by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
My husband Fred and I live in the Sweetgrass neighborhood. We each have two sons from prior marriages; one lives on the West Coast, the other, Pennsylvania.
Why did you move to the Market Common?
Five years ago, we were here on vacation and our waiter told us we had to visit the Market Common because it was a beautiful place where the birds were always singing, the babies were always smiling, and the sun was always shining. We came and weren’t disappointed.
Where are all the places you came from?
Trinidad; and my husband, Pennsylvania.
Do you have a favorite place in the Market Common?
The Market Common Community Garden. I have a small personal plot, and three larger ones where I grow vegetables to donate to the food bank. This year, so far, we’ve donated around 300lb of vegetables — and that number increases weekly.
What’s your favorite thing about living in the Market Common?
I love the entire atmosphere. My husband and I frequent most of the restaurants, and we love being able to walk to them. We love being close to the beach. Most importantly, we love how easy it is to make so many great friends, and in general how nice everyone is around here.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
Our lives are now stress-free. We feel like we are always on vacation. Every time we go on vacation we say, “Now we’re going home to our other vacation.”
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
Gardening and Zumba at the Crabtree Gym. My husband plays golf year-round.
Can you share one quirky fact with us about your family?
We bought and sold two other homes in the Market Common. This is the third home we’ve bought in the past four years — all in the same development. Our friend called us serial movers.
Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in the Market Common?
A grocery store. And we used to enjoy frequenting a lot of high-end restaurants in Philly and we don’t find a lot of them down here. We miss that.