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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Could Bobby Flay Be Looking for Rittenhouse Pad?

Dan Gross of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that celebrity chef Bobby Flay has been looking at condos in the 10 Rittenhouse Building. Though a publicist said he was looking a year ago, she said he had decided against it. She had no reply when Gross retorted he was spotted at 10 Rittenhouse in the last month.

Flay of course owns Bobby’s Burger Palace in University City and across the river in Cherry Hill.

Bobby Flay scouting condos on Rittenhouse Square [Philly Gossip]

Quick Bites

What will the restaurant at 10 Rittenhouse be? Michael Klein reports Serafina or Todd English could be interested in the space. If  we had to pick just on the web sites, we’d have to go with Todd English. That Serafina site creeps us out. [The Insider]

Hawthornes is looking to open November 18th. There will be over 1,000 beers for mix-a-sixes and 16 beers available by growler. There will also be lunch and brunch. [Meal Ticket]

It’s official, Win Signature Restaurants, who run Azie on Main upstairs is renting out the rest of the Maia space for an American comfort food/bar concept. [The Insider]

Varga Bar has added a new speed lunch menu. You get a soup and a sandwich for $9 in 30 minutes flat. Among the optionss are a roasted pork loin sandwich, Kobe Chili-cheese dog and a grilled cheese. [Varga Fall Lunch]

“Next Food Network Star” contestant Katie Cavuto was rumored to be coming to South Street but she’s opening her Healthy Bites To-Go on the 2500 block of Christian. [The Insider]

MangoMoon has tweaked its menu towards more of a Bangkok street food approach. The Thai sausage is still available. [Meal Ticket]

Catelli Ristorante in Voorhees is celebrating its anniversary with a $15 entree menu all month. [See Specials]