Rating the Suburbs 2011: The Big Lot

Suzanne Jambe, Hinckley Township

With its horse farms and bridle paths amid rolling hills, Hinckley Township reminds Suzanne Jambe of Katonah, N.Y., where she grew up. Her parents, who live with her, feel at home too. Chuck Jambe, a 76-year-old marathon runner, jogs through the Metroparks' Hinckley Reservation, which runs right up to the property. Her mother, Carol, also 76, sits on the house's wide back deck and enjoys the pine trees and the view of the park in the distance.

Jambe's three German shepherds are even more excited by the 2 1/2-acre yard. Nick, a champion show dog, breaks into his trot as they cut between the pine trees, explore the empty barn, and bark at the horses and riders crossing the road.

"My next-door neighbors have a goat," Jambe says. "[The dogs] find that very interesting."

A year ago, Jambe, a 50-year-old family law attorney and partner at Baker Hostetler, was living on a half-acre in Avon Lake. But her parents moved here from Anna Maria Island, Fla., after her mother developed health issues, and they decided to move into a bigger place together. "I've always considered my parents not just parents, but friends," Jambe explains.

The new house's backyard caught Jambe's eye first, with its pine trees and commanding view of the park.

The house is secluded from the road by trees. A fence runs along the property line, and a stream cuts along the back of the grassy yard.

The house itself, built in 1990, has four bedrooms and six baths including two master suites — one on the second floor for her, another on the first for her mom and dad. A second family room in the basement gives them more privacy.

"I can do what I want to do, and they can do what they want to do if I want to watch TV or have different friends over," Jambe says.

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