Pepper Pike, located 13 miles east of Cleveland and occupying 7.5 square miles, is part of the pleasant Chagrin Valley area. It is bounded by I-271 on its west flank, Cedar Road to its north and SOM Center Road to the east. It was incorporated as a village in 1924, and officially became a city in 1970, when its population reached 5,000 (it's now just over 6,000). It has a mayor and a seven-member city council form of governance.
The city, largely residential, boasts a gracious, traditional lifetsyle, a throwback to a simpler past. Its gently winding streets and generous cul-de-sacs, its many traffic circles and wide open spaces lend it a gloriously uncluttered feel. It recently began a community band, and holds an annual ice cream social, which comes complete with a pie-baking contest.
Pepper Pike is home to two country clubs — Pepper Pike Club and The Country Club — and several places of worship. They include Park Synagogue, home to one of America's largest conservative congregations, and designed by the famous architect Edward Durrell Stone. Landerwood Plaza, built in 1960 as a graceful, low-rise neighborhood center, remains the community's favorite place to shop.
At the same time, it's also a thoroughly progressive place. Nearly two-thirds of residents take part in the recycling program, making Pepper Pike the "greenest" municipality in Cuyahoga County. The National Arbor Day Foundation regularly recognizes the city for its attention to tree planting and environmental stewardship. Since its founding in 1957, the Pepper Pike Civic League has been keeping a close eye on things, serving as an interdependent advocate for good government. A Citizens Police Academy runs training classes designed to educate citizens on safety issues and provide insights on how the police force operates. A sophisticated Reverse 911 telephone system, installed in the wake of 9/11, allows city officials to quickly warn residents, on a targeted basis or en masse in the event of an emergency.
Recognized as one of Greater Cleveland's top suburbs, we're blessed with a prime location, easy access to highways and all the big-city amenities anyone could ever need.
And yet we also proudly remain an oasis from some of the usual drawbacks of suburban living. You'll find no garish strip malls or oversized commercial signage in our city. Instead, we cling to the rhythms of an earlier era, a hallmark of our legacy as a part of the original Western Reserve. Pepper Pike represents gracious living, close to everything.
The city's unique blend of convenient location, easy highway access, safety, excellent schools and abundant amenities hasn't gone unnoticed. Twice in a recent four-year stretch Cleveland Magazine has named the city to the top spot in its annual "Rating the Suburbs" feature. In 2006, the magazine called our community a "suburban heaven."
We think that the more you get to know Pepper Pike, the more you'll come to agree with that assessment.
City of Pepper Pike
28000 Shaker Blvd.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124