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About Old City

Philadelphia's colorful Old City neighborhood fuses the old with the new, juxtaposing historic properties built throughout the city's long history with contemporary architecture and culture. The area is full of landmarks and attractions including Elfreth's Alley and the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and several piers along the Delaware River host festive waterfront activities. With two MFL train stations in their neighborhood, Old City residents can easily access the rest of the city.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $224,900 to $3,200,000

Closed Prices: $159,000 to $3,400,000

Median Sale Price: $365,000

Average $ per sq ft: $380

Association Fee Ranges: $250/quarter, $350, $0, $0 to $2132/mo

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

Age: 1840 to 2021

Sq. Ft.: 1840 to 2021 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Old City

Around Old City

South 2nd Street is a bustling corridor with a unique array of restaurants, retailers, and more. I-95 runs through the neighborhood, so residents can traverse the city quickly. Old City's two train stations are located on 2nd Street to the south and Spring Garden Street on the northern border. Some of the American Revolution's most prominent landmarks and museums are found just west of Old City and along Chestnut Street. Market Street is loaded with cafes, comfort food, and a plethora of shops.

Whether you're into chic eateries, trendy bars, or brunch cafes, Old City has it all. American, Asian, Italian, Southern, Spanish, Cuban, Irish, and Mexican cuisine are all options. Buddakan is one local favorite for its innovative Asian fusion cuisine, techno playlists, and gargantuan buddha. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is also loved for its authentic Cuban fare and late-night salsa dancing amidst dreamy, Cuban decor.

Colonial monuments and historic landmarks are everyday sights in the Old City neighborhood. The Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall are always nearby. The country's oldest roads also exist in Old City, with red brick sidewalks and cobblestone walkways and streets. Elfreth's Alley is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited road in America. Tourists frequent the area, while young families, professionals, and singles make their homes here.

Friday nights have much to offer a local. Many sports bars, pubs, clubs, and late-night eateries will be buzzing. Festival Pier at Penn's Landing hosts some of the country's finest entertainers on a large outdoor stage. There's also a performance arts theatre in the neighborhood if ever you're interested in a low-key stage play.

Residents of Old City can always take a stroll through the beautiful public spaces surrounding the area's many national landmarks. Pay a visit to the Museum of the American Revolution or Independence Hall. The English-inspired 18th Century Garden is great space to relax. For views of the water, head to Race Street Pier on the east end of the neighborhood.

Prices for Old City's historic mansions and luxury penthouses can be quite high, but midrange condominiums in the area are a bit friendlier to smaller budgets. Buyers will find abodes with plenty of square footage for their money, especially if they opt for something newer.

With so many businesses, attractions, and public transportation options packed into the neighborhood, Old City is incredibly walkable and bike-friendly. Several train stations in the area allow Old City residents to easily reach Center City and surrounding neighborhoods. Owning a car, however, can be difficult due to parking expenses and traffic. Many residents prefer to use public transportation, taxis, and ride-shares.

Locals Love

  • Great restaurants
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Historic landmarks and parks
  • Walkability
  • Access to public transportation

Locals Don't Love

  • High cost of living
  • Traffic
  • Scarce parking

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