The Philadelphian at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue in the Art Museum Area/Fairmount is something of a world unto itself. You could live here and almost not have to leave the building — this behemoth with 757 units has a grocery store, a bank, a travel agency, a dry cleaner, drug store, a restaurant, attorney offices and a wide range of health-care-related commercial tenants, from an audiologist to dentists, a podiatrist and other medical professionals, plus an indoor and an outdoor pool, fitness center and shuttle service should you need to leave the building. There is a parking garage, but typically there is a waiting list to rent a space. The building also includes two social rooms for private parties. Bring the caterer — a fully equipped kitchen is adjacent to these rooms.
The Philadelphian is the largest condominium building in Pennsylvania. Many of the units have stunning views of the city skyline and Philadelphia Museum of Art. In fact, you can count on paying a bit more for those units. Many of the condos also have large balconies — perfect for the person who needs a bit of outdoor space in an urban environment. Some of the building penthouse units are among the largest in the city. In some wings of the building, owners have combined units, creating four-bedroom residences. It’s important when looking at units that have been combined that you understand exactly how the condo fees for the unit are calculated.
Condo fees include cooking gas, electric, water, hot water, sewer, insurance and all the exterior and grounds maintenance typical in a condominium building. Pool and fitness club use is extra. The building is not pet friendly with the exception of service animals.