Fishtown

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About Fishtown

Fishtown is an iconic Philly neighborhood that's managed to reinvent itself while staying true to its established community. Entrepreneurs and creatives have breathed new life into commercial districts with innovative businesses and bold murals, while families and retirees have maintained the classic rowhouses passed down through their family for generations. With access to two subway stations, Fishtown residents are a short train ride away from Center City, but the neighborhood's appeal goes well beyond convenience. A fascinating history and artistic energy combine to make Fishtown both a popular destination for a night out and a great place to call home.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $205,000 to $1,399,900

Closed Prices: $148,500 to $1,400,000

Median Sale Price: $419,500

Average $ per sq ft: $312

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0 to $439/mo, $300 to $1000

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

Age: 1845 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 1845 to 2022 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 5 Bathrooms

Lot Size: 0 - 3 acres

Getting Around Fishtown

Around Fishtown

Many of the Fishtown's most popular restaurants, bars, and retailers are concentrated around Frankford Avenue on the west side of the neighborhood. The El train is also better accessed from this side of Fishtown, following the neighborhood's western border. However, a trolley line does run through the center of the neighborhood along Girard Avenue. Some of Fishtown's most luxurious properties are located on the south end near the waterfront and Delaware Expressway.

You'll find a thriving food scene in Fishtown. A cluster of chic, upscale dining options comingle with gastropubs and ethnic restaurants on Frankford Avenue and Girard Avenue. Frankford Hall is one of the Frankford Avenue's most hopping establishments. With a spacious beer garden as well as cozy indoor seating, this restaurant serves German cuisine alongside imported and local beer. Next door, you'll find Fette Sau, a trendy locale that smokes dry-rubbed meats in-house for the ultimate BBQ experience. Further south, Johnny Brenda's offers a raw seafood bar as well as burgers, roasted chicken, and vegetarian dishes.

Gulls squawk overhead as the Delaware River laps against the rocks at Penn Treaty Park. Further inland, tourists snap photos of vibrant murals and sticker art. Fishtown's long-standing community holds down the area's storied institutions and traditions that complement innovative businesses started by newer residents. Frankford Avenue bustles with activity, while more peace and quiet is found between the rowhouses further east.

For a night of live music, The Fillmore Philadelphia hosts rising stars and scene veterans of the music industry, putting together an impressive schedule of hip hop, punk, and electronic shows. Johnny Brenda's also hosts live bands and DJs and features a rotating list of fantastic draft beers. If you love a good beer garden, Frankford Hall is the place to be. When you're feeling nostalgic, drop by Beercade for vintage arcade games. Fishtown's funky eateries and venues create an eclectic nightlife fit for any kind of night out.

Grab your picnic blanket and some Philly bagels to enjoy at Penn Treaty Park, where you'll be able to enjoy views of the river and Ben Franklin Bridge. Head inland to shop for a new outfit or add to your book collection. If you need a boost, grab a light lunch and a coffee at Front Street Cafe. Your weekend will always be well-spent in this laid-back neighborhood by the Delaware.

Fishtown has grown in popularity in recent years, and so has its median sale price. Luxurious, modern constructions near the river are at a million-dollar price point, but plenty of midrange homes can be found further north. The neighborhood's most affordable options are older rowhouses that don't usually stay on the market for long.

The Market-Frankford Line (MFL) train on the neighborhood's western border takes passengers in and out of Fishtown, arriving at Center City in under 10 minutes. Buses travel main thoroughfares and a trolley line follows Girard Avenue. With so much going on in the area, many errands can be accomplished on foot or by bike in Fishtown. Drivers have great access to the Delaware Expressway, though parking can be difficult to find in some areas.

Locals Love

  • Great dining and nightlife
  • Access to public transit
  • Proximity to Center City
  • Relatively affordable

Locals Don't Love

  • Distance from nearest hospital
  • Little greenspace
  • Pests

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