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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New Yoga Studio Coming to Rittenhouse



Bryn Mawr’s Focus Fitness Main Line is expanding its line of fitness studios and bringing Focus Barre and Yoga to 1923 Chestnut. The new business will be above Breakaway Bikes and in the same building as Body Cycle Studio. Offerings include activities I consider pure torture, so best to go over to Be Well Philly — where the healthy, well-adjusted people are — for more details.

New Yoga and Barre Studio Coming to 19th and Chestnut

Trinity Tuesday: Furnished in Fitler Square

Exterior of 2026 Tryon Street.

Outside shot of 2026 Tryon Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Nestled between Rittenhouse and Fitler squares, this 1925 townhouse has a nice balance with red shutters and vine-surrounded doorway. Hopefully its pretty exterior is enough to pique one’s interest about the inside…

Pastel colors dominate the home’s walls, many of which have custom built-in shelves. Two sliding doors in the kitchen lead out to a patio with mirror on one side. All the furniture is included in the purchase of the house.

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For Sale: Rittenhouse’s Infamous Thaw House at 17th and Spruce

Walk by today and you’ll find a law firm at 1710 Spruce Street. A touch ironic, given one of its former residents was Harry K. Thaw, whose murder of architect Stanford White in 1906 led to the “Trial of the Century.”

Photo credit: Wikipedia user B

Photo credit: Wikimedia.

Thaw shot White — a New York architect, who designed some of that city’s most famous buildings — at a rooftop dinner theater at Madison Square Garden.

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Home Design Trends 2014: Navy Blue Rooms


Design blogger Mark D. Sikes was asked by House Beautiful what he thought a 2014 home design trend would be, and he said, “Navy blue will be a big trend for 2014. I’m seeing a lot of the shade on the runways, on the streets, in editorials, in chic interiors… I actually think everyone will get it in 2014.”

At 2221 Locust Street, the owner got it even before 2014, painting the living room walls a rich navy blue framed by white molding. It looks terrific, but everything about this restored 19th-century townhouse is terrific, from its high ceilings and two kitchens to its historic archways, built-in wooden closets, pine floors, and leaded glass windows. There’s a garden out back and access to a rooftop deck as well. And needless to say, the location is phenomenal.

The listing says the home was just appraised for 1.635 million, making the current asking price a “major value purchase.”

Gallery and info below.

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Morning Headlines: Ten High-End Homes Coming to Rittenhouse

Demolition site at 19th and Lombard. Photo credit: Naked Philly.

Demolition site at 19th and Lombard.
Photo credit: Naked Philly.

Yesterday, Naked Philly posted photos of the demolition of the old apartment buildings at 19th and Lombard. Ten luxury homes by Atrium Design Group will take their place.

Demolition in Full Swing at 19th & Lombard [Naked Philly]

Meanwhile, in other news…

‘Suitability’ hearings set for five pursuing Philly casino license [NewsWorks]

Tax designed to help Camden raze buildings [the Inquirer]

Effort to save the Boyd faces big battle this week [the Daily News]

Renovation progress at Wayne Junction Station [PlanPhilly]

During appeal, lower city tax bill due [the Inquirer]

Market Trend: Philadelphia’s Retail Vacancy Stays at 6.3% [CoStar Group]

Toasty Van Pelt Street Townhouse Has Pretty Central Courtyard

Central courtyard of 229 S Van Pelt Street, Philadelphia, PA

Central courtyard of 229 S Van Pelt Street, Philadelphia, PA

Were it closer to summer, this townhouse might attract buyers for its central garden. But given Janus’ assualt on Philly, the courtyard ends up looking questionable: Where does all the snow go? How would you shovel it?

Putting such considerations aside, the wall-sized windows of this home’s living room provide a serene view of winter without exposure to the cold — a cute wood stove provides the warmth.

The formal dining room with wine storage has a great view from the opposite side of the garden too. It also has an exposed brick wall that extends into the new kitchen (it serves as the sink’s backsplash) with granite countertops.

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Rittenhouse 2BR Between Lombard and Addison

Interior of 2007 Lombard Street

Interior of 2007 Lombard Street

With both a north and south entrance, you’ll find that stepping into this hardwood-floored Rittenhouse home is easy from either direction.

From the Lombard Street door (south), you’ll enter to see the home’s island kitchen with stylish black cabinets and a fireplace.

A dining space divides the kitchen from the open living room where the Addison Street entrance (north) has a garden courtyard. Three large windows on this end of the first floor let in sunlight.

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