While 2017 may have ended as a seller’s market, there is still plenty of opportunity in the most in-demand neighborhoods in the city. Here are three key trends from the end of 2017.

1.     Believe it or not, it’s still affordable to buy in Philly.

NeighborhoodX recently analyzed the price of homes per square footage in Philadelphia neighborhoods in high demand, and they discovered that the average cost is $301 per square foot. Rittenhouse Square homes can sell for more, topping out at $1,680 per square foot.

Location

Lowest $/sq.ft

Highest $/sq.ft

Average $/sq.ft

Point Breeze

$118

$347

$203

Pennsport

$181

$231

$221

Queen Village

$175

$688

$311

Bella Vista

$220

$532

$313

Graduate Hospital

$205

$591

$338

Old City

$239

$565

$375

Washington Square West

$293

$973

$416

Society Hill

$268

$1,618

$444

Rittenhouse Square

$332

$1,680

$544

Source: NeighborhoodX Corp.

In addition to Philadelphia, the analysis also looked at six other cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, and New Orleans, and Philadelphia came out as the second most affordable city.

 

2.     More Philadelphians own than rent.

According to niche.com, 53% of Philadelphia’s 1.5 million residents own a home as opposed to renting. And the median home value is $145,300. But how does that break down in the city’s most popular neighborhoods?

Location

# of Residents

% Home Ownership

Median Home Value

Pennsport

9,391

68%

$228,610

Point Breeze

18,796

53%

$128,994

Queen Village

8,198

53%

$387,531

Bella Vista

10,249

52%

$338,641

Graduate Hospital

13,199

49%

$385,733

Society Hill

8,504

48%

$712,084

Rittenhouse Square

25,342

34%

$599,958

Old City

14,882

32%

$378,463

Washington Square West

14,255

18%

$436,182

Source: niche.com

In neighborhoods like Pennsport and Point Breeze, the majority of residents own their homes and the median home value is affordable.

Don’t see an area you’re interested in? Search niche.com by city or neighborhood.

 

3.     People are ditching the ‘burbs for city living.

According to phillymag.com, the Center City population has grown 27 percent between 2000 to 2016, and this trend continues to grow at a steady pace. Areas immediately surround Center City, like Graduate Hospital and Queen Village have also risen 17 percent because of the influx of new residents. And these new neighbors have moved in with their bachelor’s degrees and $100,000+ salaries, which makes the city much more attractive to businesses and developers.

 

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