by Laura Kicey
It is tough to choose the single most spectacular detail about this Newtown Square estate, what with the renowned architect, the gourmet kitchen, the apartment-sized master suite and multiple laundry “centres.” The most unusual detail, though, is glaringly obvious: the dog shower. Perhaps when you’ve already got three full and two partial human bathrooms but you have 7,700 finished square feet to fill, adding a shower for your dogs is just the logical next step.
The home, which was designed by architect Ann Capron and is being privately offered by posh Hunter Reed, has been finished to what they describe as “the level of an Architectural Digest home.” Which clearly translates to room after room of handsomely finished spaces each outlined with perfect woodwork and plenty of Miele, Viking, Ralph Lauren, and Grohe brand-dropping to go around.
Words like “grand” and “gracious” come up a lot in the listing for this four-story Victorian nestled in Logan Square. Looking at the photos, it’s not hard to understand why. In some listings, “original details” is code for “old and odd.” Here, it’s closer to “marble everywhere” and “jaw-dropping woodwork.”
Marble fireplaces and marble sinks abound. Grand chandeliers hang in practically every room. The home offers four bedrooms with original woodwork and crown moldings. One in particular features the coziest window bench we have seen in ages. All that and a charming brick garden and walking distance to the best fountain in town.
Photos by Laura Kicey
It’s not very often that the shiny new luxury high rise is rental-only. But such is the case at 2116 Chestnut. The building is home to 321 units spread between 30 floors all set above a five-story parking garage. Residents enjoy an entire amenities floor closer to the kind you’d find in a fancy condo building, as well as high-end finishes in their own apartments.
In addition to the standard-issue stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops, individual units each come with front-loading washers and dryers and their own dedicated hot water heaters. Units range in size from about 620 square feet in the studios to approximately 1,200 square feet in two-bedroom, two-bath models. Expect to pay anywhere between $1,800 for a studio closer to the ground and up to $3,675 for a two-bedroom, two-bath space on the 34th floor.
This enormous home at the Lanesborough in Rittenhouse Square is going to make someone who grew up reading Eloise very happy. The condo may not be quite at the “tippy top” of the luxury building, but the pink and purple murals in the children’s bedrooms are designed to delight children who enjoy high-rise living. The rest will delight the adults.
Among the grown-up amenities are private elevator access to the home, Brazilian walnut floors, nothing but high-end kitchen appliances and finishes and a marble bathroom with radiant heat floors and a built-in television facing the swoon-worthy soaking tub. The family room features its own mini kitchen with wet bar and separate wine refrigerator. Plus there’s a fireplace and a balcony. Obviously.
This most delightful thing about this grand Rittenhouse home is how it combines very formal spaces with more private, family ones. On the first floor you’ll find formal sitting and dining rooms. But upstairs are children’s rooms and a much less stuffy bathroom.
True, the home is ready for some updates, but 5,000 square feet is a rare find in a neighborhood packed with microapartments and where townhouses are routinely carved into multi-family units. If the stainless steel appliances aren’t enough to lure you in, check out the enormous roof deck and remember there’s garage parking, too.
The patterns in this French Chateau will knock your socks off. The formal spaces in the enormous, 10,000 square-foot-plus estate are covered in interchanging stripes, florals, paisleys, checks and toile. You might say the right rugs are really what pull the space together.
More amazing than the eye that can combine so many patterns so well is that the downstairs level at the estate has been converted into an independently decorated space dedicated to drinking, playing video games and working out. The wet bar and arcade-style gym are clearly the where the owners get to let their hair down.
Downtown Media is an easy walk from this charming Victorian home. In addition to walkability, the property features four bedrooms and two full bathrooms which have all been designed to maximize the abundant sunshine the home seems to bathe in at all times.
Inside, the kitchen has been updated with custom finishes, and the second-floor bathroom features a magnificent soaking tub. The lovely porch and patio spaces outdoors are made even more appealing by the organic garden out back.
You might think the most amazing feature of a house where the bathrooms outnumber the six bedrooms might be the spaciousness. But you’d be wrong because then you’d be ignoring the Eden-like gardens. Sure, this sprawling estate is named Le Cadeau (“the gift,” in French) and also features a beautiful pool and a hot tub as well as three fireplaces.
Yes, you’ll find room after room of handsomely appointed living space. And of course it was all designed by renowned architect Fred Bissinger. But the gardens are positively jaw-dropping at this Villanova mansion. As in, they recall Jane Austen and Downton Abbey and make you want to immediately take romantic strolls around your manicured grounds. Again: Eden-like.
Rumors have been mounting lately that Liberty Property Trust has something big and Comcast-related planned for its space at 18th and Arch. And now Hidden City is reporting that whatever Liberty’s plans are, they will involve a design by world-renowned Foster + Partners.
Even if you’re not familiar with the Pritzker Prize-winning, London-based architects, you’ve probably ogled some of their work. The famous London “gherkin” is a good example. As is France’s enormous Millau Viaduct. In other words, this is pretty big news for our future skyline.
Liberty’s past projects have included One Liberty Place as well as the first Comcast Center, so we know they like breaking records. For now, no one at Liberty is saying a word and neither are representatives from Foster. Stay tuned to see how this develops, and head over to Hidden City to check out some original renderings for the lots surrounding the Comcast Center. Remember the American Commerce Center?
There are only 31 units at 1706 Rittenhouse, and four are left. Finishes read like a roll call of luxury brand names: Wolf, Bosch, Sub-Zero and Dombracht. The unit features two terraces and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. The luxury building itself boasts a hot tub, lap pool, sauna and the usual amenities.
Setting the building apart on Rittenhouse Square is the super cool parking situation, detailed in this video.