With over 200 years of history, Rittenhouse Square remains the epitome of luxury living in downtown Philadelphia. Centered around its historic urban park and surrounded by luxury hotels, high rise condominium buildings, high end retail shops, and fine dining; Rittenhouse Square is a true reflection of the elegance and culture of Philadelphia. The Rittenhouse area is located in the heart of Center City between Broad and 22nd Streets to the East and West and Market to Pine to the North and South. Just a 15 minute walk in either direction to surrounding neighborhoods such as Fairmount / Art Museum, Logan Square, Fitler Square, Graduate Hospital, and Center City Midtown. Residents of this area have access to all that Philadelphia has to offer right outside their front door. This includes all the shops along Chestnut and Walnut Streets such as Barneys and Boyds, fine dining restaurants including Alma De Cuba, Parc Rittenhouse, Barclay Prime, and Rouge to name a few. Just minutes from City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts which features the Kimmel Center, Miriam Theater, and the Academy of Music. Rittenhouse Square is also a convenient location for students at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

Renovating a Spruce Street Mansion

It was a pretty common thing, a few decades back, that developers were buying up huge old mansions in the Rittenhouse neighborhood and chopping them up into apartment units. In fact, some of the most affordable (and crappy) apartments in Center City can be found in those converted buildings. While this was a rather common practice back in the day, we don't see it very often anymore and the reason for this change is simple. [...]
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Four New Homes Planned Next to Schuylkill River Park

We'd posit that the northeast corner of 26th & Pine is one of the most attractive locations in the city. It's in adorable Fitler Square, it's steps away from Schuylkill River Park, and so very close to the trail. Plus Jezabel's Cafe is right across the street and everyone loves empanadas. Oddly though, this corner has been in a state of development limbo for the last couple years. But with new ownership, it looks like things should [...]
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Hilarious Sign Appears on Fence on Schuylkill River Trail

The weather is heating up, which means the Schuylkill River Trail is starting to get more and more use. And if you haven't visited our excellent riverfront park since last summer, you'll be disappointed to discover that the pothole underneath the Chestnut Street bridge which has been a nuisance for years still has not been repaired. Someone who regularly uses the trail has grown tired of this pothole and yesterday posted a sign on the [...]
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End in Sight For Blight at 18th & Delancey

Ah, 325 S. 18th St., our great white whale. This property was the very thing that first piqued our interest in real estate over a decade ago, as we wondered how a building on one of the primest corners in town could be sitting blighted and crumbling. It was with some naivete that we started doing research on the property, thinking that nobody else had gotten the idea to try to buy the place over the [...]
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1700 Market Getting an Addition After Slight Delay?

The 1700 Market building is set back from 17th Street on its eastern side, creating a public open space that nobody has ever cared about as far as we can tell. It was almost exactly two years ago that the owners of the 32 story building acknowledged as much when they proposed a three story addition which would fill in that plaza and replace it with a glassy building containing three restaurants. At the time, [...]
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Will Rittenhouse Lose Another Parking Garage?

Parking sure is tough in Center City, and it could soon get tougher. You may recall, last month we told you that we had heard that developers were buying the parking garage on the 2000 block of Lombard Street and would close it by the end of the year. We predicted that this building would be demolished and replaced with town homes in a by-right project, as the property is zoned for multi-family use. Needless [...]
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A New Ar-Rival at the Touraine

Ever been to Rival Brothers Coffee at 24th & Lombard? This little coffee shop has been one of our favorites in the city since they opened back in 2014, in a space that was previously occupied by Taste Buds Market. They roast their own coffee, offer pastries from High Street, and have a limited number of sandwichy options. We recommend the peanut butter toast. The biggest issue with this place is the size. With only half […]


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New Hole in the Ground Near Rittenhouse

The street simply called "Rittenhouse Square" is, as you'd expect, one of the more exclusive in town, running along the south side of the park of the same name. The street extends a block to the east, stretching to 17th Street, and a couple blocks to the west as well, running to 21st Street, curiously disappearing for a block, and extending again from 22nd to 23rd Street. In the interest of reducing confusion in the […]


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Time to Panic, Parking Lot on Lombard Could Be Closing

The 2000 block of Lombard Street is unlike any other in the city, with the Lombard Swim Club covering about half of the south side and a large parking garage taking up about a third of the north side of the block, and a bunch of homes filling things out. And while we don't imagine that the swim club will close or relocate in our lifetime, the clock could be ticking on the parking garage. […]


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Exhale Everyone, Starbucks is Open at 22nd & South

"Meet me at the corner of Wawa and Starbucks," is what someone will probably say about the intersection of 22nd & South, sometime in 2018. Yes folks, South Street West has gone corporate as Starbucks opened its doors a couple days ago on the northwest corner of 22nd & South, in a space that was long occupied by the restaurant L2. We first told you about this possibility back in 2014, only to see the […]


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