During Joel Embiid’s injury-plagued two years with the Sixers, we’ve learned plenty of details of his personal life. One of the most intriguing was that he was living in a hotel room (and buying absurd amounts of Shirley Temple pitchers through room service). 

But Embiid is apparently stepping up his apartment game now, with assistance from another local celebrity — former meteorologist John Bolaris, who has become Philadelphia’s Realtor to the stars.

Bolaris hosted the launch party for his new real estate brand, TCS Black Label (that’s The Condo Shop), earlier this month at the Embiid apartment. The 2,750 square foot space has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and a view of Philadelphia from 40 stories up. 

Skyline Philly
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Embiid apartment
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Embiid apartment

The party featured a brown liquor room and an “Oriental Station,” which included a chef on hand to serve up Chinese-style duck. Here’s how the food looked:


No word on whether Embiid will keep the chef on hand. At least one other famous Philly athlete has lived in the building as well — former Phillies ace pitcher Cole Hamels, who memorably posed for this promotional ad.

And you can read our full profile of Bolaris, and the other Philly sports stars he’s helped with real estate (Eagles downashore, Flyers in Center City) right here.

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...