Setting: The city spans more than 22 miles along Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie. It's an hour west of Cleveland and an hour east of Toledo.
Attractions: Cedar Point's 69 rides, water park, and sandy beach overlook the bay. Kayaking, boating, waterskiing, and fishing are popular spring through fall.
Drawbacks: Winters are cold and cloudy, and "it can stay that way for days," says former city manager Mike Will. In the early summer months, Sandusky is prone to insects that locals call "muffle heads." (On a positive note: The flying, grasshopper-like bugs indicate a healthy environment, and they last only a few weeks.)
Housing: The average price of a single-family home in town ranges from $80,000 to $110,000. Housing along Columbus Avenue includes historic homes and larger properties starting around $120,000. Along Cedar Point Chaussee, you will find modest ranch-style and contemporary homes next to mansions. Waterfront homes start at approximately $350,000 and go up to $2 million or more. Lake-view condos downtown range from $180,000 to $500,000.
Your next-door neighbors: Medical professionals from Firelands Regional Medical Center, landscapers, auto-industry employees, interior designers, young married couples, small-business owners, Cedar Point workers, summer-home residents.
How you'd spend your free time: Ordering a fried-fish feast from New Sandusky Fish Company and enjoying it in a gazebo overlooking the bay. Kayaking the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail. Boating to Kelleys Island for shipwreck scuba diving. Taking the Jet Express ferry to Put-in-Bay for lobster bisque.
(published September 2007)