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Updating the Curbed Rental Heatmap: Hot High-Rises and More

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What better time than Renters Week to return to our High-Rise Heatmap of rentals in Philly and expand upon it? We've added a bunch of other rental buildings here—and moved beyond Center City high-rises—and while we realize that current and past residents of some of these buildings might have plenty to quibble about, all of these spots have a certain something that makes them worth checking out for yourself. (Later in the week, we'll feature rental buildings that are primarily for students.) Curbed contributor Shannon Rooney did most of the work on this map, and for that, we thank her. See any vital omissions? Head for the comments or the tipline. Good luck out there, renters.
· First Look: The Arch, Where History Meets Amenities [CPHI]
· High-Rise Heatmap: Where to Rent in Center City [CPHI]
· Robert Morris Building Ready for You and Your Beagle [CPHI]
· Brewerytown's North 28 Goes Rental [CPHI]

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1. Lofts 640

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640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The future of North Broad keeps getting brighter, thanks in no small part to Lofts 640 developer (and Divine Lorraine owner) Eric Blumenfeld. Residents in this secluded building enjoy high-end amenities like an enclosed rooftop pool and yoga studio.

2. 257 Apartments

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257 S. 16th
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Units in this Center City high-rise have been renovated in an eco-friendly style that even requires the hallways be cleaned with chemical-free cleaning agents. Bonus: The laundry room is outfitted with an HD TV.

3. Edgewater Apartments

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2323 Race Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103
(301) 850-0188
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If you've got a car, Edgewater is the building for you. It boasts a direct-access parking lot as well as an adjacent garage. And if you feel guilty about harshing Mother Nature with your gas-guzzler, enjoy the Schuylkill Riverbank park right outside the door—or from the patios and balconies with stellar views.

4. The Arch

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1701 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Robert Morris building has been completely refinished. The luxury apartments feature individual laundry facilities and modern kitchen fixtures. Rent, service requests and utilities can all be managed online through the leasing company's web portal. Between that and the fitness center, you may only leave your apartment to stop by the Wawa directly downstairs.

5. The Drake

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1512 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 545-6900
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Love the Drake. Especially the private Sir Francis Drake community room available to residents. The handsome dark wood finishes abound in this historic high-rise and may remind you of Trading Spaces. Units include gourmet kitchens and unique floorplans.

6. 2040 Market St. Apartments

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2040 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Living in a high-rise that used to be home to AAA may not sound that thrilling, but these apartments have stunning views and are a stone's throw from Trader Joe's. Permanent, easy access to the world's cheapest edamame? Yes, please.

7. Memphis Flats

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1714 Memphis St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-1100

All the cred of living in Fishtown plus the luxurious amenities of a brand-new loft conversion. All a 10-minute walk from the Memphis Taproom and its glorious fried pickles.

8. 1500 Locust Apartments

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1500 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 352-5552
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Residents here make up for living on top of Fado by enjoying the stunning Panorama Club. The building's roof features cabanas, Pilates, a resident lounge, and an indoor, Olympic-sized pool where aqua aerobics classes are gratis.

9. The Granary

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411 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Though you may gaze upon the beautiful renderings of the Granary, the apartments are not quite fit for living just yet. That isn't stoping Pearl from taking lease applications, though.

10. Thin Flats

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145 W Laurel St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Now on show, Thin Flats is the first LEED-H PLATINUM Certified project in the country. That means it's the greenest sustainable green a building can be. The high-end rental homes start at $2,750 per month.

11. West Village Apartments

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800 N 48th St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

This new and expanding gated rental community is in an area of West Philly/University City that's in transition—but in a good way. Because the complex of townhomes is under construction, flexible move-in dates are available, as is a degree of customization.

12. Commonwealth 1201

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1201 Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA

These newly restored apartments boast all the trappings of luxury construction: granite countertops, European kitchen finishes, hardwood floors and bathroom fixtures by Grohe. Residents their own storage units—bikes welcome.

13. 777 South Broad

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777 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

This building on South Broad promises what every overwhelmed renter desperately wants: move-in coordination to facilitate cable and phone installation. Also: sky deck with hot tub, outdoor theater and lounge areas. Lofts boast 10-foot ceilings with "window walls."

14. 1530 Chestnut Street Apartments

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1530 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103

You can't get much closer to the actual center of Center City without moving into the mayor's office. These apartments are amazingly priced for the location (which you can tell your grandparents is in the former Bailey, Banks & Biddle building).

15. RiverLoft Apartments

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2301 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

RiverLoft offers residents 16-foot ceilings and 12-foot windows and individual laundry facilities, all on top of an enormous 24-hour fitness center and an around-the-clock business center. Residents also enjoy views of the Schuylkill River and the skyline.

16. Locust On The Park

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201 S 25th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Now that the bridge connecting the park and playground and the Schuylkill River Trail is complete, Fitler Square has somehow become even more charming. This building offers beautiful river views as well as proximity to the city's most adorable dog park.

17. Marine Club Condos

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1100 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

With South Street west of Broad booming (hi, Cambridge!), the Marine Club is looking more and more enticing, situated between that bustling neighborhood and the Italian Market. Super bonus: koi ponds (yes, koi ponds) on site.

18. 1401 Walnut Studios

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1401 Walnut
Philadelphia, PA 19102

If you are the kind of person who is moved by stone shower floors and floating sinks, welcome to your new apartment, where you will surely also enjoy living above a Banana Republic and a Morton's.

19. Lofts at 1835 Arch

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1835 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

These luxury lofts come with concierge and a dry cleaning drop-off/pickup service. If you require more than that, living in a historic register site (the former home of Bell Telephone), ain't bad either.

20. The Green Tree

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400 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

These old-school apartments are in one of those glorious old Art Deco buildings. The 67 units allow pets and the building has a concierge in the building 24/7.

21. Rittenhouse Claridge

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201 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Why buy on Rittenhouse Square when you can rent? The Rittenhouse Claridge has a slew of amenities, including a rooftop sundeck, fitness center and an online payment system for monthly rent. If you're a senior citizen or an active member of the military, this is the building for you: both groups receive a 10% discount.

22. The Sterling

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1815 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Residents at The Sterling can stop by the building's lending library on the fifth floor before heading to the enormous rooftop pool and sundeck. Before moving in, they are able to take advantage of Aimco Home Connect, which enables them to coordinate utilities and movers with one phone call. After all that, if you're still not thrilled with your apartment in the first month, you can get out of your lease as part of the building's 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

23. 1700 Walnut Street

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1700 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This building is in a great spot for diehard Walnut Street shoppers. But it's also a danger zone on payday. You can try to stay indoors, but make sure your dog is housebroken: The apartments have wall-to-wall carpeting.

1. Lofts 640

640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The future of North Broad keeps getting brighter, thanks in no small part to Lofts 640 developer (and Divine Lorraine owner) Eric Blumenfeld. Residents in this secluded building enjoy high-end amenities like an enclosed rooftop pool and yoga studio.

640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

2. 257 Apartments

257 S. 16th, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Units in this Center City high-rise have been renovated in an eco-friendly style that even requires the hallways be cleaned with chemical-free cleaning agents. Bonus: The laundry room is outfitted with an HD TV.

257 S. 16th
Philadelphia, PA 19102

3. Edgewater Apartments

2323 Race Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19103

If you've got a car, Edgewater is the building for you. It boasts a direct-access parking lot as well as an adjacent garage. And if you feel guilty about harshing Mother Nature with your gas-guzzler, enjoy the Schuylkill Riverbank park right outside the door—or from the patios and balconies with stellar views.

2323 Race Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103

4. The Arch

1701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Robert Morris building has been completely refinished. The luxury apartments feature individual laundry facilities and modern kitchen fixtures. Rent, service requests and utilities can all be managed online through the leasing company's web portal. Between that and the fitness center, you may only leave your apartment to stop by the Wawa directly downstairs.

1701 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. The Drake

1512 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Love the Drake. Especially the private Sir Francis Drake community room available to residents. The handsome dark wood finishes abound in this historic high-rise and may remind you of Trading Spaces. Units include gourmet kitchens and unique floorplans.

1512 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. 2040 Market St. Apartments

2040 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Living in a high-rise that used to be home to AAA may not sound that thrilling, but these apartments have stunning views and are a stone's throw from Trader Joe's. Permanent, easy access to the world's cheapest edamame? Yes, please.

2040 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Memphis Flats

1714 Memphis St., Philadelphia, PA 19125

All the cred of living in Fishtown plus the luxurious amenities of a brand-new loft conversion. All a 10-minute walk from the Memphis Taproom and its glorious fried pickles.

1714 Memphis St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

8. 1500 Locust Apartments

1500 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Residents here make up for living on top of Fado by enjoying the stunning Panorama Club. The building's roof features cabanas, Pilates, a resident lounge, and an indoor, Olympic-sized pool where aqua aerobics classes are gratis.

1500 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. The Granary

411 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Though you may gaze upon the beautiful renderings of the Granary, the apartments are not quite fit for living just yet. That isn't stoping Pearl from taking lease applications, though.

411 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

10. Thin Flats

145 W Laurel St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Now on show, Thin Flats is the first LEED-H PLATINUM Certified project in the country. That means it's the greenest sustainable green a building can be. The high-end rental homes start at $2,750 per month.

145 W Laurel St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

11. West Village Apartments

800 N 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

This new and expanding gated rental community is in an area of West Philly/University City that's in transition—but in a good way. Because the complex of townhomes is under construction, flexible move-in dates are available, as is a degree of customization.

800 N 48th St
Philadelphia, PA 19139

12. Commonwealth 1201

1201 Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA

These newly restored apartments boast all the trappings of luxury construction: granite countertops, European kitchen finishes, hardwood floors and bathroom fixtures by Grohe. Residents their own storage units—bikes welcome.

1201 Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA

13. 777 South Broad

777 South Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

This building on South Broad promises what every overwhelmed renter desperately wants: move-in coordination to facilitate cable and phone installation. Also: sky deck with hot tub, outdoor theater and lounge areas. Lofts boast 10-foot ceilings with "window walls."

777 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. 1530 Chestnut Street Apartments

1530 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19103

You can't get much closer to the actual center of Center City without moving into the mayor's office. These apartments are amazingly priced for the location (which you can tell your grandparents is in the former Bailey, Banks & Biddle building).

1530 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19103

15. RiverLoft Apartments

2301 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

RiverLoft offers residents 16-foot ceilings and 12-foot windows and individual laundry facilities, all on top of an enormous 24-hour fitness center and an around-the-clock business center. Residents also enjoy views of the Schuylkill River and the skyline.

2301 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

16. Locust On The Park

201 S 25th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Now that the bridge connecting the park and playground and the Schuylkill River Trail is complete, Fitler Square has somehow become even more charming. This building offers beautiful river views as well as proximity to the city's most adorable dog park.

201 S 25th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

17. Marine Club Condos

1100 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

With South Street west of Broad booming (hi, Cambridge!), the Marine Club is looking more and more enticing, situated between that bustling neighborhood and the Italian Market. Super bonus: koi ponds (yes, koi ponds) on site.

1100 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

18. 1401 Walnut Studios

1401 Walnut, Philadelphia, PA 19102

If you are the kind of person who is moved by stone shower floors and floating sinks, welcome to your new apartment, where you will surely also enjoy living above a Banana Republic and a Morton's.

1401 Walnut
Philadelphia, PA 19102

19. Lofts at 1835 Arch

1835 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

These luxury lofts come with concierge and a dry cleaning drop-off/pickup service. If you require more than that, living in a historic register site (the former home of Bell Telephone), ain't bad either.

1835 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

20. The Green Tree

400 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

These old-school apartments are in one of those glorious old Art Deco buildings. The 67 units allow pets and the building has a concierge in the building 24/7.

400 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

21. Rittenhouse Claridge

201 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Why buy on Rittenhouse Square when you can rent? The Rittenhouse Claridge has a slew of amenities, including a rooftop sundeck, fitness center and an online payment system for monthly rent. If you're a senior citizen or an active member of the military, this is the building for you: both groups receive a 10% discount.

201 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

22. The Sterling

1815 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Residents at The Sterling can stop by the building's lending library on the fifth floor before heading to the enormous rooftop pool and sundeck. Before moving in, they are able to take advantage of Aimco Home Connect, which enables them to coordinate utilities and movers with one phone call. After all that, if you're still not thrilled with your apartment in the first month, you can get out of your lease as part of the building's 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

1815 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

23. 1700 Walnut Street

1700 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This building is in a great spot for diehard Walnut Street shoppers. But it's also a danger zone on payday. You can try to stay indoors, but make sure your dog is housebroken: The apartments have wall-to-wall carpeting.

1700 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania