It’s a great place to live. There are a lot of professionals in my neighborhood. It’s a central location. I can get to a grocery store easily. I’m close to downtown – and the east or west side. It’s an ideal location.
We wanted to recreate the European way of life – walking the neighborhoods, knowing your neighbors, enjoying great food. When we lived in Hudson, I knew the neighbors across the street. Within one week here, we knew everybody.
I knew more people in one week in Little Italy than I knew in 15 years in Hudson. This is about living life to the fullest.
It’s always been one of Cleveland’s treasures. I don’t think you can go anywhere in the country and have so many wonderful institutions in one area.
Constantino’s is great. So much has happened since I moved here. I’m looking forward to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the new restaurants opening. I’ve seen the neighborhood change for the better in less than a year.
If you’re working in the area, why wouldn’t you want to live in the area?
I live 2.9 miles from work. I like to say I roll out of bed and into work. I’ve ridden my bike to work and I could walk to work. It’s convenient and it saves on gas, too.
We first used the program to rent a condo in Little Italy. When we were ready to buy, we looked all over. But this made us strongly consider staying in the neighborhood. There were a lot of factors – convenience to work and we loved the Little Italy neighborhood. So this program was really icing on the cake. We ended up buying the condo next door to the unit we were renting.
It’s good that Case is willing to offer this because it helps improve the area around the campus. So Case benefits. It makes for a safer, improved neighborhood.
I feel I’ve not only invested in my home, but also in the community. I try hard to make the exterior look good. I’ve planted flowers and put wreaths up to make it inviting and welcoming. I want my home to be an asset in the neighborhood.
I wasn’t thinking about buying in the city. I was thinking of something in the country. I love fishing. I love hunting. But the additional funding was an incentive. I saw the benefit of being an ‘urban pioneer’ – taking a risk in building something in an urban area. I spent part of my childhood in this neighborhood. I feel I’m giving something back to the area by building something new here.