I liked the idea of having something close to work – not having a long drive to work and cultural activities. I’m close to the museums and sports events. I just bought Browns season tickets.
We came from Baltimore, which is a very liveable city. We weren’t ready for the suburbs and never being able to walk anywhere again. I love being able to walk to restaurants and not be dependent on driving. I walk to work as long as the weather permits.
University Circle has so much to offer. When I walk to work, I look around at the beautiful historic buildings and it reminds me of Europe. When I need a loaf of bread, I can get fresh baked bread right in the neighborhood, rather than getting in my car for a loaf from the grocery store.
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.
If you’re working in the area, why wouldn’t you want to live in the area?
I love the proximity to work. I’m three minutes from Cleveland Clinic. I’m on call a lot so I need to be at work quickly. I didn’t want a long drive.
My children were raised in this home. When they were younger, we couldn’t always afford to keep up with maintenance work. When this program came along, I thought, ‘Wow. Now’s the time.’ My home needed some work, but I wanted to stay. I didn’t want to go into a new home with a big mortgage. This program encouraged me to stick around.
It’s a good opportunity for employees. Without this help, we wouldn’t have considered buying a house.
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.
Neighbors have noticed a difference in my home since the improvements. It makes my home stand out, even though it sits way back from the road. That’s been nice.