South Franklin Circle Home Styles – Part 5

In this monthly 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 town home – see how each resident adapted the space to their own taste and lifestyle.


Marcia Christian’s baby grand piano is the centerpiece of her 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. And it’s come to symbolize her retirement lifestyle at South Franklin Circle.

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“I’m really glad I could bring it with me,” says the Shaker Heights native, who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Kent State University and operated her own psycho-therapy practice for many years. “My kids played it, but since I moved to South Franklin Circle I decided it was my turn to take lessons. My friends tease me about holding a recital, but I play purely for my own enjoyment. I love music!”

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The piano compliments Marcia’s colorful and contemporary décor, with an emphasis on white and red. Her living room includes a striking black marble mantel, a customization she chose before moving in. She installed surround-sound speakers so she could savor the sounds of her compact disc collection, which includes the work of many classical composers and some opera. She uses the second bedroom as a TV room that can easily convert to a guest room if needed. Her study/den serves as a private retreat and houses her computer and book collection. Colorful original paintings by Gary Bukovnik, Alberta Cifolelli and Carl Krabill accent the walls, and orchids adorn plenty of surfaces. “They’re a passion of mine!”

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Beyond her apartment, Marcia is active both within South Franklin Circle and out in the community.

“I didn’t know anyone before I moved in,” she says. “But I’ve established some wonderful friendships here. It’s easy to meet people. For example, if you’re single, the community table at Radius Restaurant is a great way to socialize. I never have to worry about having someone to dine with.”

Marcia’s a regular at the Dialogue Series lectures, a member of the book club, and attends water aerobics class three times a week.

She also stays connected with her circle of friends from Shaker Heights, often hosting dinner parties and potluck discussion groups. And she remains an avid patron of the arts. “South Franklin Circle is incredibly close to University Circle and downtown Cleveland. I still attend Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall and theater at both the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater.”

During the summer she vacations in northeastern Canada and appreciates the convenience of not having to worry about her apartment while she’s away.

“I really feel like I’m coming home when I return to South Franklin Circle. It’s a good feeling.”

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