Scott Beskur, 40, is happier and has more money in his pocket after downsizing from Auburn Township in Geauga County to his new home in Strongsville late last year.
Why he moved: “I’m single. For somebody who wants to do something, Strongsville has much more going on and places to eat. I call it civilization compared to where I used to live.”
Why Strongsville: “I grew up in Twinsburg, and we’d always go to the Strongsville mall in high school. Every time I’d ever go to Strongsville for anything, I’d think, man, I really like this city.”
The details: Beskur downsized from 3,000 square feet on 3 acres in Auburn Township to 2,000 square feet on a small lot in Strongsville, selling for $587,500 and buying for $300,000. “Not many people are downsizing, so it worked out great for me. I made out like a bandit.”
Still … The house he bought was listed at $265,000. He offered $295,000 and was rejected because the house had only been on the market for one hour and had 45 more showings.
Going for it: Beskur’s real estate agent, Donna Rondini of Howard Hanna, told him: “You need to make up your mind. You can’t just wait on this one.” He upped his offer to $300,000 and got the house.
Changes: Beskur, who manages a construction company, converted his basement into a soundproof media/gaming room for his 15-year-old son.
His new favorite: The filet mignon at Square 22 Restaurant & Bar on Pearl Road. “It might be the best steak I’ve ever had.”
Why Strongsville suits him: “There’s less sweater vests and more kids actually playing outside than talking about golf.”