Need-to-know info about living here

By Jacquelyne Froeber
July 26, 2007
Need-to-know info about living here
Jeremy Herliczek

Setting: The city spans more than 22 miles along SanduskyBay and Lake Erie. It's an hour west of Cleveland and an hour eastof Toledo.

Attractions: Cedar Point's 69 rides, water park, and sandybeach overlook the bay. Kayaking, boating, waterskiing, and fishingare popular spring through fall.

Drawbacks: Winters are cold and cloudy, and "it can staythat way for days," says former city manager Mike Will. In theearly summer months, Sandusky is prone to insects that locals call"muffle heads." (On a positive note: The flying, grasshopper-likebugs indicate a healthy environment, and they last only a fewweeks.)

Housing: The average price of a single-family home in townranges from $80,000 to $110,000. Housing along Columbus Avenueincludes historic homes and larger properties starting around$120,000. Along Cedar Point Chaussee, you will find modestranch-style and contemporary homes next to mansions. Waterfronthomes start at approximately $350,000 and go up to $2 million ormore. Lake-view condos downtown range from $180,000 to$500,000.

Your next-door neighbors: Medical professionals fromFirelands Regional Medical Center, landscapers, auto-industryemployees, interior designers, young married couples,small-business owners, Cedar Point workers, summer-homeresidents.

How you'd spend your free time: Ordering a fried-fish feastfrom New Sandusky Fish Company and enjoying it in a gazebooverlooking the bay. Kayaking the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail.Boating to Kelleys Island for shipwreck scuba diving. Taking theJet Express ferry to Put-in-Bay for lobster bisque.

(published September 2007)