In the heart of Philadelphia, across the street from City Hall, sits the towering Georgian Revival-style building known simply as The Phoenix.
Built in 1925 to serve as headquarters for the first insurance company in North America, the historic building (also holding a National Historic Landmark status) bears the signature of lauded local architects Stewardson & Page.
As such, it features intricate details that date back to that time, ranging from coffered ceilings to Kasota and Carrera marble floors and walls, ornate bronze paneled elevators, and elaborate mill and plaster work.
The Phoenix’s crown jewel — a sprawling, meticulously updated penthouse — has recently hit the market. And it’s a showstopper!
Listed for $4,200,000 with Louise Marzulli, affiliated with the Old City office of Coldwell Banker Realty in Greater Philadelphia, The Phoenix penthouse is one of the city’s most exclusive (and downright impressive) real estate offerings.
Clocking in at 3,752 square feet, the penthouse has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a bonus room that can be used as a den, nursery, or smaller bedroom.
The residence also features a massive great room with a custom built-in limestone fireplace, perfect for cozying up on chilly evenings and adding to the overall warmth and comfort of the space.
“The size of the penthouse is most impressive – the living space is very grand and open. It is unusual to have a condo unit with so much square footage and ample bedrooms, bathrooms and common rooms,” agent Louise Marzulli tells us.
The kitchen doesn’t leave much to be desired either.
Touted as “a chef’s dream kitchen”, it features an island kitchen with quartz countertop, tile backsplash, wolf appliances, sub-zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and pantry for added storage. It also has its own outdoor space, one of several in the home.
In fact, as agent Marzulli points out, “the outdoor spaces are generous and afford wonderful city views of iconic Philadelphia landmarks.”
Given its location, it comes as little surprise that the posh residence has seen its fair share of celebrities over the years.
“While we can’t divulge any past owners or celebrities who have used the property, it has been documented in the local news and national tabloids that the penthouse was used as a home base while actors were in the Greater Philadelphia area for film production,” says Marzulli in an exclusive comment for Fancy Pants Homes.
“The penthouse has long appealed to celebrities for its central location and the building’s concierge services. The fact that you can leave the condo and get to anywhere in the world without going outside because of the building’s direct access to public transportation would also be appealing to someone who is looking for a private, exclusive residence.”
Speaking of the building’s concierge services, that’s merely one of the building’s many upscale amenities.
Residents of The Phoenix building enjoy an on-site fitness center, media center, conference room, restaurant, and stunning roof deck with beautiful views of the city. Not to mention all the perks that come with its highly desirable location.
Set across the street from City Hall and Love Park, this property is right at the core of the city, with easy access to all the museums, including The Barnes and Philadelphia Art Museum, and the best Philadelphia has to offer. Plus, it offers front row seats to the city’s infamous Mummers Parade — the oldest folk parade in the country held each New Year’s Day in Philadelphia.
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