Lake Lucerne is a neighborhood of approximately 300 homes, set among wooded rolling hills in Bainbridge Township, Geauga County, Ohio. The community covers 400 acres with 75 acres of lakes and parks, nearly five miles of private roads, and its own water system. Amenities include a spectacular swimming beach, various sports courts, ballfields, and playground.
Homeowners are members of the Lake Lucerne Club Company, sharing equally in the operating expenses of the community. Resources are supported by members' annual dues and are managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. Year after year, Lake Lucerne is carried forward by a unique spirit of volunteerism that enriches and engages the community, continuing to make it a truly special place to live.
Lake Lucerne came to be in the days when travel beyond the Cleveland city limits into the wilderness of Geauga County was considered truly adventurous. In June 1922, Perce & Helen Sheldon bought 250 acres of beautiful rolling farmland from John Timmons. A creek known by locals as Plum Bottom Creek ran through the property. The plan was to dam the creek to create a lake of pure, clean water where the Sheldons and friends could swim and enjoy the outdoors. The Sheldons soon realized there were possibilities far beyond a mere recreation spot, and they decided to subdivide the property into lots to create a summer colony. They called it Lake Lucerne because the topography reminded them of its famous Swiss counterpart. Soon after, Lake Lucerne was no longer a colony of summer cottages but a community of eighty families, all but a half dozen occupying permanent homes. Long ago, the Lake Lucerne community was hailed as "a tonic for tired spirits to have a spot like this to come home to" and it remains true to this day.
The highly rated Kenston Local School system serves residents of Bainbridge and nearby Auburn Townships. A hallmark of Lake Lucerne is the diverse housing stock, from original 1920's cottages to new construction; living in Lake Lucerne is available to families with a wide range of financial resources.
Yearly traditions such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Clean Up Day, 4th of July festivities, Tying of the Greens, holiday parties and December 24 luminaries have been maintained for decades, giving the community an authentic “small town” feel. We are a welcoming community and are proud to say that we wave to each other when walking or driving by.
Lake Lucerne operates under two basic principles: respect for the rights of individuals and responsibility to the community as a whole.