Having sold over a dozen units in the building, I can say for certain that I am a fan of the Phoenix condos. And here is the inside skinny as I know it-
The Phoenix was an existing office building when it was converted to apartments just over fourteen years ago…say around 2002. Then around 2006, the usage was altered to be condominiums. The Phoenix performed fairly well at its introduction to the public and is fully sold out. The building has a great mix of one, two and three bedroom condos- though the 3 bed units are rare, as are a handful of studio units in the building. A fair number of one bed plus den styled units…around 1100 sq ft (the den is a bedroom, but doesn’t have any direct sunlight or windows..but the size of the den is similar to the bedroom). Values can be contingent upon which direction a condo faces, but in reality- interior condition is king. The costliest views are east and north…and resale prices are reflective of such. The building has valet parking- condo owners could have either purchased a rental license or were given the option to rent a parking spot. The tax abatement for the building expired in 2013 and I do NOT think that values have been affected in any way by that fact. The condos at the Phoenix provide direct access to the train station (you don’t have to walk outside to catch a train to say NYC). The front desk staff is very friendly and have never given me any crap….and I can see that the residents of the building like them as well. There is a Starbucks and a restaurant down the first floor corridor which is nice for owners and residents.
The building kinda’ sits close to Jefferson Medical, U of Penn and Hannemann which draws from those three crowds…almost like a “built-in resale market.” The Phoenix at 1600 Arch has the best and largest common roof deck of any condo building in Philadelphia and has lounge areas as well as a BBQ station which is nice. There is also a fairly good sized gym and conference rooms. The common areas are done nicely and retain a fair amount of their pre-war grandeur, but the interior units don’t reflect that fact. The top floor condos at the Phoenix are unique in that they preserved some of the original detail of the building and incorporated it into the condo units. The condominiums are pet friendly and I am unaware of any rental restrictions for owners.
And my clients should feel free to email me if they would like to chat with someone who lives in the building in order to get their two cents on the Phoenix condos at 1600 Arch St. I recently sold a unit to a lovely couple at the Phoenix and their condo is NOTHING short of stunning and is magazine quality (I mean you Joan).