Your neighborhood is in here !
You're moving to Philadelphia, a city of neighborhoods. But which
one is right for you? People from out of the Philly area are asking
that very same question every single day. Ask a different person in
Philly and they have a different answer for you. Who do you listen to?
How do you research the neighborhoods you're interested in?
We think Philadelphia is a big city, but it's composed of small, distinct neighborhoods.
Philly offers you the big New York feel, but this city does take a much
needed beauty rest now and again, unlike the Big Apple. According to
Wikipedia, we're the fourth largest urban city in the nation and the
largest city in Pennsylvania. So, in our opinion you can still be a big
fish and not get lost in the crowd. On the flip side, if you want to
get lost, there are so many fantastic neighborhoods to choose from, 87
zip codes to be exact.
If you are moving into the Philadelphia area from another city,
state, or country, finding the best neighborhood can be a daunting
task. You can search by neighborhood here.
If you have a friend or contact who lives in the city already and
has a lifestyle that is similar to yours, they might be able to give
you the best heads up. Depending on your age, income, interests, and
method of transportation, you should be able to narrow down the options.
Try to find the best neighborhood based on your “price point”. This
is what you can and want to afford for a home whether you plan to rent
an apartment or house or to own a condo or single family property in
Philadelphia. If you have a bank pre-approval or an idea of what amount
of money you want to spend on your new home, that will likely open up
some neighborhoods and close doors to others. Let’s face it, some of us
can live like the rich and famous and many of us just settle for
watching the lives of the rich and famous on TV.
Once you narrow down what neighborhoods or zip code you can afford,
you can cut that list to the subdivisions that meet your most important
needs. My guess would be if you are a single person into the social
scene, you’d be gravitating toward the hip and progressive
neighborhoods like Northern Liberties, Fishtown, the Art Museum, and
Passyunk Square. If you have kids and your family is your biggest
priority, then finding a neighborhood that provides a public or private
school that you like for your children will certainly impact what
neighborhood you choose.
One of the best ways to research neighborhoods is through local
blogs. Make sure what you're reading is current. You might read an
article about a Philadelphia neighborhood somewhere that was written
years ago and is no longer up to date. Change happens quickly in
Philadelphia neighborhoods, so if someone you know visited Port
Richmond a couple of years ago and gave a less than glowing review,
don't take their word for it. Do the research and come to your own
conclusion. Plan a trip and visit so that you can get a feel for the
area. Try to hit as many neighborhoods as you can on your home-scouting
There are many great neighborhoods in Philadelphia and with a little
exploration, there will be one that is absolutely perfect for you. If
you can determine a price point that makes you comfortable and then
identify what factors are most important to you in a neighborhood you
will be able to collect the names of a few good neighborhoods and do a
little more research about them. I am certain the web can lead you to
some answers and open up a few new opportunities for you. Oh and of
course, find a knowledgeable Realtor that knows the area you are
looking. A Realtor can have a wealth of information about buying,
renting, and living in Philadelphia. Please visit my blogs offering 3 Tips For Relocating.
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