THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

WITH HIS RECORD-SET­TING 500 WAL­NUT RES­I­DENCE, DE­VEL­OPER TOM SCAN­NA­PIECO HAS TURNED AN HIS­TORIC ’HOOD INTO PHILLY’S HOTTEST ZIP CODE.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

With his record-set­ting 500 Wal­nut res­i­dence, de­vel­oper Tom Scan­na­pieco has turned an his­toric ’hood into Philly’s hottest zip code.

Though Jay-z and Bey­oncé won’t be mov­ing in when oc­cu­pancy be­gins this sum­mer, the own­ers of the city’s high­est-sell­ing con­do­minium ever, for a cool $17.85 mil­lion, will now call the bilevel pen­t­house at 500 Wal­nut (500 Wal­nut St., 215-5740500; 500wal­nut.net) home. Vi­sion­ary de­vel­oper Tom Scan­na­pieco of Scan­na­pieco De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, who first stunned Philadelphia with the ul­tra­lux­ury res­i­dence 1706 Rit­ten­house, has done it again at 500 Wal­nut-and bro­ken his own record. “We con­stantly chal­lenge our­selves,” he says. “500 Wal­nut es­tab­lishes a new bench­mark for ex­cel­lence in Philly.”

ALL IN THE DE­TAILS

Cus­tomiza­tion is in the DNA of the Scan­na­pieco brand: Step into any one of the 35 res­i­dences and you’ll find 35 dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent floor plans over the 26-story glass tower. Want to over­look In­de­pen­dence Hall while wad­ing around your Porce­lanosa soak­ing tub? All you’ll have to do is de­cide which way the tub should face.

IT’S ELEC­TRIC

When 1706 opened in 2010, the fully au­to­mated, valet-free un­der­ground park­ing sys­tem was an amenity that Philly hadn’t seen yet. Scan­na­pieco takes it one fu­tur­is­tic step fur­ther here, with the first plu­g­less in­duc­tion charg­ing sys­tem for elec­tric cars ever of­fered in a ro­botic garage in the US. In other words, charge up your BMW i3 mi­nus the plug. A Tesla town car and driver is also on hand— an­other Philly first.

EX­TRA, EX­TRA

Many of the ameni­ties at 500 Wal­nut were dreamed up not just by the Scan­na­pieco team but the res­i­dents of 1706. Thank them for the ho­tel-chic guest suite, hand­some li­brary and bil­liard room, and out­door yoga ter­race.

PARKS AND REC

Though ev­ery res­i­dence has an en­ter­tain­ing-wor­thy pri­vate bal­cony, the fourth-floor main ter­race is the airy jewel in this res­i­den­tial crown. The 4,000-square-foot ve­randa, stud­ded with neat green­ery, a gazebo, and a fire­place, over­looks In­de­pen­dence Park. Reach out and touch In­de­pen­dence Hall—or pre­tend to.

500 Wal­nut’s land­scaped ter­race has a gazebo, fire­place, and mul­ti­ple seat­ing ar­eas for res­i­dents. BE­LOW: The lobby area fea­tures a water wall and a lush out­door gar­den. Floor- to- ceil­ing win­dows through­out the 26- story prop­erty prom­ise prime views from

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