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Ready to Escape The City Without Actually Leaving? Philly’s Other Hot Neighborhood is Calling Your Name

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Photo credit: The Sivel Group/Herb Englesberg

For urban dwellers who love the bustle of city life but long for the grassy patches and tree-lined streets of the suburbs, there’s one Philly neighborhood they’re retreating to for the best of both worlds: Chestnut Hill.

This not-so-distant enclave of Philly’s northwestern limits has long been an escape from the business of Center City life, but this quiet part of town is making its reputation known as more than an “escape,” but rather a permanent place to call home.

A stroll up the cobblestone sidewalks of Germantown Avenue promises to be a unique experience, no matter what you’re looking for. From antiques to yoga studios and spas, toy stores and old-fashioned candy, you can feed your inner nostalgia while still finding everything you need within walking distance. Plus, fitness enthusiasts can get their fix with 50 miles of hiking, biking, running and equestrian trails through Wissahickon Valley Park.

Photo credit: The Sivel Group/Herb Englesberg

Whether you’re dashing to complete a busy day of errands or make a mad rush to catch your train, you’ll never go hungry here! Local coffee shops and five local bakeries ensure there’s no shortage of sweetness you can share with friends or enjoy solo on the go (Hint: A warm chocolate croissant from Cake is the perfect place to start).

Photo credit: The Sivel Group/Herb Englesberg

Post-work, head to happy hour at Paris Bistro for a glass of pinot, a dinner date at the newly-reopened Mica, or Best of Philly alum CinCin, a go-to spot for Chinese food like you’ve never experienced before.

Seeing the lights at Morris Arboretum is a go-to for family fun during the holiday season, as is sipping hot chocolate as you listen to carolers on Stag and Doe nights throughout December.

For more scenes around the neighborhood, check out which spots the team at The Sivel Group is exploring on Instagram and Facebook.

Sold on making Chestnut Hill your new home? From charming townhouses to sprawling estates, The Sivel Group is there to help you find your forever home. To get started visit their listings page and connect with an agent here.