SLIDESHOW: Inside One of the Only Ground-Up Lofts in Philly
Every neighborhood has its gems, and, by now, we all know the loft-style condo has been a proven success in Philadelphia. The thing is: most of these lofts are converted units, and it’s exceedingly rare to find a ground-up construction. Anyone can reposition a building, but a ground-up build is bold, contemporary and true to form and function. So, when we finally come across one of these rare finds, we want to shout it from the rooftops. Today’s treasure: 1352 Lofts, located on the Avenue of the Arts.
The condominiums, which were built with the express purpose of becoming lofts, boast all of the features of their converted counterparts: concrete, steel accents and massive floor-to-ceiling windows that span over two levels in some units. The 1,100-2,500-square-foot residences all include European-style gourmet kitchens (with stainless steel appliances!), hardwood floors, 20-foot ceilings and generous walk-in closets. Aside from its unmatched location mere steps the Wilma Theater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a slew of top-notch restaurants, 1352 Lofts is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring along Fido.
For residents, 1352 Lofts offers low condo fees, making the units surprisingly affordable given its high-demand address. Likewise, the building is equipped with a secure lobby and 24-hour concierge service. Residents are also treated to covered deeded parking (a rarity in Center City, to be sure), along with tax abatement through 2017.
As if that wasn’t enough, the units themselves — the terraces! Those views! The light! — are pretty remarkable. Catch a sneak peek in the slideshow below: