A Condominium Conversion Idea – Center City Philadelphia’s Curtis Center


Mark Wade, a Center City Philadelphia Realtor talks about an idea for converting the southernmost 25% of the Curtis Center into luxury condominiums. He describes the fabulous location and talks about how he would add spectacular amenities and even gives a brief description of what he would use as the sales pitch.

Aren’t we all gurus in our own personal sort of ways. Think of your closest circle of friends. We all know a yoga guru and an art guru. I tend to think of myself as a potential Philadelphia real estate condominium conversion guru. I spend alot of my free time,A Condominium Conversion Idea - Center City Philadelphia's Curtis Center Articles and have for most of my life, thinking about which buildings in town might potentially be the best place for luxurious living, should that particular building be converted to condominiums in Center City Philadelphia.

And here is my conclusion: The Curtis Center, particularly the southernmost 25% of the beautiful Center City building sitting on the northwest corner of 6th and Walnut Streets.

The shear window space is breathtaking. Consider that if this portion of the Curtis Center was converted into high end luxury condominiums, the sales pitch:

*All units with over sized windows

*All Living rooms would have a southern exposure

*Almost all bedrooms would have a southern exposure

*All units would overlook beautiful Washington Square Park

*All units could have indoor garage parking

*All penthouse units could have stunning southern exposure views of the square

*Roughly 10% of the units also face Independence Hall Park

*One of the most stunning historical buildings in Center City Philadelphia

*Fabulous Location!!

In addition, I would consider making the units fairly large. I would sell no unit for less than $1,000,000, and range up to say $7,000,000. Every unit would have at least 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. They could possibly have random width pine wood flooring throughout and definitely stainless steel high-end appliances by Viking, Bosch, Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Miele. The kitchens and bathrooms would also have subway tile and granite counters. The ability to provide the individual Penthouse units with luxurious private garden space could be invaluable with Pottery Barn Living Room Furniture now made for outdoors.

A walkout to a private deck and large shelved walkin closets would be a nice touch to the master bedroom. A closet organization system, similar to California Closets would be an example of an upgrade that I would offer as a standard ingredient in each unit. Philadelphia Condos are notoriously cheap on their closet space (as a whole), and underestimating the value of a large, well-organized set of closets is something builders of Center City Philadelphia Lofts and Condos have been doing for years.

Also I would make the building as “green” as possible. I am sure that this magnificent building would provide fabulous ceiling height in each unit for cathedral ceilings with ceiling fans. I would add high-efficiency heating and cooling systems as well as panels that would double as sunshades and solar power generators. There would be a lot of incoming natural light from the large windows that would also accent the intricate moldings throughout each loft. I would cut the curb on the north side of Walnut Street, at the entrance to this building to allow for about a half dozen car “loading zone” parking with valet service. The owners would even have the convenience of a full-time on-site 24-hour concierge…and of course this would be a pet-friendly Philadelphia Condominium.

I have started to play the Pennsylvania lotto lately. Should I win say $250,000,000 or more, you can be sure that the southernmost 25% of the Curtis Center will be the latest and greatest Philadelphia condominium conversion project to hit the market!

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