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About Fairmount

Fairmount is a storied neighborhood known for its outstanding museums. Often referenced simply as the Art Museum Area for its proximity to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount also contains historic landmarks, fantastic restaurants, cozy pubs, and picturesque greenspaces. With Center City easily accessible by bus or subway, residents of the neighborhood enjoy a quiet perch just north of the city's major attractions and centers of business.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $124,900 to $1,175,000

Closed Prices: $108,100 to $2,150,000

Median Sale Price: $439,900

Average $ per sq ft: $303

Association Fee Ranges: $65, $142 to $590/quarter, $0, $0 to $1705/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1856 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 1856 to 2022 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Fairmount

Around Fairmount

Fairmount Avenue runs through the neighborhood and is loaded with retailers, late-night restaurants, markets, bistros, and more. At Fairmount's western border, a large stretch of greenspace along the river contains gardens, landmarks, and the art museum. On the eastern border, you'll find a subway stations offering rides to Center City. A trolley line on the northern boundary travels east and west.

Fairmount's restaurant scene offers bold flavors from all over the world as well as local favorites. Jack's Firehouse brings Southern BBQ to Philly, offering ribs, brisket, and Cajun shrimp, while The Belgian Cafe specializes in mussel dishes and hearty comfort food. For Italian cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, check out Osteria. For unique takes on traditional Mexican dishes, sit down at La Calaca Feliz. Pizza, pub food, and more can also be enjoyed in the neighborhood.

In Fairmount, you'll feel a creative energy in the air near the greenspaces surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Landmarks like Boathouse Row, Lemon Hill Mansion, and Fairmount Water Works recall this scenic parkland's storied past. Head east on Fairmount Avenue and you'll find residents dining on sidewalk patios across from the imposing, yet remarkable Eastern State Penitentiary, which now functions as a museum. Outside of the tourist hotspots, colorful rowhouses share the streets with sleek, modern builds.

Many of the neighborhood's most popular pubs and taverns are located along Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and Fairmount Avenue. With a great selection of whiskey and live performances by jazz musicians, SOUTH is always a great choice for a night out. One of the best haunted house experiences in the country is held in the spooky Eastern State Penitentiary--buy a ticket to Terror Behind the Walls if you dare. The city's Bastille Day Festival is also held at the old penitentiary every summer, when a day-long reenactment of the French Revolution draws big crowds. Of course, Center City's many bars, theaters, and music venues are always nearby for an exciting night out on any given weekend.

Fairmount's bistros and outdoor cafes are poised for your Sunday brunch adventures. You might even bring your dog along, as some of these chic eateries are pet-friendly. One local favorite is Sabrina's Cafe thanks to their superb service, generous portions, and mom-and-pop vibe. With Philadelphia Museum of Art so close, you may be served well by a membership granting you unlimited admission and access to members-only tours and programs.

Fairmount includes both midrange and upscale residences, generally offering more affordable options than Center City. Rowhouses with extensive renovations make up the upper end of the market, while those with more original features offer more affordability. The neighborhood's condominiums are at similar price points, though buyers should plan for the added monthly cost of HOA fees.

Fairmount boasts excellent walkability and is fairly bike-friendly. SEPTA buses offer inexpensive rides to and from Center City, as do subway stations on the eastern border. A trolley along Girard Avenue carries passengers east and west. Narrow streets and limited parking options can make driving a hassle, though residents do have good access to major thoroughfares. The Airport Line, which offers rides to Philadelphia International Airport, is accessible from Suburban Station in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Locals Love

  • Easy access to Center City
  • Great dining and nightlife
  • Ample greenspace

Locals Don't Love

  • High cost of living
  • Driving and parking hassles

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