Build a Custom Condo Overlooking Independence Hall

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The luxury will come at a cost – this property is listed at a cool $5 million – but it’s about time that city residents are offered the same perk so many hotel guests regularly receive: a direct view of Independence Hall. Adjacent (and connected) to the Omni Hotel, The Bank Building was built in 1857 to serve as the headquarters of the Philadelphia National Bank. What once stood as Banker’s Row is now a boutique condo building combining 19th century grandeur with the Omni’s concierge-level services.

This property is listed as raw space, which means the buyer will be on the hook for construction costs, but the buyer will also be free to customize the home to his or her exact specifications. A pretty rare deal for such new construction among history. As it stands now, the space includes high ceilings, exposed brick walls, wall-sized windows and a private wrap-around terrace with Chestnut Street and Center City skyline views.

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Society Hill Mid-century Modern Designed By Louis Sauer

A Louis Sauer-designed townhome for sale in Society Hill. Image via Redfin.

Lots of people who move to Society Hill do so for the neighborhood’s colonial architecture. But the neighborhood has plenty of innovative mid-century modern homes as well, such as this brick house designed by noted architect Louis Sauer.

The three-bedroom house features a landscaped brick patio, a fancy kitchen with a double oven and granite countertops, a floor-to-ceiling picture window across the length of the dining area, Brazilian walnut floors throughout, a custom deck, and much more. It even comes with deeded garage parking across the street. And its location at Second and Delancey is great: lots of character, easy access to the waterfront and Headhouse Square, and proximity to Old City too.

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Society Hill Society To Replace Artful Dodger

society-hill-society-logoOne of the most asked queries that land in our inboxes over the past few months is just what is coming to the corner of 2nd and Pine Streets, the longtime home of the Artful Dodger. Requests for information have gone unanswered and now, less than a week before the grand opening details have finally been revealed.

Michael Klein gets the details on Reed Barrow’s first bar and restaurant, Society Hill Society. The neighborhood tavern concept will have JG Domestic and Rosa Blanca chef de cuisine, Yun Fuentes in the kitchen where he will be serving up a menu “inspired by classic Pennsylvania flavors, served in a casual atmosphere.”

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I.M. Pei Home Sells for $1.1 Million

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Most people know I.M. Pei designed the Society Hill Towers, but projects like this three-story townhome at 251 South Third Street, are less well-known. In this case, the home, which is almost 45 years old, has been completely renovated but retains important architectural details, like a unique staircase lit by a skylight. The sleek, modern kitchen — Wolf, Sub Zero, Gaggenau, Thermador and Miele — was designed by Joanne Hudson, as were the bathrooms. There’s a gated parking space and a large garden too. It’s a wonderful home in a terrific neighborhood — no surprise that it sold fairly quickly.

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Listen to Music From Your iPod Fill Every Room in This Waterfront Smart Home

View from 101 Walnut Street, Unit #10.

View from 101 Walnut Street, Unit #10.

Whether you have XM Sirius Radio or just an iPod named Vladimir II (because you forgot Vladimir I at the library and he was gone by the time you remembered), your favorite tunes will be heard in every corner of the apartment. Ahh, the beauty of a central stereo.

(Side note: Am I the only one who still names their iPod?)

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Beautiful Double-Wide Home With Bathroom Fireplace for $2M+

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It is one thing to boast a few fireplaces in your federalist style home. It is another to have a decorative one in your bathroom. That’s a stretch even by Society Hill standards. By our count there are at least six others throughout the 1811 townhouse.

The 22-foot-wide home features a double-door entryway leading to a stained-glass foyer. Random-width pine flooring is original to the six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home, along with the nearly 12-foot ceilings and heavy doors. The kitchen, of course, has been fully updated with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances.

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Morning Headlines: Ultra-Luxury High-Rise Tower Designed By Cecil Baker

Screenshot of 5th and  Walnut corner via Google Street View

Screenshot of 5th and Walnut corner via Google Street View

If the road to acquiring all the necessary approvals goes smoothly, Tom Scannapieco’s plans for a $150 million residential tower near Independence Hall could begin construction in spring 2015. The 26-story high-rise would include 40 condo units with two penthouses, each of them two stories. Availability is projected for March 2017.

Scannapieco, who developed the condos at 1706 Rittenhouse Square, has hired architect Cecil Baker to design what is being called the “glass needle” tower. However, given the building’s proximity to historical landmarks, certain design requirements must be considered. The Inquirer’s Al Heavens writes, “As a result, the building is designed not to interfere with ‘an onlooker’s view from the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall,’ Scannapieco said.”

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