Known as one of Ohio’s best hometowns, this charming suburb of Toledo radiates a small-town vibe.

Welcome to Sylvania

Where rural woodlands and eclectic art meld in harmony
Known as one of Ohio’s best hometowns, the unincorporated township of Sylvania resides northwest of Toledo, less than thirty minutes away and tucked against the Michigan border. With a small population of just under 20,000 residents, this charming suburb of Toledo radiates a small-town vibe. Sylvania is home to niche local businesses, a thriving arts community, and a gorgeous downtown with tree-lined streets and meandering creeks. Far enough off the grid to feel private and calm, yet close enough to the city to enjoy the perks of urban living, Sylvania’s idyllic, wooded suburbia. 
The area was established in 1836, and traces of its rich history can be seen in places like the Sylvania Historic Village at the heart of its historic downtown. It grew during the spread of the railroad throughout Northwestern Ohio. Though the station is no longer in use, the city’s original station building can be found within the Historic Village. 
Most residential housing in Sylvania was built in the 1970s or after. Consequently, many properties lean towards very traditional new American styles: sprawling brick ranches, modern abodes with contemporary additions of select glass walls, and attractive townhomes adorned with barn stars. Homes are often sheltered by sublime woodlands or set in friendly cul-de-sacs, making Sylvania a wonderful place for young families and those looking to establish new roots.

What to Love

  • Colorful history and great sense of community
  • Vibrant arts and culture without urban crowding
  • Tons of green space, a wooded landscape
  • Location of Lourdes University and youthful student population

People & Lifestyle

Apart from its deep history and beautiful verdant landscapes, Sylvania is known for its invigorating arts scene and eclectic range of entertainment for personalities of all types. Its colorful and quaint downtown can often be seen bustling with residents walking and shopping on sunny days or enjoying a meal at a local eatery. Surrounded by metro parks, country clubs, and incredible golf courses, Sylvania is also a very dynamic city ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Despite its almost rural-feel, Sylvania has inexhaustible options when it comes to commercial businesses and places to go for your lifestyle needs. Boutique shoppers can visit high-end designer clothing stores like Ragazza and V Couture to outfit themselves in the most up-to-date fashions. Ready to relax and revitalize with an expert-led flow? California Yoga is one of Toledo’s premier yoga studios and resides within Sylvania Township. Keep up with all of your beauty rituals and treatments easily in Sylvania by stopping into one of the area’s salons, spas, and rejuvenation facilities like Reve and MK Beauty Medical Spa
Sylvania might be small, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to providing various culinary choices. At Ciao!, a beloved gathering spot for friends and family, the pizzas come fresh from the brick oven, and the savory pasta is served in heaping portions. Prefer some fine dining, with a relaxed atmosphere? Mancy’s Italian Grill is an upscale trattoria whose open kitchen makes flavorful flatbreads and Neapolitan pizzas. 
Beer lovers rejoice! Sylvania houses Inside the Five Brewing, a premiere brewery and bar established by retired NFL players Chris Morris, Brandon Fields, along with Brandon’s wife, Katie Fields. Need a romantic spot for an impressive first date? Element 112 is one of Toledo’s top fine dining establishments, serving French bistro-inspired cuisine in their elegant venue.

Things to Do

Sylvania is full of chances to enjoy the arts, the great outdoors, and to create community bonds that will last a lifetime. Annual township events like the Sylvania Fall Festival & Parade encourage residents to celebrate together as they take part in exploring vendors, crafts, and live entertainment. At the Centennial Terrace, thousands gather for concerts, premier events like Pizza Palooza, and the chance to swim in the stunning spring-fed quarry with a beach.
With its lush landscape, Sylvania has become home to several notable country clubs and golf courses, including the Sylvania Country Club and the Highland Meadows Golf Club. Both clubs are family-oriented with tons of amenities, and additionally, the Marathon Golf Classic LPGA is held at the Highland Meadows course every year. 
Sylvania is brimming with public parks. At 60-acres, Olander Park has areas for fishing, trail-exploring, and playgrounds. The city also has options for indoor and outdoor recreation through the Sylvania Rec—the go-to for rec league sports and organized sports. Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter is another popular facility, boasting an ice-rink for indoor skating and hockey.


Sylvania is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Highland Elementary School, K-5, highly-rated public elementary school
  • Sylvania McCord Junior High School, 6-8, highly-rated public middle school
  • Sylvania Northview High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school
  • Sylvania Southview High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school
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