Morning Headlines: Smoking Bans Rolling Out in Philly Condo Buildings

smokingIf you’re a smoker, you know firsthand that there are fewer and fewer places for you to take a hassle-free drag these days. Now, if you’re a condo owner in a Center City high-rise like Society Hill Towers or the Rittenhouse, you can’t even smoke in the privacy of your own home. According to a report in The Inquirer, smoking bans in luxury buildings are becoming a trend across the nation and Philadelphia has started to join the crowd.

For one, there are some obvious health issues for those exposed to secondhand smoke–a noble cause for a condo association to undertake. It also comes down to the resale value of the unit itself, something Allan Domb backed up, calling it a “tough sell” if there’s a lingering “odor” from a smoker.

Current owners who smoke in buildings that institute a no-smoking policy would be “grandfathered” in and allowed to smoke in-unit, provided they register with the building. We’re not going to lie, it seems like a bigger pain than standing outside the pub in 10-degree weather to enjoy a cigarette:

If there are complaints against grandfathered smokers for smoke and/or odor escaping from their unit into hallways or other units, those smokers must caulk and seal gaps in their units, and may have to buy special air-filter machines. If that doesn’t resolve the complaints, grandfathered status can be revoked and they can be subject to fines and sanctions.

Condo buildings are banning smoking, even in residents’ own units [The Inquirer]

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This Million Dollar Condo in Old City Is All About That Space

Photos by TREND via Redfin/BHHS Fox & Roach Center City–Walnut

Let’s face, when you’re looking for a million dollar condo in Center City, channel your inner real estate Meghan Trainor: It’s all about that space (’bout that space–sorry).

Enter this condo on N3rd St. in Old City. The open floor plan flows wonderfully throughout the home and makes the nearly 3,000 square-foot space look even larger. Natural light streams through the five historically restored windows in the living room and highlights the gorgeous hardwood floors and exposed brick made more industrial by the torn wall aesthetic. We also have to point out the large metal sliding door that leads to the den–it’s incredible.

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For Sale: Totally Redone Condo Across From Rittenhouse Square

Unit 7A, 220 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA.

Unit 7A, 220 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA.

Newly renovated and fully furnished, that’s how this Rittenhouse condo is coming at us. It’s almost unfair. Isn’t it enough that it’s in the same building as the the apartment with a Free Library branch on the ground floor?

The remodeling — all done professionally — includes everything from new tiles and backsplash in the kitchen to custom lighting and window treatments throughout.  Read more »

Is it a Condo? Or a Loft? Historic Lippincott Unit Satisfies Both


In a sea of new construction, sometimes all condos converge into a mass of neutral walls, big windows and boxy floorplans. This unit stands out for being more mod-loft than historic Society Hill condo. Of course, it’s actually both.

The three-bedroom unit overlooks Washington Square and sits in the historic old Lippincott headquarters (built in 1900). It’s spread over more than 2,700 square feet and the open-plan, 10-foot ceilings and exposed beams and ductwork give it a more modern feel. Because it’s situated in the luxury condo building, it also features amenities like a private elevator, private guest suite, garage parking, gym access and a concierge. The master suite includes a private marble bath with glorious soaking tub.

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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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Steel Factory Penthouse Loft With Dueling Skylines

This condo unit in the Steel Factory Lofts in Kensington is pretty special: The combination of the wood ceiling, the exposed brick walls and the hardwood floors in the central open space is every loft-owner’s dream. It also has a vast bathroom with a marble bathtub, a private balcony, deeded parking and five years left on a tax abatement.

The views of the skyline and the bridge are terrific; for those who don’t agree, there’s a skyline on the wall as well.

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Ritz-Carlton Condo With Stunning Second Empire Views

City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most distinctive and exquisite buildings, and though there’s plenty of opportunity to get news about what happens inside, it’s not often residents can get a detailed look at the famed Second Empire exterior without closeup photographs–or maybe a rogue helicopter.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, however, has numerous rooms with a view–none so gorgeous as this condo that’s now on the market for $1.35 million. While some Ritz residents are making plans to sell because they fear their views will be blocked when (if) the planned W Hotel/Westin Element gets built at 15th and Chestnut, this unit seems safe from impending construction doom. 

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Upscale Center City Studio With a Murphy Bed

It’s another great unit in La Roque, this one with a Murphy Bed, which always seems like something out of a depressing stage play set in the 1930s, when Sears was selling them like gangbusters. In this case, there’s nothing depressing at all about this condo at 15th and Pine, which is outfitted with top-of-the line floorings and appliances, which aren’t often seen in tiny spaces like this one.

Aside from the Murphy bed, the unit comes fully furnished, including a Karastan carpet, and there’s a stained glass window that looks out on Pine Street. Good to have an alarm system, too, given that it’s on the first floor–though 15th and Pine is not known for its high crime.

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Three-Bedroom Garden Condo in Rittenhouse Square

Living in the city is great. There’s always something going on, people out and about, and a great restaurant you haven’t tried. And while Philadelphia is rife with parks and gardens, some city dwellers might complain that they don’t live close enough to green space. They wouldn’t if they lived in this three-bedroom garden condo in Rittenhouse Square though. With a European landscaped garden adjacent to the great room, there’s always a place to spend time outdoors without leaving home. With high ceilings, a chic kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and a luxurious master suite with a dressing room, this condo offers the best of both the indoors and out.

1615-17 Spruce St. #100, Philadelphia
Price: $1,790,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
MLS: 6142373