Rent.com wanted to know, what are the top apartment buildings in Philadelphia for proximity to medical centers, hospitals, medical practices, health clinics and more? We crunched all the numbers, mapped out all the healthcare facilities in the city and determined the 10 apartment buildings in Philly with the best proximity – weighted for distance – to the most overall medical centers and healthcare services.
10. The Harper
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The Harper in Rittenhouse Square occupies the former space of the Boyd Theater, a 1920s-era movie house, and sits atop the new Rittenhouse Target store. The movie theater may have operated for 75 years, but the new high-rise building is all contemporary and modern, featuring units with designer finishes, solid-surface countertops in gourmet kitchens, wine fridges, oversized windows and an in-suite fireplace.
With the fresh new Target downstairs, you have access to a pharmacy and aisles of over-the-counter medicines without even going outside. If that’s not enough, a 24-hour CVS is across the street.
Medical facilities are abundant in the neighborhood, including Wrigley Eye Associates, Skincare Lounge SPA and Philly Flu Shots. Additionally, two urgent care centers, PlushCare and Jefferson Urgent Care Rittenhouse, are under two blocks away.
9. The Collins at Midtown Village
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The Collins at Midtown Village is a “luxe” apartment building featuring both modern and old school loft-style units in the former Oppenheim, Collins & Co. Department Store. The Midtown Village residence features a number of luxuries inside, including high ceilings, full-service kitchen islands, ceiling fans throughout, terrace porches and quartz countertops in the modern lofts and granite in the “Old Philly” style ones.
The certified green building also contains a state of the art fitness studio, rec room, clubhouse and naturally-landscaped courtyard, as well as a stunning rooftop terrace with fire pit lounge, community grilling station and a manicured dog park.
Medical care could not be more convenient to The Collins, with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital literally down the block, which includes the Jefferson Heart Institute, OBGYN, Infectious Disease Care, Cardiology Center and more within the complex. The AHF Healthcare Center and FIGHT Pediatrics are also around the corner.
For self-care, Unite Fitness has a location right downstairs, where you can also find Center City’s first Target store complete with a pharmacy. Your furry buddies are even covered, with a PetSmart and its Banfield Pet Hospital in the building, as well.
8. 1213 Walnut
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The apartments at 1213 Walnut, in the Market East/Midtown Village neighborhood, feature units with open floor plans and an abundance of natural light. The apartments include floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Center City behind MechoShade blinds, oak flooring, stainless steel appliances, Italkraft cabinetry, quartz countertops, a mobile island and private outdoor terraces.
The mid-block high-rise offers a lobby with vast 35-foot ceilings, a lounge with catering kitchen and double-sided fireplace, fitness and yoga center with outdoor facilities, a dog-washing and grooming center and dog park, a second-story patio over bustling Walnut Street and a rooftop terrace with grilling stations and an entertainment center 25 stories up.
1213 Walnut is also adjacent to the Jefferson University Hospital medical complex, sharing its immediate area with Jefferson’s Hospital for Neuroscience, Department of Surgery, and Blood Donor Center.
Also nearby is Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics, Wolfson Wellness Family Chiropractic and the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center and Planned Parenthood Building. If you’re in need of some jalapeño therapy, El Vez, perhaps the city’s best Mexican restaurant, is half a block down.
7. 1500 Locust
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Down by Broad Street’s Avenue of the Arts is 1500 Locust, a 30-plus-story high-rise that sits atop a massive parking structure. While the outside of the building doesn’t hide its 1970s roots, the units are 100 percent modern living with tile flooring in the living room, dining room and kitchen and Berber carpet in the bedrooms. There’s a full-sized in-unit washer and dryer, cherrywood cabinets and a quaint balcony with Center City vistas.
Those same views are enhanced 360 degrees from the rooftop lounge with private cabanas attached to a heated indoor pool. Inside, take full advantage of the media lounge with a 90″ TV and a caterer’s kitchen.
Just downstairs in the same building is the Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology center, as well as Kremer Eye Center. Along the block, there’s more healthy living to be had at the Livengrin Addiction Treatment Center, myDoc Urgent Care, MinuteClinic, Rising Sun Health Center and the Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center.
6. 1501 Locust
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Just across Locust Street are the modern luxury apartments in the boutique 1501 Locust. This new building features open and bright one- and two-bedroom apartments containing granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and in-unit laundry.
The main lobby opens right out onto busy 15th Street, with a variety of unique shops and professional Center City offices. Small in stature compared to its neighbor across the street, 1501 Locust is noted for its modest pricing without sacrificing modern amenities.
For healthy outside as well as inside, there may be no better spot in Philly, with Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, the Skin & Laser Surgery Center of PA and Center City Dermatology all just along the block.
For general medical needs, Center City Medical Center, Passport Health and Stoll Medical Group are all within a block or two walk. And to keep yourself healthy between doctor visits, the upscale Vesper Sporting Club Center City is literally next door.
5. The Sterling Apartment Homes
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High-end luxury apartment building The Sterling is one of the most upscale addresses in Center City. The spectacular open floor plan units contain full-length dark hardwood floors, marble vanities, maple cabinets, granite countertops, smart technology, including locks and thermostats, and balconies off the living room with impressive downtown views.
The building features all the amenities you’d expect from this luxury high-rise, including valet parking and free city shuttles, a massive 24-hour fitness center, and a spectacular rooftop center 30 stories up, with a heated pool with underwater speakers, outdoor culinary kitchen, grilling station, entertainment lounge and fireplace seating.
The Sterling sits in the shadow of the G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Building, home to the headquarters of Independence Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Just steps away are the Penn Diagnostic Center and Philadelphia International Medicine, and Magellan Health Services is right inside the DiBona Building.
For the young ones, an office for Children’s Hospital CHCA is just down the street. To improve your daily health, a location of the City Fitness gym chain occupies the entire second floor of The Sterling Apartment building.
4. Griffin Center City
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The Griffin Center City is so close to City Hall, you can almost see the pupils in William Penn’s eyes. The enviable Broad Street-adjacent address is a “Beaux-Arts” style building from the late 1800s sitting right at the top of the Avenue of the Arts. The rooftop features a fire pit lounge and outdoor chef’s kitchen outside and a game room and golf simulator.
The units are ultra-modern, featuring sleek kitchens with quartz countertops and freestanding islands, living area hardwood flooring and bedroom carpeting, glass showers and smart amenities including keyless entry and Mecho blinds.
A few blocks to the east of The Griffin is the Center City campus of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, with facilities in nearly every discipline. Across Broad Street is everyday healthcare at Vybe Urgent Care and Center City Medical Center.
AHF Healthcare Center and FIGHT Pediatrics are close by, and the Drexel Center for Women’s Health is just on the other side of City Hall.
3. 1700 Chestnut Street
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1700 Chestnut may be small in stature, but it’s big in luxury style. The boutique apartment residence was built inside the former Bonwit Teller department store and retains the quaint charm of the iconic emporium.
For all the charm, the building’s units are luxurious with spacious layouts and high ceilings and features hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens and marble countertops. The amiable building’s amenities include a movie lounge, fitness center, chef’s kitchen, gaming room and a picturesque European garden terrace.
The Jefferson Methodist Heart Center is just on the other side of Broad Street, and Jefferson’s Philadelphia International Medicine center is right down the block.
And up Broad Street past City Hall is Hahnemann University Hospital, including its Orthopedics Institute, Apothecary, Pain Management, Pathology and Transplant units.
2. The Beacon
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One of the newest luxury buildings in Center City is the distinctive The Beacon, spacious one- and two-bedroom units on the site of the former Brown Brothers Harriman, which was the oldest private bank in the U.S.
Residences with expansive high ceilings contain hardwood floors, window walls overlooking the Rittenhouse neighborhood, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and stone countertops, and private balconies and terraces.
Medical facilities of all types are available around this Rittenhouse East address, including the Pennsylvania Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Rittenhouse Psychiatry, a Center City Temple Health campus, C.R.Y.O Philadelphia cryotherapy and the Skin & Laser Surgery Center of PA, which is right in the building.
For some aches and pains that don’t require a doctor, Lush Spa – just downstairs – offers massages and oil therapy featuring cotton candy, melted chocolate and relaxing music.
1. 1401 Walnut St.
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The best apartment building in all of Philadelphia for proximity to hospitals, doctors and medical centers is located on one of the most historic spots of the golden age of Center City Philadelphia. 1401 Walnut Street sits on historic South Broad Street – just two blocks south of City Hall – nestled in between The Bellevue Hotel, dating back to 1902, and the Union League of Philadelphia, which is so old, it was built to support the policies of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
The building’s central location gives it proximity to nearly every health facility in Center City. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – one of the highest-rated in the nation – is just three blocks west.
Wills Eye Institute, the best of its kind in America, is nearby, as is the renowned Rothman Institute’s Orthopaedics facility. And just across in Market East are well-reviewed facilities such as Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics and Wolfson Family Chiropractic.
We looked at all apartments in Philadelphia and rated them on the number of medical facilities within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, hospitals located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than hospitals a quarter-mile away. Our facility counts come from commercially available business listings.