Luxury apartments sometimes tout kitchens full of granite and stainless steel or fancy bathroom fixtures.
A historic building in Philly's Rittenhouse Square is adding some very unusual options that are supposed to improve their residents' health at 1616 Walnut Street.
When the renovated building open its doors in Center City this April, it will have more than 200 luxury apartments.
Paul Scialla, the founder of "wellness real estate company" Delos, said some of those apartments will also have something special.
"They will have circadian lighting elements that help balance the body's circadian system that allow for energy levels during the day and better sleeping patterns at night," Scialla said. "There is EMF shielding which help block exposure to electro-magnetic fields."
Scialla's company created WELL Being Standards to rate buildings offering these kinds of options. His company partnered with the building's developer at 1616 Walnut Street, however the new apartments will not be certified under the standard.
"We're spending 92 percent of our time indoors now whether it's our homes, our offices, our schools," Scialla said. "If we can introduce preventative medical intentions into the places that we're spending most of our time, we feel that's a big win."
Wellness features in the 9th floor apartments will also include advanced air purification and water filtration systems and shower water that's infused with vitamin C. That's supposed to neutralize chlorine in tap water and promote healthy hair and skin. The developer says the wellness units will be slightly more expensive than the other apartments in the building, but would not say how much more.
Scialla said it's worth it.
"When you think of a person's home, the environment around them that they're spending all this time in, a passive delivery of alternative healing and integrative medical therapies while the person is spending their time at home, is very appealing."
Apartments on the ninth-floor of the luxury building will include a long list of wellness features: