Welcome to Rittenhouse Square.
Rittenhouse Square is truly a special place. The Square is home to a lush green and beautifully manicured park. There are 13 high-end residential buildings that surround the park, such as The Barclay and 10 Rittenhouse. In addition, the neighborhood is made up of a handful of quintessential Philadelphia streets such as Delancey, Panama, Waverly, Spruce, and Pine. With world-class dining, shopping, and culture all around, there’s a reason Rittenhouse Square is widely considered Philadelphia’s most coveted luxury real estate. If you’re looking for high-end Rittenhouse Square homes, apartments, or condos for sale, let the luxury realtors at Maxwell Realty help you find your way home.
Luxury Rittenhouse Apartment and Homes for Sale
- Riverwalk (1- and 2-bd luxury apartments available)
- 1534 Pine Street (3bd/2bath with 2-car parking)
- 271 South Van Pelt Street #1 (4 bd/4 bath)
- 1900 Arch Apartments (1-, 2-, and 3-bd luxury apartments available)
- 2040 Market Street (1-, 2-, and 3-bd luxury apartments available)
Luxury Living in the City of Brotherly Love
Whether you are looking for a sophisticated Rittenhouse condo with views of the park, or a classic brownstone with space for a family, there is a Rittenhouse home for you. Along the perimeter of the Square these thirteen residential buildings offer a range of amenities and luxurious touches:
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On the surrounding streets, Walnut, Locust, Spruce, Pine, Delancey, Panama, and Waverly, high-end apartments and beautifully maintained historic homes offer parking and private outdoor space.
Rittenhouse Square: Where Historic Charm Meets Modern Luxury
William Penn’s Green Country Town
In the late 1600s, Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn and the first Surveyor General Thomas Holme planned a shining city nestled between two rivers, the Schuylkill and the Delaware. Designing Philadelphia to be a “green country town” full of trees, flowers, and nature, Penn’s blueprints included five large public squares where he hoped communities would gather and spend their time outdoors together. In the very center, Penn drew Rittenhouse Square.
Live by the Square that Made the City
By the mid-1850s, Philadelphia’s wealthiest elites flocked to Rittenhouse Square and the surrounding neighborhood, building ornate mansions along its tree-lined streets. Architect Frank Furness, department store owner John Wanamaker, and Pennsylvania Railroad President Alexander Cassatt were among the first wealthy Philadelphians to call Rittenhouse Square home.
While the original cobblestone streets have been paved over, the Square remains Philadelphia’s most picturesque park and Rittenhouse is still the neighborhood to live in. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, Philadelphians gather in Rittenhouse Square to shop at the year-round farmer’s market, picnic in the grass, dine at the park-side bistros and restaurants, admire the manicured gardens, and watch generations of children play by the famous goat statute. In short, centuries later, Rittenhouse remains the cleanest, greenest, and most beautiful neighborhood in Philadelphia and the only neighborhood that is truly at the center of everything.
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Walk to Work and Beyond From Your Rittenhouse Home
Live in the center of Center City and you’ll be walking distance from anything and everything you need. Whether you work on Market Street in Philadelphia’s bustling business district or at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in vibrant University City, Rittenhouse Square just steps away.
Take a stroll down the stately JFK Parkway to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Kimmel Center, and the Academy of Music. Pass City Hall as you cross the Avenue of the Arts and learn about Philadelphia’s rich history in Old City and Society Hill. It’s only a short walk back home to the Square.
The Neighborhood that Launched Philly’s Foodie Scene
For years, out-of-town foodies have flocked to Philadelphia to experience the city’s cutting-edge culinary scene, and when they come, they come to Rittenhouse. The bistros, restaurants, and steakhouses that surround the Square are not only the best in the city. They are some of the best in the world.
The Starrs of Rittenhouse Square Shine Brightly
Born in Philadelphia, James Beard-winner Stephen Starr is credited as the restauranteur who put Philly’s dining scene on the map. In the mood for an elegant French bistro? How about a glamorous retro nod to Cuba? Or perhaps you want to keep warm by the fire at cozy British gastropub? Simply walk to one of Starr’s many award-winning Rittenhouse establishments:
Barclay Prime – Located on the Square’s southeast corner, Barclay Prime is the city’s premier steakhouse. Try Starr’s take on the quintessential Philadelphia food—the Philly cheesesteak—wagyu ribeye steak topped with foie gras, onions, and truffled cheese “whiz.”
Parc – In 2008, Parc opened on the corner of 18th and Locust Streets and established itself as the place to see and be seen in Philadelphia. We don’t see that changing anytime soon. Dine inside this stylish and sophisticated French bistro or grab an outdoor table with views of the park and the best people-watching in the city. Either way, you’ll experience a delectable seasonal menu and a joie de vivre previously only available in Paris.
The Dandelion – On cold winter nights, there is no place quite like the Dandelion. Cuddle up in Starr’s intimate take on the British gastropub with fish & chips, Welsh rarebit, and puddings made from scratch.
El Rey – Experience the magic and spice of la comida mexicana. Part-diner, part-cantina, El Rey is all fiesta all the time.
Continental Mid-Town – There is no restaurant quite like the Continental. With an iconic martini bar and a 21st century take on mid-century modern décor, Starr fuses global flavors in unthinkable but delightful ways. Order the Szechuan shoestring fries and thank us later!
Rittenhouse Square Grocers and Markets
The many food stores and markets allow Rittenhouse residents to stock up on produce and groceries by foot.
Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables, hearty soups, locally sourced honey, and freshly baked desserts at the year-round Rittenhouse Farmer’s Market. For cheese, meats, the specialty prepared foods, visit Di Bruno Bros. For everyday items, Rittenhouse Market and Trader Joe’s has you covered. Whatever you need, Rittenhouse has it.
Shop Until You Drop at Rittenhouse’s Finest Boutiques and Stores
Whatever you are looking for, you can find it on Walnut Street. Just step out your front door to shop local small businesses and iconic flagship stores.
Define Your Own Style
Love the clothes you’re in when you shop in Rittenhouse. From the handmade tailored pieces at Theory to the sparkling diamonds at Lagos to the iconic athleisure at Lululemon, Walnut Street has got it all.
Stay Beautiful, Philadelphia
Stay shining with the many health, beauty, and wellness stores and spas in Rittenhouse. Visit Blue Mercury for all of your skincare needs. Walk on over to Sephora or M.A.C. for a vast array of cosmetics and perfumes. Or spend a day being pampered in the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.
No Matter the Season, Rittenhouse Square is Where You Want to Be
Any time of year, Rittenhouse Square is the quintessential gathering place for Philadelphians young and old.
There’s No Time Like Springtime in the Square
As the first tulips of spring begin to blossom, Philadelphians flock to Rittenhouse to welcome the warmer weather. During the annual Rittenhouse Square Spring Festival in May, residents come to hear live music, shop for handmade goods, and snack on locally sourced artisanal foods. Each spring, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society puts on an annual Rittenhouse Flower Market where locals can shop for flowers, plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Every year, the bi-annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, which is organized by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, draws more than 1,400 artists, who sell high-quality crafts in booths along the park’s edge.
Picture-Perfect Summer Days and Nights in Rittenhouse Square
During the hot days of summer, Philadelphians keep cool in the shade of the Square’s beautiful old trees. Meet a friend for a picnic lunch, sit by the fountain with a good book, or enjoy an ice cream cone from Sweet Charlies on a blanket in the grass. In June, shop for showstopper art pieces at the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show. Attend the annual 18th Street Fair, where the streets are closed to traffic and Philadelphia’s best restaurants such as Parc, Devon Seafood Grill, and Rouge set up outdoor tables and spill into the streets. In June, put on your dancing shoes and head to the Ball on the Square, Rittenhouse’s annual black-tie gala, or support local charities while you eat, drink, and mingle with other young professionals at the Soirée on the Square.
Experience the Beauty of Fall in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square
The Square is perhaps most beautiful in autumn, when the weather cools and the park’s many trees turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and gold. Sip warm cider from the farmer’s market or shop the art at the fall editions of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
A Winter Wonderland in the Middle of a City
During wintertime, Rittenhouse Square is transformed into a sparkling, magical wonderland. Celebrate the holidays in the Square with hot cocoa, candy canes, and music during the annual Christmas tree and Chanukah menorah lightings, or ring in the new year with thousands of Philadelphians who come to the park for fireworks and celebrations. Gather with family to ooh and ahh at the decorative balls of light that adorn the Square’s trees all season long – from the warmth of your Rittenhouse apartment home.
No matter the season, Rittenhouse Square is the place to be in Philadelphia.
Maxwell Realty Company, Inc. welcomes the opportunity to help you find your ultimate Rittenhouse Square residence. Please call us at (215)546-6000 for your Rittenhouse Square consultation.