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Get to Know Rittenhouse Square
After someone moves to Rittenhouse Square, long Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, it seems the Square has a way of becoming the center of their universe, the sun around which everything else revolves. OK, perhaps that’s an overstatement, but talk to long-time residents and they are quite clear that this is the only place they would consider buying a luxury condo in Center City Philadelphia.


Rittenhouse Square is one of William Penn’s original squares in his city plan. The park itself is known for several features, including its graceful fountain, goat statue in the southwest corner, mature trees, beautifully planted flower beds and benches made for people - and dog-watching – it’s a regular dog parade throughout the day in and around the park. It’s also stroller-central as nannies and parents bring children to the park for playtime – there likely isn’t a child who grew up near the Square who didn’t have a picture taken on that goat statue.


Surrounding the park are high-rise luxury condominiums containing the city’s most expensive homes in the sky. The original townhouses that ringed the park are long gone except for a handful. Some of these condo buildings have restaurants at street-level (Rouge, Parc, Devon) and, in warm weather, offer al fresco dining.


The sounds of the neighborhood are melodic at times. Church bells ring each day. Adjacent to the Square is the Curtis Institute of Music, a world-renowned school for gifted students who need not pay any tuition if they are accepted. Walk by in the summer months and hear the music pour from open windows in their practice rooms.


Finding Homes for Sale in Rittenhouse Square

Beyond the immediate confines of the Square are streets filled with historical townhouses, some mansion-sized and meticulously renovated, that are some of the most desirable residential blocks in the city. Delancey Place, Spruce Street, Rittenhouse, Pine, Locust and tiny cobblestone half streets between 16th and 22nd Streets are very special, indeed. Many of these historical properties are single-family homes with hidden gardens and roof decks offering spectacular city views. Some are divided into multi-unit condominiums.


Rittenhouse Square is loaded with condo buildings, including The Laurel, a 48-story tower under construction on Walnut at the northwest corner of the Square. Sumptuous amenities and finishes are planned for each unit in the building. Construction is projected to top off in 2022. Other popular Rittenhouse condo high-rise and mid-rise buildings are:


Rittenhouse Square High-Rise Buildings

  • 1900 Rittenhouse Square
  • The Rittenhouse Plaza
  • The Barclay
  • Parc Rittenhouse
  • 210 Rittenhouse Square
  • The Rittenhouse Hotel
  • 1830 Rittenhouse Square
  • 1820 Rittenhouse Square
  • 220 W. Rittenhouse Square
  • The Dorchester
  • 10 Rittenhouse
  • The Murano


Rittenhouse Square High-Rise Buildings

  • 2101 Chestnut Street
  • 2201 Chestnut Street
  • 23 S. 23rd Street
  • 251 S. 24th Street
  • 2138 Lombard Street
  • 1737 Chestnut Street


Many people choose to live in and around the Square for convenience. This is a neighborhood that’s close enough to take a brisk walk to the office buildings along Market Street with no cab, bus or subway required. After working hours, restaurants, cultural activities and shopping are also nearby.

The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood contains some of the city’s finest shopping along Walnut and Chestnut Streets and the surrounding blocks between Broad and 22nd Streets. Whether it’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, special gifts or spa treatments, there are high-end shops and boutiques spread throughout the Rittenhouse Square area.

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