Welcome to Chagrin Falls
Historic little village bursting with personality.
An incredibly charming village built around its namesake waterfall, Chagrin Falls is a 30-minute commute from Cleveland and resides just east of the Chagrin Metroparks. The village’s population hovers around 4,000, the majority of which are homeowners. Chagrin Falls is idyllic in every sense of the word and full of character thanks to its diversity of historic architecture, colorful storefronts, and peaceful community feel.
Incorporated all the way in 1844, Chagrin Falls is an old soul with a heart that beats with a small-town American rhythm. Chagrin Falls’ homes range greatly in aesthetics and sit nestled in welcoming neighborhoods or out among the scenic landscape. Here, you have your pick from options like traditional-feeling colonials surrounded by foliage, sprawling new-builds pulling inspiration from Tudor and French styles, and cottage homes that come with walking trails that lead to the falls.
What to Love
- Magnificent waterfalls in the middle of the downtown district
- Strong community-centered mentality with tons of fairs, festivals, and events
- Serene, semi-rural atmosphere with unique retail and dining
People & Lifestyle
Affluent but down-to-earth, Chagrin Falls is the kind of place where the homes come on large acreage, and the whole town gathers for the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. It’s easy to find your own go-to spots for coffee and shopping, there’s no shortage of lovely walking paths, and the people around town are warm and friendly. With its quiet lifestyle and excellent schools that consistently rank in the top 10, Chagrin Falls is perfect for families or those who favor a small-town vibe set slightly apart from the city.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
On brand with Chagrin Falls’ charismatic vivacity, most of the village’s retail options are one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Picturesque, historic storefronts line the sidewalks and make browsing at the city’s center feel like an experience plucked from a fairytale. One of the most popular stops is The Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop
, a local and visitor favorite that sells inventive popcorn flavors—made in the nearby kitchen—inside the colorful mom-and-pop style venue.
Dining is unparalleled in Chagrin Falls, and, like so much else in the area, it is completely unique. Find yourself swept away by the elegance and romantic French country atmosphere of Paris Room Bistro. Serving up made-from-scratch food and signature cocktails in a stylish homage to the city of lights, Paris Room Bistro
is a must-visit when you’re in Chagrin Falls. Ranked among Cleveland’s best dining and included on lists of the top 100 restaurants in America, Umami
never fails to impress. Everything on the menu, from the local pork stir fry to the red tuna flown in fresh directly from Hawaii, is a testament to Umami’s dedication to excellence. If you’re looking for carry-out foods, make sure you try Parkside Grille
, a casual restaurant providing quick and delicious options like burgers, wraps, hot dogs, and classic sandwiches.
Things to Do
You can’t live in or visit Chagrin Falls without taking the opportunity to see its namesake, the Chagrin Waterfall
that’s located in the heart of the town along North Main Street. Reaching a height of 20 feet with a crest of 60 feet, this impressive natural feature is integral to Chagrin Falls’ character.
For more of the area’s outdoor beauty, you can visit Riverside Park
, next to Chagrin River. The park features open green space, picnic areas, and playgrounds for the kids and is also the location of the annual event, Art by the Falls
. With over 100 artists on display and drawing in 10,000 patrons in a single weekend, this family-friendly outdoor event is looked forward to by the entire city. Another popular annual event, The Chagrin Falls Historic Home and Gardens Tour, is hosted by The Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum
. Each year, participants can choose to walk or be shuttled to several historic homes and gardens in the town to learn more about their history and visit the local shops and eateries.
Chagrin Falls is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Chagrin Falls School District, highly rated public schools
Orange School District, highly rated public schools