Occupation: Editor for LexisNexis.
Neighborhood: Bluebell Hill.
Style: 900-square-foot, 100-year-old twin.
Just above Lincoln Drive and the section of Fairmount Park that runs along the Wissahickon Creek is one of those tiny, utterly charming, blink-and-you've-missed-it streets that Mt. Airy seems to have so many of. There, in an equally charming twin, resides Lucia Gunzel, who informed us that residents of this section of the city actually call it Bluebell Hill. Regardless of the name, it's a lovely spot.
Where do you work?
"King of Prussia."
Is that a tough commute?
"A little bit. It takes about 40 minutes, but it's a reverse commute. It's not terrible, especially considering my previous commute. I bought the house before I got the job in King of Prussia, so I was on this funky schedule where I was up in Newark working Monday through Thursday and then down here for the long weekends. I started working in King of Prussia about 18 months ago. So I've owned the house for three years, but I've been living here full time for only a year and a half."
What made you decide to live here?
"I don't have children yet, but when I do, I wanted my kid to go to a school that would be accepting of a nonconventional family. I also wanted to be in Philadelphia. I was having a hard time finding anything in my price range in the city, and my friend was like, 'Why don't you try the suburbs?' But I really wanted to be here, where people are accepting of everything."
And you still get a yard.
"It's nice and deep. It's a great yard for bocce ball or horse-shoes. My favorite part of the house is that I have a vine with red flowers, and it attracts
Did you have to do much work on the place?
"All I did was paint, and my father put in a shower. Before, it was only a claw-foot tub."
How many bedrooms are there?
"It has two bedrooms and one bath. They had it set up before so the dining room was next to the kitchen, and the living room was in the front of the house. But there's such a great archway that opens the kitchen into the adjoining room, and I don't need a formal dining room, so I put the living room next to the kitchen. People always head for the kitchen anyway. Then I made the old living room into an office space."
Do you have enough storage space?
"That's the one drawback. The closets are really shallow, and while I do have a basement, it's pretty damp. I have a great standing closet I use to store things."
I love the red paint in the bedroom.
"I had it pink before, but over the summer I decided I couldn't stand it."
Your old wood floors are great.
"They had them covered in carpet. I pulled that up and painted the floor white. It's scratched in a couple parts. I think of it as, like, shabby chic."
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