Philadelphia Is A City Of Neighborhoods
One of the premier neighborhoods in the country, where beautifully renovated Colonial homes exist in harmony with luxury high-rise buildings. Shop at unique stores, at specialty shops along South Street, Headhouse Row, and Center City or crafts fairs under the historic market shed at the old Headhouse. This Colonial area offers some of the city’s finest restaurants, theaters and museums. You can jog, ice skate, or ride bikes, or attend wonderful musical, and entertainment events, including fireworks at New Year’s and the Fourth of July at Penn’s Landing.
Settled by Swedes in the 1600s and named for the Queen of Sweden, this area situated just to the south of Society Hill, is an eclectic and vibrant neighborhood with a strong Neighborhood Association. Architecturally you will find Colonial, contemporary and most periods in between. Queen Village’s heartbeat is South Street, which many compare to New York’s Greenwich Village.
Catch a quick bite or a live band in this long-standing Center City nightlife district, which is enjoying more stores, better restaurants and hipper musical and performing arts venues than ever before. Or shop at the antique stores and second-hand stores on Sixth Street or on ‘Fabric Row’ on South Fourth Street.
Live the old neighborhood life in Bella Vista, which is just west of Queen Village and just south of Wash West. In walking distance to Center City’s business district as well as shopping, its heartbeat is the Italian Market along 9th Street, between Catharine Street and Washington Avenue. The market is a true European open air market, where you can find fresh mozzarella, fresh fish, rare cuts of meat, homemade pasta, produce, exotic spices, flowers, bread right out of the oven and, of course, several of the best Italian restaurants. You can also enjoy the new Asian supermarkets along Washington Avenue. The architecture ranges from classic brick row homes to warehouses converted to ultra modern lofts.
The most stylish of Center City neighborhoods, with its Manhattan-esque stately Victorian brownstone apartment buildings and blocks of gracious 19th century townhouses. Rittenhouse Square (the park is located between 18th & 19th and Walnut & Locust), designed by William Penn in 1682, is one of the most treasured of the five city parks. Surrounding the park are mainly high-rise apartment buildings with some of the most prestigious in the city. They range in style from 1920′s opulence to the most contemporary. Just west of Rittenhouse Square is a charming area called Fitler Square, which takes its name from the park between 23rd & 24th along Pine Street. The neighborhood abuts Center City’s office and business district and has the finest in shopping.
Dine at internationally renowned restaurants and then stroll to the Avenue of the Arts for a performance by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, or plays at the Merriam and Wilma theaters.
Washington Square West
As the name implies, this area is west of Washington Square, and neighbored on the east by Society Hill. Its location is extremely central, within walking distance of Center City’s business district. ‘Wash West’ is a neighborhood where coffee houses host poetry readings, and you have shops, cafes and nightspots at your fingertips. Live on cozy cobblestone streets like Camac and Hutchinson or in condos in the grand houses of Strickland Row on Spruce Street.
Shop at the eclectic stores on Pine Street’s Antique Row. Be dazzled by the choices along Jeweler’s Row in the vicinity of 8th and Sansom. Dine at fine local restaurants, then catch a show at the Forrest Theater or historic Walnut Street Theater.
Life is quite enjoyable off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Spring Garden and Logan Square, with easy access to some of the finest museums and cultural institutions in the world. This neighborhood is great for children, with easy access to the Please Touch Museum; the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Located just North of Old City this former industrial and row house district has been cultivated by musicians and artists. Once the land of breweries, now an eclectic version of Philly’s SoHo. The buildings lend themselves to development as great artist live/work space, music and art studios and nightclubs. The neighborhood enjoys good brews, food and jazz, as well as diner fare and clever theme evenings at local establishments.
Commercial buildings from the turn of the century have become exciting, light filled loft apartments or condos with panoramic views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Enjoy walking through this diversified neighborhood of commerce and industry and its many historic structures, which include Penn’s Landing, Old Christ Church, Betsy Ross House and Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest residential street in the country.
Shop at the highest concentration of galleries in the region along Second Street. Celebrate First Friday (first Friday of every month), the night the galleries boast a grand open house.
Olde City is known for chic new restaurants and coffee shops. Easy access to local highways at the East End of Center City and just north of Society Hill make this a convenient location.
Fairmount / Art Museum
Minutes away from Center City’s business district and ideal for the active individual. Enjoy jogging, biking and skating along scenic Kelly Drive. Watch regattas of scullers on the Schuylkill River or visit beautiful Federal mansions in Fairmount Park.
Walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rodin Museum and the new Barnes Foundation site. Not only does the Art Museum have one of America’s greatest collections of art, its grounds serve the neighborhood as a meeting place to enjoy a variety of activities and magnificent views of the skyline and river.
Life is quite enjoyable off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Spring Garden and Logan Square, with easy access to some of the finest museums and cultural institutions in the world. This neighborhood is great for children, with easy access to the Please Touch Museum, the Franklin Institute, and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Philadelphia’s Chinatown is the fourth largest in the US. Chinatown is currently expanding north of the Vine Street Expressway with new housing developments and condo conversion. Shop at the dozens of gift shops and Asian markets. Discover exquisite treasures in Chinatown’s specialty shops. And enjoy easy access to the many events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Dine and shop at a variety of Asian restaurants, bakeries and food stores, or stroll over to the Reading Terminal Market where you can shop for take-home gourmet.
Southwest Center City
Also known as Graduate Hospital Area, or ‘SoSo’ for ‘South of South,’ just to the south of Rittenhouse Square is the area surrounding the former Graduate Hospital. Residents enjoy easy access to jobs in Center City, The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel Univeristy, Children’s Hospital and the entire University City area.
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia’s premier cultural thoroughfare spanning from City Hall to the heart of South Philadelphia. The home of our major cultural and entertainment venues including the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as well as an array of fine restaurants and dynamic new residential developments including Symphony House and The Artisan Townhouses.This is one of Philadelphia’s newest neighborhoods right in the center of Center City.
Washington Ave to Passyunk, Broad to 18th Sts. An exciting repidly growing area in close proximity to the Broad Street line. You’ll find new construction as well as shells ready for development. An area where you can still find homes at lower price points.
Washington Ave to Tasker, 6th to Broad Sts. A bustling neighborhood with lots of renovation that’s managed to keep its original character yet bringing it up to 21st century living. Passyunk Square is known for shopping and restaurants along East Passyunk Ave, including Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks, as well as many fine dining establishments. Residents are active in the neighborhood association and enjoy patronizing the Farmer’s Market and the many local businesses.
Located to the Northeast of Center City, generally considered to be the triangle between the Delaware River, Frankford Ave & York St. A vibrant and eclectic area attracting artists and young professionals. There’s new development in housing and businesses as well as new restaurants opening. You’ll find homes with original details as well as new modern construction–some still at affordable price points. The area is served by the Market-Frankford El making it convenient for travel throughout the city. The name “Fishtown” refers to the area’s history as the center of shad fishing on the Delaware.
Author: Leon Aksman
February 2nd 2016
About Leon: Leon Aksman "Mr.Brickhouse,” started his real estate career in investment property. A Philadelphia...