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The Wellington Review
Great value for an apartment!
Spacious apartments in lovely location
Pros: spacious apartments, great location on a quiet street but right in the heart of the Rittenhouse neighborhood, friendly doormen, responsive management, reasonably priced, higher level apartments have nice views
Cons: minimal amenities (very small gym only), centrally controlled heating can be overbearing, some apartments have not been renovated in a while (though others have been).
Great Value Building
Wanamaker is a great value building in a prime location in Rittenhouse. The recent renovations to the lobby and common spaces have made it much more comfortable. My apartment is clean and quiet, and I've never had problems with rodents, pests, or getting minor things fixed. Some of the front desk staff could be friendlier, but overall they have a great system in place to accept packages and let deliveries in. Management was also great over the summer during protests--sending helpful emails to residents about city curfews additional measures they were taking.
Not the worst, but with fair share of problems
The building is very old. You can see this in the windows, appliances, floor, etc. There is not widespread but recurring mice infestation issue. I actually had to deal with that problem in my unit. Management team is unreachable which almost makes their existence pointless. Other than that, the staff including doormen is very kind. There is also a huge variance in quality of the units because the building in a condominium. If you are considering this building, you must check the unit out in person.
One of the best values in a 1bdr in Philly. Lots of space, floor to ceiling windows, and friendly management. Apartments and appliances are old, but good quality and still work well.
Great place to live
I've lived here since august 2019 and it's been great. There are not a lot of wharton students in the building but that's not a problem for me. You're perfectly located right on the square which is fantastic. The building management is very nice and attentive - anytime I have a problem they come fix it within the day. I have a balcony and an amazing view. I feel very safe in the building. There aren't nearly as many amenities in the building as there are in the newer construction but I find I don't use them anyway.
Very beautiful view, amazing space, remodeled so it's very new and the amenities are great. Property hires are all great people & very nice.
Love this building - beautiful views, super-spacious layouts, and lots of storage. Beautiful common areas and very close to bars and restaurants.
Great location, decent price
Given the fact that you are located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square and are within a decent distance to the UPenn campus, you get a great deal. I have a studio apartment and it's comfortable enough for my partner and I to live here without being on top of each other too much. No real issues with thin walls or pests. The floor to ceiling windows are fantastic.
The property manager, Allan Domb wasn't very flexible on lease terms when COVID lockdowns started happening, which was a bit of a turnoff, but ultimately decided that it was better to stay put in an apartment that I liked and was happy enough with than to go through the stress of moving into another place in the area.
Great location - only 2 blocks away from the park. Older building with large common space and thick walls. Management is very nice and responsive.
I've had a great experience living in Wanamaker and think it is a great value apartment building. Apartments definitely vary, however - try to find a newer apartment with newer kitchen / bathroom and hardwood (as opposed to carpeted floors). The buildings management team is who I go to for any issues (as opposed to Alan Domb), and they are very responsive and helpful.
The Dorchester Review
Good but old apartments
Excellent value, incredible location, apartments aging gracefully
The Wellington's an excellent mid-range choice (for those aghast at the $2000+ rents offered at the top-tier). Students coming from Manhattan, SF, Cambridge, etc. may be pleasantly surprised, whereas students looking for luxury will be disappointed. There are a probably three dozen or so Wharton MBA students living here at any given time in a normal year.
Price aside, the location is ideal, right along the edge of Rittenhouse Square, smack in the middle of the dining, retail, and recreation activity of this side of Center City. Commuting to Wharton could not be easier: buses stop a few yards from the entrance and travel directly along Walnut to the campus (rideshares take the same route) and the trolley--the most reliable option--stops two blocks away at 19th and Market. Crucially, Target is two short blocks away; Rittenhouse Market and Trader Joe's are reasonably close as well.
One noticeable negative is that the views on one side of the building are straight across an alley into an adjacent office building. Take note as you tour units. This didn't bother me much, but don't expect a park view from most units.
The building itself is a pretty pre-war masonry structure with an elegant lobby and a charming crew of doormen/doorwomen. The units are somewhat basic by Wharton standards, but the space to price ratio was just about the best I found in my search. The appliances (oven, gas stove, fridge) and cabinetry are outdated, but they're not terribly ugly, and the floorplans are quite efficient (ie rectangular, with few twists and turns), so the units can feel like a lot more space than the square footage might lead you to assume. Upkeep is good and the maintenance staff are generally helpful. Walls muffle conversation effectively--I could always hear the intro music to the sitcom's my neighbor watches, but never voices. Heating and air conditioning is centralized with limited individual settings, but it is adequate. Shower is okay but water temperature can be iffy outside of morning hours.
Laundry in basement; uses debit card system. Storage cages available in the basement. Bike storage can be found across the alley in the parking garage; theft is a risk so get tough locks. I can't remember but I think there are gym admitting privileges at a nearby building.
Note: this building has been owned by Allan Domb for just a few years, so reviews 5+ years old may be irrelevant. My best guess is that apartments will be improved further over time in order to command higher rents.
The Dorchester Review
The most welcoming introduction to Philly
Great location on square. Doorman. Very helpful and responsive maintenance staff. Reasonable rent. All condo owned. Mostly older population / less Wharton students, but in proximity to other buildings with more students, so nice to have a bit of privacy.