Hello, We are Stephen & David St. Russell
DIY husbands renovating our 1894 Victorian home and taking a look back on our past projects
2017 - NOW
In 2017 we found ourselves in the same position as we did in 2012. Our roommates moved to San Fransisco and the economy of living on your own just was not the same. We started the search for an affordable apartment when we unintentionally drove past this property. Sitting at dinner, we saw the property again on Zillow, and thought “that would be crazy”. Within the month we were closing on our biggest project yet.
2015 - 2017
THE SAFARI CLUB, SOUTH END OF BOSTON
In 2015 we sold our American Square and moved back to the city. Two years of intense labor made the idea of renting an easy one. We wanted to be in the city, work on our careers, and hang out with friends. Oh, we also got married!
2012 - 2015
1910 AMERICAN FOURSQUARE, WALPOLE
Some weeks later we closed on a 1910 American Square in the suburban town of Walpole, MA. We lived in and restored this home for two years while commuting to Boston for work and school. These two years formed the foundation of all of our skills and was one of best investments we have ever made financially… and in every other way you can think of.
2011 - 2012
PARK DRIVE, FENWAY
In 2011 we moved in to our very first apartment in the Boston neighborhood of Fenway. David had just completed his Masters and Stephen was two years into an Architecture Program. We were ecstatic to finally share a place together (and with our puppy Dexter) despite the tiny kitchen, clawfoot tub, and coin operated laundry. It didn't take long until we called Fenway home.
After only one year of living in Fenway we were notified that our rent would increase by $400/month. With our already expensive rent, high student loan payments, and a single income we felt that rent was the equivalent of putting our money into a paper shredder. We decided that we needed to act quickly and look for something to buy.