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After decades of living in the suburbs and raising their six kids, Gil and Teri D’Alonzo decided it was time to move to Philadelphia. But they weren’t necessarily in any rush; they wanted their first time in the city together to be perfect.
For two years, they waited for a home on the 200 block of Delancey Street to hit the market; a block they had grown to love.
“We have good friends around the corner and would come by frequently,” Teri D’Alonzo said. “After dinner we always walked up and down the block and thought how beautiful and how wonderful it would be to live here.”
They found it to be worth the wait once a corner property on the popular street in Society Hill finally hit the market. Located at 227 Delancey Street, the home was everything the D'Alonzos had hoped for: historic and located in a neighborhood that felt like home, which meant a lot to the couple coming from Villanova.
“There’s something about this area that felt so homey; a real neighborhood feel,” D’Alonzo said. “It was quiet and just so beautiful.”
D’Alonzo, a regional manager for a medical device company, and her husband, a physician, purchased the historic 2,522-square-foot row home in July 2010.
D’Alonzo says the home “was in need of some fixing” when they arrived, so they spent the first six months completing major renovations – both inside and outside.
They replaced the roof and rebuilt the beams, repointed the entire exterior of the house, and replaced the sidewalk around the property.
Inside, the couple put in all new electrical systems, redid the foundation in the basement, refinished the floors, and updated the kitchen.
The colonial-style kitchen includes 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick that was the original brick façade, a copper hood over the stove, and exposed beams.
Because it’s a historically certified home, the D’Alonzos had to follow certain requirements when renovating. For example, they replaced every window in the entire house and repainted the shutters, but had to get these upgrades approved first.
“We wanted to bring the home back to the historic excellence that it was when it was built, but bring it up to the 21st century standards,” D’Alonzo said.
Built in 1831, the home includes several of its original features. One of the most notable is the Pennsylvania blue marble fireplace inside the living room.
Among the other original touches include the floors on the fourth floor – which used to be the attic but is now a full-level bedroom – and the beams in the basement.
After several years, the couple is ready to downsize at this point in their lives, and have put the four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home on the market for $1,599,000.
But they’re not going far. They fell in love with the neighborhood and only plan on moving a few blocks away.
“We weren’t sure what to expect coming down here, but it really feels like a neighborhood,” D’Alonzo said. “We know all our neighbors, and everything you need is just three blocks away. We just love it.”