The Best Places to Live in Philadelphia


Philadelphia has been described as ‘The City of Neighborhoods’. For being a major metropolitan area, Philly has many smaller locales that brings the small town feel to the big city. Some are more hip, such as Northern Liberties. Others are more traditional like Society Hill. Then we have those that are a still a work in progress; Brewerytown comes to mind.There are so many diverse and unique neighborhoods in Philadelphia it would take forever to list but here are some of my personal favorites. Some from experience and others that are on my residential wishlist.


Best Place for Students/Young Adults/Recent Graduates: University City

University City is one of the most dynamic places to be in the city. Much of the area’s young population is attributed to two large universities in the middle of the area, Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. Investors must have taken note because there are many new restaurants, apartment buildings and homes under construction.

The Porch at 30th Street, University City. (Photo Credit:



Best Historic Neighborhood: Society Hill

If a neighborhood that is a little more old fashioned is your style, I would recommend Society Hill. Society Hill is slightly Southeast in Center City and borders Old City. Society Hill has a high concentration of 18th and 19th Century Georgian-style rowhouses.  The streets are even still lined with cobblestones in this Nationally Historic Registered Place. If you prefer a mix of the old and the new, Society Towers may be the place for you. These tri-tower development is located right in the middle of Society Hill on 2nd and Locust Streets.

Society Towers, Society Hill. (Photo Credit:


My Personal Pick: Rittenhouse

Of all the places in the city, Rittenhouse would have to be my personal favorite. Whether it be the manses on Lombard Street or the beautiful apartment buildings surrounding the park; this is the premiere place to live in the city of Philadelphia. In addition to the homes, there’s wonderful shopping, theatres nearby and of course, Rittenhouse Square Park. Most importantly, it would allow me to walk to work!

Rittenhouse Square Park at Night, Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. (Photo Credit:


Keep in mind, this only just a few of the many possibilities in this great city. Tell us your personal favorites in the comments section!


Written by Isaiah Harris

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