1252 Challen Avenue


Originally from Connecticut, Suzanne and Bill Marino were drawn to Avondale because its charming houses, walkable streets, and abundant entertainment opportunities reminded them of home.

When they bought this bungalow five years ago not much information was available about the house’s history other than its date of construction: 1922. Although the original hardwoods, beautiful crown molding and trim remain, unsympathetic changes had been made over the years. A ramp had been added off the back, a make-shift laundry room sat in a shed-like structure, and the once-open front porch had been enclosed.

Bill, a retirement investment consultant, and Suzanne, an antiques dealer and interior designer began a substantial renovation. A 420-square-foot addition was added to the back of the home, as was a third bedroom, and a large, eat-in kitchen was created by breaking through a wall into a small sunroom. The couple was careful to choose a contractor who was open to their requirements. “They worked with my design plans,” says Suzanne, “and the results are amazing. It turned out just the way I had dreamed.”