Home Styles at South Franklin Circle — First in a Series

In this blog series, you’ll meet South Franklin Circle residents who will offer you an intimate look inside their homes. Whether it’s a cottage, attached garden home, apartment or townhome, see how each resident adapted the space to their own taste and lifestyle.

From 4,000 to 1,400

Nancy Brown admits it was a challenge to move from a 4,000 square foot home in Chagrin Falls to her 1,400 square foot apartment at South Franklin Circle, but she’s glad she made the move when she did.

“There are choices here,” says Nancy. “I wanted to make the move now while I was healthy. I didn’t want my kids to worry.” The large home she and her late husband Ken built in Chagrin Falls made sense while raising their seven children, but not so much as empty nesters.

The couple knew that Judson was in their future, having volunteered at Judson Park, providing residents with rides to Sunday church services. “When the time came to talk about a move—we knew it would be Judson,” remembers Nancy. “When Judson announced plans for South Franklin Circle, we were one of the first to sign up!”

Nancy loves the quiet and privacy of her apartment building, set further back on into the 90-acre campus. “Friends and family say it doesn’t feel like an apartment—it feels like a home.” The floor plan she chose includes two bedrooms, a den, two full baths, plenty of storage and an outdoor deck. “I love to sit outside and read.”

When Nancy had both of her knees replaced, she was able to rehabilitate at South Franklin Circle’s Crane House health center. “Through occupational therapy, I was able to transition very easily back to my apartment,” she says.

Being single now and part of a community has it benefits. “I’m never lonely or at a loss for something to do,” says Nancy. “I enjoy walking into the Village of Chagrin Falls, the strength training and aqua aerobics classes and attending the Dialogue Series lectures. I’m also part of a group that sees shows regularly at The Cleveland Play House in downtown Cleveland.”

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