Judy Beck loves watching the world go by as she sits on the front porch of her cottage home at South Franklin Circle.
She admits she feels a lot more connected with her neighbors at South Franklin Circle than she did in the condominium she lived in for 31 years. “Living here feels just like a village,” she says. “Everyone is so thoughtful and wonderful.”
Her cottage home is located in the quiet, southern-most part of the South Franklin Circle campus, surrounded by other cottages and wooded walking trails. Plants and flowers, most native to the Chagrin Valley, surround her home and add rich color to the walkway leading to her front door. They reflect the overall garden-style landscape design by Oehme, van Sweden.
Inside, her traditional décor is accented with carefully placed heirloom antiques. The sizable, two-bedroom cottage is about 2,500 square feet, includes a living room with a vaulted ceiling, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and plenty of closets for storage. “I was amazed by the closet space,” she says. There is a convenient deck off the dining room perfect for warm-weather al fresco dining.
Judy’s decision to move to South Franklin Circle took less than two months.
“As I grew older, I wanted less to fuss with,” says Judy. “And I really didn’t want to buy a house. As I explored options at South Franklin Circle, all of the puzzle pieces came together. It was a perfect fit.” Judy likes the fact that she can “lock and leave” her cottage and travel worry-free. Her three children all live in the Chagrin Valley.
“I look at this as a new phase of my life—a second chance,” says Judy, who has lived in the Chagrin Valley most of her life. She notes that she was a member of the last class to graduate from Bainbridge High School before the district was renamed Kenston. “I remember Bainbridge when it was just a farming community. So much has changed, but I think it’s retained its small-town feel. The communities in Chagrin are really something special.”