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Rittenhouse Square, 1512 Spruce St | Philadelphia
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Minimum Lease Term  
  •  Oversize or penthouse units
  •  Resident Lounge  
  •  Short Term Rentals
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets

User Rating

7.7
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32 Reviews

About this Location

Di Bruno Bros.
8 min via 2 (bus)
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
PATCO (rail) - 2 min
BSL (metro) - 7 min
Rittenhouse Square
8 min walk

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,217+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,376+
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths
$2,131+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$2,101+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$7,338+
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(215) 398-1073
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
  • Entertainment

    •  Resident Lounge  
  • Included

    •  Sewage Included
    •  Trash/Recycling Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Common Amenity Fee  
    •  Minimum Lease Term  
    •  Online Rent Payment
    •  Other Fees
    •  Security Deposit  
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Nearby
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat fee  
    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog fee  
    •  Dog friendly
    •  Max Pet Weight  
    •  Max Pets Limit  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
  • Unique Unit Types

    •  Oversize or penthouse units
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Overall rating 7.7/10, based on 32 renter reviews

7.7
Location
6.9
Amenities
7.7
Management
8.0
Value
6.6
Social
9.0
Safety
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The Drake reviews and highlights

  • Recently renovated
  • Elevators are really quick
  • Relatively quiet street
  • Convenient amenities, but lacking some of the features of newer luxury buildings
  • Great staff and responsive management
  • Best value for price in Center City
  • Close to Rittenhouse Square
  • Nice, but small gym
  • Laundry room is great
  • Free heat and hot water is great, but the units can run really hot even in the winter
  • Units are incredibly clean
  • Very safe neighborhood
  • Parking can be a challenge
  • Lots of bars and restaurants nearby
  • Sound-proof walls
  • Lots of light on upper floors
  • Great apartment building
  • Friendly doorman staff
  • Nice community feel
  • Although the building is old, the interiors are very up-to-date
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Very enjoyable space in historical building

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Very good value for money

You get an apartment in a doorman building with good management at a discount to your friends living on Rittenhouse Square.

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Cheap for a doorman building

The Drake is a decent building, relatively cheap for a doorman building.
Pros:
-Doormen are really nice
-Doormen, elevator, low rent
-Rooms are decently sized
-Large kitchen area with a lot of counter/bar space
-Close to bus stops and Indego station

Cons:
-No in-unit laundry (laundry costs 2.25 per load and is cash only, but only up to 20 dollar bills)
-Some issues with electricity (lots of small outages, had one really big outage that lasted 3 hours and was not planned)
-Maintenance is not good (first day I moved in, the ceiling in my bathroom started leaking urine from upstairs - took them a long time to fix. Also, heat is not strong and there are a lot of cold leaky spots from the air conditioner/crevices in the floor, etc.)
-Some windows are broken (but they are double insulated)
-Carpeting?
-4 elevators, 2 on each side of the building. Be sure to call and book an elevator for move in/move out well ahead of time, since they use up one of these 4 elevators (there's no freight elevator). These elevators are kind of slow and you don't know where they are on when you are waiting for them on your floor.
-The kitchen sink is tiny
-Living room kind of small
-One bathroom is small, the other is big (but the small one belongs to the bigger bedroom)
-The kitchen cabinets are not well cleaned before move in
-They charge water by the building
-Far from campus and all the other Wharton students if you go to Wharton

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Amazing value!

The Drake is an amazing elevator building with affordable rent! It has everything you need and is clean and quiet! I am obsessed! The management helped to ensure I had everything I needed when I moved in. I've never had an issue with anything yet and the online portal is great!

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The good 'ol Drake

The Drake is an iconic tall-rise building in Philly. The location cannot be surpassed, which is mostly what you are paying for. The quality of the place is fine, everything works and looks okay and clean. It's really quite a nice place, just you will definitely be paying a premium for the location.

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Good building

Value for money, large bedrooms with relatively small hallway

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Nice building a little further from campus

Pros
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Great Management, Very safe and comfortable building with a in-house gym (basic but good enough)

Cons
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Apts are smaller thn comparable at the same price and the building is a little far from the Wharton bubble

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Great Value

Great management and staff. Good value for money. Well-kept facilities like common areas, reception, and gym.

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Great location and building

Living at the Drake has been a great experience. It Is quiet and in a great location, not too far from Rittenhouse Square and close enough to the historical area of Philly. The management is great and I have no complaints! My neighbors and quiet and everyone looks out for each other. Although the rent is pricey, it is worth it.

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The Drake

I absolutely love my apartment here at The Drake. I love the layout and the amount of space we get for what we pay. The amenities are also pretty great. Maintenance problems are quickly fixed and the front desk is very reliable. The gym isn't super extravagant, but it's good enough to get a solid workout in. The laundry room is well maintained and the price for each load isn't bad at all. Also, utilities for a 2BR/2Ba is on average $50/person, which is kind of great. The location of The Drake is also really nice. It is close to a lot of cafes, bars and restaurants. Only problem is that it can get a little bit noisy at night on any day except Sunday and maybe Monday. Another downside of living here is the lack of a parking garage for anyone with a car. One last caveat is that while I think the rent for my apartment is more than reasonable, the rent for studios and 1 bedrooms is kind of pricey. I don't think I'd choose to live here if I were looking for a studio or 1BR since the space and cost doesn't seem worth it. For 2BR apartments, I think that whether rent is worth the apartment is very much so dependent on the floor plan. Otherwise, I love living here and as long as rent doesn't change too much, I don't see myself moving any time soon!

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 22 Recs

Monk’s Cafe
Lazaro’s Pizzeria & Grill
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grocery 2 Recs

MOM’s Organic Market
Di Bruno Bros.
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convenience 3 Recs

Walgreens
Rite Aid
CVS Pharmacy
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fitness 34 Recs

Flywheel Sports
Philly Personal Training
The Sporting Club at the Bellevue
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parks 6 Recs

Rittenhouse Square Park
Seger Park
John F. Collins Park
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coffee 29 Recs

Elixr Coffee Roasters
Federal Donuts
P S & Co
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About Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is located in Center City and is home to some of the city's best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The neighborhood has luxury high-rises with beautiful views of the the park and has quick access to popular transit.
Pricey
Amazing Charm
Extremely Safe
Central Location
Great Social Scene
Great Coffee Shops
Lots of Wharton Students
Median rents in Rittenhouse Square
Studio
$
1,500
1 Bedroom
$
1,900
2 Bedroom
$
2,550

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Parking Near The Drake

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Rittenhouse Square Reviews

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I love everything about living at 2116 chestnut, except for the rent. My apartment is new, updated, clean, floor to ceiling windows, large closets, has a doorman, and includes a great gym and amenity floor. It is a quick walk to work (~20 min from CHOP/Penn). The management is excellent, and fixes anything that breaks within a day. It is very quiet, I have never heard a peep from my neighbors or upstairs. My only gripe is the rent. My unit is a corner unit on a high floor with a balcony, so you could find a 1BR on a lower floor for a little bit cheaper.
Rittenhouse Sq is the hub of Wharton social activity, but consider where in the neighborhood you are - east side has more shops/restaurants but is farther from campus, grocery stores seem to be mostly NW of the square, SW is probably the quietest. South side (and anywhere away from the square) tends to be cheaper, quieter, more residential.
Safety: With the exception of Wendy's on Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Sq (near City Hall) feels pretty safe (I used to live near Oakland, CA so gauge your level). In other words, I never feel unsafe walking back home at 2-3AM as there is always considerable foot traffic on Chestnut St.
Really lovely neighborhood. Everything you could want is a short walk away. The dog park by the river is great.

You can save money and have a similar experience by moving towards Spruce and Pine St.
Living in Rittenhouse Square you are right in the middle of everything. It's a 20-30 minute walk to Penn but also an easy bus ride on the 21/42 (two of the more reliable SEPTA lines). It can be a little noisy and crowded but it is also incredibly safe and one of the only parts of the city where I feel totally comfortable at any time of night. Likewise it is more commercial and just less "charming" than living in a neighborhood like Fitler Square.
We are a few blocks away from Rittenhouse Square itself, right across the street from City Hall. The only complaint is that the street noise can be very noisy even on the 15th floor. Otherwise it has been great to be so central in the city to everything and for my student, so close to the trolley station at City Hall that runs him right to campus in 10-15mins.
Rittenhouse is the premier location in the city of Philadelphia. Great restaurants, bars, shopping, and a beautiful park in the center of Philadelphia. It is an easy walk to the law school, and there are buses, taxis, and uber if you don't want to walk. It's nice to get away from campus at the end of the day to an exciting but not terribly noisy environment. Also a ton of law school students live in the area, and many of the bar review bars are around here.
Pros: There are many great places to eat / drink in Rittenhouse. I think the area is overall pretty safe.

Cons: 1) there are a lot of homeless people around the area. You can't leave your apartment without being asked for money several times. 2) there is no grocery store very close. Best options are Trader Joes and Whole Foods, but both are a decent walk.

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