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September 11, 2008

What is the current market value for a Center City Parking spot?

Filed under: Center City Real Estate,Of Interest to Buyers,Of Interest To Sellers,Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 12:41 pm

Parking in Center City Philadelphia is a treasured commodity. Since most single family homes in the downtown Philly area were built prior to Henry Ford cranking out his Model T’s, it is fair to assume that less than half the single family homes have parking- ditto for a number of existing condos in Philadelphia. And a good number of high rise condos in Philly just offer rental parking. With the advent of a number of new high rise condo projects in Center City, the number of parking spaces has ballooned in the past few years. Yippee!!

I remember back in 1990 when a lot on 3rd Street in Society Hill moved some lot lines and created ONE new parking spot, in an existing (say) twenty car lot. The spot went up for auction, and sold for $60,000. I also recall someone buying a neighboring home, as it had two car parking. They rented the house out, and kept the parking for their 200 year old Society Hill townhouse which was just around the corner. 

You can purchase a spot at the Parkominium in Old City for around $30,000- perhaps a bit more or less, depending on which spot you choose. You can buy a second parking spot at the Bella Vista lofts, via a LIFT, for $10,000 (your 2nd car sits on a lift, above your first car’s parking spot). Generally, in new construction condos in Philadelphia, a parking spot can be purchased anywhere from $30,000-$70,000 depending on the exclusivity of the building, and just how “preferred’ the parking spot is, within the parking structure.

I read that a parking spot in NYC (on West 17th Street) recently sold for $225,000 –that of course, being on the high end. My guess is that IF you could add a parking spot to say 1830 Rittenhouse Square (an impressive pre-war Center City condo building that currently has no parking), you could fetch up to about $125,000 for that spot. There would be a lot of “if’s” attached, and that is just a made up scenario, but I would guess that $125,000 would be about the max someone might pay for such an amenity.

Looking for that perfect condo, with a side of parking?

Give me a call at 215-521-1523 or drop me an email at and let’s see if we can’t find just what you are looking for ~ in a condo, and in a parking space!

Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St., Suite 260 Philadelphia, PA 19106

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