With the holiday village and City Hall markets in full swing and shoppers bustling down Philadelphia’s Walnut Street, it’s hard to deny the allure of this time of year in the city. What better neighborhood to dream of having a place to call home in than tony Rittenhouse Square, adjacent to the most elegant holiday light display and just steps from all the shopping you could want? These three homes will make you yearn for a very particular kind of city life.

$5,295,000

Monthly taxes: $3,293

Tell me all about it: As if the Delancey Place address and Rittenhouse Square location didn’t offer enough cachet, this five-bedroom home was once the residence of Pearl S. Buck. In addition to those attributes, the Beaux Arts style home boasts a grand staircase, an eat-in-kitchen with dual islands and a lovely sun room. The dressing area in the master suite is jaw-dropping.

$4,150,000

Monthly taxes: $2,655

Tell me all about it: This Locust Street property is being sold as a single-family home with four bedrooms. The building — designed by Horace Trumbauer — is currently serving as an office, which will give new owners the opportunity to design to their hearts’ content. Here’s hoping they keep the magnificent staircase.

1629 Locust St., Philadelphia, is on the market for $4,150,000.
1629 Locust St., Philadelphia, is on the market for $4,150,000.

$3,688,000

Monthly taxes: N/A

Tell me all about it: In contrast with many of its Rittenhouse Square neighbors, this five-bedroom home is entirely new construction. We love the modern, airy feel of this 5,700-square-foot home, which includes luxury features like an elevator and a private garage. The home occupies a double lot, allowing for plenty of natural light. As if that’s not enough, there is also a lovely deck with stunning views.

2001 Waverly St., Philadelphia, is on the market for $3,688,000.
2001 Waverly St., Philadelphia, is on the market for $3,688,000.