The Space

By J. Cooper Robb
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M.D. McAllister
Occupation: Sales representative.
Neighborhood: Brewerytown.
Style: 1,400-square-foot townhouse.

Queen Village, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Bella Vista. These are just a few of the neighborhoods that have undergone transformation in recent years as the area's residents jockey for homes in Philadelphia. Now you can add Brewerytown to the list of hot neighborhoods to live in. Currently rising among the warehouses and row homes at 31st and Girard streets is Brewerytown Square, a development of stacked townhomes that, when completed, will include 144 units. We got a tour from M.D. McAllister, one of the development's new residents.


You slept in your car to get one of the units?
"I did. They were offering incentives to the first 12 people who purchased a home."

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you have?
"Two bedrooms and two full baths, and there's also an attached one-car garage. I'm using it for storage because I can park right across the street. I'm also using one of the bedrooms for an office, though it's easy to transform it into a guest room."

When did you move in?
"I moved in three weeks ago."

How did you get it decorated so fast?
"I was having a birthday party, so I had a deadline to get everything finished."

I love your colors.
"I painted the whole house in mustard and chocolate. I alternated the rooms between the colors. I also did this mirror collage in the downstairs hallway."

Is it wall-to-wall carpet downstairs and hardwood floors on the second floor?
"Yes. The second floor is great for me, with the bar separating the kitchen from the living room area. I don't really cook that much, and this kitchen is very easy and convenient. I can just put something in the microwave and watch Sex and the City on the TV in the living room at the same time. My only problem is my couch is so big I couldn't put it against the wall, so it's in front of the bar. I thought it would be cute to have barstools there, but it didn't work out. I also have a balcony, which I'm looking forward to using when it gets warm. Also on this floor is the laundry area, and down the hall is my bedroom and bathroom."

What do you like best about being here?
"The location. I wanted to be in the city, but I didn't want to pay city prices. Also, I was born and raised in the Art Museum area, and always wanted to move back. Here I could get a well-constructed home for a good price."

Is there any drawback to living here?
"As an African-American woman, my main concern was how the residents of the neighborhood would feel about the new residents coming in. Even though it's a diverse group moving in here, it's a predominantly African-American neighborhood, and there are a lot of white faces among the new residents. But they've organized parties so people can get to know each other, and I've felt very welcome in the neighborhood."

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