Donna Moss began considering a move after speaking with her accountant, who encouraged her to think about living in a place where she could take charge of her health. Having many friends who have lived there over the years, Donna said she immediately thought of Judson.
“The health and wellness programs were a big selling point,” says Donna. “I have the same health issues as my mother and grandmother, and I’d like to delay them as much as possible. The exercise classes here help me take charge of my health. Plus, they’re all on site; I don’t have to belong to a gym.”
Donna chose a large two-bedroom apartment in Judson Park’s Jordan Gardner Tower. “The layout is perfect for me. Everything is so convenient.”
She also loves being in the midst of University Circle.
“University Circle is my New York City,” says Donna. “When I was a young girl I had many opportunities to explore Manhattan, its culture and visit friends. Now at Judson Park, I love looking outside and seeing all of the buildings and the downtown Cleveland skyline. It’s just as sophisticated as New York, has the cultural amenities, but is much more affordable!”
A Cleveland native, Donna raised her family in Shaker Heights on the same street where she grew up. She admits that moving to Judson Park is a little like going back to her early childhood, since her grandparents had a home on Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Before moving to Judson Park, she had a condo in Mayfield Heights.
“I love being closer to all of the cultural attractions,” notes Donna. “It was always such a hassle to go to the theatre or the orchestra, but now everything is extremely convenient. Plus, there are lectures and musical performances here on site that I can enjoy. I also like the connectedness with Judson Manor and South Franklin Circle in Chagrin Falls. I have every opportunity to attend programs there as well.”
Susan Kent of Moving by Design helped Donna downsize and prepare for her move. “Susan is extremely talented. You name it—she has it,” notes Donna. “We worked so well together. She has the ability to see clearly what will fit and what won’t, and explains it all so well. She’s also expert at hanging pictures and carrying on a conversation at the same time!” In fact, one such picture is a painted portrait of three-year-old Donna that won third place at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s legendary May Show (Georgia O’Keefe was one of the judges!). That picture’s below.
Donna appreciated Susan’s extra effort to find her a replacement for a baker’s cabinet that was deemed too large for the apartment. “It was difficult to part with, but she really went out of her way to find something I’d like,” says Donna. “And it fit beautifully!”
When it came to putting her condo on the market, Donna got help from Lee-Ann Spacek of Northcoast Relocation, who specializes in helping older adults sell their homes. “Lee-Ann was a great advocate and worked well with my own real estate broker.”
Beyond her apartment, Donna has enjoyed getting to know her new neighbors. “I appreciate everyone’s diverse backgrounds and interests. I feel right at home,” she says.
When she’s not enjoying dinner with friends, you’ll find her in water aerobics class, taking a memory-strengthening course, a balance class, or discovering the shops in University Circle’s new Uptown District.
“I couldn’t be happier!”