Rittenhouse Square has long been Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhood for both families and single professionals. Its focal point, the square, is a lovely park named for David Rittenhouse, a noted astronomer, clockmaker and friend to the American Revolution. The neighborhood quickly attracted the city’s wealthiest residents starting in the early 19th century, the second half of which saw a building boom of mansions and fashionable homes for the Victorian upper crust.
Today, some of those homes and structures still stand—these residences are frequently sought after for their architectural and historic appeal—and are joined by modern high-rises, hip restaurants, luxury hotels and topnotch shopping. The square itself remains the hub of the neighborhood, a place where on sunny days parents bring their kids to play in the fountains, business people grab a bite to eat on benches, and residents laze on the grass. Surrounding it are a number of the city’s top restaurants whose alfresco seating make them popular with diners who want to see and be seen. Shoppers looking for a little retail therapy head to the stretch of Walnut Street that’s home to high-end and popular retailers like Gap, Williams-Sonoma and Barney’s Co-Op. And in the warmer months, the streets and square come alive with a farmers market, outdoor art exhibitions, flower market, and other festivals, while the winter nights glitter with lights strung from the trees.
Whether you’re a couple with kids or single executive, you’ll feel at home in this vibrant neighborhood.
1706 Rittenhouse Sq., #1401, Philadelphia
Floor-to-ceiling windows and two terraces make this contemporary condo the perfect place to enjoy the neighborhood.
Bathrooms: 2 full
1601 Locust St., Philadelphia
A marbled center hall and formal dining and living rooms give this luxury condo a classic look.
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
1737 Chestnut St., #1000, Philadelphia
This one-of-a-kind condo has beautiful hard wood floors and 360 degree views.
Bathrooms: 3 full