Hawthorne Lofts Bella Vista Condos for Sale in Philadelphia
At A Glance Hawthorne Lofts
Year Built: 2009
Parking: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Doormen: No
Pet Friendly Yes
Pool: No
Smoking: Non-Smoking
  • Building Features
    • Built in 1908 as the Nathaniel Hawthorne School
    • Converted to 53 condo units in 2009
    • Pet-friendly
    • Fitness center
    • Lounge/media room w/pool table
    • Architect: Henry Decourcey Richards
    • Onsite parking for about 75% of units
    • Large roof deck for all owners
    • Steam room, sauna
    • Laundry room (included in condo fees)
  • Residence Features
    • Most are loft style
    • Hardwood floors
    • Large windows - upper-floor units
    • In-unit hot water heaters
    • Open floor plans
    • High ceilings
    • In-unit HVAC controls
  • Area Highlights
    • Italian Market
    • South Street
    • Hawthorne Park
    • Avenue of the Arts
    • Whole Foods
    • Washington Square West
  • Description

    A former school is now a lesson in fun city living.

    In the mid-2000s, developer Tony Rufo began converting the former Nathaniel Hawthorne School at 1201 Fitzwater Street/712 S. 12th Street into the Hawthorne Lofts, a 53-unit condominium. Rufo made some wise decisions with this adaptive-reuse project, including dedicating a large amount of space to amenities that he knew would attract young buyers to this affordably priced building. Today, the Hawthorne Lofts includes a fitness center with steam room, sauna and his and hers bath facilities, a media/game room and a huge roof deck with exceptional city views. Honestly, you can live in this entry-level building and when you’re on the roof deck, you have a million-dollar view. Even when it didn’t work to add in-unit washers/dryers, Rufo created a large laundry room with no-fee machines — the laundry is included in the condo fees.

    Ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, these residences feature huge windows (smaller windows in first-floor units), hardwood floors and high ceilings. Some still have the classroom billboards in them, a charming feature. With the exception of units on the first floor, which offer one-level living, the upper-level apartments have loft-style second-floor bedrooms. The two-bedroom units allow a buyer to use that second-level area as an office/guest space.

    Kitchens tend to have a contemporary feel with granite countertops and tile backsplashes–some buyers upgraded their finishes since buying in 2009-2010.

    Offstreet parking, a pet-friendly condo association and its location in a neighborhood (that should be “neighborhoods” as it’s really close to Bella Vista, Avenue of the Arts and Washington Square West) that is growing in popularity have meant that many of these condos have re-sold very quickly when they have hit the market. Melanie Stecura in our Philadelphia office has handled many transactions here, so send her a note if you wish to have more information on the Hawthorne Lofts.



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Bella Vista

Bring your appetite if you’re coming to Bella Vista, for it is the land of salumeria, cheeses, fresh pasta and several notable bakeries. For good measure, plan on having excellent Vietnamese and Mexican food, too. As the oldest Italian neighborhood in Philadelphia, Bella Vista is home to the bustling and rather famous Italian Market (hit 9th Street between Christian and Washington), a hot-and-getting-hotter restaurant...
  • Price Range
    $259,000 - $1,750,000
  • Average price

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