Yes, we still live in Philadelphia! Yes, we still live in the same neighbourhood… although we did change zip codes.
The “new” house is very different than the previous two houses we’ve owned. The other two were Victorian and this one is, well I’ll just quote from here:
“recall[s] the taste of the Arts and Crafts movement, but modified by the stylized elegance of the 1920s. The houses tend to look toward the Philadelphia taste of Old English or American Colonial and are strikingly different from the dark brown Pompeinian brick, late Victorian houses that make clear the community boundaries north of Pine, south of Larchwood, east of 46th and west of 5Oth Street.”
What I love the most about this house are the windows. This house gets SUNLIGHT. It’s glorious. The front of the house, with the sunroom, faces south. I get morning sun in my east windows and evening sun in the bay… and then the evening sun reflects off the windows of the house next door and I get more sun. Sun Sun SUN! I love it.
the view from across the street
the front door and side of the house
side yard — a weed jungle when we moved in.
back of the house. A GARAGE!!!!!!
old deck. Check out the geisha fresco!
So, needless to say there’s a lot of work to be done. The deck has already been rebuilt and I’ve weeded and weeded and weeded the yards (front and side and back). This spring I’ll find out what kind of flowers are in the garden — neighbours tell me that the lady who lived here had some unique irises and lilies! The stucco exterior parts and the trim of the house all needs to be painted. We’ll be busy!