About Philadelphia Apartments

Welcome to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania blog. This blog contains a wealth of information about Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Apartment living, and housing opportunities in our great city and other metro areas of the U.S.. Learn about efforts at restoring architectural relics of the past - former factories, warehouses, schools, hotels, hospitals, train stations - into first-class houses and apartments, and in preserving these distinguished residential communities for future generations. Please enjoy your stay on our Philadelphia apartments blog and feel free to share your stories on life in Philly and the city of brotherly love. In addition, we welcome all commentaries regarding building remodeling, home remodeling, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and house hunting. Thank You!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Philadelphia Apartments - Touraine - Center City

Touraine Apartments, 1520 Spruce St., Philadelphia PA 19102
Center City Philadelphia Apartment Rental

Located on a tree-lined street, midway between the refined brownstones and distinguished highrises of Rittenshouse Square and the revitalized business and entertainment district of center city Philadelphia, The Touraine stands tall as the epitome of elegance and sophistication. Touraine Center City Philly. Built in 1917, The Touraine has served a variety of purposes over the course if its illustrious lifespan, from grand hotel to residential hotel to condominium. The property was given new life in 1983 when well-known developer, Historic Landmarks for Living, acquired The Touraine and spent $16 million to transform it into a luxury apartment building.

From the classic porte cochere entryway to the elegantly appointed lobby to the exquisitely detailed and generously-sized apartments, The Touraine has redefined the art of luxury living. As a resident you'll enjoy all the comforts of home, along with the sophisticated services that you'd find in a fine hotel.

Today, The Touraine towers above the dramatic resurgence of Philadelphia's downtown district, and our residents are right in the center of it all-the fine shops of Rittenhouse Row, an appetizing array of restaurants, theaters, cultural attractions, plus the spectacular Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts and the business center of the city. For discerning residents, there's no greater luxury than living at The Touraine.

Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office: 215.735.8618

Imagine living in Philadelphia in the dynamic early 1900's. The downtown expanded as businesses prospered and retailers flourished. Majestic banks and office buildings rose to dramatic new heights along Broad Street and neighboring streets to the east and west. The curtains went up on dazzling new theaters and movie palaces. Grand hotels like the Bellevue Stratford, Ritz Carlton, Walton, along with residential hotels and elegant apartment buildings dotted the area, surrounded by refined brownstones.

In 1917, on quiet, tree-lined Spruce Street, renowned architect, Frederick Webber, was hired to design an elegant hotel at 1520 Spruce, next to the towering landmark Drake Hotel. Webber drew his inspiration from the handsome midrise hotels of Chicago and New York's Park Avenue. His 13-story design featured a porte cochere entryway, a distinctive architectural detail that has virtually vanished from the landscape of today's Philadelphia. The lobby was small and elegant, appointed with marble-tiled floors, fluted columns, sparkling crystal chandeliers, hand-finished moldings and pediment doorways, design details that have withstood time and the various transformations of The Touraine over the years.

Philadelphia Apartments. In 1983, the property was given new life when prominent developer, Historic Landmarks For Living, acquired the Touraine and invested $16 million to fashion a luxury apartment building. Great care was taken and no detail was overlooked during the restoration to create a quality of life that was second to none. The unique details of the building's distinctive exterior were painstakingly restored. The grand lobby was lavishly refurbished and acessorized with handsome furnishings and accents. A 24-hour doorman and front desk man serve as a sophisticated welcome. But it is the residences themselves that are the defining qualities of The Touraine.

Captivating, spacious floor plans were created to present a sense of home-style comfort. Large, leaded glass windows and French doors now invite plenty of natural light and impressive views into most residences. Many apartments feature ornamental fireplaces with hand-carved mantels, hardwood oak floors, intricate woodwork, European-style gourmet kitchens and an abundance of space. Historic Landmarks preserved the best details of the past and complemented them with a host of luxurious amenities.

The Touraine offers all the elegance, all the quality, all the comforts you'd expect living in a landmark. Come experience a lifestyle that towers above the rest, in a building that has no equal in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office: 215.735.8618

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Philadelphia Apartments - The Lofts at Logan View

The old harrington hoist building was given a lift when it was revitalized as a landmark for luxurious loft apartment living.

We've blended the best details of the past with innovative design and contemporary features...the result is loft living on an incomparable level.

As a thriving metropolis Philadelphia has many parts, but the best of its past, present and future can be found in Center City. This is Philly's business district, anchored by gleaming skyscrapers and the Victorian landmark City Hall, which is crowned by an enormous statue of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania founder, William Penn.

Center City has been re-energized with many recent developments, such as the massive Convention Center complex. New hotels, restaurants and retailers have opened to rave reviews. And Broad Street, the core of Center City, has become "Avenue of the Arts," a lively thoroughfare mixing business with theaters, eclectic entertainment, and the centerpiece of it all, the majestic Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

Lofts in Philadelphia. Take a stroll and see why Philadelphia is one of America's most walkable cities. Everything you need is close by. All the essential services for work or home. The upscale stores of Rittenhouse Row and great shopping at Liberty Place and the Gallery at Market East are close by. The nearby historic Reading Terminal Market has been reborn as an international food bazaar. Restaurants catering to every culture, cuisine and price range are ready to serve. Living at Logan View places you close to the cultural attractions lining the Ben Franklin Parkway and the recreational amenities of Fairmount Park and Boathouse Row. Plus, you're minutes away from hot and happening historic Old City, the Penn's Landing waterfront district, eclectic South Street, the expanding campuses of Drexel and University of Pennsylvania, and the many delightful diversions of a thriving city.

Commuters will find Logan View very easy to come home to, as all forms of public transportation and major highways are nearby, and parking lots are plentiful.

Living in a Landmark building and being in the center of it all is as close to perfection as you'll find in apartment living!

Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office: 215.751.0865

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Philadelphia Apartments - Packard Motor Car Bulding

The Packard Motor Car Building
317 North Broad St.,
Philadelphia PA 19107

The early 20th century was an era of new prosperity for Philadelphia. Businesses flourished, the downtown district became the center of attention and mass transit made the city more accessible than ever. The popular new automobile was becoming an affordable luxury and people flocked to the auto dealerships located along Broad Street to see the new models.

The dealerships were lavish temples, and the showroom of the Packard Motor Car Company, built in 1910 at 317 N. Broad Street, was a prime example. Packard commissioned acclaimed mid-western architect, Albert Kahn, to create a building that would be unrivaled in Philadelphia. From the limestone and terracotta trim on the exterior to the majestic two-story lobby inside, the Packard was designed to be the model of excellence.

In 1985, prominent urban restorers, Historic Landmarks For Living, acquired the property and spent millions to transform it into a distinctive high-rise of 151 luxury apartments. Great care was taken to preserve the significant architectural features of the past and blend them with modern amenities. Step inside the award-winning, restored grand lobby and you’ll see the exquisite details still in place, complemented with contemporary furnishings and a full-size neon sculpture of a vintage Packard Motorcar. The dramatic design continues on every level, where curved hallways lead to creatively designed apartments featuring airy window walls, spacious floor plans and almost every amenity imaginable.

The name that once symbolized uncompromising style, class and comfort now endures as a landmark for luxury living. It’s no wonder the Packard Motorcar Building is one of the most preferred residences in town!

Get more information by calling our Philadelphia Apartment Rental Leasing Office:
Telephone: 215.351.0930