Karrie Wrote the Book on Philadelphia
As a lifelong Philadelphian and the author of Moon Philadelphia, the Moon Travel guide’s Philadelphia edition, Karrie loves welcoming newcomers to the city. She can help you navigate neighborhoods based on your specific set of priorities. Whether you want to land in a certain school catchment, get the most square footage, or score the greatest appreciation potential, Karrie will help you hone in on the best neighborhood to meet your needs.
It’s an exciting time to be part of Philadelphia real estate. We just experienced a record breaking year for both sales volume of sales and rate of appreciation. The local landscape is changing rapidly as billions of dollars are being invested in the city locally, nationally and internationally. With the local market strong and getting stronger, it is safe to say that there is no time like the present to invest in Philadelphia real estate.
Here are just a few of the neighborhoods and attractions that you may encounter if you are new to Philadelphia. Call or email to schedule a free consultation with Karrie to learn more about these and many more options and let her help you navigate.
Most first-time visits to Philadelphia begin in Old City. Home to Independence National Historical Park, “the nation’s most historic square mile,” this is where you’ll find Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, and many other historic attractions. Old City also has a wealth of dining, shopping, hotels, and nightlife.
A tranquil neighbor to Old City, Society Hill boasts many of the finest and oldest homes and cathedrals in the city. Bordered by leafy Washington Square Park to the west and the Penn’s Landing waterfront strip to the east, it is a lovely place to soak up American history.
Center City East
Broad Street, known as Avenue of the Arts in the blocks south of City Hall that are home to the city’s biggest theater and opera houses, divides the downtown business district into East and West. Center City East is home to Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, Midtown Village, Antique Row and Washington Square West, the center of local gay culture. and home to many of the city’s best restaurants and shops.
Center City West
The skyscrapers, hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops are the biggest and generally the most upscale on the west side of Broad Street in Center City West. The action centers around tree-lined Rittenhouse Square and the chic Rittenhouse Row shopping district, also home to many restaurants, hotels, and bars. Nearby you will find left Fitler Square and the Schuylkill River Trail and just south of South Street, the popular Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
Lined with flowers, sculptures, and flags from around the world, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is the broad, diagonal street connecting City Hall with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Home to the Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, and the newly relocated Barnes Foundation, the Museum District is considered the cultural center of the city. Just north in the Fairmount neighborhood is the Eastern State Penitentiary.
South Street, known for its eclectic mix of tattoo parlors, independent record stores, dive bars, and upscale restaurants, forms the northern border of South Philly. The neighborhoods of Bella Vista and Queen Village are home to parks and many great restaurants and tree-lined streets. The Italian Market embodies the area’s diverse mix of Italian and Asian influences. Farther south, East Passyunk Avenue has many hip new restaurants and chic boutiques alongside centuries-old family-run pizza joints and tchotchke shops.
West Philadelphia/University City
The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University are just blocks apart in University City, the section of West Philly nearest to Center City. While the area is dominated by university life, there are also museums, restaurants, shopping, and bed-and-breakfasts for all ages to enjoy, along with beautiful architecture, the lovely Clark Park, and many other green spaces.
For many years considered the up-and-coming neighborhood, No-Libs has officially come up. The area—with its excellent restaurants and nightlife—truly comes alive at night. Fishtown is its artsy neighbor where housing still comes relatively affordably and a young, fun vibe pervades.
Northwest Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy/East Falls/Manayunk/ Germantown)
A short drive from Center City along I-76 or Kelly Drive, this area is well worth the trip and is home to many commuters who hop on the train to Center City each day but prefer a quieter, greener daily life. Main Street is Manayunk’s trendy strip of boutiques, bars, and restaurants, and Germantown Avenue is Chestnut Hill’s upper-crust shopping district. While you’re in the northwest part of the city, take a hike in peaceful Wissahickon Park, a dense forest of hiking trails alongside a long creek where you can forget you are still in a major city.