Best New Construction Condos in Philadelphia

January 10th, 2014 Frank L. DeFazio 2 Comments »

There’s nothing quite like being the first person to move into a brand new, never been lived in home or condo, especially when you know you are getting a 10 year tax abatement! Philadelphian’s are lucky enough to have several new construction condo options in varying price ranges, in several different neighborhoods each offering different amenities. Here are some of the best new construction condos you should be aware of if you are searching for a condo.

1. 10 Rittenhouse

10 Rittenhouse
Address: 130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Description: Architectural residences exquisitely designed by world-renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects boast an artful balance of grace and function. Robert A.M. Stern Architects has created a residential environment unsurpassed in Philadelphia. 10 Rittenhouse Square seamlessly fuses this city’s rich architectural history with exceptional modern amenities and conveniences. This building’s inner beauty is defined by unparalleled craftsmanship. The expansive kitchens at 10 offer sleek design and modern appliances, converging cooking and entertaining seamlessly; and our serene and functional spa-like baths create a tranquil oasis within each home. Luxury Baths and Kitchens in most homes feature: Marble floors and vanities in Baths, Frameless glass-door standalone shower, Hansgrohe satin nickel fixtures, Poggenpohl European cabinetry, Granite Kitchen countertops, Miele stainless steel five-burner cooktop, wall oven and dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, Oliveri undermounted stainless steel sinks. With Philadelphia’s only true five-star resident services, 10 Rittenhouse Square redefines the complete luxury lifestyle. 24-hour white glove concierge, doorstaff and valet services, Chauffeured Mercedes S-550 town car, Indoor, three-lane saline lap pool, Exceptional fitness center with steam showers and dry saunas, Private outdoor terrace featuring table seating and restaurant service, Serafina restaurant, located in the building and providing service to residents’ homes, Onsite private parking garage and valet with detailing service, Private guest suite, Secure resident storage facilities, On-site professional condominium management with weekend and evening service.
Inside Scoop: Crown jewel of the Philadelphia Condo market. 10 Rittenhouse offers everything imaginable and would satisfy even the most describing buyer. Why make concessions when you can have it all –large, sunny condos, garage parking, luxury hotel-esque services and amenities, pool, fitness center, doorman, concierge, car with driver, and all in Philadelphia’s best location on the corner of Rittenhouse Square.


2. 1706 Rittenhouse

1706 Rittenhouse
Address: 1706 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Description: 1706 Rittenhouse offers the combination of luxury and ultimate privacy. This exclusive residence of Rittenhouse Square is a 31 story, 31 unit building, each offering 4200 sq ft of living space. Each luxurious unit features floor to ceiling windows open to expansive views, two terraces for each unit, Wolf, Franke, Dombracht, Sub-Zero, Bosch and Joanne Hudson designed kitchens and other top quality finishes. Duravit and Dornbracht bathrooms. Common amenities at 1706 Rittenhouse include state of the art fitness center with sauna, massage rooms, hot tub, lap pool, private boardroom and garden. Architects are Cope Linder and Interior Designs are by Karen Daroff of Daroff Design State. Included in each 1706 Rittenhouse unit price is one parking space in a state of the art automated parking system, underground garage. Enjoy living in the most prestigious building with unparalleled service in Philadelphia. 1706 even offers a 10 year tax abatement.
Inside Scoop: Absolutely stunning and unique condominium. 1706 offers full floor units with private elevator access for $4,000,000 and up, with the exception of the 2nd/3rd floors which were divided into 1800 sq.ft. Half floor units and sold for $2,000,000 each. The automated garage parking system is futuristic and incredible and the possibility of bumping into Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon on the elevator is surreal but price tag on these condos is on the far end of the expensive spectrum for Philadelphia and the condo fees aren’t far behind.


3. Residences at the Ritz Carlton

residences at the ritz carlton philadelphia
Address: 1414 South Penn Square, Philadelphia PA 19103
Description: The Residences at The Ritz Carlton combines legendary Ritz-Carlton amenities with carefree Center City living to deliver a singular, signature lifestyle unlike anything currently available in the city of Philadelphia. The 48-story contemporary Residences Philadelphia masterpiece accented by a dramatic crystal spire, the new tower has transformed Philadelphia’s skyline and forever redefined condominium living. Designed by Handel Architects (the Design Architect for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City), Residences at the Ritz Carlton distinguishes itself as the most opulent and spectacular address in Philadelphia. Close to arts and culture, world-class shopping and Philadelphia’s renowned restaurant scene, The Philadelphia Residences at the Ritz Carlton stands at the cross roads of the City.
Inside Scoop:  Nestled in between City Hall and the Ritz Carlton hotel you’ll find what very well might be the best Philadelphia condominium in terms of construction quality and amenities offered. The finish quality and condo layouts are exactly what you’d expect and the lobby, while small, is very nice. Compared to other full service, luxury buildings the Ritz is priced very reasonably and the condo fees aren’t prohibitive but the location is a concern to some buyers. The completion of Dilworth Plaza in 2014 will help but this location and building will always appeal to those looking for the hustle and bustle of New York and the Ritz Carlton lifestyle.


4. 410 at Society Hill

410 at Society Hill
Address: 410 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Description:  Welcome to 410 at Society Hill, Toll Brother’s newest community in Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhood. This boutique style community offers 55 exclusive residences featuring the finest quality finishes, which includes 10′ ceilings, 7.5 inch wide oak plank hardwood floors, open kitchen designs with Gaggenau appliances, Bosch washer and dryer, marble tile in bathrooms, private BALCONIES and on-site PARKING in an underground parking garage. 410 at Society Hill offers one, two, three and four bedroom luxury condominium residences in a full-service doorman building featuring grand amenities such as a professionally landscaped courtyard with reflecting pool, a residents’ lounge, and a rooftop terrace with beautiful river and city views.
Inside Scoop: Nothing to see here folks, just a sales office with renderings and finish boards but if history is any indicator (and it always is with Toll Brothers) this project will exceed expectations. Society Hill location, ultra high end finishes, on-site parking, and Toll Bros track record in Philly justify 410 at Society Hill’s inclusion on this list.


5. Murano

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, and 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 with a huge lobby, with doorman and modern computerized package delivery system. Floor to ceiling glass and sweeping views separate this building from the pack. The Logan Square location isn’t as flashy as a Rittenhouse Square address but garage parking and being located to Trader Joe’s probably makes up for it.


6. Western Union Building

Western Union Building
Address: 1111 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Description: Western Union Building, a rare architectural masterpiece, is a condominium residence that bridges the past, present and future in a style of timeless luxury. 100 truly unique Western Union Building condominium residences rise above a vibrant cobblestone neighborhood. The spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Western Union Building residences and spectacular penthouses bring contemporary insight to traditional settings -you’ll find loft-like living spaces, 10′-13′ ceilings, exposed industrial interiors in many residences and sweeping views from private balconies and terraces. Western Union Building is one of the best new construction condo buildings in Center City, Philadelphia.
Inside Scoop: One of only a few luxury, new construction condos east of Broad Street. Packed in the middle of the vibrant Jefferson Medical School community, the Western Union building offers high end finishes in a doorman building with Garces Trading Company (and a state controlled wine store) attached. Unit sizes are not exceedingly large and most don’t lots of windows but the Western Union building certainly deserves its place in the luxury condo category.


7. Waterfront Square

Waterfront Square
Address: 901 North Penn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Description: Waterfront Square is an evolutionary luxury residential concept for the city of Philadelphia. Waterfront Sq condos offer an incredible opportunity to people who want to live in the city but feel as though they are living or on a vacation at a private resort. You get to experience the prestigious, all new, gated riverfront condominium community on the Delaware River. Feel inspired and passionate for the luxury living on the waterfront with your love for the hustle and bustle of the city. This prestigious, gated, riverfront condominium community is the place for you. This condominium is one of the most ambitious master-planned luxury real estate developments to emerge in Philadelphia in the last decade. Living at the Square allows you to truly appreciate, nautical, resort-style living while taking in an abundance of magnificent views of Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Delaware River, the cityscape and skyline and the tri-state area. Waterfront Square is comprised of five buildings ranging from 22 stories to 35 stories with a total of 780 condominiums and it occupies 1.3 million square feet with towers surrounding a three-acre park. At 30 stories, Waterfront Square is the tallest residential development on the waterfront. These buildings feature just about every amenity you can think of and does more than accommodate your lifestyle with around-the-clock concierge, valet parking, private shuttle service, gated entry with a 24-hour attendant, 12,000-square-foot fitness facility with a spa and year-round swimming pool, a fabulous private Club House with sun deck and more.
Inside Scoop: This amenity laden condominium actually is made up of 3 buildings with the possibility that 2 more could be built in the future. Security is tight, doormen and staff are super nice and helpful, resident amenities are plentiful, parking is included and the units offer size, square footage and price for every budget. The only knock on the building is that its location doesn’t offer the walk-ability that some desire in a city condo but for those looking for the perfect blend of city and suburban life Waterfront Square might be the best option.

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  1. ben oller

    Is this a real bonified list or just opinion and if so what was the criteria, just asking.

  2. Philadelphia Real Estate

    Bona fide list. Polled agents at bhhs society hill office. Are there others you would have included?