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Breaking the bank downtown: 3 private residences over $5 million

Yes, the appeal of city living is often cited in terms of density and culture and all that walkability. But isn't it nice to dream of a private residence without hearing your upstairs neighbor click-clacking around in heels or enduring your downstairs neighbor hitting the ceiling with his broom again? You know you've arrived when your home address can't be contained by one number and spans part of a block. These homes feature an embarrassment of private square footage at a price to match.

328-330 Delancey Street, Philadelphia
Square footage: 7,742
Taxes: $1,051 monthly
Everything's waiting for you:
This property includes a whopping 60 feet of Society Hill street frontage as well as five full bedrooms and five full baths (plus three powder rooms). In addition to the standard luxury items like palatial, spa bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, this manse also includes a primo roof deck with pool and hot tub, a home theater with a skyline mural and a temperature-controlled greenhouse.

232-36 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Square footage: 5,400
Taxes: unavailable
Everything's waiting for you:
Built 16 years ago, this private home sits just feet away from Independence Hall.  It features an enormous three-story floating staircase in its entryway, a lower-level gaming room, and a private suite for guests. We're also gaga for the mature garden and koi pond. The garage is almost as massive, with room for five vehicles.

1910 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Square footage: 5,374
Taxes: $2,384 monthly
Everything's waiting for you:
Well, there are only two residential townhomes on Rittenhouse Square and this is one of them. You know it's serious when even the gym includes chandeliers. This property is almost a caricature of formal living, from brass and marble to heavy wallpaper and intricate ceiling treatments.

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