The luxury will come at a cost – this property is listed at a cool $5 million – but it’s about time that city residents are offered the same perk so many hotel guests regularly receive: a direct view of Independence Hall. Adjacent (and connected) to the Omni Hotel, The Bank Building was built in 1857 to serve as the headquarters of the Philadelphia National Bank. What once stood as Banker’s Row is now a boutique condo building combining 19th century grandeur with the Omni’s concierge-level services.
This property is listed as raw space, which means the buyer will be on the hook for construction costs, but the buyer will also be free to customize the home to his or her exact specifications. A pretty rare deal for such new construction among history. As it stands now, the space includes high ceilings, exposed brick walls, wall-sized windows and a private wrap-around terrace with Chestnut Street and Center City skyline views.
Developers suggest a layout including three en-suite bedrooms and a master suite with all the usual luxuries plus a maid's suite with its own ensuite bathroom. If buyers elect not to build their own service suite, they will have access to maid service via the Omni Hotel. Other amenities offered through the Omni include concierge, room service, valet parking, and entree to the fitness center, pool and spa.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 8,383
Price: $5 million
421 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia,
Listing: 421 Chestnut St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102