Top 10 Neighborhoods in Philadelphia (for renters)
If your thinking about moving to Philadelphia or want to rent an apartment in Philadelphia, this quick Neighborhood Guide is for you! Philadelphia is alive…if you listen closely, you can practically feel its heart beating rhythmically from within. People buzz through the streets as they go about their days. Shops and markets welcome a tick-tock of daily visitors. Builders elicit the steely sounds of new construction as they raise gleaming new skyscrapers, creating a juxtaposition against our city’s historical background. Even the trains run with a constant pulse – in and out, in and out, in and out.
There’s something intangible about the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan area that makes you forget any yearning you ever had for those wide open spaces of the ‘burbs. While city life, admittedly, isn’t for everyone – for some, the vivacity of a metropolitan area is simply intoxicating.
If you’ve been yearning to soak up the energetic hum of downtown Philadelphia, why not put yourself in the heart of the action? Check out the top ten best neighborhoods for renters in the City of Brotherly Love:
With its lush park, upscale shopping, and famed tree-lined streets, Rittenhouse Square tops our list as Philadelphia’s most alluring neighborhood. Perhaps the most coveted zip code in Philadelphia proper, Rittenhouse Square’s beauty, history, and geographic desirability leave little to be desired by its ceaselessly chic inhabitants.
Home to the city’s most advanced medical and educational institutions, University City encompasses the area surrounding the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. With a diverse population and a vast array of dining and entertainment options, University City is well worth a second look.
*check out our article “Top 5 Reasons to Rent an Apartment In University City“
While Old City may be Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood, it’s been imbued with a youthful energy that’s impossible to ignore. Development in recent years has brought new buildings, new businesses, and new life to this area of our city while creating an interesting, yet harmonious, mix of modern and monumental elements.
Similar to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, Fishtown is named for its industrial history. In days gone by, this neighborhood was the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River; today, it stands strong as Philadelphia’s trendiest area, home to some of the city’s most in vogue bars, brunches, and boutiques. The moral of the story? Don’t judge a book by its cover…or a neighborhood by its foul-sounding name.
In just a few short years, Graduate Hospital has climbed (or shall we say, skyrocketed?) up the ranks, now landing firmly on our list of Philly’s best neighborhoods. Just south of Rittenhouse Square, Graduate Hospital area has seen an influx of new commercial and residential development that’s taken the city by storm. With its advantageous location in perfect proximity to our city center, Graduate Hospital’s one neighborhood not to be missed.
Warmly referred to as No’ Libs, this hipster haven borders Fishtown to the south. Today, you’ll find a mix of singles and young families as its original residents age into family life. Perhaps best known for its popular Piazza, Northern Liberties reflects its youthful dynamic in its pubs, bars, and businesses which include uber-hip coworking spaces and loads of independent retailers.
With a name like “Society Hill,” it’s no surprise that this elite neighborhood is one of Philadelphia’s most desirable. Part of historic Philadelphia, this mostly residential neighborhood offers that classic feel of Old City while its quieter streets attract well-to-do families and sightseers alike.
Due to its distance from Center City (8.9 miles to City Hall to be exact), Manayunk is an often-overlooked hood that combines the best of city life with a bit of suburban charm. With a bustling Main Street lined with independent boutiques, bars, and restaurants and its prime location on the Schuylkill River Trail, Manayunk is truly the best of both worlds.
Home to not one, not two, not three….but four of Philadelphia’s Top 20 restaurants according to Philly Mag, Passyunk is a veritable foodie destination. As East Passyunk Avenue’s Laurel continues to wrestle with Vernick for their coveted number one spot, one thing can be certain: you won’t go hungry in this ‘hood.
Nestled next to the beautiful and expansive Fairmount Park, Fairmount is the perfect place to uncover your inner outdoorsman….or, ahem, outdoorswoman. From biking to hiking, fishing and more, Fairmount Park is the perfect place to explore! Just steps away, connect with our city’s cultural exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Museum, or Franklin Institute!
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