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Ah, So This Is Why Millennials Are Moving to Northwest Philly


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For the last ten years or so, Millennials have been flocking to the northwest section of Philadelphia for neighborhood charm — food festivals, dreamy streets and cultural events. It happened slowly at first — the numbers ticking upward as St. Joe’s and Philadelphia University grads stuck around — but eventually word got out about this Philadelphia alcove and now families and Millennials alike are setting down roots to take advantage of the area’s close proximity to Center City proper. 

As it happens, the rise of these dynamic neighborhoods has also given way to development. Both Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk’s respective main streets have received plenty of praise and chatter about upcoming projects. So it’s no surprise that a luxury apartment complex is joining their ranks. Located at 600 Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd, The Royal Athena is ideal for people who want to remain immersed in the neighborhood, but want a hotel-like feel at home.

The stylish studios and two-bedroom residences feature spacious living areas, upgraded kitchens with island or breakfast bar, and in-suite washer and dryers. Inside the units, there are stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, large baths with vanities and tubs, and oversized closets. The apartments also boast wide plank flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows for sweeping views of the riverfront and the skyline.

All of these tough-to-find upgrades are compounded by the residence’s prime location situated near the Pencoyd Bridge, where The Royal Athena residents will have private access come July with a controlled key fob. This provides instant access to Manayunk’s Main Street and all its entertainment. Residents can also head downstairs to jog, hike or bike the Heritage Trail, located only steps from the lobby.

The Royal Athena is conveniently located nearby plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques, the residences are so luxe, you might opt to stay on-site. For this, there’s a Starbucks downstairs (Sunday morning lattes, anyone?), a pool and sundeck, 24-hour fitness facility and social Club Loyal lounge (equipped with fireplace, flatscreen TVs, billiards and poker tables!) — ideal for meeting friends and neighbors. Should you invite guests, there’s also ample resident parking.

That’s not the only property O’Neill is working on, either. The Royal Worthington, located in Malvern, features the same top-notch amenities as The Royal Athena nearer to the Main Line. For more information about leasing an apartment at The Royal Athena or The Royal Worthington, visit any weekend in April for Open House tours.