The Laurel, Building Facade

“Our New Home Away From Home in Philadelphia”

Building Facade

Laurel buyers, Patrick Higgins and Julianne Bigelli

With construction of The Laurel, Rittenhouse Square well underway in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Center City, the pace of sales for these grand luxury tower condominium residences is picking up and buyers like Patrick Higgins and Julianne Bigelli of Seabrook Island, SC are getting caught up in the excitement.

Making their current Philly home at an older condominium on Penn Square, the Higgins were attracted by the opportunity to customize a home to their liking with the new construction and more modern open floorplans presented at The Laurel.

“We like brand new,” says Julianne. “We’ve built and decorated eight homes over the years, from New Jersey to South Carolina, Utah, the Virgin Islands We actually enjoy the process and look forward to bringing in our decorator here. It’s a terrific palette to work with and we love the city. The Laurel will be our new home away from home when we come to Philadelphia.

Wildcats and Successful Careers

Patrick was co-founder and CEO of a biotechnology company that researched and developed successful therapies for hepatology and infectious diseases.  Julianne was a senior banking executive for 25 years and is still an active marketing and small business development consultant.

Graduates of nearby Villanova University where they met and soon married 34 years ago, Patrick (Class of ’79) and Julianne (Class of ’80) remain active alumni and Wildcat basketball season ticket holders with deep connections to the area. They provide generous philanthropy to their alma mater.

City Lights and City Life

At The Laurel, the Higgins purchased a 28th floor Sky Residence with a city view after being captivated by a Sales Gallery preview of the wraparound corner residence’s expansive living spaces and panoramic views.

Having grown up in North Jersey and gone to college in the Philly area we have lots of friends and family nearby,” says Julianne. “We’re looking forward to cooking and entertaining in that big open kitchen and great room. The appliances are top of the line and with those floor-to-ceiling glass walls and balconies, the city lights just go on forever from up there!”

We fell in love with it right away,” says Patrick. “The Sales Team and presentation were terrific. They were able to answer all our questions, and I think we made the decision to buy within 48 hours.”

The Best of Everything

“We love city living and Rittenhouse Square is the place to be in this town,” adds Julianne. “All the shopping on Walnut Street, so many of our favorite restaurants right in the neighborhood, the malls and museums nearby. The central location and convenience will give us so much more time to explore and enjoy all the things that Philly has to offer.”

You add all amenities The Laurel is going to have right in the building the club rooms, the gym with the Pelotons, the indoor pool, golf simulator, restaurants and shops right downstairs…the ability to just pack up, lock up and leave when we want.” Concludes Patrick,It’s the best of everything!

To learn more, visit or call 215-960-9206 to schedule your private preview today.

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