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High-rise Apartment
Rittenhouse Square, 257 S 16th St | Philadelphia
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  •  Bike Storage
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Central A/C
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot

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5.9
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12 Reviews

About this Location

MOM’s Organic Market
10 min via PATCO (rail)
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
PATCO (rail) - 2 min
BSL (metro) - 7 min
Rittenhouse Square
8 min walk

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,238+
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths
$2,650+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$1,559+
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths
$2,650+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,800+
Schedule Appointment At
(215) 398-1073
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Central A/C
    •  Hardwood Floors
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Parking Nearby
    •  Surface Parking Lot
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Yoga Studio
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Overall rating 5.9/10, based on 12 renter reviews

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4.3
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3.9
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6.0
Value
6.4
Social
5.4
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The Bentley reviews and highlights

  • Lots of street noise
  • Gym doesn’t look like much, but its convenient and serviceable
  • Price is good relative to what you get
  • Charming building
  • Hardwood floors, with a good layout and lighting
  • Huge living room with lots of light
  • Management is not so bad, but does not like putting money into the building
  • Best doorman in the city
  • Rickety radiators
  • Kitchen was very tiny
  • Laundry in the building is illogically expensive
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Many unresolvable issues, I'm trying to get out of my lease

Issues I have experienced in the first 6 months I lived here:
-broken radiator heat from October-January
-burst pipes and related damage to walls and floors
-faulty wiring
-broken/unsafe kitchen appliances
-stolen property by maintenance staff
-broken dryers in laundry room
-mice
-cockroaches

many of these issues were never resolved and management is generally not helpful or responsive.

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Great location, nice apartments, terrible management

The building is in a great location, close to restaurants, bars, and public transportation. The units have a lot of natural light with updated kitchen and bathroom appliances. The floor plans are nice, but on the smaller side considering the price.

Management does not respond to emails or phone calls. I gave up on maintenance requests after making the same request three times over a span of several months without any action. The maintenance staff only works part time (there is no live-in superintendent) so if something goes wrong after hours, good luck.

I don't know who the other reviewers are referring to when they speak of "doormen" because the building does not have doormen.

Overall, I would recommend the building but you better hope you do not need anything from management or maintenance.

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The Bentley

The doorman was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the building. You cannot beat the location of this building, it is right near the square, downtown shopping, and great restaurants. The apartments were very nice, very spacious, and have seemed to be well kept. I thought it was a really cool building.

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  • Family w/ children
  • 3 beds / 3 baths
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Great location but older bldg with pain points

- Amazing location, across Monk's cafe and Plenty cafe
- Doormen are great
- Management changed last year but still not that great but trying
- Newly painted

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257 Apartments

Great location, great price for amount of space we have.
That said, management isn't all that great.

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Old-World Charm with Some Drawbacks

The building is satisfactory. It is very well-located, and I live in a very bright unit (the A-line) that I think is reasonably priced. The building's gym doesn't look like much, but it's convenient and serviceable. I really do like the old-world charm and the fact that not a ton of Wharton students live here. But you'll feel a bit east of all the Wharton-centric action, and it's about as far from 2401 as anyone I know lives--but only by a few minutes. Laundry in the building is illogically expensive. The location is extremely noisy, even from 5+ floors up. (I lived in New York before in a loud neighborhood, and I've never experienced anything like this.) Also, the floor A/C untis the building provides (and insists on you using) really don't get the job done. You'll suffer through the hotter months.

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Pre-war charm and quirks at 257.

Charming building, independently owned and managed. Apartments vary in size and price, but all have good light and pre-war features (i.e., wood floors, glass door handles, plenty of closets) but also some pre-war drawbacks (rickety radiators, not enough outlets). Being a sort of one-man show, management lacks efficiency but you have the pleasure of dealing with a person not a corporate entity. I love my apartment though!

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Good building, value, lots of character

I have been satisfied with the building. It's an old building and has much more character than the new ones like 1500 Locust. All hardwood floors. Price is good relative to what you get. The building is in a noisy area though, which I don't like. Lots of street noise from people late at night coming home from bars, especially on weekends. There has been construction going on across the street since I moved in (8/2013), which is very loud in the morning. Hopefully that will stop sometime soon. The management is very cheap and only puts in the minimum amount of money to fix things. Best doorman in the city with Norman, but he only works during the day and there is no nighttime coverage.

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Tons of daylight but old and noisy

What I liked: Our apartment had a huge living room full of daylight. What I didn't like: I had to call for maintenance quite often. The doorman was there few hours per day only. We had mice in the apartment, and the best was the landlord could do was to put few mice traps in the kitchen. Bedrooms are very noisy due to traffic outside.

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Good option if you want a building with "charm"

Older building, but "vintage" feel. The unit has hardwood floors and good layout and lighting. It is definitely old and not renovated. The kitchen was very tiny, but we were able to expand it into the dining room to create a great setup. Building is decent overall. Door man only during the day. The rest of the staff are decent. The management is not bad, but do not like to put money into the building and do all repairs as cheaply as possible

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