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High-rise Condo
Rittenhouse Square, 1420 Locust St | Philadelphia
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  •  Building Laundry Room  
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Laundry on Every Floor
  •  Oversize or penthouse units
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit  

User Rating

8.3
Great
18 Reviews

About this Location

Di Bruno Bros.
11 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
Rittenhouse Square
6 min walk
BSL (metro) - 3 min
PATCO (rail) - 3 min

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,350+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,835+
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths
$2,175+
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths
$1,990+
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
$3,590+
Schedule Appointment At
(215) 398-1073
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Included

    •  Basic Cable Included
    •  Electricity Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Microwave
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room  
    •  Laundry on Every Floor
    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit (some units)
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Surface Parking Lot
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
  • Unique Unit Types

    •  Oversize or penthouse units
  • View

    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 8.3/10, based on 18 renter reviews

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Location
8.2
Amenities
8.2
Management
9.1
Value
8.0
Social
9.3
Safety
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Academy House reviews and highlights

  • Concierge desk and doormen are very helpful
  • Utilities are included
  • Great value
  • Most apartments have a balcony
  • Safe, clean, quiet, and in a great location
  • Security is always great
  • Building is mostly working singles and retirees
  • Coin-operated washer-dryer on every other floor
  • Some landlords allow sublets
  • Lots of light
  • Great building and centrally located
  • Slightly older building
  • Small gym, indoor pool and a hot tub
  • Lots of students and residents from Jefferson Medical
  • Near lots of great restaurants on 13th street and Rittenhouse Square
  • Convenient access to the 21/42 bus
  • Some units have washer and dryers in unit
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Great place

Small but liveable space. There were major renovations in my apartment and in the shared facilities recently. Lots of pleasant older residents in the building but many younger families moving in.

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Location is everything!!

Although I just moved into Academy House last week, the location is even better than I expected! EVERYTHING is within walking distance, this is truly in the heart of center city! All of the best restaurants, shops, bars, and sites are right outside your door! The unit I am living in is spacious with great views. Could use a bit of a renovation, but we got a great deal on rent! I recommend this place to anyone, the door people and staff and so nice and helpful. Couldn't have asked for a better place!

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  • 3 beds / 3 baths
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Great location and apartments at an affordable price

The apartments are spacious, the location is great, the gym has everything we need, and the fact that all utilities are included is a major pro for us (no need to deal with any service providers or bills, except for internet).
The price is affordable and overall we love the building.

If I ought to state cons: the pool is quite small and most residents are old but extremely nice couples, so it's not ideal if you are looking to socialize.

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Great location without the price inflation

Most of the condos in the building are owned by older folk who live in the suburbs and rent to students, either from Jefferson Medical School or elsewhere. As a result, the prices are extremely reasonable and everything (water, gas, electric, A/C, heating, etc) is included in the rent. It varies from condo to condo but, generally, it's a great location without the hassle of overpriced apartments.

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Lots of space, nice units, and good location

Pros: More spacious than most other housing options, large rooms + large drawing room - 2 Bathrooms! - Well appointed kitchen and bathrooms - People at the concierge are helpful - Decent gym (not as fancy as 1500 Locust, but pretty well equipped and quite large) - Our landlord was pretty helpful and quite accommodating (he even allowed sublets during the summer) - Building is well located. Cons - Slightly older building (we haven't had too many issues with things breaking down, but it does happen occasionally) - Not too many Whartonites in the building and typical occupant is elderly (70+). Neighbors may sleep early and don't like too much noise, so don't expect this to be a party pad! - Building manager can be a bit crabby and unhelpful (but reception/concierge is great!)

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Academy House is a great place to live

It's great and located in a fun, social, safe, area away from campus.

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Great building. Centrally located with excellent south-facing (hence, sunny) unit. All expenses are included in the rent. Building is very liberal and though there are few Wharton students, most neighbours are extremely welcoming.

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Great value for the price.

This building is a condo building, but you can also find available apartments from Allan Domb Real Estate. Great value for the price. Rent includes all utilities and TV cable. Washer and dryer in the unit. The place has a small gym and small in-door pool. Doormen are very nice. Most apartments have a balcony.

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Great staff, but management could be nicer and more responsive

Slightly older building, but very spacious with lots of light - Relatively cheaper - building management can be a tad cantankerous to deal with at times (though the guys handling the concierge desk are all quite nice AND friendly)

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Academy House = Hidden Gem!

Safe, clean, quiet, great location-- a hidden gem!

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 21 Recs

&pizza
Snap Custom Pizza - Center City
Butcher and Singer
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grocery 3 Recs

Whole Foods Market
MOM’s Organic Market
Di Bruno Bros.
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convenience 4 Recs

Walgreens
Wawa
Convenient Food Mart
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fitness 31 Recs

Flywheel Sports
Philly Personal Training
The Sporting Club at the Bellevue
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parks 5 Recs

Rittenhouse Square Park
Dilworth Park
Seger Park
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coffee 22 Recs

Elixr Coffee Roasters
Max Brenner
Cake and the Beanstalk
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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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Rittenhouse Square Reviews

332 reviews
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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