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 house would be pretty special even without a sauna, but you have to admit, that’s certainly a distinctive feature. In addition, the home has beautiful floors, from hardwood to tile; a fireplace; a finished basement with multiple, discrete spaces; a servant’s stairway to the second floor; three full bathrooms; and more.
Most important to those who embrace Mt. Airy for its proximity to green, the home has a front yard, a side yard and a backyard–as well as a front porch and a storage shed.
It’s only a couple blocks from Germantown Avenue and a few more than that to SEPTA’s Allens Lane station. It’s convenient but technically in East Mt. Airy. If you’re someone who gets snobby about such a distinction, well, you may be missing out.
The Ben Franklin Hotel (you might know it from such roles as “Where the Dance Competition Took Place” in Silver Linings Playbook) has been revamped and refreshed. A Korman community, the Horace Trumbauer-designed building at 834 Chestnut now goes by the name The Franklin Residences (we know it’s more frequently heard without the “residences” appended, but given the history of institutions called “The Franklin,” we don’t recommend that).
In mid-September the building adds another famous name to its marquee with the opening of a new Di Bruno Brothers outpost on its first floor. The store will be open to the public–Wash West, get ready–but is a pretty terrific amenity for residents of the Residences’ luxury rentals. More →
Today was the grand opening of 2116 Chestnut (left), a 34-story residential building that already has more than 100 people moved in. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, who was intimately involved in making 2116 Chestnut happen, said in a statement that the city “is fast becoming a place of choice for exciting new projects which bring with them investment, new public spaces, and jobs.”
In fact, 2116 Chestnut provided 800 jobs. It was developed by the John Buck Company of Chicago along with the INDURE Fund, whose CEO, Jeff Kanne, trumpeted another indication of the fund’s faith in the city: “the complete revitalization of the Girard Trust Property on Market Street, with a targeted construction date of 2014.”
We assume Kanne is talking about Girard Square (formerly owned by the city-run Girard Trust) between 11th and 12th, for which INDURE has been trying to secure city or state funding for more than a year. (At the groundbreaking for 2116 Chestnut last year, in fact, Kanne told the Inquirer’s Joseph N. DiStefano that any plan he has for Girard Square “depends on getting money.”)
This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is up for rent in a swank, pet-friendly doorman buildingparking for one car (a “sedan” is specified). Though the interior is certainly attractive, what really makes this unit stand out is the terrace, which is a rather stunning 800 square feet–enough space for another apartment (albeit a windy one). The views from the terrace are fantastic, too.
Monthly rental price: $5,000.
South Van Pelt Street in Fitler Square is a dream. Nestled in a warren of intersecting alleyways that all lead to the gorgeous Schuylkill Riverbanks Park, rentals there are rare.
This carriage house rental sits on the corner of South Van Pelt and Manning and features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One look at the narrow street and its surroundings will tell you that the ground-floor garage (also included in the rent) is a sine qua non.
The disabled combat veteran looking for a new roommate currently has the six animal roommates above. Other things to know about him, according to his Craigslist ad:
* I swear like a God damn motherf**cking sailor.
* I store firearms in the house, as well as a ready supply of ammunition.
* I am a smoker. Not of cigars, not of cigarettes. Do the math.
A rendering of the kitchen in the Granary
As part of its ongoing partnership, the Inquirer/Plan Philly has an article about the glut of new housing in Center City. JoAnn Greco puts the current count at 1,000 new units, but focuses specifically today on Pearl Properties’ Sansom and the Granary, designed by DAS Architects. The Granary project is actually two: “the retrofit of the original 1862 granary, which calls for another 25 apartments to be located in its upper portion” and “the 227-unit adjunct to The Granary that DAS has built across the street from The Barnes Foundation.”
The two buildings’ exteriors complement each other, says the firm’s Dave Schultz, but residents will want to know what the interior has to offer:
…The two-tiered assemblage of public spaces includes a lobby lounge, fitness center, library/music room, business center, and an 8,000-square-foot rooftop terrace on the eighth floor with sweeping views of the Parkway and downtown.
The promise of ground floor retail includes a big box pet store that will offer daycare and grooming services. Inside, the apartments continue to merge industrial robustness — exposed concrete walls and ceilings — with mod-cons like bamboo flooring and open-shelved kitchens. About half of the units have balconies, and penthouses on the ninth floor have access to their own private terraces.
As for the Sansom, it will have 104 units and “is aiming for a hipper renter, one who wants to line up for fried chicken at Federal Donuts across the street or toss back brine and brew down the block at Sansom Street Oyster House.” Though there’s no parking at the Sansom, there are amenities: “a small fitness center and lounge” and a rumored Adolf Biecker spa and salon. Rents start at $1,895 for one bedrooms.
It’s not that the Bergdoll Mansion hasn’t been on the market before. But the library for rent? This is simply too much. This has to be the most beautiful rental in Philadelphia, which makes the price–$3,500 per month–fairly reasonable.
Ever heard of Zumper? You have if you live in San Francisco, NYC or Chicago, where the site was live since its debut launch in 2012. Now it’s going national, bringing some competition (assumedly) to Craigslist due to two key factors:
1. It’s mobile-first
2. It only allows posts from “verified” landlords, brokers and property managers