A Private Garden Oasis in Rittenhouse Square

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

In a neighborhood where the grandest homes are either cloistered in high rises along the park or built directly on some of the densest streets, this carriage house stands out. Set back from its block between Pine and Lombard, the home’s entrance is behind a wrought iron gate guarding a picture-perfect garden. The home is small by Rittenhouse Square standards and the interior hews heavily toward stripes, but we can’t stop looking at the listing photos and imagining having our morning coffee in that garden.

The two-bedroom home occupies a double lot and makes good use of all 1,190 square feet. Wainscoting nearly throughout gives way to window seats and the kitchen is on the small side, but cabinets abound. The home includes plenty of period details like hardwood flooring and detailed molding as well as a lovely fireplace. The en-suite master includes a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.
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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Rittenhouse Assault

[Update 6:46 a.m.] Philly.com reports that a man has been charged in the assault: “The 28-year-old suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested overnight, according to the Philadelphia police Special Victims Unit. The man was in police custody early this morning.”

More details as they become available.

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Rittenhouse Condo with Amazing Master Suite and Bath

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

There are pros and there are cons to life in a condominium. On the one hand, you never have to take care of your own lawn. On the other, you probably share a courtyard or a building roof deck. Of course there might be a door person there to sign for your packages, but you might have a floor full of neighbors to make small talk with on the elevator. This Rittenhouse Square unit in The Garden Condominium (on the former site of the Philadelphia Musical Academy) combines the best of both worlds. Yes, you’ve got HOA fees, but you’ve also got a private entrance and a private garden. Not to mention the fabulous master suite.

Built in 1870, the building proportions are fairly grand. The first floor features lots of woodwork as well as an entire wall of built-in cabinetry and shelving. The kitchen is gourmet and the first-floor bath has a seriously cool vanity setup. The first floor also provides access to the private garden, which is currently home to the grown-up version of a tire swing.
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Field Guide: 10 Best Shops in Rittenhouse

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NINObrand, left, and Commonwealth Proper, right. | Photos by Courtney Apple.

Look past the flash and splash of Walnut’s national outposts and you’ll find some of the most upscale independents in town, each one buoyed and validated by the very interlopers that have pushed them further from Philly’s most hallowed retail stretch of Walnut, between 15th and 18th streets.

Here are some of the best reasons to wander beyond Walnut, including the best shoeshine in the city, two top beauty bars, and a high-fashion atelier that turns out some of the coolest clothes we’ve seen.

See our picks here.

Morning Headlines: Is 1911 Walnut Doomed?

Screenshot via Google Street View.

Screenshot via Google Street View.

Last December the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Toll Brothers Inc. was interested in the long-vacant — loooong vacant — property at 1911 Walnut Street. The luxury homebuilder’s plans for the undeveloped site included a 50-story tower for condos and hotel and retail space, which made sense for Rittenhouse Square.

Except now, they’ve pulled out.

PBJ’s Natalie Kostelni says the Toll Bros. have decided to walk away from the project for reasons for which are, as of press time, unknown. More from the Journal: Read more »

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Brownstone vs. Brownstone: Rittenhouse Edition

Google Street View of the lovely and desirable 2000 block of Spruce Street.

Google Street View of the lovely and desirable 2000 block of Spruce Street.

Here we have two single-family homes on the same block near Rittenhouse Square. They are, in fact, only about five houses apart from each other. They have roughly the same amount of square footage, and many similarities in style, both inside and out. But one is above $2 million and the other is not. That’s a significant dividing line.

Let’s take a look at slideshows of each.

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New Pure Sweets Center City Cafe Has Official Opening Date

Construction on the new Pure Sweets & Co. Rittenhouse cafe // Photo via Facebook

Construction on the new Pure Sweets & Co. Rittenhouse cafe // Photo via Facebook

By the looks of her Facebook page, Andrea Kyan and her Pure Sweets & Co. crew have been seriously hard at work these past few months, turning the former Adresse boutique space at 1706 Locust Street into a bakery, cafe and juice bar.  I checked with Kyan this morning to see how progress is coming along, since the last time we spoke in the fall, she thought they’d be open by March or April. Looks like things are right on schedule, because Kyan says they’re moving in next week, with a target grand opening date set for March 28th.

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Rittenhouse Hotel Has Listed 19th Floor As Raw Condo Space

The Rittenhouse Hotel

The Rittenhouse Hotel’s library bar. Photo courtesy Rittenhouse Hotel.

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is, finally — the trio of listings that confirm the rumor. The description reads [sic]:

FIRST TIME OFFERED! At The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominiums — Introducing the 19th floor to develop 3 Fabulous Homes. Seize this Rare Opportunity to own some of Philadelphia’s most sought after Real Estate on Rittenhouse Sq. Customize this stunning 2845SF OF RAW SPACE with soaring 14′ CEILING HEIGHTS and 522sf of OUTDOOR TERRACE. Gorgeous Views of Boat House Row and River from every room. Enjoy the Life Style of The Rittenhouse Hotel & Condominium and all it’s amenities such as Chauffeur-Driven Town Car, 24 hr Room Service, Doorman, 24 Hour Concierge, Housekeeping, 2 Restaurants, Spa, Gym and Monthly On-Site Parking! Owner can also sell with walls, plumbing and mechanicals or FULLY BUILD OUT AS 3 BD with GYM & DEN (Additional cost to build-out.) Each has its own storage room on 19th floor. Live the Dream…

Unit 1901 (2,845 Sq. Ft.) is $2,845,000, with HOA dues of $2,543 per month.
Unit 1902 (3,045 Sq. Ft.) is $3,349,500, with HOA dues of $2,710 per month.
Unit 1903 (2,470 Sq. Ft.) is $2,470,000, with HOA dues of $2,199 per month.

Basically, you’re looking at $1,000 per square foot. (Because math!)

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