Best Of 2001

Best Country Living in the City: Russell Township, Western Geauga County

Russell feels remote. It could be the way the undulating landscape hides the homes. Maybe it's the abounding trees, the wild pastures, the two-lane roads, or the occasional barn and livestock. There's a silence at night unknown to city dwellers, and there's about as much crime as Andy Griffith had in Mayberry. Still, just over the border of Geauga County, it's not that far away: A commute to downtown Cleveland can be accomplished in about 45 minutes.