When we last checked in on SouthGate back in April, owner Peter Hwang was excited to get into renovating the old Tangier and turning it into a Korean pub. We were a little worried about what he would find as he started scraping away the decades of grease, paint and wear at the corner bar. Sure enough, the rehab was more intense than imagined. The floor joists all had to be replaced and the basement walk-ins and the kitchen on the main floor. The basement restrooms now shine, and the steps down are just as steep, but not nearly as rickety.
“If you’d like to view paradise, simply look around and view it…” – Willy Wonka
Real estate on Rittenhouse Square comes at a premium, especially if it has a view of the iconic park. Sure, static views from places like 1706 Rittenhouse, Parc, the Rittenhouse Hotel or even the brand new units at the Alison Building are stellar (and pricey). However, with all due respect to the aforementioned views, filmmaker Kurtis Sensenig might have actually topped them all with this recent drone video.
The video was shot at 8 a.m. and shows a dazzling view of Rittenhouse Square. As the drone floats to its apex, it tilts up from and overhead shot of Rittenhouse Square to reveal one of the most glorious views of the Center City skyline–do not cut this video short!
[H/t] Float over Rittenhouse Square in this brand-new drone video [Technical.ly Philly]
At the risk of starting a fuss about which neighborhood 1522 Naudain Street falls in, we’re just going to go ahead and say it really has the best of both Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital, regardless: it’s a stone’s throw from South Street (still fun times), yet a few short blocks from the Square and its surrounding eateries and retail.
In addition to having its neighborhood cake and eating it too, the expanded trinity home had its kitchen renovated back in 2013. The work brought in recessed lighting, an exposed brick wall, oversized cabinetry and new stainless steel appliances. Dining al fresco is possible, as there’s a private back patio accessed via French doors in the living room.
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:
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.
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):
Starting today, happy hour at Abe Fisher is getting even happier.
How, you ask? First, by extending an extra hour and running from 5pm ’til 7pm, offering every cocktail and 16 different wines-by-the-glass for $7. And also by extending into the weekend, making happy hour at Abe Fisher at 7-day-a-week event.
In a Facebook post, Pizzeria Vetri declares that the weekend starts at 3 p.m. A sentiment that we can certainly get behind today. And the Chancellor Street location is offering happy hour beginning at 4 p.m. That means $2 off of draft beer and wine plus half-priced margherita pizzas.
We’ll see you there.
Pizzeria Vetri – Rittenhouse [Foobooz]
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!
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?