Choosing life in University Circle

Deciding on a place to live was both an intuitive and emotional process for Judson Manor resident Mark Hardenburgh-and it wasn’t easy.

“I considered a number of locations a villa overlooking the Aegean Sea, a home in Balboa, Spain, various locations on the East Coast of the United States,” admits Mark. “But In the end, Judson Manor in University Circle was where I wanted to live-this is where it’s all happening!”

So the long-time architect sold his home in Auburn, Ohio, leaving the quaint, sleepy suburb for Cleveland’s dynamic cultural and educational hub.

He’s jumped in feet first, not only training to be a docent at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, but also lending his business expertise to the Museum, helping them develop a marketing plan to reach out to older adults.

“I like a challenge,” admits Mark. “The Natural History Museum intrigues me because I’m interested in learning more about our ancestors-how our minds developed. Overall, there’s a lot of depth here in the Circle. I’m close to things that keep my mind active. Plus, it’s great to be able to walk around the beautiful campus of Case Western Reserve University and to the Cleveland Museum of Art.”

Born in Lima, Ohio, Mark grew up in Bronxville, New York. He went on to earn three degrees from Yale, including a Masters in City Planning. He decided to settle in Cleveland after learning it was a good market for budding architects. “A friend was invited to a recruiting party at Yale for young lawyers, thrown by the Cleveland office of Jones Day” admits Mark. “I tagged along and liked what I heard about the city.”

Mark and his wife raised their family in Cleveland Heights, eventually moving further east. They considered retiring to Littleton, New Hampshire, but this wasn’t very practical says Mark. “Most of our family and friends are here,” he notes.

Mark is glad that he chose Judson Manor. “It’s a whole new world here,” he smiles.

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