It’s no surprise that Philadelphia is a city full of history, culture, and home to 1.59 million people (2019) not including the various towns and areas in the surrounding counties. Last year I did a video of the Best Neighborhoods of Philadelphia and I figured that I would bring some additional neighborhoods to spotlight.
Surrounds the public park of namesake in Philadelphia. Its bounded on the east by 23rd Street, on the west by 24th Street, on the north by Panama Street, and on the south by Pine Street. It is in the southwestern part of Philadelphia’s Center City on land owned by City of Philadelphia via the Department of Parks and Recreation. The name “Fitler Square” is also used to describe the neighborhood surrounding the square, bounded roughly by 21st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south.
The Square is located west of Rittenhouse Square, known for its shopping, restaurants, and namesake park. University City is to the west. This gives residents here easy access to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Center City lies to the south. The region is sometimes called “Rit Fit” after the two squares which are close by and provide pretty lawn areas and places for children to play and for people to meet.
The area has a number of lovingly tended green spaces. Included in the real estate of this district are tree lined streets filled with luxury homes. Inhabitants also include many students who appreciate how living here puts them in close proximity to educational facilities and downtown. There are also numerous shops, restaurants, and retail outlets.
The neighborhood offers a quiet residential appeal. Residents often lovingly refer to the area as an “urban village” because of the neighborly social scene and communal feel. Fitler Square is full of personality with quirky statues, picturesque fountains and art installations situated throughout picturesque streets. The neighborhood frequently hosts fairs, farmers markets and community events that promote engagement and contribute to the area’s appeal. The nearby Schuylkill River Park offers a gorgeous setting for relaxation, exercise and play. Fitler Square is Philadelphia’s best kept secret in luxury living because of its peaceful atmosphere, serving as a quiet retreat in the heart of the city.
Translating to “beautiful sight,” Bella Vista was the first Philly neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants. Its original heritage informs much of what exists today, though the family-oriented residential pocket has blossomed into a microcosm of South Philadelphia itself. It is bounded by 6th Street, 11th Street, South Street, and Washington Avenue.
Bella Vista’s best-known feature is the 9th Street Italian Market, the oldest operational open-air market of its kind in America. The historic Italian Market stretches north along 9th Street, from Wharton Street to Fitzwater Street.
The appeal of Bella Vista is for the new construction to cover the demand of the housing boom which is attracting new families, young professionals, and much more. Not only for the increase in housing, the area has evolved from being a sole enclave for Italian immigrants, other cultures have taken residence and the area is now more culturally diverse bringing more of a urban vibe of restaurants, bars coffee shops and parks.
In the Northwest Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. It is known for the high incomes of its residents and high real estate values, as well as its private schools.
Chestnut Hill is bounded as follows: on the northwest by Northwestern Avenue (a county line and city limit); on the west by the Wissahickon Gorge (part of Fairmount Park); on the northeast by Stenton Avenue (a county line and city limit); and on the southeast by the Cresheim Valley (part of Fairmount Park) (beyond which lies Mount Airy).
The appeal of Chestnut Hill is for its bustling main street, Germantown Ave, starting from Cresheim Valley Rd to W. Chestnut Hill Ave. Germantown Ave is full of local shops, boutiques, restaurants, eateries, the local Co-Op Weavers Way, and much more. They have seasonal festivals throughout the year. Green spaces at Morris Arboretum, the historic cobblestone road on Germantown Ave, tree-lined streets, historic mansions and Victorian homes are what is unique to Chestnut Hill.
Located in West Philadelphia, this diverse neighborhood has much to be desired. Its borders are 53rd Street at Jefferson to the south, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to the east, City Avenue (commonly referred to as “City Line”) to the north and the Amtrak Main Line tracks to the west.
Its main commercial arteries are North 54th Street, Bryn Mawr Avenue (2200 block), and City Avenue. It is the home of the television station WPHL-TV (MY PHL 17). It also has connections to the motion picture industry. Wynnefield is the childhood home of actor and rapper Will Smith and film producer Lee Daniels.
Wynnefield is home to Saint Joseph’s University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), one of the major universities in the City. Saint Joseph’s spreads between both Philadelphia and Lower Merion with the City Line border separating the area. City Line is a major commercial area with restaurants, stores, grocery stores, etc. Further down the street, City Line has a many high-rise office buildings, condos, television news channel stations, and is right off the I-76 freeway towards Center City and King of Prussia in the other direction; and the bridge to cross the Schuykill River towards Manayunk, East Falls along Ridge Ave; and Mt. Airy, and Germantown on Lincoln Drive.
Located in Southwest Center City, Graduate Hospital got its name though the large medical institution that is no longer in operation. South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. It’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, tree-lined streets, and more
The Graduate Hospital neighborhood is situated west of Bella Vista, east of University City, north of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, and south of Rittenhouse Square and Filter Square. When looking at a map, the neighborhood is bounded by the Schuykill River on the west side, S Broad Street on the east side, South Street on the north, and Washington Avenue on the south.
The stretch of South Street east of Broad has long been considered a draw for out-of-towners, but Graduate Hospital’s western half is on the serious come-up thanks to ambitious restaurateurs and shop owners.