Speaking of Hopsing and Chinatown, there's a two-bedrooom apartment for sale at 10th and Arch. Big windows, hardwood floors, exposed beams (naked wood—yum), a sleeping loft, lots o' storage and a washer and dryer.
The apartment is in the Pitcairn Building, which was designed in 1901 by G.W. and W.D. Hewitt, the architectural firm responsible for the Bellvue Stratford, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Wistar Institute, the Bourse and countless other buildings in this area. It's named for John Pitcairn, a famed American industrialist, whose Bryn Athyn residence, Cairnwood, now serves as a corporate events center.
The Pitcairn Chinatown apartment has some rather cool contemporary details. You've got a stainless steel front door, for instance, which could either be like walking into a freezer or entering a futuristic alternate universe. There's a huge walk-in closet, which is very Narnia (though the washer and dryer kind of interrupt the fantasy). There's a little window shelf in the loft where you can display your Phillies bobbleheads. Best of all: It's in Center City and it's pet-friendly.
· Listing: 1027-31 Arch St. [Prudential Fox Roach]