A few months ago, when we last checked in on the north side of the 1900 block of Lombard Street, a collection of low-rise apartment buildings were being demolished in anticipation of the construction of ten new luxury row homes. Demolition is long finished, and construction is well underway. Framing has progressed nicely for the eight homes fronting Lombard.

Lombard framing

This project, dubbed Rittenhouse Estates and designed by Atrium Design, is from the same developers that built Lombard Estates a block away, next to the soon-to-close Tangier. These homes will similarly sell in a range between one and two million dollars, and will be among the most expansive and upscale new construction homes in the area. According to the project's website, the homes will be tricked out with home automation systems, radiant floors, wine cellars, and NEST Thermostats. Check out the renderings:

Project rendering

Aerial view

The homes on Lombard, as you can see, rise four stories. The two homes to the north, on the other hand, will only be two stories tall but they'll still have 4,500 sqft of living space. The lower height for these homes, we would imagine, was negotiated with the neighbors to the north on Waverly Street. It seems a little goofy to have such short homes, but with such gigantic floor plates it seems it will hardly matter. And hey, maybe it will be a selling point for somebody who hates going up and down stairs.

We'll be back in the coming months to give additional updates as construction proceeds. It should be interesting to see the speed with which these high-end homes sell- we understand the the project on the next block sold briskly, and we wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happens here.