The owners of the Rittenhouse Plaza's unit 16A must have heard the request of a Curbed reader who, when he learned we were planning Whale Week, asked if he might get a peek at the building's rumored two-story apartments. Did they actually exist, he wondered? Indeed they do, and here we have proof. The apartment's central space is phenomenal. While there are many grand buildings on the Square, not many of the older ones can boast two stories of windows that overlook the park. The rest of the unit is lovely too, with an office space with built-ins; a built-in media center; two "his and her" marble bathrooms; a wine storage room; and hardwood floors throughout. The light comes in from every exposure.
There is, however, a good news/bad news situation. The good news is the building is undergoing a renovation that's likely to increase its aesthetic appeal and the value of each unit. The bad news is the co-op owners have to pay for it, so in addition to the $2.5 million asking price and the monthly fee, the new owner will also have to contribute about $37,000 annually for the assessment.
Size: 4 beds, 4 baths, 4,500 square feet
Perks: Pet-friendly building, doorman
· Listing: 1901-05 Walnut Street 16A [Kurfiss-Sotheby's]