Bathed in scenic city views and sunlight, a classic condominium infuses vintage glamour into the 21st century.
A remarkable view of the luxe living room at this Barclay condominium. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLAN DOMB REAL ESTATE
Constructed in 1929, the Barclay Condominiums once reigned as the hottest hotel in the Rittenhouse area, accommodating the city’s upper echelon of society. J.E.R. Carpenter Company, a world-famous architectural firm responsible for the Empire State Building, designed the locale. Hence, it’s understandable why Barclay 7B1 retains the bygone glamour of the early 20th century, evident within the impeccable ceiling millwork and herringbone cherry wood flooring.
Upon entering the 2,150-square-foot space, you are greeted by views of Rittenhouse Square below and a wash of natural sunlight, which pours in through vast windows. Before leaving the foyer, don’t miss the attached powder room and set of double closets, arranged for prime convenience. The gas fireplace, ice maker and built-in wet bar with a wine refrigerator combine to create an optimal atmosphere for hosting celebrations of any kind. Adorned with an intricate tray ceiling and custom lighting, the dining room emanates a serene sense of domestic splendor paralleled only by the chef’s kitchen next door. There, a Wolf gas range, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, marble countertops and Downsview cabinetry await you—and the soon-to-be guests of your potential dinner parties.
The state-of-the-art kitchen with updated appliances. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLAN DOMB REAL ESTATE
A view of the dining area. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLAN DOMB REAL ESTATE
The primary suite boasts dual walk-in closets and three south-facing windows, which illuminate each morning with a honeyed radiance. Additionally, the main bathroom could contend with any top-tier spa, as it flaunts two steam-and-sauna showers, a Zuma European soaking tub with jets, pebble floor tiling and a vanity with twin sinks. Not to mention, the second bedroom features another en suite bathroom, as well. For a much-needed moment of repose, you can step into the den, which promises peak privacy along with a transom window.
The master bathroom with tile flooring and white cabinetry. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLAN DOMB REAL ESTATE
If these details weren’t enough, then the Barclay building’s benefits should seal the deal. With a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, a chauffeur-driven Mercedes and Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime on-site, what more could you ask for? There’s hardly another contender in the city to provide every contemporary comfort wrapped in the antique appeal of the early 20th century—without a doubt. $1,695,000, 237-47 S. 18th St., Ste. #7B1, Allan Domb, office: 215.545.1500, Allan Domb Real Estate, allandomb.com
Photography by: Allan Domb Real Estate