Julia and Steve Silvasy were living in Fairmount when they began looking for a new home. Friends who lived farther south in the city suggested the couple consider their own neighborhood in Pennsport and Dickinson Narrows.
Julia said they were instantly impressed by the neighborhood's diversity as well as its proximity to parks and restaurants. They found a newly renovated home on South Lawrence Street that turned out to be even closer to their friends than they could have imagined.
"We didn't know the exact location of our friends' house and ended up buying the house four doors down from them," she said.
The home was renovated in 2009, meaning the couple didn't have to do much more than unpack when they moved in. Which was helpful, considering the date on which they moved: their daughter's first birthday.
"We like to joke she got a house for her birthday," Silvasy said. "We sang Happy Birthday to her and had cake in our empty dining room, surrounded by boxes."
Silvasy said the couple has loved the three-bedroom home's combination of classic features and modern touches.
Steve, the artist behind Jawn Prints, and his wife were able to fill the home with art.
"The house is very much a fresh, blank canvas you can make your own," Silvasy said.
In addition to the new finishes on the interior, Silvasy said the family has thrived on the quiet street in the midst of an otherwise bustling neighborhood. The half-block of South Lawrence is closed to traffic during the day in the summer, allowing neighborhood children to play safely.
Silvasy says the diversity of the neighborhood continues to draw the family there.
"When we take our children to play [at nearby Dickinson Square Park], it's not uncommon to hear multiple different languages being spoken," she said. "We are also a short distance from both the best Cambodian food in the city and the best cannoli. Where else can you get that?"
After three years of commuting from her home to her office in South Jersey, Silvasy says she is ready to reduce her travel time.
"We will leave our block with a heavy heart but will still be spending lots of time in South Philly," she said.
The home is listed by Keller Williams' Kevin Barmann for $250,000.