So was it destiny? Andrea and Tye Von Allmen would say yes. Their rehab story began with a chance sighting of a Craigslist posting eight years ago for a late-19th century Italianate row house in Pendleton. The place had great bones but was in dilapidated condition. Tye, an experience producer at Crossroads Church, and Andrea loved the place even though its price and extensive remodeling needs were beyond their financial reach.
They moved on and bought a house in Norwood, started a family, and lived happily for five years. But they never forgot the Pendleton house.
Fast forward a bit, and a chance conversation revealed that the home had never sold. The Von Allmens decided to meet with the owner. He was not keen on selling, and they still couldn’t really afford it, but they didn’t walk away. This is where destiny takes over.
When they finally explained their love and vision for the house, the owner began to soften. They felt drawn to renovating something old and forgotten, the couple explained, and most important, they wanted to welcome others into the home as a place to stay when there was nowhere else to go. The owner, impressed, decided to sell.
The Von Allmens’ open-door philosophy took shape through personal experience, Andrea says. They had both experienced the generosity of others when they needed a home—most recently when they sold their Norwood home in just a week and had to move themselves, a toddler, and a new baby in with a family they barely knew. (Luckily, the end result was a lasting friendship.) Andrea and Tye wanted to use this spacious restored house with six bedrooms as a way to pay it forward. Indeed, they have two new “roommates” now.
“We are very normal people who set out to do the impossible,” Andrea says. “It was a huge calculated risk and involved overcoming a hundred different impossibilities. We had to plan in phases, scale back design, hunt for deals, DIY, and rely heavily on our community. But something in us just knew—this house, it was meant to be.”
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