Bratenahl, Ohio

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Bratenahl is a wealthy village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. Bratenahl is surrounded by the city of Cleveland except for its shoreline on Lake Erie. The population was 1,337 at the 2000 census.



Bratenahl is one of the older residential suburbs of Cleveland such as Shaker Heights, Lakewood, and Cleveland Heights; of these, Bratenahl and Shaker Heights have the highest per capita wealth. Bratenahl is a small community of fewer than 1,400 population inhabiting approximately 700 households, some of which are stately estates, townhouses, and condominia on the lakefront. Bratenahl shares a state representative with a predominantly black section of Cleveland. Its famous Lake Shore Boulevard has been featured in many magazines including Better Homes. Bratenahl is home to a once controversial high-rise housing project. Though many residents opposed it at the time, in 1967 two large multi-occupancy buildings of brutalist architectural design were built on the lakefront to create an opportunity for comfortable apartment dwelling in a municipality where previously only free-standing single-family housing existed. One of the two structures was originally intended to be a 180-unit rental apartment building, while the other, smaller one was a condominium from its inception. In 1976 however, the larger one also became a condominium, and the ultimate success of these two condominium associations heralded a highly beneficial diversification of housing types in Bratenahl Village since that time. Condominium suites in these two structures range in price from $150,000 to $1.0 million.


Bratenahl is located at 41°33′15″N 81°36′16″W / 41.55417°N 81.60444°W / 41.55417; -81.60444 (41.554275, -81.604574)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (36.81%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,337 people, 711 households, and 363 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,304.1 people per square mile (501.2/km²). There were 800 housing units at an average density of 780.3/sq mi (299.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 86.82% White, 10.34% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

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