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Living Here

Philadelphia has a vibrant live/work 24 hour downtown, surrounded by neighborhoods, each with its own character and atmosphere. These walkable neighborhoods, all with excellent transit access to downtown, offer diverse choices for people of all ages and at all stages of life with easy access to jobs, cultural venues, great shopping and day-to-day amenities.

So, if you are considering a move, explore our friendly neighborhoods and come feel at home in Center City.

Bella Vista
Named after its view of the Center City skyline, Bella Vista, Italian for 'Beautiful View,' is one of Philadelphia's oldest authentically Italian neighborhoods. LEARN MORE»

Convention Center
Philadelphia's Convention Center District is located between Vine and Market Streets, from Sixth Street to Broad Street, and is named after the area's most prominent building, the Pennsylvania Convention Center. LEARN MORE»

The Fairmount neighborhood, located northwest of Center City adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park, was first inhabited by the Lenape Native American Tribe, also known as the Delaware Indians, who fished in the nearby Schuylkill River and hunted in the nearby forests, a portion of which comprise the Fairmount Park system today. LEARN MORE»

Graduate Hospital
The Graduate Hospital neighborhood, known also as either Southwest Center City, South of South, Naval Square or SoSo, spans from South Street to Washington Avenue, Broad Street to Grays Ferry Avenue. LEARN MORE»

Loft District
Philadelphia's Loft District, also known as the Callowhill neighborhood, is bordered by Vine Street and Girard Avenue between Eighth and Broad Streets. The district was primarily farmland until the 1840s, when the Baldwin Locomotive Company built a factory in the area. LEARN MORE»

Logan Square
The area south of Vine Street and west of Broad is the Logan Square neighborhood. Known for its museums and educational attractions, the area is a hub of art, science, history, architecture and culture. LEARN MORE»

Northern Liberties
Located just north of Old City, Northern Liberties has recently been transformed into one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Philadelphia. LEARN MORE»

Old City
As its name suggests, Old City is the oldest area in Philadelphia, dating back to the city's founding in the late 17th century. Old City encompasses the area east of Seventh Street to the Delaware River, between Vine Street and Pine Street, and houses some of the most notable historic sites for both Philadelphia and the United States. LEARN MORE»

The neighborhood of Passyunk is located between Washington Avenue and Mifflin Street, from Sixth to Broad. Passyunk, meaning "in the valley," received its name from a local Lenape Native American tribe that lived on the land before it was colonized. By 1653, the area was under Swedish control and was converted into a 1,000-acre parcel granted to Lieutenant Swen Schute by Queen Christina. LEARN MORE»

Point Breeze
The name Point Breeze comes from an amusement park that once overlooked the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. In 1906, the park contained the nation's largest carousel. Today, the neighborhood extends beyond the initial park site, stretching from Washington Avenue to Moore Street, between Broad and 25th Streets. LEARN MORE»

Queen Village
Spanning from the Delaware riverfront to Sixth Street, between Lombard Street and Washington Avenue, the neighborhood of Queen Village, formerly known as Southwark, is one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods. LEARN MORE»

Rittenhouse/Fitler Square
Located between Walnut and Pine Streets, from 15th Street to 24th Street, Rittenhouse/Fitler Square is Philadelphia's continuously signature fashionable residential district. The neighborhood is centered on Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn's original squares. LEARN MORE»

Society Hill
Located just south of Old City, bordering the Delaware River, Society Hill is one of Philadelphia's oldest and most historic residential neighborhoods. LEARN MORE»

Washington West
Located between Chestnut and South Streets, between Seventh and Broad Streets, the Washington Square West neighborhood is a beautiful historic area of Philadelphia centered west of Washington Square. LEARN MORE»

(IN) Center City Guide

IN Center City Guide

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Residential Resources

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