The Lion's Den
News & Views About Real Estate in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Rittenhouse Square offers Luxury and Romance
Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s five original squares, is the most exclusive neighborhood in Philadelphia. This park setting is surrounded by a mix of mid-rise and high-rise commercial, residential and hotel properties. Fantastic restaurants and retail shops can be found overlooking Rittenhouse Square. In the blocks beyond the square, such streets as Delancey and Spruce, some properties feature grand-scale, 19th-century homes, many beautifully refurbished and with a few selling for over $2 million dollars. Rittenhouse Square has a long history of being Philadelphia’s most upscale neighborhood, and it’s one of the few neighborhoods that maintained its distinctive character while other parts of the city have gone through decline and renewal. Classic early 20th-century apartment buildings such as 1830 Rittenhouse Square, Rittenhouse Plaza and the Barclay are jewels, and many of their condominium units have original Art Deco details. The Rittenhouse Hotel offers top-notch accommodation along with turnkey condominiums whose owners have all the concierge services hotel guests enjoy. More recently, the Parc Rittenhouse building was completely renovated and now offers condominiums with park views and the Parc restaurant on the first floor. If you are interested in living among Philadelphia’s high society, contact a Kurfiss agent today to schedule a walk through or two of these homes for sale in Rittenhouse Square.
Loft Living in Philadelphia
While lofts for sale in Philadelphia can be found in just about every neighborhood, there are a few hot spots where a buyer can find true loft living, not a former apartment or office building with a “loft-style” bedroom. The best places to find big, open spaces with large windows, perhaps some exposed brick walls and high ceilings –is in the “Loft District” in Olde City,, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and the area around the Piazza at Schmidt’s. These are areas that historically had many factories and warehouses, and every fan of loft living knows those types of structures make the best residences for trendy artists and those who enjoy big, open interiors. Of course Old City lofts are highly sought after but you can’t beat the area around the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its upscale loft living in Philadelphia. Let us know when you want to see any of these lofts for sale in Philadelphia.
Historic Homes around Independence Hall
One of Philadelphia’s most distinctive qualities is the sheer quantity of historical homes still standing, beautifully maintained and offering a glimpse of how city streets looked 200 years ago. The area around Independence Hall contains more historical residential architecture than any other area of the United States. Society Hill and Old City, offer block after block of superb streetscapes. Modest three-story townhouses line tiny, narrow alleys. Stately Federal- and Georgian-style homes stand proudly throughout Society Hill, one of Philadelphia’s most affluent areas.
High Rise Condos in Center City
If views that stretch from Delaware to Bucks County sound appealing, then high rise condominiums in Center City is just the right perch for you. Buildings like, The Residences at Two Liberty Place, the Ritz-Carlton and 10 Rittenhouse, all offer brand new condominiums with every amenity imaginable. On-site restaurants led by top chefs, pet spas and chauffeured transportation are just a few on a list of many. Surprisingly, you will find the condos for sale in Center City very affordable. While developers are not giving away homes, consider asking for free parking for a period of time or a discount on the monthly condo fees to spice up your offer.
From Washington Square to Fitler Square
Fitler Square is a neighborhood to the west of Rittenhouse Square where the city meets the Schuylkill River. At its center is a family friendly park with sculptures of turtles, a grizzly bear and a ram. Fitler Square is largely residential, giving it a sedate, quiet feel, and if you’re a person who like to feel like part of a neighborhood, this should probably be at the top of your list. Each year, there are such events as a Spring Fair, Halloween party, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and more for residents to participate in. Across town is Washington Square, another largely residential neighborhood. This park is on the National Register of Historic Places and a wonderful place for neighbors to meet and greet each other. Washington Square West (Wash West) has many blocks of historical homes and is close to three highly regarded hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania Hospital and the renowned Wills Eye Hospital.
Town House Living in Philadelphia’s Museum District
The Art Museum Area includes such neighborhoods as Fairmount, Spring Garden, Brewerytown and Logan Square. Art Museum homes for sale range from condominiums in high-rise buildings overlooking Fairmount Park (the world’s largest landscaped park) to brick historical homes dating back to the late 1800s. One thing they all share is a terrific proximity to some of the city’s most enduring attractions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Free Library, the Franklin Institute, the Wine School of Philadelphia, Fairmount Park and its expanse of green lawn, trees and many recreational activities, and the Barnes Foundation’s new home for Dr. Albert Barnes’ superb art collection.