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Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest cities, and its historic and ornate architecture has wowed architects and design enthusiasts since its development in the 18th century. While larger apartment buildings may not have the same curb appeal as an ornate Victorian home, we’ve discovered some historic features amid the modern renovations to many Philadelphia apartments.

Given the booming growth in this East Coast city, there’s no shortage of sleek, modern apartments to select from, either. That’s why we at Freshome have narrowed down the best apartments in the City of Brotherly Love to provide you with a wealth of information on them and their lively neighborhoods.

We spent more than 40 hours conducting extensive research on Philadelphia’s apartments, its neighborhoods and the residential options within them. We looked at over 600 apartment complexes in the Philadelphia area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of variables.

Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities. We delved into the interior design, looking for features such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and many other modern features. We also placed strong consideration on Walk Scores and accessibility to respective neighborhoods, all to make confident decisions as to what is the best of the best.

From the the hip, eco-powered lofts of Northern Liberties to the ritzy abodes in Rittenhouse Square, we explored 14 popular Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether you are considering a move to Philadelphia, are a new resident of the city or simply want a glimpse into the multifaceted communities within, we hope you will enjoy this Philadelphia apartment guide and the urban neighborhoods we feature.

Neighborhoods Covered in this Philadelphia Apartment Guide

Fairmount/Art Museum

Just north of Center City, the Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhood begins at its crown jewel, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and runs east to 20th Street. Full of appreciation for art and history, this stately area combines the high culture of a city with the quaintness of a suburb.

Beautiful, historic rowhouses with ornate detailing and manicured lawns make this one of Philly’s greenest neighborhoods — both in landscaping and property values. Most residents here are homeowners, professionals and families that work in Center City but prefer Fairmount/Art Museum’s slower-paced lifestyle.

This area is densely populated, and it should continue to rise in popularity and price in the coming years.

Things To Do

Besides the Art Museum, this neighborhood has plenty of historical sights and landmarks. Go behind the 30-foot walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary, see sculptures at the Rodin Museum or visit the Fairmount Dam and Water Works. Nearby on the Schuylkill River is Boathouse Row, which has been the picturesque home to 15 boathouses of collegiate and recreational rowing clubs since the early 19th century.

This is a residential area, shops and dining are limited to a tree-lined stretch of Fairmount Avenue. Here, you’ll find a professional crowd frequenting its many coffee shops, bars and restaurants. BYOBs are popular here, and locals flock to spots like Greek tavern Zorba’s and the Latin-inspired BlueCat. On weekends, Bishop’s Collar and London Grill are the places to go for a drink.

Transportation

Because of its proximity to Center City, biking is the standout mode of transportation in this neighborhood, as is walking along Fairmount Avenue. SEPTA’s Broad Street Line stops on Fairmount’s eastern border, and bus lines (the 48, 33, 32 and 7) connect the neighborhood with Center City. This is one of Philly’s most difficult places to park, as the museum and large attractions take up the little street parking available.

Fairmount/Art Museum Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,505

Park Towne Place Premier

  • Year Built: 1959
  • Number of Units: 229
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $1,598-$5,824
  • Highlights: Completing extensive renovations in 2015, Park Towne Place Premier provides luxury living across the Schuylkill River from Drexel University. The apartments here have designer finishes, including gourmet kitchens and wood flooring. Updates to the community include a resort-style pool, a fitness center and green space for relaxing and entertaining.

The Granary

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 229
  • Number of Layouts: 38
  • Rent: $1,925-$5,995
  • Highlights: Within walking distance from City Center’s museums and major office buildings, these sleek and impeccably designed apartments come with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hardwood flooring. Residents have access to the community clubroom and terrace, luxury fitness facilities and a dog run.

Lofts at Logan View

  • Year Built: 1903 (renovated in 1986)
  • Number of Units: 108
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,540-$2,000
  • Highlights: Exposed brick walls and lofty ceilings give these renovated-warehouse homes a cool, industrial vibe — especially units with wrought-iron spiral staircases. Residents here receive complimentary membership to the MetroFit fitness center, and access to vibrant City Center is just outside their doorstep.

The Runners Up

Logan Square

Logan Square — bound by Spring Garden Street to the north, Market Street to the south, Broad Street to the east and the Schuylkill River to the west — is home to several iconic Philadelphia attractions. It is named for a traffic circle on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring the Swann Memorial Fountain, which was modeled after the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

From modern high-rise condos to ornate row homes, living in bustling Logan Square comes with a high price tag. Its residents are mostly young professionals who don’t mind the heavy tourism and loud weekends in exchange for living in one of the most exciting areas of Philly.

Logan Square is in constant demand, and though new high-rise housing will create more availability, housing prices will continue to rise in this desired neighborhood.

Things To Do

Looking up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the fountain reveals an impressive view of the Art Museum. This stretch of parkway, lined with several historical institutions, is the home to large-scale events such as the Welcome to America Fourth of July concert, Made In America concert festival, Philadelphia Marathon and Thanksgiving Day Parade.

When there isn’t a major event happening, locals and tourists head to spots like Con Murphy’s Irish Pub for pints of Guinness and the Cherry Street Tavern, licensed in 1905. For eats, Sabrina’s is the place for brunch (be prepared to wait in line), and Kite & Key is a local hangout for pub grub that Ben Franklin himself would have been proud of.

Transportation

Parking in Logan Square is non-existent. On public transportation, it is easily accessible by SEPTA buses and regional rail lines stopping at Suburban Station. The Market Street El and Broad Street Subway both stop at City Hall, within walking distance to Logan Square. Once in the neighborhood, the best way to get around is on foot.

Logan Square Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,855

The Sterling Apartment Homes

  • Year Built: 1961 (renovated in 2015)
  • Number of Units: 536
  • Number of Layouts: 36
  • Rent: $1,299-$5,049
  • Highlights: Available in a wide range of layouts and finishes, these apartments all come with modern kitchens and spacious interiors. Community features here include a 24-hour fitness center, concierge services, a rooftop swimming pool and deck, and a tech lounge in the heart of the city.

1900 Arch

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 300
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,695-$2,850
  • Highlights: Just off John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 1900 Arch brings high-end design such as 10- to 13-foot loft ceilings, wood flooring and double-pane windows capturing expansive city views. Designed by local architecture firm Varenhorst, the community has several amenities, including a fitness center that offers group classes and an outdoor courtyard with lounge space.

The Lofts at 1835 Arch

  • Year Built: 2000
  • Number of Units: 191
  • Number of Layouts: 36
  • Rent: $1,738-$2,577
  • Highlights: The Lofts at 1835 Arch gives residents the keys to modern kitchens and baths. The ceilings soar up to 20 feet in some units, pairing with exposed ductwork and stainless finishes for an abundance of original character and comfort. There is also a fitness center, concierge services and a popular on-site deli.

The Runners Up

Northern Liberties

Artists began renting studios in this old manufacturing district nearly 30 years ago and have since turned it into one of the most hip, progressive districts in the city. Bound by Girard Avenue and Callowhill Street to the north and south and the Delaware River and Sixth Street to the east and west, “NoLibs” is where you’ll find a blend of artists, young professionals, young families and students from nearby Temple University.

Residences in this area are a combination of old row homes and new loft spaces, with eco-friendly design and locations near NoLibs’ busy social scene. Thanks to its flourishing culture and crowd, it has gone from a crime-heavy area to a safe and sought-after (and expensive) place to live.

Things To Do

With lots of choices in a condensed area, Northern Liberties has become a hotbed for everything from midday brunching to late-night drinking. This is centered mostly along Second Street, as well as the Piazza at Schmidt’s, a recent public square renovation that is surrounded by eateries and shops.

Some favorites for dining here include Honey’s Sit ’n Eat, a BYOB Jewish-meets-Southern diner; Cantina Dos Segundos for Mexican and margaritas; and Green Eggs Cafe, offering a creative breakfast menu. For drinks, Standard Tap is a must. NoLibs also has a thriving arts scene, and shops such as Art Star, a boutique of handmade goods and jewelry, make for fun places to get a feel for the neighborhood.

Transportation

Bikes are the ride of choice in this hipster neighborhood. Should you need a train, the Market-Frankford El stops twice in NoLibs, and a trolley car runs along Girard Avenue. Driving and parking here are manageable as well.

Northern Liberties Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,565

Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 224
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $1,900-$3,800
  • Highlights: The bathrooms are luxurious, the windows let the light flood in and the kitchen is professional grade. Pair that with community amenities such as a fitness center, concierge services and a rooftop with a walking track and resort-style pool, and this is a great place to call home in Northern Liberties.

At The Piazza Apartments

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Number of Units: 500
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,350-$2,900
  • Highlights: The Piazza courtyard below hosts numerous social events and concerts in the warmer months, and living here means having a front-row ticket to the fun — as well as a peaceful home to retreat to. Tastefully designed with exposed-brick interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a bridge of fun and functionality.

Northern Lofts

  • Year Built: 1924 (renovated in 2014)
  • Number of Units: 17
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $1,400-$2,300
  • Highlights: One of the smallest complexes we reviewed, this five-story property is on the neighborhood’s iconic Second Street corridor, made up of coffee shops, art galleries and restaurants. The newly renovated units feature bright gourmet kitchens, designer finishes and oversized windows.

Rittenhouse Square

Arguably the most prestigious address in Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood spans from Market to South streets from the north to south and runs from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River Banks east to west. Centered by the square itself — a lush, inviting park space in the center of the city — the neighborhood offers several blocks of cute cafes, acclaimed restaurants and designer retail shops.

The park is bordered by luxury high-rises, but the quaint side streets a few blocks away are full of charming, upscale homes, all with high price tags. Rittenhouse Square residents are primarily wealthy young families, professionals and retirees.

As it is one of the most popular places to live in Philadelphia, prices and popularity in this neighborhood can be expected to increase.

Things To Do

Besides walking, lunching or people-watching in Rittenhouse Square, residents and tourists enjoy its premier shopping and dining scene. The Rittenhouse Row shopping district, on Walnut Street between Broad and 18th, is packed with designer and boutique retail alike, including the first Anthropologie shop.

When the weather is warm, patio dining is the best way to enjoy the beautiful architecture of this neighborhood. Located right on the square, Lacroix is a longtime favorite for expensive eats from around the world, as well as out-of-this-world Bloody Marys. Another neighborhood staple is Oyster House for its fresh fish and raw bar. Fitler Square is a well-loved park space, situated on the Schuylkill River.

Transportation

Because of its proximity to Center City, Rittenhouse Square is easily accessible on public transportation. Both Suburban Station and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station are within walking distance. Parking is nearly impossible; when found, it’s very expensive.

Rittenhouse Square Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,580

1500 Locust

  • Year Built: 1972
  • Number of Units: 612
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: $1,614-$3,443
  • Highlights: Offering excellent views of Philadelphia and the surrounding area, 1500 Locust gives residents plenty of chances to soak in the scenery: The spacious apartments have private balconies, and the Olympic-size rooftop pool is enclosed in glass. The modern units complement the stunning views with high-end amenities throughout.

Touraine

  • Year Built: 1917
  • Number of Units: 132
  • Number of Layouts: 30
  • Rent: $1,520-$6,800
  • Highlights: The white European-style kitchens take center stage in these apartments, but there is plenty not to be missed in this historic building. Original hardwood, leaded-glass windows, subway tile and french doors all make the units bright and chic. With an address along tree-lined Spruce Street, it’s an oasis in the city.

ICON

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 206
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $2,070-$4,315
  • Highlights: High-gloss white kitchens and abundant windows let lots of light into these well-designed apartment homes, featuring hardwood flooring and high-end appliances. A sky deck with panoramic views allows residents to grill out, pick some herbs from the garden or get comfortable by the fireplace.

The Runners Up

Avenue of the Arts

One of the nation’s oldest planned streets, Broad Street sits between 13th and 15th streets; it’s a major north-south avenue that cuts straight through the middle of Center City. Between Spruce and Market Streets, the prevalence of art galleries, performance centers and music academies has earned it the name Avenue of the Arts.

Most of the popular venues can be found south of City Hall, where Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West meet and professionals, young families and retirees live quite luxuriously. Traveling north from Center City, Avenue of the Arts crosses Temple University, where a college-age crowd resides in student apartment complexes and rowhouses.

As residential development continues on this historic stretch of Philadelphia art culture, prices and population are expected to continue rising.

Things To Do

The Theater District south of City Hall includes venues such as the Kimmel Center, home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Academy of Music. Though technically in Washington Square West, fine dining such as Mediterranean fare at Barbuzzo and the highly acclaimed Vetri can be found a few blocks away. This section of Broad Street also boasts the Merriam Theater, the Wilma Theater and The University of the Arts.

Up near Templetown, lively historic venues are many, highlighted by the Liacouras Center on campus, where action includes top-ranked basketball and major concerts alike. After the event, music continues all night at Pub Webb, Templetown’s favorite dive bar.

Transportation

While the designated section of Avenue of the Arts is walkable, the Broad Street SEPTA Regional Rail line runs directly beneath the street; it extends far beyond, making for simple transportation for residents here or visitors to the neighborhood.

Avenue of the Arts Central Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,600

Packard Motor Car Building

  • Year Built: 1910
  • Number of Units: 151
  • Number of Layouts: 29
  • Rent: $1,710-$2,305
  • Highlights: Before donning its modern apartment interiors, the Packard Motor Car Building was a factory and showroom for the popular cars of yesteryear. Over 100 years old, the limestone-carved building combines 21st-century amenities and historic charm, such as oversized windows and ceramic tiling.

Tower Place

  • Year Built: 1958 (renovated in 2013)
  • Number of Units: 204
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $1,678-$2,972
  • Highlights: Look inside for modern appliances, oak flooring and designer finishes; look outside for unparalleled views of the city and nearby parks. Getting around is a breeze: A 91 Walk Score makes it easy to enjoy the neighborhood, complimentary bikes encourage exploring, and the subway across the street is handy for longer commutes.

Lofts 640

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Number of Units: 265
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: $1,425-$2,500
  • Highlights: As warehouse-to-lofts conversions soar in popularity, Lofts 640 showcases how impressive these renovations can be. Where else would you find industrial-sized windows and 12-foot ceilings? The top-floor pool is one of a kind, and residents are steps away from Broad Street’s shopping and dining.

The Runner Up

Avenue of the Arts North Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,510

The Modules at Templetown

  • Year Built: 2010
  • Number of Units: 72
  • Number of Layouts: 18
  • Rent: $1,230-$2,250
  • Highlights: Targeting Temple University students, The Modules offers furnished and unfurnished apartments, roommate matching and plenty of community events for residents. These clean, modern spaces are close to campus and have a rooftop deck.

Apartments at 1220

  • Year Built: 1940
  • Number of Units: 300
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $815-$1,705
  • Highlights: Students living here have access to a wide variety of amenities, including a fitness center, a tennis court, club rooms and outdoor lounge areas. Unit interiors feature hardwood flooring and spacious closets. Furnished units are available, and rent includes most utilities.

Avenue of the Arts South Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,600

SouthStar Lofts

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 87
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $1,642-$3,405
  • Highlights: Constructed with sustainable living in mind, SouthStar Lofts is eco-friendly and ultra-chic. Natural light streams into units ranging from studios to two-bedroom lofts equipped with hardwood flooring, 10-foot ceilings and stainless appliances. Residents enjoy a rooftop deck and easy accessibility to this eclectic South Philly neighborhood.

The Metropolitan

  • Year Built: 1926 (renovated in 2011)
  • Number of Units: 121
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: $1,575-$2,450
  • Highlights: This 26-floor Art Deco landmark has a rich history, having housed U.S. service members during World War II. It has been renovated to bring timeless luxury to its residents through modern floorplans, granite countertops and spacious closets. Residents here have complimentary access to the MetroFit health club as well.

1411 Walnut Street

  • Year Built: 1912 (renovated in 1983)
  • Number of Units: 150
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,390-$2,335
  • Highlights: Located in the historic home of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, these charming midtown apartments boast original hardwood flooring, marble baths and turn-of-the-century finishes. Shops on Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square are close by, as are major museum and business districts.

The Runner Up

City Center West

Covering the area between Rittenhouse Square and Logan Square, City Center West is a historied residential and business neighborhood west of City Hall. To the east is Avenue of the Arts, to the south is Rittenhouse Square and to the west is the Schuylkill River. Many homes here date to the 1800s.

Throughout Philadelphia’s expansion, this urban neighborhood has stayed impressively residential and mainly affordable. It attracts a variety of people, including professionals working in the neighborhood’s financial district, young families and students (the University of Pennsylvania is just across the river).

As high-rises further populate this neighborhood, look for rent prices to increase.

Things To Do

Center City West’s main drag is Chestnut Street, which is home to new and old Philadelphia favorites. The foodie-famous Federal Donuts, serving Korean fried chicken and unique donuts (yes, really), is here, as is Philly favorite Village Whiskey, an eating and drinking establishment set in a stunning Victorian-era bar. Grab a coffee at the super-chic La Columbe, and check out the views from XIX, a bar and restaurant on the 19th floor of the century-old Beaux Arts Building.

On 16th and Chestnut, the giant glass dome marks the Shops at Liberty Place, an indoor mall with more than 70 retailers and a busy food court. Historical stops in City Center West include The Franklin Institute and The Mutter Museum, though the latter — showcasing medical instruments and anatomical specimens — is not for the squeamish. For a breath of fresh air, visit the new Schuylkill River Park, where railroads once cut off the waterfront from the city.

Transportation

All regional rail lines stop in Center City West’s Suburban Station, making it one of the best neighborhoods for public transportation. Trolleys from West Philly and University City run into Center City West, which stops at 22nd, 19th and 15th streets and ends at City Hall.

Center City West Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,662

Avenir

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 180
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $1,159-$2,996
  • Highlights: Blocks from Rittenhouse Square, these sleek new apartments have been designed to make use of every inch. With convertible furniture, open layouts and ample storage, the units are designed in a modern, neutral color palette. The building offers a movie screening room, fitness center and resident lounge.

2116 Chestnut

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 321
  • Number of Layouts: 15
  • Rent: $1,690-$3,515
  • Highlights: Offering espresso-finished kitchens and luxurious bathrooms with double vanities, the interiors here give residents a comfortable and elegant space to call home. The amenities are many; a spectacular rooftop lounge area and hot tub top the list. Ground-floor retail and nearby restaurants give residents quick access to shopping and dining options.

AQ Rittenhouse

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 112
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $1,690-$2,800
  • Highlights: Featuring a combination of modern and traditional design, the brand-new AQ Rittenhouse has sleek and spacious layouts. Many units have balconies, and all feature exotic hardwood flooring. Residents also enjoy a rooftop deck and pool with sweeping views of the city and Rittenhouse Square.

The Runners Up

University City

Named for its proximity to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, University City is a hot spot for — you guessed it — students. Many rent the larger Victorian homes off the main streets, which aren’t as well-kept and can get rowdy on the weekends.

But it’s not all about academics. The neighborhood’s prominent artistic and cultural aspects appeal to young families, professionals and artists, who take up residence in brightly colored rowhouses on quiet tree lined streets. From high-end art exhibits to quirky food trucks, University City is a one-stop shop for diverse culture and youthful attitude.

Already bursting over its neighborhood boundaries, the lively University City will continue to grow, especially as more modern high-rise apartment options near completion.

Things To Do

Given the neighborhood’s academic focus, it’s no surprise that parks such as Drexel and Penn are constantly busy, hosting everyone from young baseball players to elderly bench sitters. Market, Walnut and Chestnut streets are where the bulk of bars, restaurants and shops are in U-City.

Foodies should check out Drexel’s food trucks, which congregate at 35th and Market. To sit and dine, neighborhood favorites include upscale Mexican at widely acclaimed Distrito and farm-to-table organic fare at White Dog Cafe. Later in the evening, people congregate at City Tap House, which has more than 60 beers on tap, or Fiume or World Cafe Live for music from local and national bands.

Transportation

University City is widely pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, both around the neighborhood and also to Center City via the South Street Bridge. SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line runs east and west along Market Street, stopping along some of the prominent corners of the neighborhood.

University City Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,795

3737 Chestnut

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 267
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,795-$3,545
  • Highlights: This new addition to University City has impressive community amenities, such as professional cooking demonstrations in the club kitchen, fitness classes in the yoga studio and happy hours on the rooftop lounge. Interiors include floor-to-ceiling windows and espresso-finish cabinetry, as well as premium appliances. Downstairs there is a ground-floor restaurant, retail and banking services.

Domus

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 290
  • Number of Layouts: 28
  • Rent: $2,224-$3,815
  • Highlights: Ornate dark-wood cabinets, built-in bookcases, Juliet balconies and chef’s kitchens are hallmarks of the elegant and sophisticated Domus. A resort-style pool and clubhouse, dry-cleaning services and fitness facilities make these apartment homes top-notch.

3601 Market

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 363
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent: $1,400-$4,441
  • Highlights: These LEED-graded apartments are raising the bar on luxury living with hardwood flooring throughout, two-toned European cabinetry, quartz countertops and panoramic city views. Community features here include a rooftop saltwater pool with lavish cabanas, a fitness center and yoga/spin classes.

The Runners Up

Washington Square West

Named for a serene green space at Sixth and Walnut, Washington Square West is a multifaceted neighborhood that encompasses microhoods such as Gayborhood and Midtown Village. It spans from Seventh to Broad streets and from Chestnut to South streets.

Housing options include luxury condos as well as updated apartments in historic rowhouses. Many of the homes in this area feature Victorian and Queen Anne Revival architecture and appeal to a range of families and working professionals alike.

Because of its safety, unique culture and proximity to Center City, this area has been and will continue to be in high demand.

Things To Do

Two major destinations in Washington Square West are Antique Row and Jewelers’ Row. The latter, home to more than 300 jewelry shops, is a great place to learn about the rich history of jewelry-making in Philadelphia.

The neighborhood is full of eateries and boutiques sporting colorful storefronts. The upscale American at Talula’s Garden and modern European at Tria Cafe receive high marks from Philadelphians for both food and ambiance. For authentic Italian, Giorgio on Pine and Little Nonna’s are the go-tos in this neighborhood. Franky Bradley’s is known for its happy hour, and dive bar Dirty Frank’s is the place to be after dark.

Transportation

This neighborhood is best discovered on foot; tight one-way streets make parking difficult for drivers. SEPTA’s Market East station provides El service from the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport, making stops at Eighth, 11th and 13th Streets along Market. Additionally, several bus routes go through this neighborhood.

Washington Square West Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,400

The St. James

  • Year Built: 2004
  • Number of Units: 304
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,564-$5,350
  • Highlights: All units at the St. James come with private balconies and terraces, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and 9-foot ceilings. Building features include an indoor pool and attached sundeck, as well as Starbucks and Platoon Fitness on the ground level.

Chancellor Apartments

  • Year Built: 1929
  • Number of Units: 213
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $920-$1,245
  • Highlights: The studio and one-bedroom units at the historic Chancellor Apartments include large windows, high ceilings, hardwood flooring and walk-in closets. The building is close to major universities as well as business and entertainment districts.

Chestnut Hill

Located 25 minutes northwest of City Center, Chestnut Hill is near Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and the grand Fairmount Park, making it a green escape from the city. Born from wealthy city dwellers, the neighborhood has remained affluent throughout its booming growth.

Chestnut Hill is known for its picture-perfect streets and architecture. Most of the homes here are classic rowhouses, ornate Victorians and grand mansions, occupied by wealthy families and working professionals.

High real estate prices haven’t deterred buyers in this suburban neighborhood, which continues grow in popularity for its safety, history and old-world charm.

Things To Do

Nearly a dozen blocks of Germantown Avenue are lined with art galleries, trendy boutiques, specialty shops and eateries. This stretch was recently renovated to feature the historical buildings and cobblestone street, giving the avenue a European feel and serving as a destination for residents and visitors alike.

Shoppers stop for specialty cheeses at the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop and handcrafted toys at O’Doodles. You’ll find sandwiches and homemade soups at Top of the Hill Cafe Cafe, and American fare at Mica Restaurant and Heirloom Fine American Cookery. McNally’s, one of the oldest taverns in the city, has been serving up pints and Schmitters (its signature Philly cheese steak sandwiches) to loyal customers since 1921.

Transportation

The shopping stretch of Germantown Avenue is walkable, but outside of that area you’ll need a car for getting around. Metered parking is widely available. The SEPTA Regional Rail stops at Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West, both packed for weekday commutes, as well as SEPTA bus routes 23, 77, 94, 134 and L.

Chestnut Hill Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $967

Chestnut Hill Tower Apartments

  • Year Built: 1962 (renovated in 2004)
  • Number of Units: 228
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $925-$1,865
  • Highlights: Outside the hustle and bustle of downtown, these spacious, modern units come in a variety of sizes and finish options. Residents here also have access to an on-site pool, tennis court, and business and fitness centers.

Hill House

  • Year Built: 1964
  • Number of Units: 187
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $910-$3,000
  • Highlights: These apartments overlooking the city are filled with light, and they’ve been remodeled to add modern touches such as sleek kitchens, hardwood flooring and large closets. Hill House is near plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as the SEPTA train.

Chestnut Hill Village Apartments

  • Year Built: 1963
  • Number of Units: 821
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent: $949-$1,849
  • Highlights: Sophisticated yet comfortable, this community offers granite countertops, hardwood flooring and fireplaces. There is plenty of space outside for enjoying the playground, grills and pool. The SEPTA Wyndmoor station is nearby.

Manayunk

Northwest of Philadelphia on the banks of the Schuylkill River, Manayunk is known for its lively, riverfront Main Street and its infamous hills. Originally a home to millworkers in the Industrial Age, Manayunk retains its blue-collar roots, while younger couples, working professionals and recent grads bring a youthful, hip vibe to the neighborhood. The lack of child care and elementary schools makes it less popular among families.

Renters outnumber buyers here. Both live in historic Victorians and row homes, as well as newer modern loft spaces. The lower cost of living is another huge draw to Manayunk, 20 minutes by train from Center City.

With a number of younger residents, Manayunk experiences high turnover, but this transitional neighborhood still is expected to rise in growth and popularity.

Things To Do

In Manayunk, the party is on Main Street, where eclectic stores and trendy eateries are set on a backdrop of the scenic Schuylkill River. Check out the bike shops and custom furniture stores for a taste of this town’s passions.

Day and night, you’ll find foodies roaming the streets for Greek fare at Smiley’s Cafe, creative burgers at Lucky’s Last Chance or Mexican (and a stellar happy hour) at Taqueria Feliz. Manayunk is Native American for “where we go to drink,” so it’s fitting that Main Street kicks up as the night goes on, whether at Old Eagle Tavern for a classic pool-hall atmosphere or Grape Room for an up-and-coming music scene.

This neighborhood has hosted the well-known Philly Cycling Classic since 1985. Evidence of the community’s love of activity is present in the new, eco-conscious Venice Island Performing Arts Center and Recreation Park.

Transportation

Parking in hilly Manayunk is manageable and attainable, but be sure you have a good parking brake. The Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line has a stop here, and bus routes 35 and 61 connect the neighborhood to Philly.

Manayunk Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,238

Venice Lofts

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 128
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent: $1,525-$2,780
  • Highlights: This award-winning combination of loft residences and townhomes features eat-in gourmet kitchens, hardwood flooring throughout, and giant windows offering views of the river and canal. Residents can also gaze at the river from the 24-hour fitness center, or break a sweat on the scenic running trail right outside.

Canal House

  • Year Built: 1847
  • Number of Units: 82
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,040-$1,810
  • Highlights: Built more than 160 years ago, this complex is one-of-a-kind. It features soaring ceilings, open layouts and historical details residents won’t find elsewhere. Located right on the canal, it’s a great location for exploring the great outdoors and enjoying Manayunk’s social scene.

The Lofts At Chimney Hill

  • Year Built: 1995
  • Number of Units: 97
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $900-$1,500
  • Highlights: A rare find in apartments, the vaulted, wood-beam ceilings are a treasure in these lofts, enhanced by bright interiors, hardwood flooring and modern updates. There’s plenty of outdoor community space in which to relax, as well as quick access to public transportation.

East Falls

Another neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia, East Falls sits along the Schuylkill River and is adjacent to Germantown, Fairmount Park and Manayunk. This mostly residential area, where you’ll find Grace Kelly’s childhood residence, is home to both Philadelphia University and Drexel University College of Medicine. This leads to a high number of young renters and noisy weekends, but only in townhomes near the main social scene.

As the streets become increasingly residential, young families and professionals occupy large Victorian and Colonial-style homes. Over the past several years, the population of East Falls has remained steady.

Things To Do

East Falls’ location, overlooking the river and atop scenic Kelly Drive, makes it a haven for outdoor recreation and leisure. Biking and running trails lead to Fairmount Park. The college crowd frequents Ridge Avenue, where bars such as Johnny Manana’s and the Falls Taproom are open late to serve up live music and flowing pints.

For something a little more refined, In Riva is a widely recognized Italian restaurant with sweeping views of the river. Just up the street, Fiorino is a local BYOB favorite for pastas and more. Shoppers shouldn’t miss Material Culture; this hidden gem is a one-stop shop for Turkish antiques and household decor.

Transportation

East Falls’ two train stations make Center City reachable in as little as 20 minutes. Many residents here own cars, as the city is minutes away via R5. Parking is not usually a concern, though as in Manayunk, steep hills and a chance of flooding are things to keep in mind.

East Falls Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $950

Charter Court

  • Year Built: 1951 (renovated in 2012)
  • Number of Units: 496
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $875-$2,000
  • Highlights: Close to colleges and universities, Charter Court offers students sleek, modern interiors and bright, open layouts. Interior finishes include hardwood flooring, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. The community has a pool, movie theater, pet spa and yoga studio, to name just a few of the many amenities.

Falls Village

  • Year Built: 1964 (renovated in 2012)
  • Number of Units: 180
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,265-$1,567
  • Highlights: With private balconies and recently renovated interiors, the apartments at Falls Village provide contemporary living in a quaint corner of East Falls. Resident amenities include a “Bark Park” for pets, a grilling area, and bocce ball and horseshoe pits. A new fitness center is also expected here soon.

The Runners Up

Mount Airy

A wonderfully diverse and architecturally charming area, Mount Airy is northwest of Philadelphia and on the south side of Fairmount Park from Chestnut Hill. On the west side is the Wissahickon Gorge and Manayunk, while Germantown borders the southeast side of Mount Airy, and Stenton Avenue is to the northeast.

Mount Airy’s parks, trail systems and easygoing atmosphere lure residents of all ages and cultures. The housing is just as diverse, ranging from 18th-century Quaker homes and Victorians to contemporary homes and apartments.

Things To Do

Residential areas are divided into East and West Mount Airy. They share a border at historic Germantown Avenue, famed for its center-stage role in the Battle of Germantown. The historic facades and cobblestone streets have paved the way for shopping and eating in Mount Airy’s main quarter.

Earth Bread + Brewery is a local favorite for brews and flatbreads, while Chef Ken’s Cafe whips up mouthwatering Southern cuisine. Mornings are busy at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Cafe as patrons await hot sticky buns. And although the nightlife here isn’t as vibrant as surrounding communities, McMenamin’s Tavern always has a crowd.

Art fans take classes and enjoy the camaraderie at Six Senses Clay Studio and the Mt. Airy Art Garage, while outdoor enthusiasts will find the 1,600 acres of parkland surrounding Wissahickon Creek endlessly entertaining.

Transportation

Thanks to two SEPTA Regional Rail stations, Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West, commuters can reach Center City in 20 minutes by train, or on bus routes H, XH and 23. I-76 and Kelly Drive/Lincoln Drive get residents downtown as well; in town, metered street parking is widely available and sometimes free.

Mount Airy Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $858

Greene Manor Apartments

  • Year Built: 1927
  • Number of Units: 189
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,135-$1,850
  • Highlights: These historic units in West Mount Airy were recently renovated; kitchens have espresso-finish cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Remaining original features — including vaulted ceilings, deep-set window sills, hardwood flooring and ornate woodwork — make it a uniquely beautiful place to come home to.

Sedgwick Station Apartments

  • Year Built: 1960
  • Number of Units: 93
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $855-$1,125
  • Highlights: Apartment interiors here are bright, thanks to the large windows and open layouts. Just outside the building’s front door is the SEPTA Sedgwick Station, and the popular Germantown neighborhood is nearby.

Chestnut Terrace

  • Year Built: 1960
  • Number of Units: 42
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $875-$1,299
  • Highlights: The apartments at Chestnut Terrace have been remodeled to reflect a modern, clean style, with espresso European cabinetry and high-gloss countertops. You’ll find new windows and washer/dryers in each apartment, as well as private balconies in select units.

The Runners Up

Old City

Equal parts historic and modern, quaint and rowdy, Old City is home to Philly’s most popular landmarks and nightlife. It also boasts an edgy art scene, where trendy galleries attract a hip, well-educated crowd.

Set along the Delaware River between Front and Sixth streets, the neighborhood is full of picturesque cobblestone streets and 18th-century rowhouses. Also here is Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited residential street in the country.

This highly desirable area comes at a high price, which is why residents are mainly older professionals, wealthy families and retirees. Its modern lifestyle and historic backdrop only serve to increase its popularity, and already-astronomical rent prices will continue to rise.

Things To Do

Many of Philadelphia’s foundational landmarks reside in this neighborhood, including The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the new National Constitution Center, as well as several museums and other architectural attractions. On the Delaware River, Penn’s Landing is a popular place for taking in views and year-round events.

Second Street and the Third Street Corridor are the places for shopping, eating and drinking, especially at notable establishments like The Continental or Amada. The electric nightlife kicks up on First Fridays, when galleries and shops host open houses that draw crowds. The parties go on all night at places like Red Owl Tavern, Eulogy Belgian Pub and the infamous Khyber Pass Pub.

Transportation

The best (and only) way to see Old City is by foot; parking here is a no-go. The neighborhood can be reached on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford subway line, with stops at Fifth or Second and Market streets. Buses are also frequent in this area.

Old City Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,575

Chocolate Works

  • Year Built: 1911
  • Number of Units: 136
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $1,320-$2,195
  • Highlights: Who wouldn’t want to live in a former chocolate factory? The original home of the Wilbur Chocolate Company has been refurbished to give tenants a contemporary living experience within historic Old City. Crafted with environmentally conscious finishes and modern amenities such as large closets and LED lighting, these apartments are the epitome of urban loft living.

320 Walnut Street

  • Year Built: 1926
  • Number of Units: 77
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,710-$2,350
  • Highlights: Just steps from Philly’s best bars, restaurants and attractions, 320 Walnut Street combines history and style with hardwood flooring and bright, modern kitchens. One standout feature is the massive windows that allow light to flood into these classic apartments.

The Lofts at 509 Vine

  • Year Built: 1929 (renovated in 2003)
  • Number of Units: 44
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: $1,500-$2,250
  • Highlights: With phenomenal views of the river and city skyline, these bright apartments are finished with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry. This historic building’s 8-by-20-foot windows frame incredible vistas.

Market East

Market East is a largely commercial district that provides Philly with a high density of businesses, retail and entertainment options, and is crowded both day and night. Center City professionals seek out the area’s seemingly endless food options and unique retail shops during lunch and happy hours, and tourists frequent the landmark stops in this district, adding to the foot traffic.

Though it doesn’t contain as many residential options as other neighborhoods, Market East attracts a diverse blend of young, hip professionals. They live in high-rises and renovated apartment spaces, and they don’t mind the sometimes rough-and-tumble neighborhood.

There are plans for massive retail development in the neighborhood’s vacant spaces. The popularity of this area will continue to see substantial growth, and housing prices will increase to compensate.

Things To Do

Market Street, previously named High Street, is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the street. One of the most prominent neighborhood stops is Reading Terminal Market, a historic indoor food market with more than 80 vendors selling fresh produce and global cuisine.

Foodies flock to brunch favorite Bank & Bourbon. Another popular tourist stop is the architecturally stunning Macy’s (formerly Wanamaker’s), which offers daily concerts on its 28,500-pipe organ. Market East is home to some of Philly’s best nightlife, and places such as MilkBoy and Time stay packed all night.

Transportation

Market East is a hub for SEPTA’s regional rail lines. The El stops at Eighth, 11th and 13th streets along Market, and several bus lines connect through the neighborhood. Just west at City Hall, passengers can switch between the Broad Street Subway and the El for free.

Market East Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,575

Adelphia House

  • Year Built: 1940
  • Number of Units: 336
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $855-$1,480
  • Highlights: Adelphia House is four blocks from the Reading Terminal Market, one of the oldest public farmers markets in the country. The interiors here are bright and have been maintained throughout the building’s rich history. Ceramic-tile bathrooms and hardwood flooring also contribute to the character of the units.

The Franklin Residences

  • Year Built: 1925 (renovated in 2011)
  • Number of Units: 413
  • Number of Layouts: 14
  • Rent: $1,579-$2,400
  • Highlights: Ten-foot ceilings and oversized windows make every apartment feel like a penthouse. The sleek European cabinetry is the kitchen’s star attraction, while walk-in closets and ceramic-tile bathrooms add to the apartments’ appeal.

The Commonwealth

  • Year Built: 1902 (renovated in 2011)
  • Number of Units: 98
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,042-$2,448
  • Highlights: This historic building on Chestnut Street has been updated to bridge modern amenities and historic culture. Interiors include custom European cabinetry, granite countertops and Grohe fixtures throughout, as well as hardwood flooring and large bathrooms. There’s also a fitness center.