Brighton Chase

Rocky River, OH


$843+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
2 Units Available
Fairview Village
1

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$544+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Fairview Village

Fairview Park, OH

(1)

$544+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10
Parkview Manor
3

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$649+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

Parkview Manor

Fairview Park, OH

(3)

$649+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
Parkridge Apartments
13

Cleveland, OH 44135

$750+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Parkridge Apartments

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

(13)

$750+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
Commodore Club Apartments
1

Lakewood, OH 44107

$480+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Commodore Club Apartments

Lakewood, OH (West End)

(1)

$480+

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
Harbour View

Lakewood, OH 44107

$695+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

2 Units Available

Harbour View

Lakewood, OH (West End)


$695+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
2 Units Available
16
Lakewood Cliffs

Lakewood, OH 44107

$630+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

4 Units Available

Lakewood Cliffs

Lakewood, OH (West End)


$630+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
4 Units Available
Lawn Village Apartments and Townhomes
8

Fairview Park, OH 44126

$499+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Lawn Village Apartments and Townhomes

Fairview Park, OH

(8)

$499+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
AZ Management- Rocky River
7

Rocky River, OH 44116

$575+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

AZ Management- Rocky River

Rocky River, OH

(7)

$575+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
18
Carlton Park Apartments

North Olmsted, OH 44070

$945+

2 Beds2 Baths

Carlton Park Apartments

North Olmsted, OH (Cantebury Woods)


$945+

2 Beds2 Baths