Couple inside apartment home at The National in Old City

Philadelphia Inquirer: A new chapter in life as renters in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

May 7, 2019

By Terri Akman

Marci and Mitch Rose appreciate the simple things — family, friends, city living, and a cozy apartment in the National building in Old City, filled only with things they need and love.

The couple did a lot of purging when they moved from a 4,500-square-foot house in Churchville, Bucks County, to their 1,100-square-foot apartment in Philadelphia, and that was just fine with them. They appreciate having less stuff and the convenience their new lifestyle provides.

“The gym is right in this building, you can get coffee and breakfast downstairs on your way out, packages are delivered to the doorman and come to you, and we have parking,” said Mitch, 54, a salesman for a software tech firm. “Everything is just easier.”

Wanting a taste of city living, the couple rented in another Old City building in 2017, around the time the National was being renovated. They moved into the National in January, soon after it was completed…

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