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.

Avenue of the Arts

New condos, new restaurants, and a whole net cachet.


Median home price: $361,400
Increase in median household income (1999 to 2011): 84.4 percent
Increase in number of properties sold (2011 to 2012): 21.3 percent

flanked by the lofty facades of Philly’s most illustrious cultural buildings but punctuated with fenced-off vacant lots, this slender city artery—from Broad to 16th and Callowhill to Lombard—doesn’t exactly jump off the map as fertile real estate ground. But as developers from Carl Dranoff to Bart Blatstein set their sights on infusing new life into long-empty properties along Broad, the Avenue of the Arts has seen a surge of new apartment buildings, condos and townhouses boasting some of Center City’s most high-end units.

The result? Housing values have skyrocketed to Main Line levels, and for maybe the first time ever, this stretch has become the stomping grounds for edgy young professionals (with a little cash). South Broad, in particular, has undergone a residential renaissance over the past decade, notes Dranoff—a trend he says owes itself to the completion of the Kimmel Center in 2001, which made the neighborhood the heartbeat of the city’s cultural pulse. Since then, buildings like Symphony House (featuring the buzzy Sbraga) and the nearby 777 South Broad (which houses Tashan)—not to mention the proximity of public transit and a robust food-and-drink scene—have lured urban sophisticates and their money. Basically, residents pay top dollar now for these Center City digs for three very important reasons: location, location, location.

Avenue of the Arts: Shopping, Socialites, and Hot City Living

  • Avenue of the Arts is a hit with … socialites and young professionals with the money to be where it’s happening. Think young doctors and athletes.
  • Shopping … isn’t an issue. Start with the cornerstone Banana Republic and work your way west on Walnut.
  • Nightlife … Take your pick of stilettos, cocktails and lounge music (Tashan), or more jersey-and-beer spots like Tavern on Broad.
  • Schools … Philly School District. Residents tend to set their sights on Center City stalwarts (Meredith, Greenfield, McCall), but a lot of local kids also trek to Columbus Charter, at 10th and Christian.
  • Residents’ biggest pet peeve … A decent grocery store nearby wouldn’t go amiss.
  • Neighborhood gossip … Since it’s a straight shot from the stadiums, the Avenue is a popular spot for athletes: Keep your eyes peeled for Phillies, Flyers and Sixers.

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. :)

  • 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

  • jeff

    i agree that port richmond is poised to become the next hot neighborhood. i have been here since nov from new jersey and it never ceases to amaze me how good PR is. just dont stray to far west past aramingo ave. i used to be in fairmount/spring garden and that was real nice but there is something about Pr that has remained real community!