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Overview of Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square apartments are among Philadelphia’s most desirable rentals. On the streets around the park, well-to-do types sip cappuccinos as workers escape the office and enjoy fresh air lunches. In this neighborhood, tony restaurants and stylish boutiques intermingle with bookshops and bars. Grabbing a bench in the park and soaking up the stately atmosphere is a Philadelphia tradition. Renting a Rittenhouse Square apartment—that’s the Philadelphia dream.

This neighborhood surrounds the square of the same name, one of the five original parks planned by William Penn. It was renamed in 1825 for a descendant of Philadelphia’s first paper-maker. Even before then, the neighborhood was a desirable address. Early Congressman James Harper built his townhouse alongside the park in 1811. He set the neighborhood’s tone at that time and it’s held fast since then.

Rittenhouse Square Lifestyle and Entertainment

If you’re looking for shopping, Walnut Street, starting at Rittenhouse Square and running east to Broad Street, should fit the bill. Along this stretch you’ll find upscale stores selling everything from jewelry to computers. Check out local boutiques as well. Food is also a treat in the neighborhood. You’ll find some of the best eats in Philly around the square, from French bistros to steakhouses to casual pizza places. You can hit Los Catrines & Tequilas Restaurant for a shot of mescal or enjoy artisanal gelato at Caporgiro. Rittenhouse Square itself is Philadelphia’s version of Central Park. Even though the neighborhood is pricey, the park welcomes all sorts.

Rittenhouse Square Info and the Rental Market

High-rise apartment towers and luxury residences surround Rittenhouse Square. Because the places here are expensive, most of the residents are equally well off. That said, the park is public and attractive to many, from playing children to dog walkers to clerks. Expect to pay upwards of $2,300 a month for a two-bedroom Rittenhouse Square apartment.

If you’re commuting from Rittenhouse Square, Suburban Station is just six blocks away. All SEPTA Regional Rail lines stop there. You’ll also be close to SEPTA bus and trolley lines.

Rittenhouse Square Resources

The Philadelphia City Institute Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia system is on Locust Street in Rittenhouse Square. There’s a United States Post Office on Chestnut Street near 21st Street. Rittenhouse Square falls in City of Philadelphia City Council District 5.

Rittenhouse Square Zip Codes

The zip code serving Rittenhouse Square is 19103.

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