Susan and Stuart Crampton were in no rush to move.
Retired and prepared to transition to a more laid back living situation, the Cramptons were debating between a retirement community on the east coast, where theyhad lived for the past 53 years, and a retirement community in Cleveland, where their son’s family lived in nearby Shaker Heights.
“While we were in Cleveland visiting our son, we thought, ‘We ought to consider living here!’” says Susan, an Episcopal priest. They had heard great feedback about Judson, so they booked appointments to tour all three campuses, including South Franklin Circle, where they fell in love with the quintessential architecture, warm environment and extensive facilities.
“The campus, the Bistro, Radius Restaurant, the homes – the general feeling here is not at all like other retirement communities we have seen,” says Stuart, a retired physicist and professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
The Cramptons were thrilled with the selection of homes to choose from at South Franklin Circle – that personalization was important to them.
“We landed in a two-bedroom apartment with a study that we use as a TV room,” Susan describes. The apartment has a wonderful little skylight, an open-air patio spackled with bird feeders, and plenty of built-in bookshelves spread throughout. “We love our roof-top views,” she says, “particularly when the morning sunlight comes streaming through our windows.”
Beyond their new home, the Cramptons are enthused by the lifestyle at South Franklin Circle. “I love all the activity,” says Susan, who participates in water aerobics, fitness classes, an art class, and a meditation group. She also takes regular walks with other residents.
The couple has made countless friends at South Franklin Circle. “Last fall we filled our apartment with our new book club and also threw a dinner party in the Community Center catered by Radius for some of our other new friends,” says Susan.
“People here are very welcoming, and we are glad to be in the Cleveland area close to family,” adds Stuart.
The Cramptons transitioned into their new home at South Franklin in the summer of 2014, just several months after their first visit, and they couldn’t be happier.
“When we moved here, we didn’t know a single person in this community,” Susan points out. “Now we have so many friends. And everyone is quite content to be here—and so are we!”