OK, OK. Before you start with the eye-rolls and the groaning, hear us out.
In the few months we've been covering Philly's real estate market, Inside Look has tried to offer glimpses into the less-glamorous neighborhoods, those considered off the beaten path or the up-and-coming 'hoods that deserve a second chance. Rittenhouse Square is not one of those places, with its appeal to tourists and notoriously (and ridiculously) high rental prices.
That said, the square and its surrounding streets are still gorgeous, and deserve our attention. One of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn, Rittenhouse Square is now bordered by five-star Stephen Starrs and boutique hotels, and plays host to swanky events and community gatherings alike.
Plus, it's historic and pristinely maintained real estate is, well, jaw-dropping.
Priced at $3.69 million, this stately mansion on the tree-lined Spruce Street spares no expense, from marble fireplaces to high-end craftsmanship. Built in 1917, this home balances Old World Victorian-era charm with modern conveniences throughout its five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Hand-laid hardwood floors fill the home, and 14-foot soaring ceilings make it distinctly different from the quintessential Rittenhouse apartment. The kitchen boasts granite countertops, top-of-the-line stainless-steel appliances and wood cabinetry. Enjoy breakfast in a nook off the kitchen, or head to the private back patio just beyond that. Upstairs, the master bedroom features a sitting room, two fireplaces, a marble bathroom with a free-floating spa, jacuzzi tub and a steam/sauna shower. And a bidet, if you're into that.
What good is a Rittenhouse address if you don't have a key view of the square?
For $5.025 million, this once-in-a-lifetime property on the south side of the park could be yours. Nearly every room offers panoramic views of the park and the city's skyline, from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the library, to bay windows in the living room.
In all, the home boasts five bedrooms and six bathrooms for all your guests and entertaining needs, as well as a butler's pantry, several sitting areas and luxurious amenities throughout the checkerboard-tiled ktichen.
If the modern look is more your thing, look no further than 1901 Delancey Place. Described as "museumlike," this home is filled with brilliant natural light, clean lines and neutral themes with pops of color.
For $4.9 million, this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom stunning home on the coveted alleyway uses the finest materials, like limestone white oak, marble and granite, and features top-of-the-line appliances, like Gaggenau and Viking, throughout the home's multiple kitchens. There's also a private entrance that could be for a tenant, those pesky in-laws or even a live-in staff.