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Rittenhouse Square – Philly’s Upper East Side?

1706 Rittenhouse Luxury

If you’re a New Yorker, first and foremost let me say I don’t know Manhattan the way you do! I lived there in the early 80’s and it always has a special place in my heart. When I moved back to the East Coast 10 years ago from Hawaii, I fell in love with how Philly offered a cosmopolitan lifestyle but at a pace and density that fits for this small town Nebraska girl.

Well, that’s where I grew up but I lived in San Francisco for many years. Philly is neighborhood focused, and on a more human scale. Similar in some ways to San Francisco where high rises are mostly down town office buildings. In fact, I was once told “Philly is a city of 1,000 neighborhoods.”

Center City – Philly’s Manhattan

One of the unique aspects of Philly’s history is the city grew by taking over townships surrounding the historic core of Philly, now known as Center City. Those townships retained their own name, neighborhood identities and lifestyles, like Germantown, Fishtown, and the many communities that make up Philadelphia.

The historic center of Philadelphia is really our own “Manhattan” and the outer areas can be seen as outlying boroughs. That’s one of the reasons statistics for Philadelphia are difficult to understand vs. other cities. We often get overlooked by press as authors are analyzing the entire City and County that make up Philadelphia.

For example, Philadelphia recently ranked #4 in the 10 Most Walkable Cities in America, I believe it should actually be higher. It’s as if you analyzed statistics for all 5 boroughs of New York to tell the story of living in Tribeca.

What define’s Center City? Technically, it’s river to river – from the Delaware River on the east, to the Schuylkill River on the west. And from Girard Ave on the north to Washington Ave on the south.

Rittenhouse Square is at the core of Center City and where you’ll find some of the highest value real estate in Philadelphia. The dynamic, cosmopolitan lifestyle surrounding charming Rittenhouse Square Park is home to some of the city’s best restaurants and shopping. Walkable to 30th Street Amtrak Station, an easy commute to Manhattan.

While there’s no direct comparison, Rittenhouse high rise luxury condos offer Philly’s version of Upper East Side living.

Luxury high rise condo options on Rittenhouse Square

Condos at The Rittenhouse Hotel at 202-210 W Rittenhouse have historically been the benchmark of high rise luxury on Rittenhouse Square. Originally built in 1960, the luxury and amenities have secured condo living here as a “gem” of Rittenhouse. While some units are dated, a raw space penthouse on the 29th floor is offered for $5.5M with 6,000 sf of living space. The hotel and private condos are separate. However, you have full access to the hotel’s amenities.

For the purpose of this article, I’d like to highlight three newer developments that resonate more as our Upper East Side.

1706 Rittenhouse, built in 2010 set a new luxury standard for Philadelphia. 31 full floor residences with private elevator access, amenity rich living and a German engineered automated garage, stunned the local real estate community when it was offered. Sales were record breaking for Philly and the new construction offerings sold out in 2013. Many were purchased as raw space and privately developed into unique luxury penthouses with stunning river to river views.

10 Rittenhouse Square is located at 130 S 18th Street. Originally built in 2009, sales and prices escalated as our market recovered from the mortgage crisis. Now, 10 Rittenhouse sets a standard of luxury for Rittenhouse Square living. Personally, the doormen here are some of my favorites! I always feel like royalty when I visit.

The architectural style mixes historic with modern. Almost combining the lifestyle of the Upper West Side brownstones with the Upper East Side high rise condos.

The Laurel Rittenhouse Square is the newest high rise luxury condo offering in Philadelphia. The Laurel is literally setting new heights, both architecturally and with the amenity rich lifestyle offered. Located on Walnut Street, just 1/2 block from Rittenhouse Square Park, this is an ideal location to be in the heart of Rittenhouse Square living, an easy commute to New York, and close to the heartbeat of Philly’s finance and technology business sectors.

Pre-construction sales are underway. Before you click the link and request info from the developer, please contact me for a private consultation on the pros and cons of buying new construction without separate buyer representation. Buyers lose their right to be chose representation by reaching out directly to the developer and registering.

There’s more to this story! Rittenhouse Square also is home to what you might call Philly’s Upper West Side, with luxury brownstones on some of the neighboring side streets. Be sure to check back for more blog updates or book a time on my calendar and let’s talk today!

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Susanna Kunkel

Susanna Kunkel brings her skills from a career in the executive offices of major corporations to her real estate business - treating each client like a VIP. With 18 years of experience as a real estate advisor, you can be confident in knowledgeable, personalized, confidential service. Hear what her clients say -

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