There’s no question that Philadelphia is a city rife with culture, good eats, and things to do. For those who want to live in a big city without the expensive price tag, there’s no question that The City Of Brotherly Love is the city for you. With roughly 10 city blocks per mile and 2,180 miles of city streets, that leaves a lot of neighborhood to choose from, and more than enough to make for a difficult decision.
No matter how familiar you are with Philly, we don’t want you to feel intimidated by all the options that are out there. We’re aware that moving can be an overwhelming, stressful process, which is why we’ve done the least we can do by providing you a guide to the best rental neighborhoods in the area. Whether you’re a recent graduate or are looking for a change of scenery, here’s what you should know.
For those who feel a little torn between whether they’d rather dip their toes into urban or suburban living, Fox Chase is a great, truly underrated compromise. A happy medium junction between farmland, townier neighborhoods, and easy SEPTA transit access to the city, Fox Chase offers a little bit of everything for its residents at an extremely affordable median monthly rent ($770 as of Spring 2018, per Zumper).
To top it off, if you’re nearby Fox Chase, you’ll be nearby highly-rated schools, a 42% lower crime rate than the national average. For renters on a tight budget seeking a diverse taste of what the Philadelphia area has to offer, they can’t go wrong with Fox Chase.
With hilly streets, hip eateries and bars, as well as close proximity to the new Schuylkill River Trail, Manayunk brings some sweet San Francisco flavor to the East Coast. It’s not the cheapest neighborhood in the area, with a $1,200+ median rent, but it’s one of the safest (with a 73% lower crime rate than Philly’s average), one with a great education system, and one where, with a densely packed Main Street, you’ll never get bored. With dozens of shops, restaurants, clubs, and galleries, one road alone will be more than enough to satisfy the fill of your daytime routine and nightlife alike.
With lush, beautiful greenery, scenic parks, and more museums than anywhere else in Philly, the Garden District just about more than lives up to its nickname. At a 45% higher safety rating than the general national average and a $1400 month median rent, it’s well worth the price tag to live in a historic hub that blends nature and city living.
If you want to immerse yourself in some of the city’s shops, galleries, boutiques, and more, Germantown Avenue is packed with ten blocks worth of them. Or, if you want to immerse yourself specifically in cheese, there’s an entire store devoted to that. If you want to immerse yourself in the creme de la creme of the Garden District’s gardens and nature, then the Morris Arboretum is the way to go.
This neighborhood earned its namesake from the industry it was formerly a major epicenter for fishing by the Delaware. Even if you’re a renter who isn’t exactly crazy about seafood, Fishtown has a lot more to offer. In recent years, the city has bloomed into a wonderfully diverse intersection of hip art, food, and culture, the new, the unique, and truly experimental. If you want to try your hand at the sport of ax-throwing, visit a uniquely urban farm, or check out the city’s first legal medical cannabis dispensary, then Fishtown is the neighborhood to go.
It’s a tad on the pricier side for renters, with a $1,575+ monthly median is somewhat on the more expensive side, but it’s hard to deny its reputation as the city’s budding center for excitement, food, drink and a fresh new Philly feel.