Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Learn more about Philadelphia, its neighborhoods and real estate.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square, which stretches over two street blocks between 18th and 19th street and Walnut and Manning, is home to many high rise residences, luxury apartments, popular restaurants and shops, and five-star hotels.
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Old City

Old City is one of the city’s popular nightlife destinations, with a handful of lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants along the three blocks from 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to many locally owned independent businesses.
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Society Hill

Society Hill is an affluent neighborhood in the Center City section of Philadelphia. The neighborhood contains the largest concentration of original 18th- and early 19th-century architecture of any place in the United States.
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Washington Square

Washington Square is an open-space park in Center City, Philadelphia. It is one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid by William Penn’s surveyor in 1682. The Square is now part of Independence National Historical Park. The neighborhood boasts the nation’s oldest hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital which still operates today.
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Washington Square West

Washington Square West’s real estate is characterized by two, three, and four-story townhouses interspersed with condominiums, mid-rise apartments, and offices with ground-floor retail. The neighborhood follows William Penn’s original grid layout for the city, with many one- lane and pedestrian side streets added later as the population became more dense.
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Graduate Hospital

Graduate Hospital is home to several community service organizations, many churches, a few retail establishments, and some light industry. The neighborhood consists primarily of nineteenth and twentieth-century row homes interspersed with corner stores, 22 churches and a few larger architectural landmarks. With a neighborhood feel, this area offers local restaurants, bars, and cafes. South of the bustling life of Center City, street parking is more easily available in this area.
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Art Museum & Fairmount Area

The Art Museum Area is an area is generally associated with the area along the north side of the Ben Franklin Parkway, including Logan Circle/Square and the Fairmount Area. Located within close proximity to Kelly Drive, this active area is great for running, biking, and more.
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Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties is a major enclave of young professionals, students, artists, and design professionals. Large improvement and revitalization projects have also been undertaken recently, causing a large jump in property values. The neighborhood’s proximity to Center City has made it one of the city’s most desirable development districts, both for commercial and residential real estate.
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Fishtown

The name “Fishtown” is derived from the area’s former role as the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River. Just north of Northern Liberties, this area is home to many hip bars, restaurants, and local music venues.
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Bella Vista & Queen Village

Bella Vista is home to the Italian Market. Annual festivals in the neighborhood include the Italian Market Festival and Bella Vista Festa. Arts and cultural events in Bella Vista are centered around public concerts, coffeehouses, Mew Gallery, and Fleischer Art Memorial. Queen Village is home to South Street, one of Philadelphia’s busiest nightlife and shopping areas. Most of Queen Village is quieter, however, featuring residential streets peppered with restaurants, shops and historic buildings.
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Passyunk Square & South Philadelphia

Just blocks from Pat’s Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, the famed cheesesteak venues of South Philadelphia, this lively residential area on Passyunk Square is home to a number of boutique shops, corner cafes, restaurants, and local bars.
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Loft District

The Loft District was formerly home to large-scale manufacturing and other industries, of which an architectural history has been left in the form of grand old abandoned factories. Developers have begun to employ adaptive reuse projects, converting these factories into open loft style living.
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University City and West Philadelphia

University City is the easternmost region of West Philadelphia. The eastern side of University City is home to the Penn and Drexel campuses, several medical institutions, independent centers of scientific research, 30th Street Station, and the Cira Centre.
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