Sports Radio Legend Tony Bruno Finds Philadelphia’s Good Life at Dockside
Philadelphia, PA, April 2015: When popular sports radio personality Tony Bruno moved back to his native Philadelphia from Los Angeles in 2011, along with Miss Robin Austin, they faced a bit of a challenge in finding the ideal place to live. Bruno, who grew up in South Philly, wanted to be close to the city – but he didn’t want to deal with some of the typical urban living issues, like parking and snow removal. Austin, who grew up in the Netherlands, considered herself more of a suburban or country girl. Although she had lived in the L.A. area, she had never actually lived in a city before.
Together, they looked at as many as 20 different places in Philadelphia and, ultimately, ended up choosing The Residences at Dockside on South Columbus Boulevard, one of the city’s most popular waterfront condominium communities. Bruno, who can currently be heard weekday afternoons from 1:00–6:00 PM with co-host Josh Innes on 94WIP SportsRadio, explained their decision in a nutshell: “Dockside was absolutely the best place we looked at. It was the perfect location and it had everything we wanted. After every other place we visited, we found ourselves saying, ‘It’s not as good as Dockside.’”
The Residences at Dockside has a way of making that kind of lasting impression. The 16-story luxury waterfront condominium has earned a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s most unique residential experiences. Quietly set on the Delaware River, the building features upscale condominiums for sale or rent, with a low-maintenance lifestyle and some of the finest resort-style amenities available in the area.
Being from the area, it wasn’t Bruno’s first time noticing Dockside. “Before I moved to L.A., I used to drive by here and think, ‘I’d like to live there one day,’” he shared. As circumstances and job changes permitted, his wish came true. Bruno launched his legendary radio career in the market, including stints as a morning host at Philly’s WCAU 1210 and as part of the popular “Morning Guys” show with Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti on sports talk radio 610 WIP. When ESPN launched its own radio network in the early nineties, they tagged Bruno to be one of the original three with Keith Olbermann and Chuck Wilson. Then he moved to Los Angeles to help launch Fox Sports Radio network, where he hosted “The Tony Bruno Extravaganza” morning program with Andrew Siciliano, and was frequently a guest host on Fox Sports Network’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” Now, his career has come full circle in a way. He’s back in his hometown – and finally experiencing life at Dockside, after an exhaustive search with Miss Robin.
“We looked everywhere on the waterfront and all around the city,” Robin Austin reflected. “We made the decision to move here because they had every single amenity and convenience we wanted – and everyone was so nice! The whole staff is so caring and so accommodating. The security here is great and the guys are so nice. We never have to worry about a thing. I thought living in a high-rise might be inconvenient and it’s actually just the opposite! I love it – and everything is a breeze.”
Convenience is certainly one of the key benefits of living at Dockside – but it’s only one of many. Residents enjoy gated access, state-of-the-art security, a 24-hour concierge, ample indoor parking (including reserved spaces and free visitor parking), and some of the city’s best views, including sweeping panoramas of the river, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the Philadelphia skyline. The building’s resort-like amenities are simply unparalleled in the area. Residents enjoy include a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center with cardio and resistance equipment, and a spacious Club Room for entertaining, which features a full catering kitchen, pool table, grand piano, large-screen TV and adjacent 4,100-square-foot terrace overlooking the river. Many residents use the room, which can accommodate up to 125 people, to host private parties and business meetings. Residents can also take advantage of a free shuttle bus that runs daily from their building to Center City, with a number of stops conveniently located along Walnut and Market Streets.
As Bruno and Austin have discovered, it’s also a very social community. “It’s been fabulous,” Robin said, laughing. “I never lived in a dorm, but it has that kind feel, socially – in a good way! It’s a fun place to live and you can get to know people easily if you want to. There’s such a variety of people here, including some athletes from Philly sports teams, but it’s really accessible to anyone. We’re proud to live here.”
Tony agreed, and was also quick to point out the importance of the building’s location. “Hands down, this is one of the best locations in the city,” he commented. “Wherever we have to go, around the city, to New Jersey, to King of Prussia, it’s so convenient to get there from here. It’s phenomenal. I work on Market Street, so I’m only five minutes away. We’re just a couple of minutes from both bridges, right off 95. It’s only about fifteen minutes from the airport. It really couldn’t be in a better spot.”
Located in the center of the thriving Delaware River waterfront, Dockside is a short walk from Penn’s Landing and close to lots of high-end shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The Race Street Pier, Sugarhouse Casino, Delaware River Trail, Seaport Museum, Adventure Aquarium and Susquehanna Bank Center are all easily accessible. Residents can also take a short walk over the South Street Bridge for more great shopping and dining in the city. And, as Bruno pointed out, the community’s close proximity to major thoroughfares, including I-95, I-76 and 676, makes it easy for residents to travel to the Jersey shore or anywhere throughout the tri-state area.
At Dockside, residents can choose from a variety of floorplans that suit many different lifestyles. The elegant, spacious one, two, and three-bedroom condominiums feature expansive private terraces, designer kitchens with high-end appliances and granite countertops, in-unit washers and dryers, hardwood floors, and generous storage space. The condominiums can also be fully customized to meet buyers’ needs. Prices start from the upper-$200,000s.
“We were coming from a big four-bedroom home in L.A.,” Bruno said, “so we wanted a bigger unit here, to have space for all our stuff. We chose a three-bedroom condo on the south side, with plenty of space.” Robin laughs, adding, “We laughed because our closet in the master bedroom is bigger than the entire bedroom that Tony grew up in!” Bruno agreed and continued, “It’s great. We’re sixteen floors up and we have a spectacular view. We can see the Ben Franklin and the Walt Whitman Bridges and we have a great view of the fireworks. Anyone who comes to visit us, the first thing they say is, ‘Wow! What a view!’”
If it sounds like Tony and Miss Robin are having the time of their lives at Dockside, they are – and they can’t imagine themselves living anywhere else. Miss Robin put a nice closing touch on their experience. “It is such a peaceful, tranquil place to come home to every day. Here we are in the city, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle and freeways, but as soon as you arrive at Dockside and go through that gate, you just feel different. You feel like you’re truly coming home.”
Visit The Residences at Dockside to experience the Dockside difference for yourself – and to learn more about current availabilities in this remarkable building. Take a tour of the model homes, including the brand-new Ranger model, check out the pool, the Club Room and all the amenities. The sales office is located at 717 South Columbus Boulevard, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 12:00 Noon–5:00 p.m. Or call to schedule a private appointment: 215-925-3000. You may also learn more online, at www.DocksideCondominiums.com.