What to Consider When Moving to Philadelphia
Living in Philly
“City of Brotherly Love” is a fitting title for Philadelphia, a vibrant and welcoming community known best for its rich historical background and passionate sports fans. As the 6th largest city in the United States, Philadelphia offers a wide variety of opportunities and resources to residents and visitors alike. Moving to a new city can be a daunting task, but figuring out the right place for you can be easy if you ask the right questions.
Where Should I Look in the Philadelphia Area?
Philadelphia has a plethora of great neighborhoods, each of which offers distinct value to homeowners.
North Philadelphia features affordable, up and coming neighborhoods like Fishtown, Brewerytown, and Northern Liberties. Here, residents can find cozy new restaurants and breweries among the many newly renovated commercial buildings and living spaces that line the streets.
The Center City neighborhood is truly the heart of Philly. Neighborhoods like Rittenhouse, Chinatown, and Old City attract visitors and homebuyers of all demographics with national historic sites, an extensive high-end shopping district, and a wide variety of culinary and entertainment options. The area is safe and easy to navigate on foot or using public transportation, is home to many of the largest employers in the city, and hosts several exciting events throughout the year, including Made in America and Center City District Restaurant Week.
Despite the classic tale of the Fresh Prince, West Philadelphia is home to some of the most beautiful views in the city. West of the Schuylkill, Fairmount Park is the largest green space in the city. The park has over 2000 acres of land and stunning views of the Philly skyline from afar (We’d recommend Belmont Plateau!). The Centennial District boasts the Philadelphia Zoo, while University City acts as the central hub for young adults at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. This area is an excellent option for young adults and nature lovers who want to experience Philly without sacrificing the outdoors OR their budget.
South Philadelphia offers a large variety of experiences and communities to homeowners. Containing the famous South Street, Italian Market, and sports complex, visitors and residents fully immerse themselves in everything that makes this city special. Grab a Jim’s cheesesteak, Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries, or Ralph’s veal parmesan while exploring the diverse, progressive environment and gorgeous public and private art venues.
Apartment Hunting in Philadelphia
If you’re looking to move to Philadelphia, or already live in Philly and are looking for a change of scenery, hit us up! We have beautiful apartments available in a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Harrowgate, Fishtown, and Northern Liberties. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact us and we’d be happy to help you find your new Philly home.
Working in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is an industry leader in energy, life sciences, healthcare services, financial services, manufacturing, and many other critical fields. With the highest number of biomedical engineering degrees in the nation, as well as America’s top business school (Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania), Philadelphia is a booming economy with job opportunities in many industries. (https://selectgreaterphl.com/key-industries/).
The Commute – SEPTA
Philadelphia is (unfortunately) not exempt from the challenges of densely populated urban environments, especially frequent construction and limited parking. Getting to work, or any destination, can be a daunting task in a new city, so understanding its public transportation options is vital. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) consists of a regional rail system to nearby suburbs and destinations in the Great Philadelphia Area, public bus and trolley routes within the city, and rapid transit subway lines running North-South and East-West, intersecting at City Hall. Purchasing passes and tickets for these services is easy to do online and at the stations, so get busy finding your way around!
For families with children, education is a significant factor when deciding where to live. Philadelphia has many school districts for K-12, along with exceptional universities for higher education pursuits. Central High School is one of Philadelphia Public School’s best within the city, along with Lower Merion School District outside of West Philly (alma mater of Kobe Bryant!). For exceptionally high achieving students, the Julia R. Masterman School is one of the most prolific secondary education institutions in the state (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/pennsylvania/districts/school-district-of-philadelphia/julia-r-masterman-secondary-school-17216)
For college students, Temple University in North Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania in University City offer valuable higher ed opportunities in a multitude of disciplines and majors.