Jawdropper of the Week: Opulence in Rittenhouse Square for $7.3M

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

1706 Rittenhouse Sq., Unit 2201, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

We’ve talked about properties in the luxurious 1706 Rittenhouse building several times over the past few years (like here, or here, or… here), and the time has come to add another one to that list – because let’s face it, these units do not disappoint.

Head up to the 22nd floor (via your private elevator, of course), and enter right into the residence’s grand marble foyer with an aquarium wall. Just beyond the wall is a chic living room with spectacular views of the city. Oh, and the living room isn’t alone either – basically every other room in the unit has an outstanding floor-to-ceiling window view too, and if those views aren’t enough for you, just step out onto one of the two private balconies. Read more »

Habitat: Bespoke Tailoring in Rittenhouse

Master bathroom. Photography by Jason Varney

Master bathroom. Photography by Jason Varney

Moody, masculine style often gets an unfair rap: man caves, blob-like leather recliners, walls dominated by hulking flat-screens. But a local entrepreneur’s Federal-style townhome just off Rittenhouse Square defies convention thanks to a trio of pros who brought his overarching design directive — a European feel, the sort you get when wearing a finely tailored Savile Row suit — to life. Read more »

Should We Give the Stoners a Place to Smoke?

Pot protest

Photo | Dan McQuade

It had been a long week, and it was Friday afternoon. All I wanted was a contact high. I thought it’d make for a pretty funny story.

So I walked over from the Philadelphia magazine offices to Rittenhouse Square at 4:20 to cover the Toke Back the Wall protest. It was organized after the briefly enforced wall-sitting ban in Rittenhouse, which the Friends of Rittenhouse Square said was due in part to constant pot-smoking in the square. Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: An XXL Trinity in Rittenhouse for $600K

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtors

403 S 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach

Do you love a little bit of history with a modern twist?

If so, say hello to this expanded trinity built in 1917 and located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.

With two Juliet balconies, a brick paver yard in need of a little bit of love, and that troublesome trinity staircase separating the second and third levels, it may appear that this property is the definition of a traditional trinity. However, its expansive size – for a trinity, of course – separates it from the rest of its kind.

New updates on the main level like the beautiful parquet floors, a marble mantel fireplace, and an adorable breakfast area fit with a floor-to-ceiling window and sliding glass doors add some modern touches that make this property even more special.

Oh, and let’s take a moment to appreciate the modified staircase between the first and second levels.

Speaking of the second level, potential buyers will be pleased to find not just one room, as a typical trinity offers, but three: a den, an office, and an expansive bedroom.

There’s also a full bathroom on the second level that could use a little work – but if you need some inspiration, just head up to the third level, which boasts another full bathroom that’s newly designed with sleek gray tiling, a modern stall shower, and a stylish vanity.

Two additional bedrooms finish off the third level. The laundry room is located in the basement, though, so don’t worry about hitting the gym on laundry day.

This expansive trinity has all the makings of a great home, from curb appeal to interior comfort.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 3

BATHS: 2

SQUARE FEET: 1,512

SALE PRICE: $600,000

OTHER STUFF: This home’s price was reduced by $25,000 on Dec. 15.



403 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 [Mike McCann | BHHS Fox & Roach]

You Can’t Sit on the Wall in Rittenhouse Square Anymore

A sign says "no sitting on wall" in Rittenhouse Square

Photo | Dan McQuade

I heard the rumor. I saw the signs. But I had to check it out for myself.

So I went to Rittenhouse Square this afternoon at 2:34 p.m., grabbed a good spot on the wall and sat. At 2:49 p.m., a police officer told me I had to move. Yes, it’s true: You can no longer sit on the wall in Rittenhouse Square. (You might get 15 minutes of sitting time before a police officer notices, though.)

The officer — who is stationed in a patrol car inside the park — was incredibly apologetic. This was true all over; I observed another officer who actually told a man sitting on a bench not to light up his cigarette because there’s a park smoking ban. “I don’t want you to waste it,” the cop said.

The cop who stopped me told me the signs went up yesterday and Tuesday. Read more »

Alpha And Omega: Scarpetta Reviewed

ScarpettaInterior3

Photo courtesy Briana Louise Photography

Along the arc of a graph reading “Why Is My Restaurant Not Good?,” two opposite mistakes hold down either end of the bell curve. On one side, you have a good concept crippled by poor execution. On the other are bad ideas masked by a talented, passionate crew trying like hell to fight its way out of a losing situation. Between these two points falls every other reason for a restaurant to go bad: terrible food, awful service, a coked-up owner snorting away the profits, rats, that weird smell, location, location, location. But existing with beautiful, snow-white purity are the alpha and omega of reasons: Either you had a good idea ruined by thumb-fingered losers who turn all gold to crap, or you had a bad concept that no amount of earnest polishing will ever make shine.

The first one? That’s unforgivable. And the second one is Scarpetta.

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