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Apartments perfect for downsized living BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN firstname.lastname@example.org |
or many seniors, living in the family home isn’t as easy as it used to be. According to Chris Maguire, managing partner and executive vice president at Atrium Apartments in Beachwood, and Kathleen Wilson, leasing manager at The Beacon in Cleveland, Maguire individuals should consider downsizing into an apartment. “We get a lot of people who are downsizing from homes that they have been in for 30 and 40 years and they don’t want to keep up with it anymore,” Maguire said. “In smaller homes and condos, you still need to care for the property. A lot of these folks travel, and they want to be able to close the door and take off and not have to worry. Homeownership is great, but it can be a
lot of work and hassle.” Wilson agreed, adding apartment living is more of a convenience and lifestyle choice than anything else. “When you’re moving, whether you’re coming to The Beacon or somewhere else, it’s all about convenience. It’s about not having the worries of maintaining the home and being able to enjoy life more.” For The Beacon, Wilson said residents not only get the “private, home-like experience” but they’re near local amenities. “When you come home to The Beacon, you’re truly coming home,” she explained. “There is a private parking garage. The building area isn’t shared with any retailers or the outside public. It’s secured. It’s the comfort of the home as well. We have a few people who are in the middle of downsizing their home and they want to be in the middle of everything.” Maguire said Atrium Apartments
offer larger suites so those downsizing don’t have to sacrifice space to live worry-free. “If someone is coming from a big home that they’ve lived in for 40 years, they can bring a lot of their things,” she said. “They don’t have to get rid of a lot. They like the space, especially when you’ve been in a home for a long time. It can be a big adjustment.” On the topic of scaling down one’s belongings to fit in an apartment, Maguire and Wilson offered tips. “What I have seen people do is hire companies to come in and look at all of their stuff and determine what they should get rid of,” Maguire stated. “It’s time to decide what you’re going to do with those things, either giving it away to family and friends or donating it. That is a good first step. It can be very overwhelming to do on your own.” Wilson added, “Scaling down is always a task, even if you’re just getting rid of things in your closet. It’s about looking at the space that you have, and what is most important to you. It’s about looking for those key points. This
is really on an individual basis and prioritizing what is most important to you.” When starting the process of moving into an apartment, the professionals said there are a few things to be done before even selecting a building. “I would suggest to go out and touring the different apartment communities,” Wilson suggested. “But before this, make a list of what is important to you in the home. If you are going to be downsizing from a house, make a list of the things that are your priority. So, when you’re going to visit those communities, you’ll know what you’re looking for.” Maguire added, “They need to figure out what is essential to them and go through the process of streamlining. A lot of these folks are seniors, and it’s a very difficult stage of your life when you realize everything is changing and you can’t keep all your stuff. Start by coming to terms with that fact. It’s not a bad thing, just different.”
Israel unprepared for 17M people who will be living there in 2050 ERAN BAR-TAL | ISRAEL HAYOM VIA JNS.ORG
espite recent attempts by the government to change the housing situation, the housing market in Israel is still in crisis, and if farreaching changes are not implemented immediately, the crisis will turn into a socio-economic disaster in the years to come, Israel Builders Association President Raul Srugo warned at the association’s annual conference, which took place over the weekend in Eilat. Srugo told the conference that the government must “stop pulling the wool over the public’s eyes.” “There is a shortage of apartments here, much greater than the 146,000 households that have registered for the Mehir Lemishtaken (“Move-in Price” subsidized housing program for first-time buyers) lotteries. For years, we have been building fewer than 50,000 new housing units per year. To solve the crisis in the short term, we need to add another 20,000 housing starts a year in sought-after areas and get to 70,000 housing unit starts per year,” he said. Addressing the conference, professor David Passig, a future studies researcher, discussed global trends in housing, and explained that the housing market in Israel was going in the opposite direction from the rest of the world: While global population growth has been checked, Israel is seeing impressive population growth. Passig presented a model showing that by 2050, Israel’s population would number at least 16 million. “Not preparing for that scenario is a crime. Our children will blame us if we aren’t ready for the future
because we know that this is what is going to happen. It’s not something we can say we didn’t know about,” he said. Srugo called on the government to establish a strategic planning authority while keeping its housing task force active. “We are on the brink of a socio-economic abyss. As long as the government doesn’t begin strategic planning for the next generation in Israel, we’ll find ourselves in the biggest crisis since the state was founded. In 2030, there will be 12 million residents in Israel, and in 2050 there will be 17 million people here. Remember, this is a country where it takes 15 years to approve construction of a single (new) neighborhood, so 2030 is tomorrow and 2050 is the day after tomorrow. By then, Israel will need two more major metropolitan areas. Not two cities – two new major built-up zones.” Srugo warned that residential construction could not grow at the rate of demand without a dramatic increase in investment in infrastructure. To allow infrastructure work to take a leap forward, he demanded that the government address immediately the growing shortage of stone and other construction aggregate, thereby lowering the cost of raw materials for construction. He also demanded that the government keep Chinese construction companies out of Israel, as most Western nations have. “We don’t need to bring in the Chinese, and if we continue to do so, it will have serious ramifications for the [construction] sector, as well as our economy and security. Israel needs laborers, not foreign companies,” he warned.
“The government must encourage the population to move to the periphery by investing in education, culture and jobs, as well as building the necessary infrastructure,” he said. “Immediately expanding construction activity, which we need to do now, is the right thing for society and, no less important, for the economy. In the next few years, Israel will need to handle a deficit. Expanding construction and infrastructure as needed will contribute to economic growth, adding 4.1%per year to the gross domestic product, an additional 18 million shekels ($5 million) per year to the state coffers from the sale of land and taxes, and 70,000 jobs for Israelis,” he said. According to Israel Builders Association CEO Amnon Merhav, all the data presented at the Eilat conference “points to the need for a major change in how the government is handling the housing crisis.” “Only 18,000 apartments have been sold through the Mehir Lemishtaken program thus far, and even though the government hasn’t made it public, we can assess that the number of apartments that have actually been handed over to the buyers is even smaller, a few thousand,” Merhav told the conference. “So government intervention has resulted in an increase in the gap between supply and demand for apartments. At the same time, construction inputs, which jumped by 3% in 2018, and the shortage of raw materials, have become a major threat to our ability to address housing prices.”
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THE LUXE ABOUT US The Luxe at Pepper Pike is a brand new transitional townhome community. Contemporary design and refined style distinguish the stunning residences of The Luxe at Pepper Pike. Residents are able to choose from numerous exceptional floor plans with two and three bedrooms options. Full basements, two car garages, large closets, and modern finishes are just a few of the features you will find in our open space, two-story townhomes.
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ATRIUM IN THE VILLAGE ABOUT US
1 BR/1.5 Bath 940-1100 From $1,505 Atrium in the Village is located on 160 2 BR/2 Bath 1625–1725 From $2,225 beautifully landscaped acres in the prestigious gated community of The 3 BR/2 Bath 1825–2025 From $2,675 Village in Beachwood, Ohio. Minutes from I-271 and two of the world’s finest hospital systems, we are also part of the award-winning Beachwood City School District. We offer spacious suites with concrete walls for extra AMENITIES sound insulation, and a dedicated staff • 24-Hour Fitness Gym • Tennis Courts/Pickle Ball committed to contribute to a higher standard of living. Reside within the • Olympic Pool with Guard • Spacious Storage Lockers heart of Beachwood with easy walking • Club House w/Party Room • Active Social Programs access to the fine dining and retail • Heated Indoor Garages • In-Suite Laundry shopping establishments available at • 24-Hour Manned Gatehouse • Scenic Walking Trails Beachwood Mall and Legacy Village. As a resident you can enjoy a private stroll on our serene walking paths among the mature trees that surround our beautiful lakes. The unrivaled luxury, service, and amenities that we offer our residents are second to none and include a heated garage and in-suite laundry. Call today to arrange a tour of one of our beautiful apartment homes!
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THE AMENITIES OF OUR LUXURY COMMUNITY • 24-Hour Fitness Gym • Olympic Pool with Guard • Club House with Party Room • Heated Indoor Garages • 24-Hour Manned Gatehouse
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CARRINGTON COURT ABOUT US Carrington Court offers superior living for adults ages 55 and better. Luxurious suite amenities include spacious floor plans, an in-suite washer and dryer, a private patio or balcony, and generous walkin closets. Executive suites have granite counter tops, ceramic flooring and select suites have enclosed sunrooms. The community clubhouse features a billiards table and comfortable social room that is perfect to rent for parties or events. The clubhouse plays host to regularly scheduled resident events like monthly Bingo. Carrington Court is conveniently located in the heart of Solon and is accessible to all major highways, shopping, fine dining, and the Solon Senior Center and Recreational Center.
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Apartment living attracts millennials
Japanese Holocaust hero’s son discovers dad’s memorial destroyed by apartments
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s many millennials seek a lifestyle of ease, the same can be said for their housing search. According to Cate Cymbalisty, regional sales and marketing director at Village Green in Southfield, Mich.; Carole Garson, apartment marketing specialist and property manager of Wynwood Apartments at Capital Management Properties in Cleveland; Mollie Neale, executive vice president of GEIS Property Management, LLC and GEIS Residential Management, LCC in Cleveland; and Jared Zak, director of property management at Howard Hanna Property Management in Cleveland, millennials look to apartments to satiate their living needs. All represent local properties. “There is not a ton of responsibility when you own an apartment,” Zak said. “You don’t have the maintenance needs and you don’t have the same things that go along with (owning) a home. We have a lot of people who are attracted to that ease of living. At the end of the day, it’s the ability to pick up and go.” Garson added, “The trend today (for millennials) is they don’t stay in the same job for years and years, so apartments give them the flexibility to be close to work and in the thick of things. The trend is just about not looking for something super longterm.” Neale agreed, adding millennials want to be able to focus on their careers and being social. Apartments allow them to meet in the middle of those two goals, she said. “This group of individuals love the flexibility, so if their career takes them into a different direction, such as an outof-state job transfer, they are not tethered by homeownership, rather just a lease which has a definite expiration date,” she explained. “These renters enjoy the convenience of logging onto a resident portal to pay rent or submit a maintenance request.” Millennials are a big fan of amenities, the professionals said. And just like millennials themselves, the amenities they look for are varied. “Millennials enjoy walkability to their workplace and area attractions, such as restaurants, hot stop happy hours and grocery shopping,” Neale said. “They also appreciate living in a property that offers amenities and conveniences, such as package acceptance, dry-cleaning service, fitness centers, dog parks, recycling and 24/7 maintenance.” Cymbalisty said millennials look for stylish apartments that don’t break the bank. A plethora of amenities both inside
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and outside the unit is an added bonus, she noted. “In the interior, some of the most important things to them is having washers and dryers in unit, and then I would say, wood flooring and those types of finishes like white cabinetry,” she said. “They always like to see some sort of technology incorporated too. And outdoorwise, in Cleveland, it’s nice to have a pool. But another big thing is the amenities that bring people together, like outdoor kitchens, bocce ball courts and firepits.” Zak agreed, saying, “They’re looking for common space. They’re looking for the workout facilities and pools. They’re just looking for what can make life more convenient for them. Also, they’re looking for pet-friendly buildings. Today, being petfriendly isn’t an option. You have to be.” Along with amenities, millennials look to apartments over buying a home for many reasons. “The conveniences of apartment living is the shorter-term commitment,” Cymbalisty stated. “Millennials are scared of that longer commitment because they are still saving to be able to afford something like that. The convenience of maintenance is a big thing too. When getting a home, those are the costs no one is really prepared for.” Zak added many millennials are hesitant when it comes to home buying because of the unstable real estate market. “That has since recovered (since the recession), but I would just say that you have millennial buyers who might still be a little apprehensive,” he said. “But again, the biggest thing is the ease of living. Making it as easy as possible will attract someone to an apartment.” And since millennials tend to move a lot for work, Garson said apartments are perfect for that over a home. “If they are entering a new market or a new city, apartments are a great option to spend six months to a year getting to know their city before purchasing a home,” she said. “It’s just a good way to get their feet wet in the market and jump into a home from there.”
he Jewish National Fund was left scrambling to apologize to the son of a former Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of about 6,000 Jews during the Holocaust, after a memorial grove of trees planted in his honor was flattened to make way for apartment buildings in Beit Shemesh without any notification. Trees were planted in memory and in honor of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese “Oskar Schindler,” who violated orders from his government to issue thousands of visas from Lithuania to Japan. Schindler saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Sugihara issued handwritten visas for thousands of Jews – primarily students of the Mir yeshivah – until the last moment, making a rare decision to disregard orders to the contrary from his superiors. Witnesses said that he continued to issue visas from the train from which he departed Lithuania when the consulate was closed in 1940, even issuing and throwing them out of the windows at the desperate Jewish crowd as the train pulled away. He gave his official consulate stamp to a refugee to forge more visas after he left. Sugihara was honored as a “Righteous Among the Nations” in 1985. In 1986, the Jewish National Fund planted a memorial orchard outside Beit Shemesh with a plaque reading “In appreciation of the humane and courageous actions that saved 5,000 Jews from World War II.”
Too ill to attend the dedication ceremony, Sugihara died several months later at age 86. However, his son Nobuki Sugihara arrived in Israel last month to find the memorial after getting reports from Japanese visitors that they could not locate it. Upon searching the site, he realized that the grove had been unceremoniously flattened and that an apartment project stood in its place. The younger Sugihara penned a letter expressing his incredulity and disappointment to JNF, saying the memorial was probably “turned into trash by an unfeeling bulldozer,” and that the move dishonored the Japanese people who had supported the erection of the memorial. JNF replied with an apology, explaining that the city of Beit Shemesh had tremendously expanded since the memorial was put in place, and that it has rendered the spot “not fit for use as a memorial.” The organization vowed to make things right by planting a new memorial orchard somewhere else in Israel. In late January, Nobuki Sugihara took part in a ceremony honoring the heroism of his father at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, hosted by the Jewish educational organization Limmud FSU, the branch of Limmud dedicated to Jews of the former Soviet Union. It was during this trip that he discovered that his father’s memorial had been destroyed.
Census experts worry tornadoes could impact Ohio count ASSOCIATED PRESS
AYTON – Tornadoes that destroyed and damaged hundreds of homes in western Ohio are complicating population counts for next year’s census. The count activities start at the end of January 2020 and census experts worry about how the Dayton area will fare since the region is still cleaning up from Memorial Day tornadoes. The Dayton Daily News reports there were 2,236 structures destroyed or left uninhabitable in Montgomery County. Many of those structures were homes and apartments, and many of those residents
have moved or will move. “These storms, these tornadoes, will require a change in plans in how the Census Bureau counts the Dayton area,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant on the census. If a home is not habitable as of April 1, 2020, residents can’t be counted there even if they plan to return, Lowenthal said. Officials said this issue is a top priority for them and that they have been preparing for the count since the natural disaster hit. The regional Census Bureau says it has hired thousands of employees to respond to the issue and communities across the area have created committees to help obtain accurate counts.
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THE SCHOFIELD RESIDENCES ABOUT US
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Welcome to The Schofield Residencesreflective of Cleveland’s rich history. The façade of the historic property was restored revealing the terra-cotta characteristics from a building of this era. The interior warmth of the building pays homage to architect Levi Schofield. Inside the building, the hotel’s artwork serves to tell some of Cleveland’s stories. The Residences provide a modern classic warmth with functional layouts and operable windows.
Living at The Schofield Residences means waking up each day to new possibilities and endless opportunities-whether touring the Rock Hall or visiting the Playhouse Square theater district. Nearby amenities all within an easy walking distance also include the Indians, Cavs and Browns arenas and Convention Center or the Casino. And if you manage to squeeze in some work, you’ll find yourself in the heart of Cleveland’s authentic financial district.
• Full hotel like amenities and concierge services available • Expansive operable windows framing views of Downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie • Fully insulated walls with enhanced thermal and acoustical values • Open floor plans with connected kitchens and living areas • Luxurious finishes with a warm neutral color palette • Kitchens with granite counters,
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THE ASTER APARTMENTS ABOUT US A sophisticated and unique community that offers the opportunity for upscale living in Beachwood, Ohio. You’re sure to feel right at home in one of our gorgeous apartments, each of which comes with the amenities that today’s residents have come to expect from an exclusive contemporary residence. Each of our apartments offers a feel that is both modern and timeless, providing our residents with the best of luxury living in a comfortable and intimate setting.
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THIS IS YOUR TIME. THIS IS THE NEW STANDARD IN UPSCALE LIVING. Introducing one of Cleveland’s latest, most anticipated upscale apartment communities, The Aster — an intimate, boutique-style community nestled conveniently in booming Beachwood (near Chagrin and I-271). 3600 PARK EAST DRIVE • BEACHWOOD, OH 44122 (216) 452-9854
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THE HEYSE - 1702 W. 28TH ST. CLEVELAND ABOUT US Located in Ohio City, the historic newly renovated Heyse, has been carefully restored back to its original charm of 1898. This Historic Tax Credit project is Green and LEED compliant, making it easy to reduce your carbon footprint. You can walk a few blocks to all the breweries and beer markets, casual and upscale restaurants, Dave’s Supermarket, and Lutheran Hospital right next store. A longer walk or short bike ride makes it easy to get to Downtown Cleveland, about a mile and a half away, just across the LorainCarnegie Bridge.
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