Monthly Archives: December 2010

Chagrin Highlands Solon Ohio

Chagrin Highlands is located in the upscale city of Solon, Ohio, one of Cleveland area’s most popular East side suburbs.  This fine luxury home development contains beautiful homes built within the last 20 years, all situated on picturesque 1 acre wooded lots. It is a very popular subdivision for those relocating to Cleveland as well as local move-up buyers.  The following will describe this very special area, including a video tour of Chagrin Highlands at the bottom of the page.

LOCATION OF CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS

luxury home development, Solon Ohio

Chagrin Highlands Solon, Ohio

Chagrin Highlands is conveniently located in Solon, Ohio, a manageable drive to both downtown Cleveland and the airport.  Solon is home to one of Ohio’s top rated school systems, making it a very popular destination for those looking to relocate to Cleveland.  Solon is consistently rated among the most popular suburbs in Cleveland and has been featured in many national and local publications. It was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live.

Chagrin Highlands is located in the center of Solon, in close proximity to the highway. There is one main entrance to Chagrin Highlands, off Bainbridge Road.  The following map will give you an idea of where Chagrin Highlands is located.

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CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS HOUSING

Chagrin Highlands Solon Ohio

Sample Home in Chagrin Highlands

The Chagrin Highlands development consists of approximately 175 homes. While most homes here are single-family in nature, there is a street of stand-alone cluster homes that is very popular for those who are downsizing and looking for a home with less maintenance.

The development was built in the 1990’s and features luxury homes on 1 acre lots. The wooded lots provide homeowners here quite a bit of privacy, and distinguish Chagrin Highlands from some of the other luxury home developments in Solon such as Signature of Solon, and Thornbury.

Homes here sit back on the lots, making them look estate-like and quite impressive. The landscaping and exterior lighting make Chagrin Highlands a wonderful neighborhood to drive through both during the day as well as night.

The homes themselves are a big mix in style, amenities and pricing. Most homes here are 2 story colonials, although some have the master bedroom on the main level, allowing for a separation for the adults and children.  Homes in Chagrin Highlands typically have  4-5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and finished basements with at least a half bath, and a 3 car garage.

The price range for single-family homes in Chagrin Highlands is $500,000-$1,000,000.

CLUSTER HOMES IN CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS

As mentioned, there is one street of approximately 20 stand alone cluster homes in Chagrin Highlands. This part of the development is just to the left as you first enter the subdivision.

These homes are all located on a street named Aberdeen Drive. They are ranch in style, about 2700 square feet on average, and have 3 bedrooms. The smaller lot sizes and one floor living make these homes attractive to those looking to downsize. There is a monthly association fee of $175, which covers landscaping and snow removal. These homes are a little more affordable than the single-family homes, with prices ranging from $350,000-$450,000.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE LIVING IN CHAGRIN HIGHLANDS

Although the homes are a little more spread out than most neighborhoods, there is still a sense of community felt by those living here. Having sidewalks throughout the development helps bring people together as neighbors are often seen jogging, biking, and walking their dogs. Kids also interact freely with one another here, making Chagrin Highlands very popular for those with school aged children.

Children who live in Chagrin Highlands attend the following Solon Schools:

Parkside Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Below is a video tour of Chagrin Highlands that highlights the homes and the neighborhood:


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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They are Solon residents and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Chagrin Highlands Solon Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation

security tips while on vacation

Will Your Home Be Safe When You Aren't There?

The holidays are a popular time for break-ins ( remember the movie “Home Alone” ), so we wanted to give some advice to those of you who may be traveling over the next few weeks. 

This is especially aimed at those who continue to post their plans on Facebook and other social media. While posting things like “Florida here we come”, “or “just boarded the cruise ship” may seem harmless, your posts aren’t as private as you think and may be inviting trouble.  Oh, and posting photos WHILE ON VACATION is just as bad.

In the spirit of security, here are just a few things you can do to protect your most valuable asset and belongings:

1.     DO NOT advertise your vacation plans on Facebook or other social media.

2.     Make sure driveway and walkway are plowed.

3.     Stop newspaper delivery. –  Nothing screams empty home louder than newspapers sitting in the driveway.

4.     Put lights on a timer.

5.     Have someone put trash out on garbage day. – Smart thieves may scout neighborhoods to see who doesn’t have their trash out as that may be a sign of an empty home.

6.     Install security lights.

7.     Lock all doors and windows and use your alarm if you have one. – Pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget the basics.

8.     Inform neighbors. – Let them know you will be away so they can be on guard for any suspicious behavior.

9.     Register your home with your local police department. – Many police departments have “house watch” programs, where they will visit your home and check things out while you’re away.

10.    Have a friend take in mail/packages.

 

Enjoy your vacation and rest easy knowing you have been proactive to make your home safe and secure while you’re away.

 

NOTE: If you enjoyed this post or have something to contribute, please leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Ohio and Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Is Your Message Being Tuned Out?

Is Your Message Being Tuned Out?

Everyone is using social media to help grow their business these days, but some may be actually doing more harm than good.  If you are simply going through the motions without considering how you are being viewed by others, it may be costing you business and you don’t even realize it.

When we first got started doing social media, we attended a seminar and got some great advice.

The speaker ( Bruce Hardie ) compared our presence on social media to that of a TV show.  Basically, we would be putting out information ( our show ) in hopes that other people ( our audience ) would tune in to watch.  If we did a good job, people would tune in on a regular basis, and also tell others about us.  He said commercials were ok every now and then, but concentrate on the show and give away value.  His main point was that we should get people engaged and not just ask for business, and good things will happen.

After taking the speakers advice, we have found that people are appreciative of our efforts, and business has come as a result. However, we have noticed that some people are still missing the boat on how to properly engage in social media.

Just yesterday, I decided to “follow” a company on Twitter because I thought they would be sharing some great information. Instead, I immediately got 2 emails and a call from this company soliciting my business.  In my opinion, any “show” that starts selling before giving gets “canceled” immediately.

And let’s be honest, this doesn’t apply just on line either. The same principles apply in person at networking and social events. Have you ever met someone at a function who immediately gives you their business card and proceeds to talk about nothing but themselves?  I’m sure their on line presence isn’t much different.

What message are you putting out on line

If Your On Line Persona Was A TV Show, What Type Would It Be?

So, as we all move forward, we should all ask ourselves,  “what kind of show am I putting out there?” Whether you are a news channel, drama, sitcom, or even a game show, that is your choice.  However, if you choose to be an infomercial, you may be tuned out by today’s audience and see poor results from your efforts.

So, I hope you found this episode of our “show” to be helpful and will continue to “tune in” to future posts from us, or find us on other social media sites. We promise to save the hard sell approach for the other guys.

Please Share With Your Sphere And Comment

If you enjoyed this article, I would greatly appreciate if you could share  it with your sphere by using the buttons below or at the side.  Sharing helpful information is a great way to build credibility and relationships with your friends and contacts, so share and re-tweet away!

Also, we would love to hear your comments below and promise to return the favor.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Ohio and Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Is Your Message Being Tuned Out? is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Should You Really Hire A Relative?

Should you hire a relative

Should You Really Hire A Relative?

Everyone knows someone who is a real estate agent – your cousin, your aunt, your sister-in law’s cousin’s best friend – and they expect you to use them when it is time to buy or sell a home.  Maybe that’s a good idea, and maybe it isn’t.  While I would hope a relative would work hard and do an amazing job for you, you need to really think about this.  After all, this may be one of the largest financial decisions you make in your life and it is not to be taken lightly.

 

SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR “COUSIN VINNY”

 

For those of you who have seen the movie “My Cousin Vinny”, the situation presented here is familar to all of us. We are looking to hire someone to help us with a particular task and decide to fall back on a relative without thinking about their qualifications, because after all, they are family and how bad could things go?  We may also be getting outside pressure from parents or other family members to hire this person.

Hiring a relative doesn’t always turn out to be a wise decision. So, before you hire a family member, here are some things to think about.

Is real estate this person’s  full time profession?  This is a big deal – you want a pro on your side and someone who is engaged full time in real estate. A part-time agent can often give only part-time effort.  

Do they possess an in depth knowledge of the area you are looking to buy or sell?  While a real estate agent can do business anywhere, it helps to use someone who knows your area well.  Home values and desirability are affected by very small nuances in a community, and a local agent is better able to advise you on these.

Is your agent up to date on training and trends? – The industry is rapidly changing – with web and mobile technology playing a large part in finding and marketing homes. What kind of training has your “cousin” taken lately?  What tools will they use to help you meet your goals?

 

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

 

What happens if the deal goes sour?  Many people stick with the policy of not mixing family and business – and for good reason.  What will happen to your family dynamics if your transaction is not a success?

Since buying and selling a home is a huge financial undertaking, do you view it as an important business transaction?  Shouldn’t you approach hiring an agent similar to hiring an attorney, accountant, or other professional?

Although “Cousin Vinnie” may have risen to the occasion and made for a happy ending in the movies, this doesn’t always happen in real life. Is that a risk that you really want to take?    

A final comment – The primary reason to hire anyone is only if you think they will do a great job representing you. If the answer is yes, and they happen to be related, than that’s ok.  However, if the primary reason you are hiring someone is because they are a relative, then you may be making your decision for the wrong reason.  Remember, you’re the one who has to live with the consequences, so make your decision wisely.

If you have something to add to this post or simply want to express your thoughts or opinion on this topic, feel free to post your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Ohio and Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Should You Really Hire A Relative is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Cleveland Ohio Staycation Guide To Fun

 

Winter Fun

Staycation In Cleveland

These days money is tight, the cost of airfare is up, and airport security is a hassle. This year you’ve decided to stay in town for a Winter Break “Staycation” here in Cleveland.  So, before cabin fever sets in, make some plans to go out and have some fun.  Here are some great ideas that are sure to be a hit with the kids:

Indoor Activities

See a winning team play at Quicken Loans Arena. No, unfortunately we’re not talking about the Cavs, but the good old Harlem Globetrotters will be in town for two shows on December 27th. We went last year and it was worth every penny for the tickets, and odds are good that they’ll win. The show is tons of fun for all ages.

Go to the movies – and go big! Try the Omnimax Theater at the Great Lakes Science Center. Playing right now: Santa vs. the Snowman, Everest, Under the Sea, and Dolphins. 

Check out what some say is Cleveland’s best holiday display at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. There are animal topiaries, whimsical gingerbread houses, a two story tree house and so much more. In addition to the annual WinterShow, be sure to visit the rest of the indoor gardens where you can escape to The Spiny Desert of Madagascar or marvel at the butterflies at The Lush Rainforest of Costa Rica. It’s more than plants – in addition to the butterflies there are an assortment of birds, reptiles and amphibians enjoying the year round warmth of these exhibits.

It’s likely we’ve mentioned it before in previous articles, but we just love Firefly’s Mini Golf in South Park Center in Strongsville. How can you go wrong with glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf? It is 18 holes of fun –putt your way through a rainforest, the arctic, and space while listening to upbeat popular music. Great for ALL ages.

Outdoor Activities

Go ahead, bundle up and play in the snow.

So far, Mother Nature has provided us with lots of snow to work with. Instead of fighting it – go outside and enjoy it. Snow angels, snow forts, snowball fights – it’s all good. Also, we LOVE the guide to building a better snowman in this month’s Cleveland Magazine. Check it out for yourself to learn how to build the best snowman ever!

Like the snow idea, but want to think bigger. Try Snow Days at Progressive Field where the home of the Cleveland Indians has been turned into a winter wonderland with a 19,000 square foot skating track and a tubing hill built into the bleacher seats. There is a fire pit and concessions to warm you and give you a snack break. Don’t worry if the snow stops, they are fully prepared with ample snowmakers. Open through January 2nd.

Enjoy tubing, skiing, and snowboarding right in our own backyard. Boston Mills and Brandywine are open for business and have lots to do to keep families happy and busy this time of year. We love the Polar Blast Snow Tubing Park at Brandywine.

If you have some other ideas that you think others would enjoy hearing about, please share by using the comments section below.

We hope you enjoy your Cleveland Staycation. We have also decided to stick around for the holidays, so if you run into us at one of these fun destinations, be sure to say hello.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Ohio and Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Cleveland Ohio Staycation Guide To Fun is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Huntington Woods Solon Ohio

 

Solon Ohio subdivision

Huntington Woods Solon Ohio

 

Huntington Woods, a popular subdivision on Cleveland’s east side of town,  is located in the upscale suburb of Solon, Ohio. It offers housing built within the last 20 years, a terrific neighborhood feel, and great location. It is a very popular destination for move-up buyers as well as those relocating to the area.  The following will describe Huntington Woods, including an extensive video of Huntington Woods  at the bottom of the article.

LOCATION OF HUNTINGTON WOODS

Huntington Woods is conveniently located in Solon, Ohio.  For those relocating to Cleveland, it is very popular because it is easily accessible to the highway, and thus a manageable drive to downtown and the airport, about 20-25 minutes.  Being located in Solon is a big draw to many as it is home to one of Ohio’s top rated school systems.  Solon is consistently ranked among the most popular suburbs in Cleveland and has been featured in local and national publications as well. It was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live.

Huntington Woods is located in the heart of Solon, in close proximity to many of the area’s popular attractions such as the Solon Recreation Center, Solon Center For The Arts, and The Solon Schools.

There are two entrances to Huntington Woods, one off Bainbridge Road., just a mile down the road from City Hall,  and another one off Liberty Road.

The following map gives you an idea of where Huntington Woods is located:


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HUNTINGTON WOODS HOUSING

Huntington Woods was built in two phases. The entire development was built by Dinallo and Wittrup Homes, a local builder who has a stellar reputation for quality and craftsmanship. The homes in phase one were built primarily in the early 90’s and typically have 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a 2 car garage. Homes in phase 2 are a little newer, with the last home being built in 2000,  offer a little more space, and typically have 3 full bathrooms on the second floor. They also have home offices and 3 car garages.

All homes in Huntington Woods are 2 story colonials, sit on between .3-.4 acres,  and have a tremendous pride of ownership.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE LIVING IN HUNTINGTON WOODS

Huntington Woods Solon Ohio a great neighborhood

The Annual Block Party Is One Of Many Events That Bring Everyone Together

Living in Huntington Woods means more than just having a great home, it’s a true neighborhood. There are sidewalks found throughout the development and residents can always be found walking their dogs, jogging, riding bikes, or just being out and about. During warm weather months, the neighborhood children are often seen knocking on doors rounding up kids for a kickball or football game.  There is also an annual block party.

When we talked to some of the folks who live here, they stated that they love the sense of community and that it was a tight-knit group who looks out for each other. Because of this, homes in Huntington Woods are extremely desirable, and in fact, those that do come on the market typically don’t last long, in any market.

Homes in Huntington Woods range in price from $350,000-$500,000. Buyers find this development to be a great alternative to the more expensive homes located in luxury neighborhoods such as Signature of Solon and Thornbury.

Children in Huntington Woods attend the following schools:
 

Below is a unique video of Huntington Woods that showcases the homes and neighborhood:

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They are Solon residents and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Huntington Woods Solon Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Moving Day – How To Prepare

 family moving 

This article is for those of you who are relocating to Cleveland ( or any other area for that matter) and could use some help with your move, specifically, moving day.

To begin, we have written several articles about relocating to Cleveland that describe the beginning part of the process in detail. We recommend reading the following:

Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 1

Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 2

Here, we are assuming you have already called the movers and are making your plans for the actual day you move.

If you are making a local move, this can be easier as you are more familiar with the local area. You may also have access to your prior residence and be able to go back and forth without having to worry about leaving something behind. If you plan to move in gradually over time, then this type of move is certainly much easier.

However, if you are relocating from out of the area, additional stress is involved and you especially need to be organized and prepared.

Moving can be very exciting , but also stressful as well.  So, here are some helpful tips to prepare you for moving day:

1. Have phone numbers of your real estate agent, title company, and moving company available. Nothing is worse than showing up to your new home and the movers don’t show up on time ( or you cannot get in ), and you have to spend time frantically tracking someone down.

2.  Have a map of the local area with you. If you are high-tech, a GPS or smart phone may be all you need. The important thing is to have an idea of your surroundings and where you are going.

3.  Have cash on hand or travelers checks if you prefer. You never know what will come up, and some places don’t take credit cards, so it’s always a good idea to have cash on hand for emergencies.

4.  Have enough clothes, toiletries and medicine, if applicable, available with you to last a few days. You never know what can happen, and if your movers have all of your personal possessions and end up lost or delayed, you will want certain things with you.

5.  Remember to pack specific items with you ( not with the movers ) that are not replaceable.  While moving companies can insure your personal belongings, you may have some items that have sentimental value and simply cannot be replaced.

We also recommend having the name and number of a local hotel with you, once again, just in for some reason you cannot get access to the home, or if movers are delayed.

In all likelihood, your move will probably take place without any problems. But in our experience, things can come up that are beyond your control, so make sure you are prepared.  Good luck with your move.

The Art Of Working With Athletes

As luxury home real estate agents, we have had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes here in Cleveland and wanted to share our experiences. This may be helpful to other professionals who may one day encounter such a client, or provide insight for those of you who are just curious to know what it’s like.

Overall, it isn’t as glamorous as you would think, although we have walked away with interesting stories and some good relationships. It is also nice to know that, once you get to know them, most athletes actually aren’t alot different than you and me.  They just have a very high-profile job that requires them to delegate a lot of their non-sports related responsibilities to others.

The most important thing about working with any high-end client, regardless of what they do for a living, is discretion. Luxury home clients, especially athletes, value their privacy, therefore, confidentiality is critical. While it may seem cool to tell your friends and co-workers that you are working with “so and so”, that is bad business and simply cannot be done. In fact, we never reveal the identities of any of our clients, no matter who they are, not even to our children.

Working with athletes has some similarities to working with a typical client but does require a different approach and mindset. In most cases, at least initially, there is no direct communication with the client. In fact, there is one player that I never actually met in person. Athletes and celebrities have a “team” of people surrounding them, so you will most likely work with a business manager or agent. You have to be prepared and comfortable working in this manner.

Servicing an athlete is no different than that of any other high-end client. Just like a high powered business executive, athletes are busy people. Their time is extremely valuable and limited, so you must work efficiently, and often with little notice.  When it comes to actually finding a home for an athlete, they want their home to fit their lifestyle. That being said, the lifestyle of an athlete is different than most.

For example, in additional to wanting to live in close proximity to  sports facilities and the airport, many require very specific things in their home. Some require a gate, or gated community. They may also want specific features in a home such as a pool, theater room, exercise room or basketball court. I had one athlete walk into a home and spend most of his time in the incredible lower level  ( it had a really great theater room, trophy room, and bar ) as this was the most important thing to him. He spent all of about 5 minutes walking through the rest of the home and ended up buying it.

Overall, athletes have housing needs just like everyone else, although working with them does present a few additional challenges. From our experience, many are very nice and were appreciative of our efforts.  A few were actually quite interesting and entertaining ( think Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Jerry Maguire” ).

So, if you ever have a chance to work with a professional athlete, don’t be intimidated by the process, and just make them happy as you would any other client.

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About The Authors:

The above information pertaining to Cleveland luxury homes was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. Dan is one of Ohio’s only Accredited Luxury Home Specialists and Amy is a member of the Institute For Luxury Home Marketing.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schuman Team services the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

The Art Of Working With Athletes is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Thornbury of Solon Ohio

 

Thornbury of Solon, Ohio

Thornbury Of Solon, Ohio

Thornbury is one of Cleveland’s most desirable luxury home neighborhoods and is located in the premiere upscale suburb of Solon, OH. It offers newer homes, all built within the last 10 years, beautiful lots, and a great neighborhood feel, making it popular for move-up buyers as well as those relocating to the area. The following will describe the Thornbury development, including an extensive video of Thornbury  at the bottom of the article.

 

LOCATION OF THORNBURY

Thornbury is conveniently located on the east side of Cleveland.  For those relocating to Cleveland, it is very popular because it is reasonably close to both the airport and downtown, approximately a 25 minute drive to both. The fact that it is located in Solon, home of one of Ohio’s top rated school systems, makes it even better in the minds of home buyers.  Solon is consistently featured in local and national publications and was recently ranked in Money Magazine as one of the best top places to live.

There are two entrances to Thornbury, one off Aurora Rd. ( Rt. 43 ) and another one off Bainbridge Rd.  The following map shows where Thornbury is located:

 


View Thornbury of Solon in a larger map

THORNBURY OF SOLON HOUSING

Homes in Thornbury

Homes in Thornbury are known for beautiful architecture and lush landscaping.

 

If you are considering buying a high-end luxury home in Cleveland, Thornbury should definitely be considered.  Homes here are picturesque on the outside, and elegant, yet warm and inviting on the inside. They are designed for today’s buyer who wants it all, and prefers a newer home.  

Overall, there are approximately 250 home sites located within the Thornbury subdivision.   One drive through the neighborhood will give you a good idea why so many people love it here. Unlike many newer developments, where houses are built close together, the lots in Thornbury are at least .5 acres and provide home owners with some decent privacy.  

The landscaping throughout the area is lush and extensive, adding to the overall beauty of this special neighborhood. In addition, there were many different builders who built in Thornbury, so the homes all have a unique look and feel.  Also, most homes here have extensive exterior lighting systems, making the area especially attractive at night.

Once past the attractive exteriors, the interiors of  homes in Thornbury contain open floor plans, designed for easy and comfortable living. You will be impressed with the dramatic entrances, large room sizes, and interior finishes.  Most homes here have generous upgrades such as granite countertops, and high-end flooring. If you like to cook, you will love the kitchens as most come complete with top-of-the line appliances. Many kitchens open to a great room and outdoor patio or 3 season room, making for grand scale entertaining.

Homes in Thornbury are two stories in structure, but about half allow for one floor living, complete with master bedroom suites on the main level. Most homes here also contain home offices, and finished basements. Many basements contain a full bathroom and extra bedroom, making them a perfect place for a nanny or in-law suite. Some even have exercise and home theater rooms.

One feature that makes Thornbury a little different than other Solon luxury home neighborhoods is the yards. Many homes contain not only spacious backyards, but also extensive patio and grilling areas as well. The thought and money put into the backyard areas of many homes in Thornbury is quite impressive and creates a great play area for both children and adults.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE LIVING IN THORNBURY

playground for Thornbury residents

Thornbury has its very own playground and private walking path.

 

Being part of Thornbury is more than just living in a nice home, it offers a sense of community as well. Our clients who have bought here not only love their homes but also the lifestyle that is offered to them. 

Complete with it’s own walking path and playground, Thornbury is viewed by many as a close-knit neighborhood. People are always out biking, jogging, and walking their dogs, and the neighborhood children are always seen playing with each other.

Since Thornbury is a relatively new development, many of the residents have only lived here for a short period of time. It is a somewhat transient neighborhood. Therefore, it is conducive for easily meeting others within the development. This is ideal for those relocating to Cleveland, or moving here from other area suburbs. 

There is also a small street at the entrance of  Thornbury, set away from the rest of the development, that consists of one story cluster homes. These are ideal for empty-nester’s or those who prefer a lower maintenance living. There is a monthly fee for those who live in the cluster homes and it covers landscaping and snowplow.

We have extensive experience selling homes in Thornbury, so please contact us at 216-346-3235 for more information or a current list of homes for sale in Thornbury.

Below is a unique video of Thorbury of Solon that showcases the homes and neighborhood:

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About The Authors:

The above information pertaining to Cleveland and Solon Real Estate was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They have been Solon residents for over 10 years and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schuman Team services the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Thornbury of Solon Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010

Great Family Gift Ideas

family gift ideas

Great gift ideas for the entire family

Looking for gift ideas for your kids that will also bring the family together?

Here are a few of our family favorites that are all great for mixed aged groups.  Great for kids to play – or the whole family including Grandparents.

QWIRKLE– This is a new one that was given to us recently.  It’s simple enough to learn to play in less than 5 minutes, yet there is enough strategy involved to keep it interesting.   Kind of like Scrabble mixed with Dominoes using colors and shapes so no reading necessary (great for getting the little ones involved). It is geared for ages 6 and up.

APPLES TO APPLES– This comes in a regular version (red box) and a Junior version (green box).  A game of comparisons where people’s personalities really show through.  The regular edition has words that are a little more conceptually difficult or even a little dated.  We prefer the Junior version as the game is essentially the same and we have played for hours all together with younger kids, teens, parents and grandparents.  A great way to have fun for the whole family.  One thing – all players must be able to solidly read, so the real little ones may have to sit on the sidelines or pair up with an adult.

CRANIUM CADOO– I don’t think this company makes a bad game.  Cadoo is like Charades, Pictionary, and trivia combined.  It’s fast moving so kids don’t get bored and it keeps them busy with their hands, bodies, and minds.  A bonus that the kids love are the special glasses you need to use to see the secret words.

UNO– An oldie but a goodie!  You can play with as little as 2 players and it’s small, easy to learn, and fast moving.  There are even themed versions (Dora, etc) for little ones to teach them how to play until they are ready for the original version.

RACKO – Another oldie but fun as well. This game is a combination of skill and luck as you try to put your 10 cards in numerical order from lowest to highest.  

Hope this short list helps you with your holiday shopping.  The Schumans wish you a safe holiday season filled with love and good cheer.

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About The Authors

The above information was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Great Family Holiday Gift Ideas is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©December,2010