There are pros and there are cons to life in a condominium. On the one hand, you never have to take care of your own lawn. On the other, you probably share a courtyard or a building roof deck. Of course there might be a door person there to sign for your packages, but you might have a floor full of neighbors to make small talk with on the elevator. This Rittenhouse Square unit in The Garden Condominium (on the former site of the Philadelphia Musical Academy) combines the best of both worlds. Yes, you’ve got HOA fees, but you’ve also got a private entrance and a private garden. Not to mention the fabulous master suite.
Built in 1870, the building proportions are fairly grand. The first floor features lots of woodwork as well as an entire wall of built-in cabinetry and shelving. The kitchen is gourmet and the first-floor bath has a seriously cool vanity setup. The first floor also provides access to the private garden, which is currently home to the grown-up version of a tire swing.
The master suite is positively jaw-dropping. At first the brick arches seem like the most dramatic element in the open layout, but then the frosted glass of a giant walk-in shower comes into view. The shower divides the sleeping quarters from the rest of the bath and includes a large bamboo bench (is that a eucalyptus branch in there?) and a perfect ceiling showerhead. There is also a separate soaking tub. The room looks like a bath and a nap, in that order.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 1,874
1615 Spruce Street #101
TREND photos courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach
Listing: 1615 Spruce Street #101, Philadelphia, PA 19103