Taking the roofdeck to new heights

The new 33,000-square-foot SkyDeck is perched above the Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses.

This month, Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses will debut their “SkyDeck,” which is billed as the biggest rooftop deck in Philly. Of course, size doesn’t mean much if the view is lackluster, but the Pennthouses seem to have that under control, too.

“The one thing that this rooftop has that no other location has is the water and city skyline views,” explains Justin Cleary, CEO of The Philly Apartment Company, which leases the property. “No other building offers those views from a SkyDeck in Philadelphia.”

So they’ve got that whole spectacular view thing down. But once you’ve had your fill of ogling the pretty lights, what are you supposed to do up there? For starters, relax. The designers clearly went for swanky with the plush, canopied outdoor daybeds. There are the typical amenities that you would expect from a rooftop lounge — grills, a huge television for sports — plus a few extras, such as the walking track.

When developing this common space for residents, Cleary and his team researched what people wanted. “The process involved talking to residents of other buildings with common area rooftop terraces,” says Cleary, “as well as research on other similar rooftop terraces in other cities to get a feel for what residents were searching for in that kind of amenity.”

Space — whether on the roof or in the kitchen — is one thing that draws residents to this increasingly condo-heavy stretch of Delaware Ave. If you’re looking to buy, it’s the rare waterfront bargain. “You can get great values that are harder to find or more expensive in Center City,” says Frank L. DeFazio of Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. “There’s more square footage, views, parking and outdoor space.”

Not everyone’s buying

There’s no shortage of new condos on Delaware Ave. Not all of them, however, are selling. For some, the location has proven problematic: Although these building boast breathtaking views, when it comes to actually making the trek to Center City, things get less posh. “The waterfront properties are not readily accessible because of I-95, which makes it hard for owners to walk to Center City. Residents end up taking shuttles or cabs but walkability is severely minimized,” says DeFazio.

More waterfront views

   
The Residences at Dockside

(717 S. Columbus Blvd.)
View: The Delaware River, Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges
Bonus: Private and communal terraces
   
Waterfront Square
(901 N. Penn St.)
View: The Delaware River, Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Bonus: On-site dog park, private terraces



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.