Jawdropper of the Week: Modern Luxury on Rittenhouse Square for $2.795M

130 S. 18th St., Unit 2702, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Once upon a time I died and went to heaven … real estate heaven, that is.

Regardless, I imagine the two to be fairly similar—fun, fluffy and absolutely fabulous. And, while I’m still alive and well, I promise you my heart skipped a beat (or two!) when an uber-chic and indescribably elegant apartment in Rittenhouse Square caught my eye.

Situated in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love, the 2,209-square-foot unit responsible for my momentary loss of consciousness is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium apartment in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed 10 Rittenhouse Square tower overlooking Center City. Sounds great, but there’s more. Once past the foyer, you enter a living space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows, making the view worth the big bucks—2,795,000 big bucks to be exact. Read more »

Who’s Building Philly: Alon Seltzer

One of Alon Seltzer's Rittenhouse Savoy studio makeovers. | Apartment photos: Brian Lauer

Alon Seltzer’s own Rittenhouse Savoy studio was one of two makeovers that wowed viewers during Zillow’s “Tiny House Week.” | Apartment photos: Brian Lauer

Before the “tiny house,” there was the Rittenhouse Square efficiency apartment.

These shoeboxes for urban cliff dwellers enabled singles and others whose desire for urban living exceeded their need for space to take advantage of all the city had to offer: parks, cafés, shopping, culture, you name it. When the city was your living room, why bother with one of your own?

That attribute makes these efficiencies and studios popular with a younger set even now. But there’s a hitch: Back in the 1950s, when most of the apartment buildings containing these units were built, they weren’t terribly efficient in the way they used their limited space. And their appearance had likewise become dated.

Enter Alon Seltzer with his repair kit. Read more »

Just Listed: 10th Floor Unit at 10 Rittenhouse Overlooks the Square

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

It’s no real secret, empty nesters are fleeing their massive estates in the ‘burbs (think of the upkeep!) and flocking into high-end condos in Center City that offer the opportunity to downsize with little to no hassle. Where is the first place they oftentimes look at buying a new home?  The luxury highrise towers on Rittenhouse Square, of course! There’s shopping, dining and culture, all within a short walk (or chauffeured drive) away. The views are largely tremendous, the scene is high brow and there is nary a lawn to mow, topiary to trim or Koi pond to be restocked, because it’s all wrapped into one convenient monthly HOA fee.

Enter this 10th floor unit at 10 Rittenhouse, which just hit the market for $1.89 million. It offers a nice blend of indoor space while also featuring a balcony that overlooks Rittenhouse Square. So, what else do you get for nearly $2 million?

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The Power Went Out in Claude Giroux’s Building Over the Weekend

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10 Rittenhouse | Image: Google Street View

The power went out at 10 Rittenhouse over the weekend, leaving residents who stayed in town for the holiday without electricity for around 35 hours or so.

According to The Inquirer, the outage occurred around noon on Sunday and PECO blames an “underground cable problem” for the issues. KYW reports that the power was restored around 11 p.m. Monday night. So yes, even people that live in incredibly-priced condos right on Rittenhouse Square are subject to Philadelphia’s unpredictable infrastructure, including Claude Giroux.

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On the Market: $1.59 Million-Plus Rittenhouse Condo with Sleek Kitchen

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - CC 1818 Rittenhouse.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – CC 1818 Rittenhouse.

Wouldn’t you like Claude Giroux as a neighbor? This unit at 10 Rittenhouse, the same condo building the Flyers’ captain is said to have been moving into last year, is on the prowl for a new owner.

Noteworthy features specific to this unit are its sleek Poggenpohl-designed kitchen (they make very, very, nice kitchens, we must say), bathrooms made of marble, and a sweet balcony. Meanwhile, building amenities include gym, pool, garage parking with valet service, as well as 24-hour concierge and doorman services.

Further details and listing info below!

Selling Like Hot Cakes: Million Dollar Condos in Rittenhouse

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1105, 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Rittenhouse may be among the most expensive neighborhoods for renters looking for 1 and 2-bedrooms, but that didn’t stop buyers from purchasing homes in the area. Redfin shows that more than a few condos in the million-dollar range were sold in the last month. Below are galleries of just a few of these residences.

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Flyers’ Claude Giroux Buys Unit at 10 Rittenhouse

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Does Claude Giroux care that he’ll be close to Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, who live at 1706, now that he bought a penthouse unit at 10 Rittenhouse? Do the Phillies and the Flyers guys hang out? (In fact, does anyone hang out with Jonathan Papelbon?)

Well, no matter. He has plenty of other bigwigs to hang with at 10 Rittenhouse, as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni — the Brenda Starr of real estate reporting — revealed today. Last year, Property’s Shannon Rooney and Laura Kicey took a look at the penthouses in progress, and some of these photos are those being used to market the 29th-floor units, one of which Giroux bought for $2.2 million or thereabouts. Thus, we can assume the photos below represent the way Claude Giroux will now live:

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SIMPLY FABULOUS: An Art-Filled Abode in 10 Rittenhouse

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Eyes divert quickly to Joseph Piccillo’s tri-panel painting on the living space’s south wall.

Every aspect of the luxe high-rise apartment of photographer Jan Rattia and his husband Neil Thall aligns numerous styles, tastes and influences. Teaming up with Bill Stewart, one of their favorite designers in their former hometown of Atlanta, the couple set out with one goal: to make their new-construction home inside swank 10 Rittenhouse into a space of their own.

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Party Pics: 10 Rittenhouse’s Exclusive Brandywine Workshop Preview Party

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Photo by Laura Kicey

Last night a who’s who of Philadelphia developers, politicians and expert hobnobbers gathered at 10 Rittenhouse’s Rittenhouse Club to get a special preview of the Brandywine Workshop’s exhibit there, which opens to the public this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the Rittenhouse Club’s open house can attend lectures and presentations from gallery owners and art consultants. It’s a novel way to promote the building, but it’s not the first time 10 Rittenhouse has had an art exhibit to bring visitors there.

Below, a gallery of important people wearing name tags, by Laura Kicey.

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Uber-Luxe, Customizable Penthouse at 10 Rittenhouse for $2.5 Million

“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.

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