Historic Glendale

Founded in the 1850s as a rural retreat for wealthy industrialists, Glendale has retained much of its original charm and character due to the residents’ dedication to preserving the community’s history. Glendale’s 392-acre historic district is one of only three Ohio communities designated as a Historic National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Over 400 of the original homes and buildings stand nestled beneath a majestic canopy of trees resulting in a picturesque village that remains a serene escape from city living.

Believed to be the oldest planned suburban community in the country, Glendale is still highly desirable for its many well-preserved Victorian homes, charming gaslights and vast greenspaces. When the village was laid out, it was planned around the area’s existing topography instead of a grid and as a result many of the streets in the historic district meander around the moderately hilly terrain as if in no hurry to get any place in particular. This lends a parklike atmosphere to the entire village.

In addition to the park like setting created by the natural beauty of the surrounding area, residents also enjoy access to five “active” parks with sports fields and shelters as well as several smaller areas with benches for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

Glendale displays its community spirit through planned events like the annual Memorial Day parade and autumn Street Fair and informal gatherings of children sledding on closed hilly streets on snowy winter days. Residents enjoy a variety of restaurants and shops and easy access to the interstates. The peace and quiet created by 600 acres of green space belie the community’s close proximity to major industrial, financial and shopping centers. 

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