Cleveland Magazine unleashed its annual suburb-rating issue, cataloging the various outposts of Northeast Ohio and ranking them on taxes, education, walkability, safety, and proximity to a Sonic. This year, little-known, little-visited Richfield Village took home the top spot.
The mag also provided anecdotal evidence from a family of Richfield Villagers as supplemental backup to their claim that there is no finer place in all of Cleveland to live. What they found can be boiled down to two things: first, there are sometimes temporarily free stamps at the post office, and second, if you can afford a 5,550-square-foot home, Richfield Village offers a few nice ones.
Interesting things began happening to Denna Coburn after she moved to Richfield Village from the Dayton suburb of Springboro in December. The post office cashier was short on change when Coburn offered a $20 bill on $2 worth of postage. No worries, the postal worker told her — just pay us next time. While grocery shopping, a stranger began such a friendly chat with Coburn that she first glanced back to see whom the woman was speaking to.
They looked at 40-plus homes in six different communities but came up short until they discovered this 5,500-square-foot Tudor-style home. It was built 13 years ago but never finished. A developer bought it last summer to finish and resell it.
"The detail is nothing like what you'd find in typical new construction," Coburn says.
The home's custom molding, milled and crafted from oak trees cleared for its construction, frames the fireplace. The wood was also used to create custom shelving in the library and a built-in entertainment center in the family room.
Not everyone is jealous, however. Parma scoffed at Richfield's ranking and quipped, "Yeah, but how many churches do you have? And did anyone write a parody of a Jay-Z song about you? Didn't think so."
You can check out the full article and accompanying ratings here to see how your neighborhood fared.