While some longtime Mentorites may wish for the simpler days when Mentor was a quiet, rural town dotted with nurseries and two lane roads, most would agree that it’s still the best place to live in Northeast Ohio. This is largely due to an excellent quality of life, which means: location; excellent schools; attractive, affordable housing; responsive city services; 1,200 acre park and recreation system; low crime rate; and spirit of cooperation.

A person’s view of Mentor can be greatly affected depending on which route is taken. Approach from Johnnycake Ridge Road (Route 84) and see pastures and grazing horses. Shopping centers and restaurants cluster along Mentor Avenue – the City’s primary east-west route. In the northeast corner, there are windswept sand dunes and Ohio’s longest public swimming beach, while in the northwest corner, boats dock in the still waters of the Mentor Lagoons.

Mentor offers a diverse mix of housing — from upscale, contemporary to charming, century homes in the Old Village District. From the planned developments of Sausalito, French Hollow and Pinegate, to apartments and condominiums. The majority of homes are single family detached and owner occupied. The median home value is $194,660. To see homes for sale, contact a realtor, or visit the Lake & Geauga Area Association of Realtors.

If you’re interested in new construction, here’s a list of current developments:

1. Center Street Village, Phase I
Located on the northwest corner of Mentor Avenue and Route 615 (Center Street)

Description: A mixed-use project on 8 acres consisting of the conversion of the former Center Street Village School into 17 condominium units and two duplex coach houses. Future Phase to include 40 town homes and 3,740 sq. ft. club house with indoor swimming pool.
Jr. Properties, Ltd. (440) 951-1111, www.juniorproperties.com
Four condo units available now, or will build to suit, rent to own financing options, first home buyer applicable, two car garages with every unit, fitness center opening soon.

2. Echo Hills Subdivision
Located on Garfield Road, south of Johnnycake Ridge

Description: 16 single family lots on 11.6 acres.
Garfield Road Development Co., (440) 942-5805
Homes under Construction.

3. Heidi Estates Subdivision
Located off Lake Shore Blvd., west of Munson Road

Description: 33 single family lots situated on 16 acres.
Developer: Towne Investment, (440) 951-8101
Homes under Construction.

4. Newell Creek Preserve
Located south of Rt. 84, between Garfield Road and Rt. 615

Description: Master planned, limited maintenance community featuring ranch and first floor master designs from the low $180’s. Unique complex within 100 acre nature preserve to feature walking trails, and community center with outdoor swimming pool, playground and clubhouse.
Petros Homes, Inc. (440) 546-9000, www.petroshomes.com
Current phase consists of 189 single-family and multi-family residential homes.

5. Sandy Acres IV Subdivision
Enter on Red Oak off Jackson Street, just west of Heisley Road

Description: 13 single family lots situated on 8.4 acres.
Sugarbush IV, LLC, (440) 255-8012
Homes under Construction.

6. South Mentor Estates Subdivision
Located off King Memorial Road, south of Johnnycake Ridge

Description: 19 single family lots situated on 9.6 acres.
South Mentor Property, (216) 771-0717
Homes under Construction.

7. Springbrook Lake Subdivision
Located on the southwest corner of Jackson Street and Heisley Road

Description: 18 unit planned development with maintenance free living in single family detached homes on over 7 acres. Priced from the mid $200s.
Springbrook Lake Development, LLC, (440) 255-8012, www.shamrock-construction.com/maintenance-free-single-family-homes.html
Homes under Construction.

8. The Villages of Marshview Landing I
Located on the north side of Lake Shore Blvd., between Heisley and Hopkins Roads

Description: A maintenance-free, gated community of 110 single family condominium homes situated on 50 acres.
: Franklyn Development Co. (440) 943-4800.
Builders: Ryan Homes (440) 209-0768 www.nvrinc.com
Dawson Development Group (440) 223-4949 www.dawsongrp.com
Status: Model homes from each builder on site. Prices from the upper $170′ s.