When Ed and Madeline Apollo bought their one-bedroom condo in the Phoenix in 2009, they were drawn first to the building itself.
“The old adage is true — they don’t make them like they used to,” Madeline Apollo said.
The Phoenix, which was built in 1925, was renovated shortly before the Apollos moved in.
“We liked the idea of an established building for its aesthetics and for the fact that the structure is built like a fortress,” she said. “We don’t hear a sound through the walls from our neighbors.”
Despite the building renovations, Apollo said, their one-bedroom unit required some updates when they bought it.
“It was a complete renovation when we purchased it,” she said.
The couple installed new granite countertops, hardwood floors and cabinetry. The kitchen also features a breakfast bar and stainless-steel appliances.
Apollo said she and her husband have made great use of the technology and amenities that were added to the building as part of the larger renovation project.
“And you can’t beat having a Starbucks in the lobby,” she said.
The building also boasts 24-hour concierge, a roof deck, fitness center, and resident lounge.
Apollo said the couple has loved their time in the building, especially this time of the year.
“We enjoy the various holidays at City Hall, including Octoberfest and the holiday events in December like the shopping village,” she said.
Now that she and Ed have decided to list their unit for sale, she said they expect new owners to also be drawn to its location across from newly refinished Love Park.
“It is a nice stroll up the Parkway to the museum district, and a short walk to all the restaurants, shopping and nightlife on Chestnut and Walnut Streets,” she said.
Apollo said they decided to sell their condo to move closer to their children.
“We are native New Yorkers and have two daughters who reside and work in Manhattan,” Apollo said. “We are starting the process to relocate back to New York City to be near them and all our extended families.”