Five Great Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Get to know the best places to call home in Philly

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and the locals have little patience with those who get the boundaries wrong such as real estate agents trying to boost the asking price of a house by shifting its location from a less-prestigious address to a pricier one.

There are dozens of neighborhoods in the 136-square-mile city. Some are a few blocks long, surround a small square or continue for several miles. For administrative purposes, the city is divided into Center City, West, North, Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Philadelphia, and these divisions encompass all the townships and boroughs that were annexed to the original city in 1854. Philadelphia is a city as well as a county.

The traditional boundaries of Center City are Vine Street on the north to South Street, the Delaware River on the east and the Schuylkill on the west. Center City is not a neighborhood really, but a geographical marker that refers to the central business district. It, however, comprises several neighborhoods, some no larger than a few blocks, others that stretch for a mile.

While there are many neighborhoods, these five are the most prized by buyers, renters and visitors for their housing, amenities and viability: 

  • Old City, Society Hill and Queen Village
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • Manayunk
  • Chestnut Hill/Mount Airy
  • University City

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