New apartment and retail recreates the 1600 block of Sansom Street

the sansom rendering thumbA new eight storey apartment building is being built on the 1600 block of Sansom Street, between the Hotel Palomar and the Oakwood ApartmentsThe Sansom, being developed by Pearl Properties and designed by DAS Architects, will contain 104 newly constructed apartments and stores on the ground floor.  The apartments include one bedrooms, one bedrooms with dens, two bedrooms, and studios.  The units feature finishes such as granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, hardwood floors and in-unit washer/dryers.  Building amenities include a doorman, residents’ lounge, fitness center, and bike parking.  One bedroom units will start at $1,895.

This new building is an infill development of a site that used to have several low-rise, nineteenth century buildings with stores on the first floor.  The buildings were in terrible disrepair and after an unsuccessful attempt by historic preservationists to save them, the structures were demolished about a decade ago and a parking lot was put in their place.  The Sansom fulfills the ever-increasing demand for rentals in Center City, in a busy location in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of much of what Center City has to offer.  Because of the location, the building will have no parking on site.  Residents will either have to rent a space in one of the many nearby garages or forgo a car all together (many new downtown apartment buildings are being built with little or no parking in order to discourage downtown residents from owning cars).  The new building, also, will create a continuous shopping district of small, local stores, cafes, and restaurants along Sansom Street, from 15th Street to 18th Street, right in the heart of downtown, kind of like a more upscale version of South Street in the middle of Center City.

You can find out more about The Sansom from Pearl Properties’ website, here, and if you would like to buy, sell, or rent a home or investment property in this very popular area of Center City, please contact me at gabriel.gottlieb@lnf.com or check out my Facebook realtor page, Gabriel G. Philly Realtor, or my twitter page, @GabrielGPhilaRE.  You can, also, check out our Long & Foster Philly Center City Office, here.  You can, also, view the many pictures of the site and the surrounding neighborhood that I took recently, below.

The Sansom rendering

The Sansom rendering

The Sansom, from the west

The Sansom, from the west

The Sansom, from the front, with the part of the structure on Sansom Street being completed

The Sansom, from the front, with the part of the structure on Sansom Street being completed

View of Liberty Place rising up behind The Sansom

View of Liberty Place rising up behind The Sansom

The Sansom, looking west showing the front portion being completed

The Sansom, looking west showing the front portion being completed

Sign announcing The Sansom

Sign announcing The Sansom

Notice for a new restaurant

Notice for a new restaurant

Hotel Palomar, to the west of The Sansom, on 17th Street

Hotel Palomar, to the west of The Sansom, on 17th Street

Looking towards the west on Sansom Street, from in front of the building

Looking towards the west on Sansom Street, from in front of the building

The Sansom and Oakwood Residences, next door on 16th Street

The Sansom and Oakwood Residences, next door on 16th Street

Businesses on Sansom Street, across from The Sansom, including the popular Federal Donuts

Businesses on Sansom Street, across from The Sansom, including the popular Federal Donuts

Looking towards the east down Sansom Street

Looking towards the east down Sansom Street

Looking west down the 1700 block of Sansom Street

Looking west down the 1700 block of Sansom Street

Square 1682 restaurant, in the Hotel Palomar, at 17th & Sansom

Square 1682 restaurant, in the Hotel Palomar, at 17th & Sansom

Historic First Baptist Church, which has a small theatre in the basement

Historic First Baptist Church, which has a small theatre in the basement

A closer look at some of the retail on the 1700 block of Sansom Street

A closer look at some of the retail on the 1700 block of Sansom Street

Looking north on 17th Street, towards Liberty Place and the Comcast Center, from Sansom

Looking north on 17th Street, towards Liberty Place and the Comcast Center, from Sansom

Oakwood Residences, to the east of The Sansom, at 16th and Sansom

Oakwood Residences, to the east of The Sansom, at 16th and Sansom

Looking at the diverse mix of retail along the 1500 block of Sansom Street, to the east of The Sansom

Looking at the diverse mix of retail along the 1500 block of Sansom Street, to the east of The Sansom

Looking north up 16th Street, at Two Liberty Place which includes the Residences at Two Liberty, a half block from The Sansom

Looking north up 16th Street, at Two Liberty Place which includes the Residences at Two Liberty, a half block from The Sansom

The Shops at Liberty Place on the 1600 block of Chestnut Street, a half block north of The Sansom

The Shops at Liberty Place on the 1600 block of Chestnut Street, a half block north of The Sansom

The 1600 block of Walnut Street, a half block south of The Sansom

The 1600 block of Walnut Street, a half block south of The Sansom

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About gabrielcgottlieb

I am a real estate agent at Long & Foster Real Estate Center City and someone who likes to write about development and urban planning in the City of Philadelphia. Contact me at Gabriel.gottlieb@LNF.com if you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in Philadelphia.
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