Feb. 14th, 2011

Luxury Condos in the City of Brotherly Love

With all the high-end condonminium options in Philly, it can be difficult to even know where to start when searching for housing. We decided to make it a little easier on you and highlight a few of the city's best luxury condos.

Pembroke North
Located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Pembroke North is strategically located in the heart of the prestigious Main Line, only minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Residents enjoy abundant green spaces and small-town charm without having to sacrifice the benefits of city life-or the environment.

Environmental stewards will recall
that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Pembroke North is the first multi-family residential building to be registered for LEED-certification in the Philadelphia area, proving that caring for the environment does not have to equate to sacrificing luxury or comfort. LEED features in Pembroke North residences include high-efficiency window glass, a well-insulated roof and exterior walls, ample natural light and views, geothermal gearing and air conditioning, acoustic attenuation systems, Energy Star kitchen appliances, tankless hot water heaters and front-loading, high-efficiency clothes washers.

All residences also boast extra-high ceilings, white oak hardwood, solid core wood doors throughout, brushed nickel lever style hardware, custom closets in Master and Guest bedrooms and a full-size washer and dryer.

The gourmet island kitchens are appointed with Kichler pendant lighting, Kountry Kraft cabinetry in choice of finishes, granite countertops, Subway tile backsplash, a stainless steel undermount sink, GE Profile stainless appliance package, Grohe faucet, Bosch dishwasher and an icemaker line. One, two and three bedroom floor plans, are available and Pembroke North is pet-friendly!

Pembroke North Condominium
231 Iron Works Way
Wayne, PA 19087

23 is "where the city, sky, earth and water come together." Developer John Turchi transformed the building at 23 South 23rd Street, originally constructed in 1912 as a garage for AAA, into a unique 80-unit luxury condominium complex. The renovation included adding two floors and gutting the building's core to create an interior courtyard with fountains and climbing vines.

All residences offer balconies, staggered for privacy, with courtyard or city views, extra-high ceilings, hardwood floors, solid brass hardware, double-glazed windows, and an in-unit laundry with a full-sized washer and dryer.

Baths are all marble, including floors, countertops, shower stalls and tub surrounds, and are appointed with Kohler fixtures. Kitchens offer Morris Black design, with granite countertops, top-tier Viking appliances, Yorktowne cabinetry and self-closing drawers. Buyers customize their kitchens with their choice of cabinet style, countertop and appliance finish.

The building itself offers a stone-finished lobby with a spectacular glass and metal staircase. There is also an indoor garage staffed with a full-time attendant, bicycle parking, 24-hour security, controlled access to the building, garage and elevator, 24-hour concierge/doorman service, full-time housekeeping and maintenance staff, and heated sidewalks to melt snow in the winter.

Sixty-five floor plans are available, ranging from lofts to penthouses. Penthouses offer a private courtyard and limited access to other residents.

23 South 23rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Residences at Dockside
Homeowners at The Residences at Dockside experience the city the way it was meant to be taken in, from a luxury condominium above the Delaware River. The units boast sweeping views of the river, the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Walt Whitman Bridge and Center City Philadelphia.

All residences offer ample bedrooms with huge windows displaying expansive views of the Delaware River and the city. They also feature ceramic-tile bathrooms with oversized mirrors and Hollywood lighting, large designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances, 42-inch ceiling-high birch, Shaker-style Euro cabinets with under-cabinet lighting and granite countertops. You can also find a full-sized stacked washer and dryer, tinted, double-paned windows with designer blinds, upgraded for extra sound protection, and hardwood floors in living areas and kitchen.

Residents enter the building itself through a unique plaza entryway, landscaped and artscaped with contemporary original sculpture. There are three levels of indoor parking with state-of-the-art controlled access security systems, a luxurious lobby staffed with an attendant 24 hours a day, resident bike storage and storage lockers. Residents can also enjoy the health and fitness facility with brand new cardio and resistance equipment, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. For large gatherings, there's a community entertainment room with a party kitchen, big-screen TV, surround sound system and large terrace with stunning views. Studio, one, two and three bedroom floorplans are available.

The Residences at Dockside
717 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Phoenix
Built in 1925, The Phoenix Condominium building is a National Historic Landmark with extraordinary architectural features that set it apart from any new construction project. The Georgian revival tower is the former headquarters of the Insurance Company of North America (INA), for many years the oldest shareholder-owned insurance company in the nation.

Completely renovated and retrofitted, The Phoenix retains the building's historic details, such as coffered ceilings, Kasota and Carrera marble floors and walls, ornate bronze paneled elevators, and elaborate mill and plaster work, while offering all of the modern amenities expected in a luxury building. Some amenities include wireless internet throughout common areas, an electronic key access system, and closed-circuit surveillance at the building entrance.

For the most discerning homeowner, there is the 4,000-square-foot, 16th floor penthouse. Located where the executive suites of INA once stood, the penthouse retains its original 1925 design elements. Visitors to the penthouse step off the elevator into an enormous lobby with 11-foot ceilings. It is finished off with deeply detailed plaster dentil moldings, white marble pilasters and wainscoting, and black-and-white diamond-patterned marble floors.

Just down the corridor is the penthouse itself, with refinished hardwood floors, paneled doors and cabinetry, and working mansion-sized fireplaces with white marble mantels. Multi-height ceilings rise to 28 feet and a classic outsized brass chandelier hangs from the living room ceiling. The living and dining areas are large enough to accommodate up to 80 guests, and private tiled terraces offer unmatched views of the City skyline and a myriad of historical attractions, such as Love Park, the Parkway, City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Studios, one and two bedrooms, townhouses and lofts are also available, with 32 unique floor plans to choose from. The Phoenix is also pet-friendly and conveniently located near area dog parks.

The Phoenix
1600 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Located in the heart of Center City, within easy walking distance of the business district, finest gourmet dining, cultural attractions and upscale shopping, Aria: The Condominium is redefining luxury living in Philly.

Aria residents enjoy a majestic lobby staffed with a 24/7 concierge, a private Residents' Lounge with multiple seating areas, a flat-screen TV, DVD player and surround sound system, a Board Room with full-service catering options, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardiovascular and weight equipment. Aria is not only pet-friendly, it offers luxury amenities to its furry residents via a Pet Spa, with specially designed cabinets and a grooming tub. Individual homes are appointed with hardwood floors, openable windows, and a Bosch stacked washer and ventless dryer.

Gourmet kitchens come with a pantry, wood strip flooring, under-cabinet task lighting, ceramic tile backsplash, a Grohe chrome faucet, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances by prominent luxury brands such as Viking and Sub-Zero. Master baths are appointed with a maple vanity cabinet, an expansive, three-door medicine cabinet with frameless polished edge mirrored doors, marble slab countertops and Kohler faucets. One and two-bedroom condos and penthouses are available.

Aria: The Condominium
1419 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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