Apartment dwellers Raffaele Pennella and Maryam Mohammadkhani were expecting their first child and searching for a quaint house in central Springfield in 2003. They ended up with an 8,500-square-foot home in the Delaware neighborhood instead.
For Pennella, it was the home’s exterior, its 1.3 acres with mature trees and neighborhood that first caught his attention.
The couple was hesitant to purchase such a large first home, but encouragement from their friend and colleague, Dr. Timothy Deffer, ultimately influenced their decision to buy it.
“He told me, ‘Oh, you’ve got to buy it. Just imagine, every day, you’re going to drive up and think, ‘Wow, I live here,’” recalls Pennella.
After purchasing the house, Pennella got to talk to previous owners and former neighbors, which led him to discover interesting historical tidbits.