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Back in 2008-2009, developer Carl Dranoff was putting the finishing touches on Symphony House on the Avenue of the Arts, aka Broad Street. Residences were selling quickly. Many suburban residents had been coming to Philadelphia for years specifically to enjoy the Philadelphia Orchestra, live theater, the Pennsylvania Ballet and other live performances at the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and various theaters. Why not live a few minutes’ walk from these venues? This is in large part what drove early Symphony House sales; it is a luxury building not only near favorite theaters but also walkable to City Hall and numerous office buildings in Center City. To this day, the well-designed, amenity-rich Symphony House remains a favorite address, and units sell briskly.
The 163-unit building has a wide variety of floor plans with sizes ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms (not an easy find in Philadelphia condos), and most units have large windows, wood floors, high ceilings and either a balcony or terrace. Most of the residences have outstanding views, particularly looking north. Some residences choose relatively contemporary cabinetry for kitchens and baths; others definitely fall under the traditional category. The bedrooms are almost always en suite. The larger apartments are comfortable enough so that buyers accustomed to big suburban homes don’t feel too crowded.
Building amenities include a great staff from the doormen to the concierge desk, a fireplace in the lobby, indoor pool and spa, fitness center, wine storage, conference room, community room, garage parking and more.