Start At the Beginning

Sometimes its just easier to start at the beginning…
It’s okay of your curious…. 
Below are my posts in chronological order. Enjoy! 


Are We Really Going to Do This?

If you are reading this first post on Our Philly Row, it is either because you are one of a tiny handful of friends who know of our plans, or you are looking at the archives. Allow me to back up..... We are New Yorker's who are planning on leaving a comfortable life in a fantastic 1910 co-op on the Upper ...
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Why Philadelphia

To know me is to know that I am an old house kind of guy. I love old houses...I can't help it! I remember watching This Old House on PBS as a kid and dreaming of finding an old house to fix up and restore. Over the past couple of years, purely for shits and giggles, I had been looking ...
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/ Backstory, Before The Move

Let the House Hunt Begin

After coming to the conclusion that we needed to reconsider our lives in New York City, and then deciding to look into Philadelphia as an option for a new life, we booked a weekend in early December to visit and see if this really is something to pursue. However, before we embarked on our first visit I began doing my ...
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/ Backstory, Before The Move

Visit Number One — Open Houses Already?

Neither Yoav nor I had spent any real time in Philly beyond a few day trips over the years, so when we planned our first visit to the City of Brotherly Love, we were looking at it from a completely different perspective. Virtually nothing about this first trip was going to be about popular attractions or touristy things. We were ...
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/ Backstory, Before The Move

Visit number Two (Part 1) – Snow and the WOW House?

After our first visit to Philly, we were eager to return to explore more. We quickly made plans for our second visit the weekend after New Years. We decided that the second trip had to be about familiarizing ourselves with the overall city itself by having access to a car and spending a good amount of time driving around to ...
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/ Backstory, Before The Move

Visit Number Two (Part 2) – Snow and the WOW House?

[Continued from Part 1] We had already decided that the Federal Street house was just too far outside of our zone of acceptability, but the listing images of the interior kept me coming back to stare and dream about over and over... I even managed to get Yoav interested. So purely out of curiosity, I had Josh add this house to ...
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Haggling For Our Rowhouse

After our first visit to Philadelphia in early December, we pretty much made up our minds that we wanted to make the move to the City of Brotherly Love. But being responsible adults who tend to think things through, carefully weighing positives and negatives, we didn't want to act too quickly. We decided to take multiple trips to Philly over ...
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It’s Ours! OMG, It’s Ours!

It's ours! We took possession of Our Philly Row today. As soon as our realtor dropped us off, we dropped our bags and I did this video walk-thru. I did this on the first take, so it is a bit rough, but hey, who cares? We own this big pile of 160 165 year old brick. We are excited, we ...
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Okay, So We Have A House… Now What?

It’s been about six weeks since settlement day when I shot the official first walk through video shortly after arriving at our new home after settlement (closing). It may appear as though not much has changed, but we have been quite busy. We arrived in Philly on settlement day our awesome realtor picked us up at the Greyhound terminal (we ...
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Knob and Tube No More!

So we quickly learned that getting homeowners insurance on an old house has its challenges. I have come to learn that my view of how one should use homeowners insurance is different than that of most other people. My viewpoint about homeowners insurance is that it is intended for the really serious stuff... Like when your house burns down, or ...
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OMG, I Have an EZ-Pass!

And it's attached to a new car! Yep! It's true, and I am still pinching myself about it. We own a car... While most Americans take the idea of owning a car, or dare I say the privilege of owning a car, as a natural right bestowed upon them as citizens of this country, I have not been one of ...
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/ Before The Move, The Car, The Car

Our Philly Money Pit – Surprise!

Surprise! Our 165 year old brick rowhouse has structural problems (and our worst fears about it are coming true). But let me start with noting that this post will serve to launch a new category: “Our Philly Money Pit”. Remember the Tom Hanks movie; The Money Pit? Read on.... Oy, where to begin!? When we had our inspection in January, the ...
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More is Being Revealed, Money Pit gets Deeper

In my last post I got started on our structural woes and launched the first post in the category of “Our Philly Money Pit”. You can file this post under that category as well. As bad as things seemed in my last post, the insanity of it all only gets better (or is that worse?), and the money pit has ...
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On the Mends

After surviving the past few weeks and all of the scary things which were discovered in the rear wall of the main house, I am excited to report that we are on the mends. Repairs have been made to address all of the serious structural issues we found and it appears we are well over the hump of bad news ...
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Daydreaming is Good, Right? — Part 1

So in the midst of all of the chaos going on in our lives between resolving all of the structural issues at our new (old) Philly row and getting our New York apartment ready to sell, there are the moments spent daydreaming of our stylish and perfect lives in the future once we are settled into our home. Well, maybe ...
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Daydreaming is Good, Right? — Part 2

In the midst of all of the chaos going on in our lives between resolving all of the structural issues at our new (old) Philly row and getting our New York apartment ready to sell, there are the moments spent daydreaming about how fabulous our new home will eventually be. After spending countless hours pinning images on my Pinterest boards, I ...
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Daydreaming is good, right? — Part 3

In the midst of all of the chaos going on in our lives between resolving all of the structural issues at our new (old) Philly row and getting our New York apartment ready to sell, there are the moments spent daydreaming about how fabulous our new home will eventually be. After spending countless hours pinning images on Pinterest, I thought ...
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Score in the Bedroom!

During all of our preparations to sell our New York apartment, and transition our lives to the lovely city of Philadelphia I have been coming up with millions of ideas for the house, as well as keeping an eye out for things to put in it. In August I posted part three about my plans and ideas for the house ...
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