Philadelphia’s most fashionable neighborhood since 1840, the area surrounding the verdant two-square-block park has always been one of the city’s most desirable residential destinations. A nationally renowned green urban space, Rittenhouse Park is at the locus of a host of tongue-wagging real estate, plus a surfeit of luxe shopping and avenues chockablock with restaurants and bars that boast local character.
A posh oasis in the midst of a gritty, hard-working city.
Originally a pasture for livestock, the park became one of five open-space areas designated by city father William Penn. In the 1880s, wealthy families recognized the neighborhood as a residential gold mine and began peopling the surrounding streets with elegant mansions and homes, many of which still stand. Rittenhouse Square’s legacy as the home of Philly’s elite remains true today, as little else can compete with views of and proximity to the stately park.
An ideal blend of drool-worthy, upscale residences and swanky retail.
Sophisticated patrons clad in Maison Margiela and sunglasses people-watch from chic haunts along the park like Rouge and Devon, while students and young professionals bring a dog, a bottle of wine, and a date to hang on the lawn. At night, scattered lights give the area a magic glow as the post-work crowd goes for cocktails at the Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co, mussels at Monk’s Café or a steak at Barclay Prime.