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500 Walnut is Half-Reserved, And Has Our Full Attention

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Renderings via 500 Walnut

500 Walnut, the ultra-luxurious 26-story tower behind Independence Hall, has officially broke ground, and will be welcoming its first occupants in spring 2017. And now we're just going to sit around twiddling our thumbs until the pinnacle of Philadelphian opulence gets built and someone's rich aunt invites us over. Brought to us by 'ultra-luxe' developer Tom Scannapieco, and designed by Cecil Baker + Partners, half the thing is already spoken for. Because the thing is just plain cray. Scannapieco says:

After selling out at 1706 Rittenhouse in just a few short years, we were compelled to answer to the excess demand and raise the bar even higher with 500 Walnut. The glass "needle" tower will feature only 38 exclusive residences ranging from 2,600 square-feet to 9,000 square-feet. Full-floor residences of over 4,300 square-feet feature floor-to-ceiling windows, multiple fireplaces, private elevator access and expansive balconies. Get a load of this: a two-story, 9,000 square-foot, $16M penthouse will include a private interior elevator, multiple balconies, fireplaces and a rooftop terrace.

Try not to weep as you read a list of only some of the building's undeniably bonkers amenities:

· Fully-automated 80 space parking facility that parks and retrieves vehicles in under 90-seconds
· 4,000 square-foot terrace overlooking Independence Hall designed by award-winning landscape architect, Mahan Rykiel
· Fire pit area and special lounge on said terrace
· Multi-level glass enclosed two story fitness center with state of the art equipment, yoga/workout room, massage room, and steam room
· Three lane glass enclosed lap pool
· Golf Simulator
· Dog Wash area to care for family pets
· Private guest suite (pictured)

· The fact sheet for 500 Walnut is luxuriously bonkers [Curbed Philly]
· Cecil Baker on buyer for 500 Walnut: They want New York [Curbed Philly]
· 500 Walnut