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Astonishing Views From the Murano Condominiums

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Photos by Laura Kicey

There are views from plenty of high-rises in Center City, and then there is using the PECO building as your own personal timepiece. Which is exactly what you can do if you snap up one of the few remaining units at the Murano during its blitzkrieg-like final sales phase.

Powerhouse broker Joanne Davidow says about 82 percent of the building's 289 units have sold. She has been called in exclusively to sell the rest. Her enthusiasm begins with the Jetsons-like elevators (how else to navigate 42 floors?) and culminates with the jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling views.

Condos feature 9-to-12-foot ceilings and walls of windows. When we walked into unit 3803 the other day, it was almost easy to miss the Brazilian cherry (or bamboo) floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel finishes. The views exude their own gravitational pull. From that three-bedroom, three-bath home on the 38th floor, the panorma includes the Schuylkill and its attendant riverbank park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn, the PECO building and the ever-present Zoo balloon. Like every other condo in the building, unit 3803 also features a lovely outside terrace, in case you want to test out the rarefied air.

Units on upper floors hardly have a need for curtains or blinds because no one's around to gawk into the 40th floor. But those on lower floors (or in the pool) have no reason for concern either. Every window in the building is glazed with a reflective covering that renders them opaque during the day. Shades can be manufactured to accommodate the very private, but can they outweigh the thrill of a one-way mirror view into neighboring Center City offices?

Residents at the Murano repair to the sixth floor for their lounging and working out. In addition to a new fitness center, the floor features a community room (also available for private functions, fully equipped with a catering kitchen), a sundeck and a 60-foot swimming pool. As for the neighborhood, residents also enjoy living directly adjacent to Trader Joe's.

Available units are listed between $434,000 and $2.95 million.

Murano Towers

2101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103