Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Homes for Sale

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About Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill is a storied neighborhood in West Philly with distinctive architecture and tree-lined streets. Residents of the community have plenty of options for commuting downtown in this transit-friendly area that was once a suburb. A diverse dining scene of cuisines from around the globe also thrives here. Add to that Spruce Hill’s charming row houses and grand mansions, and you’ve got quaint place to call home just outside of Center City.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $225,000 to $825,000

Closed Prices: $260,000 to $1,175,000

Median Sale Price: $480,000

Average $ per sq ft: $226

Association Fee Ranges: $598/quarter, $0 to $539.27/mo, $0

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

Age: 1884 to 2020

Sq. Ft.: 1884 to 2020 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 1 to 8 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Spruce Hill

Around Spruce Hill

Originally developed as a streetcar suburb, Spruce Hill offers convenient transportation to Center City from anywhere in the neighborhood. With the University of Pennsylvania nearby, residents occasionally experience some noise and congestion, but they also have plenty of restaurants, bars, and events to enjoy. Fantastic global cuisine is found along Baltimore Avenue, 45th Avenue, and Chestnut Avenue—just about anywhere in the neighborhood. Clark Park on the south end is a great place to enjoy community events, concerts, festivals, and farmers markets.

While the area’s more lavish properties require a fairly large budget, buyers are more likely to find a bargain here than in Center City, especially if they’re willing to do a little renovation. Prices have risen, but you’ll still get plenty of square footage in midrange homes. Other neighborhoods may be more budget-friendly, but Spruce Hill offers plenty of value for its distinctive architecture, green environs, and access to public transit.

When you want cozy comfort food or an internationally inspired feast, Spruce Hill is the place to be. You’ll have a buffet of cuisines to choose from, with restaurants showcasing Indian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Cambodian, Mexican, Lebanese, vegan, and vegetarian fare (and so much more). Check out Saad's Halal Restaurant when you’re craving shawarma, falafel, or even cheesesteak.

You’ll see plenty of monuments and historic buildings in Spruce Hill alongside gorgeous row and twin homes with colorful bay windows. Unique murals reflect the area’s creative spirit. Thanks to the suburban planning of Spruce Hill’s beginnings, many homes have porches and backyards with space in between to allow for landscaping. Trees young and old shade the sidewalks as pedestrians admire the neighborhood’s unique architecture. While this part of Philly can feel like a college town at times, there are plenty of institutions in the area catering to the more mature sensibilities of Spruce Hill’s working professionals and families.

A Friday evening in Spruce Hill might lead you to one of the many bars and lounges, where you can kick back and perhaps enjoy some live jazz. Local 44 West Philly is a low-key spot to try a new craft beer. Further east, New Deck Tavern is the chosen watering hole of history buffs thanks to the unusual artifacts on display throughout the establishment.

Clark Park is one of the largest and greenest spaces in the West Philly area. Hosting a profusion of activities from flea markets to outdoor movie screenings, Clark Park really brings the neighborhood together. In the winter, this park’s hills are a popular destination for sledding. Head into University City to check out the exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art or stay closer to home and enjoy a treat at any of the cafes along 45th Street.

Because of Spruce Hill’s inception as a streetcar suburb, the area was laid out to facilitate travel by public transit both to Center City and within the immediate area. The MFL train runs along Market Street, while the trolley is accessible from Baltimore Avenue and Chester Avenue. Spruce Hill is also very bike-friendly and walkable.

Locals Love

  • Great access to public transit
  • Beautiful architecture
  • Incredible dining scene
  • Parks

Locals Don't Love

  • Street parking can be a hassle
  • Lack of a shopping options
  • Noise from college students

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