Rittenhouse Square is a neighborhood with class and elegance born during the mid-19th century. At the time of William Penn, the city elite began to build grand homes for residence. This famous architecture is what we see today as we walk through Rittenhouse Square Park along with the neighborhood’s classic enclaves like Walnut Street, Pine Street and Spruce Street.
There is always a new adventure to be had in the neighborhood. Whether breathing in the fresh air or enjoying an afternoon lunch with your pooch. Rittenhouse Square is full of life. You are likely to catch your business colleagues grabbing a late bite at an exquisite restaurant. You will also see multiple homes on the market at all times of the year. This brings positive energy to the neighborhood as many who desire Rittenhouse Square can definitely receive its bountiful benefits in living. As you roam this neighborhood, you may even see a couple snapping photos on some picturesque streets.
Realtors in the 1990’s coined the neighborhood the ‘Graduate Hospital Area’ because of the former hospital, part of which is now a specialty care center managed by Penn Medicine.
In the 1990s Graduate Hospital Area became a sought-after neighborhood with a large influx of new residents. What makes ‘G-Ho,’ is the desirable location, just blocks from Rittenhouse Square and South Street which are full of shops and restaurants. G-Ho is also connected to Broad Street which makes for easy access to Septa’s Broad Street Line.
Queen Village/ Bella Vista neighborhood is cozy, with an inviting community feel. This neighborhood is one where all the neighbors know you (in a good way)! Delightfully, Queen Village/ Bella Vista has a style of its own. You will find tastes and artisan shops unique to the fabric of the neighborhood. Speaking of fabric, the famous Fabric Row is where you can find artisan, boutique shops.
An eclectic mix of fabric, clothing and art creators hang their finest art pieces within the windows. Walking on this street, you will just sense the energy coming out of the stores. The quaint vibe of this neighborhood is what makes it so unique and livable.
This is where Philadelphia began. The city was born here hence ‘Old City’. Just walking through this neighborhood you will see the well preserved style of previous centuries. Philadelphia’s first post office is still the reigning post office of the neighborhood. Independence Hall attracts curious newcomers to Old City along with all of the traditions to bask in throughout the year.
Old City has a definitive character. Once you cross into this neighborhood from Center City you will see Ben Franklin standing on the sidewalk or sitting in the park telling his most famous stories. Aside from the historic air of this neighborhood, many reside here because of the proximity to multiple enclaves within the city. The shops, restaurants, grocery shopping and even home decor shops bring out the enthusiasm of Old City.
Northern Liberties is one of Philadelphia’s most evolving neighborhoods. Many times you will drive or bike through and see a mix of new developments and original townhomes. No matter, Northern Liberties is definitely evolving as a place to live. Modern and contemporary design is found within many of the residences here. A day of full entertainment is what ‘No-Libs’ has to offer. This area is quickly adapting new housing and lifestyle trends to attract new residents.
You can live and work in No Libs. A well-known co-working space, WeWork, has what I have to say as an Instagrammable quote on the outdoor brick walls, ‘Do What You Love’. Vibrant and ever-changing, Northern Liberties is a section that wows us with transformation.
Fitler Square is a 0.5 acre public park bounded on the east by 23rd Street, on the west by 24th Street, on the north by Panama Street, and on the south by Pine Street. The name “Fitler Square” is also used to describe the neighborhood surrounding the square, bounded roughly by 20st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south. Fitler Square is a family oriented neighborhood with access to The Schuylkill River Trail and all its activities. Walk, run, bike or just visit the dog park.
There are also many great neighborhood art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops tucked away in this quaint area of the city. On Saturdays stop at the farmers market set up around the square and then head to Ants Pants Café for Brunch. Looking for a great coffee shop well in this neighborhood you are actually spoiled for a few…Ultimo Coffee and Good Karma are two of my favorites.
Society Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods. While mostly residential, the community, which lies between the Delaware River on the east, 8th Street on the west, Walnut Street on the north and Lombard Street on the south.
New Market, as it was originally known, later also known as Head House Market is a historic street market on South 2nd Street between Pine and Lombard Streets. The area around the building, known as Head House Square, features cobblestone streets with restaurants and coffee shops, as well as one of the oldest continuously run farmer’s markets in the nation. The farmer’s market is open on Sundays from the first week in May through the week before Christmas, from 10 am to 2 pm, selling locally grown produce and other farm products.
This area gets its name from a 6.4 acre, open space park that is central to the neighborhood. Washington Square is a desirable residential community that is a hip, trendy neighborhood offering a diverse array of shops, restaurants, and coffee houses as well as hosting annual events. Antique Row lies in the area as well as the nation’s oldest hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital.
Educational and medical facilities associated with Thomas Jefferson University and other leading regional medical universities are located within the area. Its real estate is mixed commercial, residential and service industries, characterized by two to four story rowhouses ranging from condominiums, mid-rise apartments, hospitals, and offices with ground-floor retail.
Fairmount also referred to as the “Art Museum Area” for its proximity to and association with the Art Museum. The Art Museum itself is synonymous with fine art but this is also where the famous Rock Steps are located. With Fairmount being just far enough away from the city, young families are investing in a life in this area that has plenty of beautiful green space and a thriving food scene. The neighborhood offers remarkable restaurants, bars, independent boutiques, art galleries, historical green spaces and cool cultural destinations such as The Barnes Foundation, The Rodin Museum and The Eastern State Penitentiary.
Logan Circle sits between Broad Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Market Street on the south and Spring Garden Street on the north, is home to a number of iconic Philadelphia attractions. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute and The Barnes just to name a few.
Home to the new 55,000 square foot Whole Foods you will not be lacking in options for dinner. Also nearby and worth checking out is Pizzeria Vetri with amazing thin crust brick oven pizzas. Looking for a little Mexican fare…Stop by Buena Onda, Jose Garces taco spot.
Maybe something a bit fancier…..Visit the Logan Hotel and have a handcrafted cocktail on the rooftop bar with an amazing view of The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Afterward, treat yourself to dinner at Urban Farmer…You will not be disappointed!
South Philadelphia is typically known as the area between Washington Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east and south, and the Schuylkill River to the west. This encompasses well know areas like Passyunk Square, Pennsport, Packer Park, Newbold and Point Breeze. “South Philly” as we like to call it here in Philadelphia is known for its long-term residents, their family-owned businesses, our sports arenas and some of the best Italian food in the city!
The name “Fishtown” was derived from the areas former role as the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River. In recent years Has experienced gentrification characterized by significant rises on home prices and the opening of many entertainment, cafes and dining establishments.
West Philadelphia, also known as University City, is home to ranked universities such as the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The University of Pennsylvania has embraced the area, bringing in private investors, to turn West Philadelphia into a shopping, dining and living extension of Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhoods.
The area attracts local health-care professionals affiliate with the university hospitals and graduate students. West Philadelphia is home to historically important birthplaces, homes, and businesses. The nation’s oldest zoological garden, the Philadelphia Zoo, has exhibitions and education programs perfect for families with kids. Culture venues include the Mann Music Center of the Performing Arts and Bushfire Theater of the Performing Arts. West Philadelphia continues to improve in development as proposals of the 30th Street Station District and Schuylkill Yards are in talks.
Passyunk Square is a neighborhood bound by Broad Street to the west, 6th Street to the east, Tasker Street to the south and Washington Avenue to the north. The neighborhood is best known for its shopping and restaurants along the East Passyunk Avenue corridor. Passyunk Avenue features a large number of privately owned small businesses- insurance, pharmacies, salons & cafes.