Logan Square, once a well kept secret between Rittenhouse Square and the Ben Franklin Parkway, exploded with luxury townhome developments in 2013 into what some are calling the Upper East Side of Philadelphia. With individual homes selling around $2,000,000 you might think that first time buyers would be priced out of Logan Square but as luck would have it there are many condominiums buildings that offer a great deal of value to the buyer. Here’s a list of the best condo buildings in Logan Square:
1. The Murano (click on links for current inventory at each property)
Address: 2101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Description: Soaring 42 stories above Center City, Murano is Philadelphia’s newest and most thrilling luxury condominium. Like the fine Italian glass it was named for, Murano merges form and function, life and art, to stunning effect. The views, the convenience, the luxurious amenities – they’re all here. It’s a residence unlike any you’ve ever seen. At Murano, a valet meets you in front of the private driveway. Your door staff welcomes you by name, assists you with packages and announces your guests. A concierge is at your service, day or night. Welcome to a world of sophistication and comfort, where impeccable service makes your everyday life extraordinary.
Inside Scoop: Luxury building that offers high end but still affordable 1bed and 2bed units, most of which come with a deeded, covered parking spot. The Murano has some of the best amenities in Philadelphia which include a full gym, indoor pool, 24 hour doorman, and garage. Being located on Market Street is great for public transportation and being directly next door to the only Trader Joe’s in town makes shopping ultra convenient for Murano residents. Amazing views are icing on the cake.
2. The Phoenix
Address: 1600-18 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Description: The Phoenix is an extraordinary collection of luxury condominiums located in Philadelphia’s Center City district. The Phoenix is a tower conversion situated on the site of the former prestigious Georgian Revival Tower, built in 1925. Today, the site is the birthplace of The Phoenix and its 267 extravagant residences. Ideally located at the intersection of Arch and Sixteenth streets, The Phoenix Philadelphia is the foundation to one of Philadelphia’s most storied cultural districts. The Phoenix’s structure features delicately-preserved architectural accents, modern design and state-of-the-art technology. The Phoenix offers 267 condo homes, a myriad of spacious floor plans and a little something for everyone. The Phoenix floor plans feature studios, lofts, townhouses, as well as one and two bedroom residences, with most including a den area. To put a total number to it, The Phoenix Philadelphia boasts thirty-two unit layouts that are sure to showcase the individuality and personality of the owner, with prices starting in the high $100′s. The Phoenix defines living the good life—Philadelphia style. Residents appreciate the convenience and easy access to the best conveniences, amenities and services that include the award-winning Phoenix Philadelphia Salon & Spa for when you want to get a facial or manicure, Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill (has some of the best French fries in the city), the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Starbucks, The Phoenix Club, a state-of-the-art fitness center so you can get your 30-minute daily workout in, 24-hour professional Concierge service that caters to your every need, valet parking and more.
Inside Scoop: luxury building with nice amenities and finishes but not as nice as the Murano or some of the true luxury buildings. What’s unique about the Phoenix is it’s location directly above suburban station, which makes travel a breeze, and the commercial nature of the building, which offers residents several great options like Starbucks, nail salon, bar/restaurant, bank and others. The common space amenities are nice, especially the library, but the units can be small and lack light and views. Also the building offers valet parking but price is high and self parking is not an option.
3. 2200 Arch
Address: 2200 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Description: This concrete condo building located at 2200 Arch Street in Logan Square is 12 stories high and has 160 units. 2200 Arch Street units feature 12 foot ceilings, oak hardwood flooring, granite countertops and much much more. Conveniently located, 2200 Arch Street Loft condos feature chic, industrial style units. The expansive glass windows provide fabulous views of Philadelphia and the wood beams create that lofty, urban feel. This Center City loft building give you great bang for your buck and is a great choice for urban loft living in Center City.
Inside Scoop: Great newer construction building with unique, loft style units that come with parking and cool views of 30th Street Station and the trains. 2200 Arch offers a doorman, and small hotel sylte gym but no real other amenities and thus it doesn’t fall into the luxury, full service class. It does however represent an excellent value as condos are often larger than their counterparts at The Phoenix and Murano. Some buyers will be turned off by the industrial, warehouse feel of the condos and if that’s the case than 2200 Arch is not for you.
Address: 2201 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Inside Scoop: 2201 Cherry Street is one of the truly great “value” buildings in Center City. This 11 story high rise features 4 units per floor, each unit being a corner unit. Each floor has 3 two bedroom and 1 one bedroom floor plan. Inside the units are bright, and airy, with lots of windows and adequate square footage. What makes this building truly wonderful is the smart layouts offering wonderful views of the skyline, 30th street and Art Museum and of course the fact that most units come with deeded parking. Doorman, elevator and short walk to 30th Street Station included.
Address: 2301 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Inside Scoop: Another “value” building in Logan Square. You won’t get all the bells and whistles that the Murano offers but you do get large condos with balconies, views, garage parking, storage, and doorman in a great location that’s walkable to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and easy access to the River Walk.
6. The Arches
Address: 100 North 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Inside Scoop: The Arches is a gated complex with a lush landscaped interior courtyard and condos with garages, balconies and spectacular views of the Center City skyline. These condos are light filled, have open floor plans, ample storage and many of the homes have been updated. Like everything in Logan Square they are ultra convenient to 30th Street Station, Rittenhouse Square, UPenn, Drexel, grocercies and the river walk. Some units have 3bedrooms which makes this complex a favorite for young families.
Address: 214-30 North 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Inside Scoop: Similar to The Arches, Shannon Village is private complex with bi-level and tri-level condos that feature working fireplaces, Juliet balconies, breathtaking skyline views, master suites, lots of closet space, storage sheds and deeded parking. Great value for the cost.
Frank L. DeFazio, Esq.
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