Inside Look: New luxury in Old City

Just blocks from Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest residential street, new construction is rising up in Old City.

The modernBridge apartments, set to open in May 2017, provide first-class amenities and thoughtful modern design at Second and Race streets, offering residents the chance to find their space in history.

With 17 stories, Bridge rises above Old City’s charming brick trinities and cobblestone streets; and with its window-clad facade, the building gives residents plenty of natural light and stunning views of Center City and the Delaware River waterfront.

Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available, and residents gain access to on-site parking, bicycle parking, storage space, a 24-hour concierge, a gym, co-working space, an outdoor terrace and private barbecue dining rooms, reflecting an emphasis in modern apartment design for connectivity and personal health.

The garden terrace is especially stunning. Residents can spend sunny afternoons out there lounging among the gardens, or host gatherings at night, with the illuminated Benjamin Franklin Bridge as their backdrop.

Inside, apartments are designed in a modern, urban style: state-of-the-art mechanical systems, like smartphone-controlled heating and cooling, clean lines in the kitchen and bathroom, high ceilings and exposed concrete walls.

Designed by New York City firm GLUCK+ with Brown Hill Development, the Bridge building will also add value to Old City’s street level. A newly constructed sidewalk plaze will feature rotating art installations open to the public – they already started that, with a First Friday event earlier this month – a space leased by coffeshop and clothier United by Blue, a sushi joint and a full-service salon.

“We are proud to bring bridge to fruition,” Jeffrey Brown, of Brown Hill Development, said. “It is a gracious addition to the neighborhood and will provide a lifestyle choice for its residents, and hopefully, become a catalyst for more thoughtful design in our thriving city.”

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