Michael & Allison: Suburban Bound

From Passyunk Square to Delaware County, buying and selling a home at the same time is never easy, but at the end of May, the Philly Home Girls helped Michael and Allison accomplish both.

1309 Snyder Avenue is a place of family, friends, dinner parties and even a wedding! Purchased five years ago, Allison, a nursing student, and Michael, an IT professional at a local university, made the cozy corner home their own with vibrant paint colors, colorful prints, mid-century inspired furnishings, plants and whimsical macrame wall hangings.

We’ll miss the house overall as it is our first. We did so many things in this house so it holds a really, really special place in our heart. We adopted our pup Camacho and adopted a spritely 7-year-old cat after our elderly cats passed away.

Allison's past work at URBN showcases her creative influences throughout the home. Every detail of the home was considered in by Allison and Michael: the sunny vestibule with classic decorative tile which opens to a spacious living room with original hardwood floors with beautiful walnut inlay, soaring ceilings with recessed lighting and a whitewashed decorative fireplace.

The formal dining room, usually the space for quiet dinner parties, even became the perfect stage for Allison and Michael's Quaker home wedding. Surrounded by friends and family, they said their "I dos" in the heart of the home they made so special.  

Really though, we’ll miss the significance this house holds for us. We got married in the living room! We originally planned on a big wedding and then changed our minds and decided to buy this house instead. We were spending our savings buying the house, so we figured there was no better place than our new house to have the wedding.

We had our immediate family and some friends over while we recited our vows, drank champagne, and boarded a school bus to a restaurant in Chinatown. We only have some Polaroids and whatever photos our family and friends took that night. To us, this house is a really special place and we only hope that the next owners will love it like we did. 

It was a bittersweet decision to sell and they knew they didn't want cookie cutter and new, and instead, a home with soul. 

We will miss tending to our little garden sanctuary when it fills mid-summer, the fireplace that just begs it's big mantle to be decorated and sitting by the front windows with a cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle. It is perfect early weekend mornings when the light comes in just right, you can enjoy a crisp morning peace since the street is surprisingly quiet. 

They enlisted Kristin to sell their home on Snyder Avenue and Sheena to help them buy a home just as special in Lansdowne.

Finally, we will absolutely miss Passyunk being our neighborhood. We love Lucky 13, where you can usually find us on Fridays for happy hour, living on a street with a bike lane, and the absolute total convenience of a 2-minute walk to the subway. 

We love the light, the huge windows, the wood floors with the double x’s in the archway and the fading house numbers in the window above the door.

Sheena was able to help Michael and Allison find a new home that had a lot of the same charm that their house on Snyder had: a wood burning fireplace, original floors, and even built in cabinets and buffets. They were able to get a garage and a big yard for their pup with a beautiful, lush garden. The seller left panoramic photos of the yard and garden for Michael and Allison to get the full picture since the house was on the market during the winter while the plants were not at their best. In the end, it took patience, hard work, two Philly Home Girls, and learning to enjoy the process that helped Michael and Allison trust the vision of their road map to close and buy their new home successfully. I think we can say that we even made some new friends along the way.