Center City

Center City, Philadelphia

Center City is what we call our downtown area. Throughout Center City you’ll find a number of different neighborhoods each with their own character. In neighborhoods like Rittenhouse Square you’ll find highrise condos and office buildings while in Society Hill you’ll find brick sidewalks and homes built hundreds of years ago. In every neighborhood in Center City you’ll find amazing places to eat, plenty of history, and a wide variety of things to do.

Center City is bordered on the east by the Delaware River and the west by the Schuylkill River (pronounced ‘skool-kul’). The city is divided between Center City East, the older part of the city, and Center City West by Broad Street. Center City East is particularly popular for those who will commute to New Jersey since it’s just across the river. It’s also easy to get to the airport via I-95. Center City West is a popular destination for those who will be commuting to the University of Pennsylvania, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The median sales price for single-family homes and condos in the Center City area is in the mid-$300,000’s. The median price for new construction homes is in the high-$500,000’s.

Neighborhoods in Center City

Philadelphia is often called a City of Neighborhoods. Throughout the city you’ll find a number of different neighborhoods each with their own character and feel. Here’s a look at some of my favorite neighborhoods in, and near, Center City.


Art Museum/Fairmount

North of Center City West

The Art Museum, or Fairmount, neighborhood is just north of Center City West. It’s a mostly residential neighborhood dotted with local shops and restaurants throughout. The neighborhood is steps away from the world-famous Philadelphia Musuem of Art. Fairmount Avenue is the main commercial corridor in the neighborhood. Favorite spots include HighPoint Cafe, La Calaca Feliz, and the summer farmer’s market held on the corner of Fairmount and Corinthian. The neighborhood is also home to Eastern State Penitentiary which offers tours and events throughout the year (it’s no longer an active prison).



Northeast of Center City, along the Delaware River

Growth in Fishtown has exploded over the last several years. Since 2012, the median home value in the area has nearly doubled from about $175,000 to close to $350,000. Fishtown is a vibrant community with great parks and plenty of local shops and restaurants. The main business corridors along Girard Avenue and Frankford Avenue offer residents a unique variety of gastropubs, coffee shops, and more.


Fitler Square

Center City West

Fitler Square is a mostly residential neighborhood in Center City West in the area surrounding Fitler Square Park. The majority of the homes in Fitler Square are single-family rowhouses but the neighborhood is only a few short blocks away from the high-rises and large office buildings in the Rittenhouse Square area. Many residents choose Fitler Square for it’s convenience to everything in Center City West and the hospitals and universities just across the river in University City.


Graduate Hospital/Southwest Center City

South of Center City West

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood, also called Southwest Center City or South of South, is a mostly residential neighborhood dotted with local shops and restaurants. This area has seen a construction boom in recent years and has been one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood offers easy access to Center City, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and has become popular for those who commute to those locations.


Northern Liberties

Northeast of Center City, along the Delaware River

Northern Liberties is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The area has seen a massive amount of development over the last several years. Northern Liberties residents enjoy a wide variety of restaurants and shopping right in the neighborhood. The Piazza at Schmidt’s is a local destination that offers a great variety of events, shows, and festivals throughout the year.


Old City

Center City East

Old City is Philadelphia’s historic district. The neighborhood is located in Center City East and borders the Delaware River across from New Jersey. Old City is home to events throughout the year including First Fridays, a monthly event where the neighborhoods art galleries open their doors and welcome visitors. In Old City, you’ll also find many of the city’s historic landmarks including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.


Queen Village

South of Center City East

Queen Village is a popular neighborhood for it’s proximity to Center City and it’s eclectic cafes and restaurants. Queen Village is one of the first settled neighborhoods in the city and it has a historic charm with historic homes, narrow streets, and old trees. There are four parks in the neighborhood: Bainbridge Green, Weccacoe Playground, Mario Lanza Park, and Shot Tower Playground. Much of Queen Village falls into the popular Meredith School Catchment.


Rittenhouse Square

Center City West

Rittenhouse Square is one of Philadelphia’s most expensive neighborhoods. Alongside the central Rittenhouse Square Park you’ll find high-rise condo buildings and al fresco dining at some of Philly’s top restaurants. Within a few blocks of the park you’ll find many streets that are filled with historic single-family homes. One of the neighborhood’s attractions is Delancey Street where you’ll find some of the largest mansions in the city.


Society Hill

Center City East

Society Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque and expensive neighborhoods. In Society Hill you’ll find homes dating back to the late 1700’s, hidden cobblestone streets, and beautiful brick sidewalks. Throughout the neighborhood you’ll find plenty of great restaurants like Zahav and Talula’s Garden. Washington Square Park is in the northwest corner of the neighborhood and Spruce Harbor Park is just across I-95 between Society Hill and the Delaware River.


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