Buying a Home in Roxborough | Philadelphia, PA

Photo of the Gorgas Park sign in Roxborough

By Jon Miller, Realtor®

Buying a Home in Roxborough

Roxborough is a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia that offers easy access to the Wissahickon Valley Park, plenty of smaller neighborhood parks, a growing number of diverse restaurants, a wide variety of homes at various price points, and unique areas to choose from. The neighborhood also offers easy access to both Center City Philadelphia and the suburbs. If you’re thinking about moving to Roxborough and want to explore the area, check out this home buyer’s guide to Roxborough PA for a list of things to do and places to visit as you make your decision about buying a home in Roxborough.

Living in Roxborough

If you’re new to the area, or just not very familiar with Roxborough, you can start by getting to know the lay of the land. Roxborough is bordered on one side by Manayunk and The Wissahickon Valley Park on the other side. The neighborhood stretches for several miles between the lowest point in the Wissahickon Valley Park near Kelly Drive and Ridge Avenue and the Montgomery County line further up Ridge Avenue.

Neighborhoods in Roxborough include Wissahickon, Central Roxborough, Upper Roxborough, and Andorra. Many locals say that Wissahickon and Andorra are their own separate neighborhoods apart from Roxborough but they all share the same 19128 zip code so we’re lumping them together in this post. When buying a home in Roxborough it’s important to explore each of these areas to see which is the best fit for you.

Wissahickon Neighborhood

The Wissahickon Neigborhood is the southernmost area in Roxborough. The neighborhood is served the The Wissahickon Train Station and Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. It’s a mostly residential area however, like much of Roxborough, you’ll find a number of local businesses within the neighborhood. When you’re here, be sure to check out A Tutti Pizza and Terrace Street Bakery. You’ll find shopping nearby at Acme and Target, both are just short drive of 5-10 minutes away. You’ll find parks and playgrounds at La Noce Park, Montgomery Field (formerly Daisy Field), and Wissahickon Neighbors Park where you’ll also find a sprayground for kids in the summer. Of course, you’ll also find easy access to the Wissahickon Valley Park where you can enter at the 100 Steps, the corner of Sumac Street and Vicaris Street, or through a number of other trailheads in and around Montgomery Field.

You’ll find a variety of homes in the Wissahickon Neighborhood including a number of beautiful Victorian homes. Many of the homes were built in the late 1800’s but you’ll also find a number of Airlites built in the 1940’s and 1950’s and several new construction homes, as well. Homes on the west side of Ridge Avenue tend to be smaller and closer together, very similar to homes in Manayunk.

Central Roxborough

Central Roxborough is home to the main business district in the neighborhood and landmarks like Leverington Cemetery, The Roxborough Pocket Park, and Gorgas Park. There are a number of great places to eat in Central Roxborough including Lennie’s Hoagies, Nikki’s BBQ at Tavern on Ridge, Taylor’s Cafe, Bob’s Diner, and The White Yak Tibetan Restaurant. In 2020, a new brewery is scheduled to open here, as well.

There’s a wide variety of styles of homes in Central Roxborough though the majority are rowhouses and Victorian Twins. There’s a growing number of new construction homes in the area, as well. You can find a number of Airlite style homes behind the Acme grocery and in the Wissahickon Hills neighborhood across Ridge Avenue from Gorgas Park.

Upper Roxborough

Upper Roxborough has a more suburban feel than most of Central Roxborough. The business district in Upper Roxborough includes a ShopRite and a Target Express. There are also some great local businesses in Upper Roxborough like The Secret Garden and R&R Produce. W.B. Saul High School is located in Central Roxborough on Henry Avenue. It has to be one of the very few places in Philadelphia where you’ll find a cow pasture. The school runs a farm share program and also has a farm stand where you can buy local produce. When exploring Upper Roxborough be sure to visit the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve.

The majority of the homes in Upper Roxborough are detached singles and twins. Cape Cod and Colonial Style homes are common in the area, especially between Henry Avenue and Ridge Avenue.

Andorra

Andorra is the most suburban part of Roxborough. Much of Andorra was developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s and the area was annexed by Philadelphia around that time. The Andorra Shopping Center is the neighborhood’s central shopping destination. The shopping center has an Acme grocery store, Kohl’s, Staples, LA Fitness, and more. Houston Playground is located in Andorra. The playground features a sprayground, ball fields, and tennis courts. The Roxborough United Soccer Club hosts their practices, games, and events at Houston Playground.

Most homes in Andorra are single/detached homes and twins. You’ll find a number of suburban-style subdivisions in the area. It’s a popular area for those who want the suburban lifestyle but want to stay within the city limits.

Homes for Sale in Roxborough PA

Roxborough is a large area with a lot of different styles and sizes of homes. Home prices in Roxborough can range from the $100,000’s to over $1,000,000. The average home price is about $300,000. Check out the newest homes on the market below.

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Jon Miller, RealtorJon Miller is a Philadelphia Realtor with Compass Real Estate. Jon has been working with home buyers and sellers in Philadelphia and Montgomery County since 2010.

 

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