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Your Guide to the 10 Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

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Welcome to Philadelphia, home to the Super Bowl-winning Eagles (finally!), the birthplace of America, and a whole lot of neighborhoods to choose from. The City of Brotherly Love has plenty of neighborhoods to offer, from University City to Point Breeze to Fishtown (yes, that’s a real place). You could choose the neighborhood with the most Wawas (for the record, Center City has four), or you could just look at the very best neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Decide which neighborhood is right for you by seeing the Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia:

The Best Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill

Source: Philly Magazine

Average rent: $1,399 / month

Walkscore: 64

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Close to downtown (but not too close), Chestnut Hill is a safe place to live with plenty to do. With a nickname like “the Garden District,” it’s no surprise that Chestnut Hill has the most museums, parks, and theaters per capita out of all of Philly’s neighborhoods. And even with all of the neighborhood’s events and shops, Chestnut Hill is still calm enough to feel more residential than it does urban.

University City / West Philly

Source: Philly Voice

Average rent: $1,250 / month

Walkscore: 92

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

You don’t have to be West Philadelphia born and raised to see that West Philly is the best neighborhood to have fun. If you’re looking to live it up while you’re young (or young at heart), being near so many of the city’s top universities means you’ll be surrounded by intelligent people your own age, plus all the businesses that cater to them. Clubs, good food, art, and culture are everywhere here, making it a great place to get the most out of living in an urban center.

Washington Square West

Source: Visit Philly

Average rent: $1,769 / month

Walkscore: 99

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Washington Square West is one of the most welcoming and diverse neighborhoods in Philly – in fact, it’s historically served as the home of Philly’s LGBTQ community. If you like to shop local, you’ll be in luck, as most of the shops in the area are small businesses. It’s also home to a healthy mix of open space, like famous Washington Square Park, and residential blocks, making it perfect for true city living with a chance to get away.

East Falls

Source: Rent Philly

Average rent: $1,144 / month

Walkscore: 66

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Riverside living in the middle of the city? Yes, please. Right on the Schuylkill River, East Falls is perfect for the outdoorsy type looking for a chance to explore nature, even in the city. The sheer volume of parks and playgrounds also makes it a great place to raise a family (or just raise a dog and take it for lots of walks). Even though the area is mostly quieter and more family-oriented, it still has its chance to party, with spots of nightlife so you can enjoy your evening without leaving the area.

Fishtown / Northern Liberties

Source: Visit Philly

Average rent: $1,653 / month

Walkscore: 94

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

The former industrial hub of Philly, Fishtown is now a hipster haven, filled with warehouses being refurbished into restaraunts, bike repair shops, and plenty of no-nonsense bars. While the original character of Fishtown is still intact, the area has gone through enough gentrification to make it a safe and downright fun place to live with easy access to downtown and the rest of the city.

Center City

Source: Eric Bowsers Photos

Average rent: $2,100 / month

Walkscore: 98

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

If you want to live in the heart of it all and walk to work every day, Center City is the place for you. Nightlife and high-end living abound here in the sea of high-rises, but life at the top will cost you. Center City is home for Philly’s highest rent, but if convenience matters to you, it’s all worth it to be in the heart of it all.

Point Breeze

Source: Rent Philly

Average rent: $1,100 / month

Walkscore: 92

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Jump in and grab a rent-controlled apartment in Point Breeze before it gets too popular! This up and coming area, which is set to be the next redesigned and gentrified neighborhood, is home to the lowest rents in the city, and is still close enough to downtown to make it worth it. It’s home to a huge inventory of apartments and rental units, so you’ll have plenty of neighbors, but that also means you’ll get to sleep at night without the sounds of rowdy partiers.

Old City

Source: Wikimedia Philly

Average rent: $1,857 / month

Walkscore: 95

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

While Old City may make you think back to field trips to see the Liberty Bell, it’s truly a great place to live in the heart of it all, without the concrete jungle feeling of Center City. You still get all the nightlife and ease of public transit, but in Old City, you also find beautiful architecture, great people watching, and a family-friendly community that’s rare to find in the downtown region of a big city. If that isn’t enough to sell you on it, Old City is also right on the Delaware River. Need we say more?

Graduate Hospital

Source: My Philly Condo

Average rent: $2,100 / month

Walkscore: 93

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Meet Philly’s best kept secret: Graduate Hospital, the best neighborhood in Philadelphia for families. Less expensive than Center City, but just as walkable as Old Center, with all the family friendliness of East Falls, Graduate Hospital is near perfect. Find some of Philly’s best places to shop and eat on South Street, then walk the few blocks home to spend the night in your very own house (if you’re lucky, it might even have a backyard).

Bella Vista

Source: My Philly Condo

Average rent: $2,437 / month

Walkscore: 96

Why is it one of Philadelphia’s best neighborhoods?

Does anyone need a reason why a neighborhood called “beautiful view” is one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia? In case you’re still not convinced, Bella Vista is Philly’s very own Little Italy, meaning it’s full of great food, big personalities, and the famous Italian market. It’s just outside of the heart of downtown, so you have a bit more space to stretch out. With parks, playgrounds, and great schools galore, Bella Vista might just be the perfect place to raise a family in Philly.

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* Rent averages from RentCafe.com. Walkscores from walkscore.com

Miranda is the Marketing Coordinator at Dolly. She’s moved nine times in the past six years, and while she’s grateful for the moving expertise, she’s hoping she doesn’t need to move a tenth time anytime soon.

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