The Hottest Philadelphia City Neighborhoods

From Graduate Hospital to Fishtown, these are the highly coveted, most beloved and fastest-growing hoods that Philly has to offer.

Fishtown/Kensington

That city feel, without the city price.

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Median home price: $169,000
Increase in median household income (1999 to 2011): 37.1 percent
Increase in residents with a B.A. or higher (2000 to 2010): 218.1percent

It’s hard to talk about Frankford Av­enue—the main road running along the western side of Fishtown, leading into Ken­sington—without mentioning Pizza Brain,, the museum/eatery, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, the artisanal dessert boutique, which have both come to define the area’s renaissance, as young folks clad in skinnies and plaid shirts line up along the block at all hours. But it’s not just the hipsters that have come to love Fishtown/Kenzo; realtor and five-year Fishtown resident Jared Gr­uber says the area is seeing growth from all demos. “I’m even finding empty nesters buying rowhouses in Fishtown,” he says. “You get that city vibe, but not the price tag attached to it.”

No doubt, affordability is a key part of Fishtown’s success these days. Prices are rising steadily, and people are trying to get into a cool, growing neighborhood while they can. (Rule of thumb: Once Stephen Starr invests in an area—as he has here with beer garden Frankford Hall and barbecue joint Fette Sau—you’d better buy in fast.)

Still, it’s not all about the money, or even the food—it’s that the place has a sort of old-school Philly feel. Homeowner Monica Weymouth says it’s that mix of small town and big city that keeps her there: “I can get to 15th and Market in 20 minutes, and our block gets together to celebrate kids’ birthdays and the cherry tree being kind enough to blossom each spring.”

Fishtown/Kenzo: A Uniquely Cool City Experience

  • Fishtown/Kenzo is a hit with … young professionals, new families and empty nesters who want a cheaper, cooler city experience than the cookie-cutter condo scene.
  • Shopping … is kind of nonexistent. “It’d be great to have a hardware store,” bemoans one resident.
  • Nightlife … is lively: arcade games at Barcade, giant beers at Frankford Hall, live music at Johnny Brenda’s.
  • Schools … Same old story as any city ’hood. But keep an eye on the New Kensington Parents Coalition for Better Schools and Play (NKP), making moves to improve quality of life for families.
  • The most prevalent crime … is car break-ins for most of Fishtown, but the further north you go, the more serious the issues. Kensington is gentrifying, but it’s not there yet.
  • Residents’ pet peeves … “When Girard Avenue lets it all hang out—the morning drunks, the smoggy traffic, the empty prescription bottles—it gets to be a bit much,” says one resident.

Data derived from HomExpert Market Report, a product of Prudential Fox & Roach, Realtors, Research Division.

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  • Oleg B.

    What about University City??

  • Garden Logan

    why lump kensington and fishtown together? apples to oranges.

  • jockman

    We used to have 3 hardware stores, but due to those who have gentrified my hood the property values caused them to close up and sell…

    • Ashley H.

      you are so angry

    • word

      gelfand’s hardware on Front street is still open – they don’t have everything but they’re really nice and things are priced well – and theres been a ton of development on frankford ave for shopping and restaurants, with more still in the works

  • jockman

    When will the hipsters realize human beings need more retail options than coffee shops?

  • jockman

    Port Richmond is the new destination…Fishtown is over

    • hank

      calm down

      • jockman

        The voice of a renter

  • Vald Bagina

    from my own personal experience, it’s usually the same temperature all over the city.

  • Aimee

    BTW, the name changed to 19125 Parents Coalition. :)

    http://www.19125parents.com/

  • Michael Warrington

    Um….decent grocery store nearby Avenue of the Arts. Whole Foods is at 10th and South. It’s like a ten minute walk.

  • Jason

    If i had to pick a pet peeve for Fairmount, it would be parking when during the Haunted House season