Finding Our New Home in University Circle—First in a Series

Meet Peter and Donna Pesch. This is the first in a series where they detail, first hand, their decision to move to Judson Manor’s newly renovated 11th Floor. Enjoy a candid, insider’s point of view of what it’s like moving to a Judson community

Donna and I first heard of Judson Manor in the early 1980’s, when a friend of ours moved there. A native Clevelander, she had been an instructor of dressage at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and moved back to Cleveland when she retired. I remember visiting her in her corner apartment at Judson, and helping her hang pictures and other collectibles on her walls.

Some years later, the widow of my thesis advisor moved to Judson to be near her daughter who was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, and we visited with her several times. Later still, a retired surgeon friend of ours moved to Judson, where he spent his final years. Currently, a number of our friends and acquaintances live at Judson.

A few years ago, we began thinking of our plans for the future. We attended presentations describing arrangements for continuing to live in our home, and open houses at Judson and another continuing care retirement community.

Renovations at Judson Manor

Judson appealed to us because of its location in University Circle, where I find myself a minimum of five times each week, volunteering at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and attending lectures at Case Western Reserve University. In addition, we were impressed with the residents of Judson, who we found to be a diverse and interesting group of people.

JM floor plan

In the summer of 2015, my daughter arranged a tour of Judson for us and her older sister, and both daughters were very favorably impressed and encouraged us to think seriously of moving

When we discovered Judson was completely renovating the Manor’s 11th floor, we eagerly signed up for a tour to learn more. We immediately fell in love with a two-bedroom suite on the northwest corner, with great views overlooking the museums of art and natural history, with the lake in the background to the north and downtown Cleveland to the west.

Pesch Judson Manor renovations

Next, Judson put us in touch with Susan Kent of Moving by Design, an expert in moving and downsizing. Susan came to our home, and, using an enlarged floor plan and miniature cut-outs representing our furniture, helped us decide what to leave, and how to arrange the things we would bring with us. We look forward to more help from Susan when we actually move!

We also met with representatives of Westlake, Reed and Leskosky (WRL), the firm doing the renovation, to select flooring, counter tops, cabinetry, and other features of the suite. By wonderful coincidence, one of our granddaughters works for WRL, and has been involved in the renovation project.

Another service Judson provides is assistance from Lee-Ann Spacek, a relocation consultant. She helped us select a real estate agent, and coordinate all other aspects of selling our home.

If our house sells before we can move into our renovated suite, Judson could provide us with temporary housing. Knowing this, we decided to put our house on the market in early April, and hope to move to temporary quarters at the Manor as soon as we can.

Stay tuned to hear more about the Pesch’s as they continue renovations on their new suite.




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