First Pics: Inside the Revamped Alison Building on Rittenhouse Square

The Alison Building

The furnished model unit at the Alison Building (nice view, huh?) | Photos: Allan Domb Real Estate by Jay Ratchford

For those of you seeking brand new luxury rental options on Rittenhouse Square, today is essentially your day. By that we mean, 19 units at the revamped Alison Building at 1805 Walnut Street (above the Barnes and Noble) are ready to go and we’ve got the first pics of the model unit (7A), which overlooks Rittenhouse Square.

A rep from Allan Domb real Estate tells us that 1/3 of the units have already been rented, including the incredible penthouse apartment that was being marketing at $20,000 per month. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the view from the terrace of said off-the-market penthouse overlooking the Square. Here’s what that looks like:

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DanDan Coming to Rittenhouse in July

The space, currently in renovation, at 126 S 16th.

The space, currently in renovation, at 126 S 16th.

From the former operators and managers of Han Dynasty University City comes DanDan, a fresh combination of Sichuan and Taiwanese cuisine in Rittenhouse.  Kevin and Catherina Huang plan to open (tentatively) on July 1st at 126 S 16th Street.

In this upscale environment (think full, operating bar), the duo hope to offer healthy, authentic, and quality Chinese food that will be customizable for gluten-free and vegetarian diets (which isn’t exactly authentic, but we’ll let that slide) and will also, like Han Dynasty, be customizable for spiciness.

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Allan Domb to Debut Boutique Rental Units at the Alison Building in July

The Alison Building | Photo: Allan Domb Real Estate

The Alison Building | Photo: Allan Domb Real Estate

Hot off his successful bid for City Council At-Large, Allan Domb is set to unveil the first round of super high-end rental units inside the Alison Building at 1805 Walnut Street, with some overlooking Rittenhouse Square. Set betwixt 10 Rittenhouse and 1801 Walnut Street (the corner building the that houses Anthropologie), the Alison Building is anchored by a three-story Barnes and Noble. The residences above will feature a 24-hour doorman and command rents between $2,650 and $7,950 per month.

Work began on the upper floors of the building in the fall, and a rep from Allan Domb Real Estate says the first round of what will be 19 luxury units will be delivered July 1. Floor plans range from 515-square-feet all the way up to 5,900-square-feet for the penthouse (more on that in a bit).

Here is the breakout, minus the penthouse (more on that in a bit, we promise):

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Trinity Tuesday: Rental on Addison Street Listed for $1,700/Month

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TREND images via

Mark your calendars, guys. July 1st, this 796-square-foot Rittenhouse home is ready for move-in. Its amenities include central air, in-unit washer & dryer, and street parking. Plus, if you’ve got a furry pal who’s just under 25 lbs., the owner will consider approving him/her.

In addition to the aforementioned features, there are hardwood floors, built-in shelving, lower-level storage space, and a functional gas fireplace. The bedroom, located on the third floor, comes with a half bathroom (full one is on the second floor with the bonus living space) and deck. Tenant is in charge of paying electric, gas, and water. Specs and photos below!

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Spotted in Rittenhouse: Former Brewery Property Now a Three-Bedroom on Lombard

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Well, would you look at that? Sitting in plain sight on the 1700 block of Lombard – near 18th Street and within walking distance to Rittenhouse Square – is this Old Philadelphia-style home. Truth be told, the property once housed a brewery, which following its circa 1970 demolition was “left room for the alley and parking” as opposed to a double row of townhouses, according to the owner. This Colonial-inspired home was built sometime after that.

Recently, the house has been sprinkled with updates. First up, the roof: it’s new, added just last year. The kitchen was redone in 2013 (take a look at the photos in the gallery below), while the whole back of the property was excavated in the early 1990s after the owner purchased it. At the time, they, quote, “had the back excavated to leave room for the open lower space with multiple doors, the wooden stairs to the next level, and regraded the yard.” Bonus? There’s two-car parking. How many can say that in Rittenhouse?

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Pizzeria Vetri Opens Today on Rittenhouse Square

New at Pizzeria Vetri's Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

New at Pizzeria Vetri’s Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

The second branch of Vetri Family’s Pizzeria Vetri opens today at 1615 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust Streets). The second Pizzeria Vetri shares a lot in common with the original, though it is about 500 square feet bigger. Part of that room goes to establishing a true bar with eight seats. Another similarity is the Renato pizza oven that will pump out pizzas daily from 11 am to 11 pm (1 am on weekends).

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Rittenhouse Di Bruno Location

di-bruno-rittenhouse-cheese-cave-940Di Bruno Bros. is celebrating its tenth anniversary at 1730 Chestnut Street. They’re hosting several events today through 2 p.m. that include live product demonstrations and samples of some of their newest and most popular products.

Included in the events:

  • Petrossian Caviar
  • 1732 Meats Heritage Pork and bacon
  • Farmer Sue Miller’s Birchrun Hills Farm Cheeses
  • Society Hill Snacks Nuts and Snack Mixes
  • A special Birthday Cake from Country Sweets Bake Shoppe

So swing through on your lunch break.

Di Bruno Bros. [Official]

PHOTOS: Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival 2015

On Saturday, Rittenhouse Row hosted their annual Spring Festival on what just so happened to be one of the most beautiful spring days of the year so far. Thousands showed up to the event, which took place along Walnut Street from Broad to Rittenhouse Square. There were DJs and bands; musicians from The Curtis Institute entertaining the crowd; family-friendly activities keeping kids entertained; and a couple beer gardens for the grownups. On the food front, the 1800 block of Walnut Street was rife with nibbles from Rittenhouse Row’s  STARR restaurants, including Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Midtown, The Dandelion, El Rey and Parc.

I snapped some photos of the afternoon; enjoy them below:

I also stopped by the South Street Spring Festival. See those photos here.

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