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Leaving New York for Cleveland? Here’s How Far Their Money Went.

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Sara Scaturo thought she had it all until Cleveland called.

Scaturro held a position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She rented a brownstone parlor floor apartment in Prospect Her Heights in Brooklyn. And it’s been a year since she deepened her relationship with her fellow art lover, Chris McGlinchey. Chris McGlinchey is a former conservationist at the Museum of Modern Art, now working remotely as a consultant.

But just as the pandemic was escalating rapidly in 2020, Scaturo, head conservator of the Mets Costume Institute, was offered the role of chief conservator at the world-famous Cleveland Museum of Art. It was a dream job, but it ended up moving me to an unfamiliar Northeast Ohio. McGlinchey has only been to Cleveland once a few years ago.

But the city, with its affordable housing and inner-ring suburbs within walking distance of museums within a short drive, attracted her. “People in the museum world know Cleveland and they know the quality of programming at the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said Scatullo, 46.

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What bolstered her confidence was Mr. McGrinchee’s assurance that their romance would survive the move, and that he was even willing to join her in Cleveland and buy a house there.

“We were both working in New York City, which we both love, but the time came when our work-life balance fell apart.”

The couple were not living together at the time. McGrinchie, 61, lost her husband in 2018 and has been moving back and forth between her home in North Her Fork, Long Island and her estate in Jamaica, Queens. So Scatullo started living on her own by renting a house in her Shaker Heights, a leafy suburb of Cleveland.

The footprint felt ridiculously large — “I had to buy some furniture,” she said — and the rent, at $1,800, felt ridiculously low. The most pleasant surprise was her commute time. Most days she took less than 15 minutes.

In the summer of 2020, McGrinchee’s Queens home sold for $1.05 million. A year later, the couple hooked up with Edith Maia, an agent for Howard Hannah Real Estate in Cleveland. McGlinchey planned to pay cash and cover the purchase in full. He was more focused on finding a home with annual property taxes under his $15,000 than budget.

In Cleveland, finding a home turned out to be more manageable than in New York. “There was no smoke, no mirrors,” McGrinchee said.

The couple were looking for a house with at least four bedrooms, one for guests and two for the home office. An avid cook, her Scaturro wanted a large kitchen and space for entertaining. Cleveland’s housing stock was diverse and distinctive, and the couple’s professional background also made their architectural heritage important.

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