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 Delancey Street home is owned by Steve Levick, one of the owners of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, currently in second place in the American League. The nearly 5,000-square-foot house is on the 1800 block–one of the best in the city–and has four bedrooms (or three bedrooms plus den). The built-ins, moldings and hardwood floors are hallmark features of the stately homes on this street, and the wallpaper–while perhaps not to everyone’s taste–also sounds classic notes. An elevator helps get to a roof garden.
“Uber-luxe”–that’s what the listings says, and who would argue? On the heels of a glowing write-up in the Inquirer for its remarkable Carl Dranoff-guided turnaround, 10 Rittenhouse lists this two-bedroom/two-and-a-half bath penthouse that has north and west views. The photos give an idea of what the unit looks like, but the buyer of 3103 will be able to choose the color of the kitchen cabinets, countertop, and backsplash; the hardwood floors; the bathroom marble; and the carpeting in the master bedroom.
In the most recent Philly Style, Rittenhouse brokers Mary Genovese Colvin and Laurie Phillips were asked what appeals most to buyers of city condos. Genovese Colvin said, “[O]ne-floor living, security, and on-site parking. Many of the condos offer large windows with great views and on-site features including a gym and security.” This penthouse fits that bill, though the listing says garage parking costs $60,000.
This beautiful penthouse at 220 is described as “Grande, Glamorous, Gracious” in its listings copy–hence GGG. When it comes to living on Rittenhouse Square, those are pretty much the three adjectives that count (even with an extra “e.”) GGG is also the way that wise relationship columnist Dan Savage characterizes a perfect partner: “Good, Giving and Game,” aka, kind and generous and willing to try something once. Three Gs are good.
Of course, more than three Gs are required to take possession of this exquisite place, which has more than 6,000 square feet of living space, private elevator access, a glass-walled solarium, wrap-around terrace, marble and built-in everywhere you look, and painted ceilings and elegant decorative touches in the circular reception room and similar spaces.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale Situated on a charming block in the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia, this completely renovated townhome has six bedrooms and four full bathrooms, plus a powder room on the first floor. The home has a lovely Italianate façade, two-car garage, wine cellar and leaded glass windows and high ceilings [...]
When I wrote about this beautiful six-bedroom mansion last fall, I went pretty far to find out who owned it, and I discovered that the woman who lived there was rather reclusive — or, better said, simply didn’t want a real estate blogger blathering about her home to the online world, especially given that she lived there for 40 years. That’s a long time to cherish one’s home privately.
As it happens, the lack of publicity didn’t hurt when it came to selling it. The home is now under contract for a little less than its original asking price, which was $2.9 million in the fall. According to realtor.com, the sale is pending at $2.75 million.
Speaking of Allan Domb, as we were, here’s a property Domb tweeted about today: a penthouse at Parc that has a Joanne Hudson kitchen (pictured). Kitchens never render especially well in photos; what makes them special is how they function in real life. Aside from working with clients to ensure that they work the right way for a given lifestyle, Hudson specializes in elegance and understatement. This particular “chef’s kitchen” has the following amenities:
Downsview cabinetry with a matte lacquer finish, Juparana Saba granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator with two freezer drawers, stainless steel Wolf wall oven and microwave, Wolf gas cooktop, Asko dishwasher, glass tile backsplash and breakfast nook
But man cannot live by bread drawer alone, so thank goodness for the two bedrooms, the two bathrooms and the den–as well as the park views from all windows.
Rittenhouse Hotel Park Suite living room. Courtesy Rittenhouse Hotel.
The Rittenhouse Hotel, which was acquired last year by the Hersha Hotel group, hired vaunted hospitality interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud to fashion five third-floor suites as part of its ongoing “enhancement program.” There was initial concern that Hersha, which has had little experience with luxury hotel ownership, would not safeguard the Rittenhouse’s five-star designation and concomitant reputation.
But the words “enhancement program” represent Hersha’s guiding point of view: simply improve upon a superior product rather than transform it. Working with Champalimaud is just one of many signs that they are indeed committed to high style and luxury; her design firm has handled London’s Dorchester, L.A.’s Hotel Bel-Air, and the Carlyle, Pierre and Algonquin hotels in New York, among dozens of others nationally and internationally.
GH Realty, aka David Grasso, purchased four floors of the Alison Building–or, as it’s carved in the stone at 1805 Walnut, the ALISON BVILDING. Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports the space is more than 30,000 square feet that’s been divided into residential condos.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Rittenhouse townhouse for sale This Rittenhouse townhouse, ideally located at 18th St. and Delancy Place, features a Furness style and plan, with romantic bays, floor-to-ceiling glass, wainscoting, “ribbon” wood floors and exotic wood accents. Equally attractive is the rooftop terrace and outdoor kitchen, allowing for skytop dining and lounging with 360-degree city views. [...]