My husband and I are agents at Coldwell Banker Preferred in Old City and live in Fishtown. This area is a good bet for appreciation for so many reasons...there are tons of new businesses and restaurants, galleries and shops that have opened up in Fishtown recently, it is close to the major highways and public transportation is easy, sales have spiked here within the last few years, but the best news is that prices have not skyrocketed. You can definitely find a home in Fishtown within your range. (It may be a little closer to top, unless you are willing to do some work).
If you are of the investor mentality for the long-term, the house you buy in Fishtown may also be a good rental when you decide to move.
Contact me for listings in Fishtown, I have some great ones.
Coldwell Banker Preferred
223-225 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Some additional areas in the city that are holding and growing in value are the Art Museum Area and Brewerytown. What other sort of guidance would you be seeking? I would be interested to assist you in your search, but I would need a better idea of your specifications for a home. If you need anything further don't hesitate to contact me.
Prudential Fox & Roach
You can search all of Philadelphia homes for sale at http://www.YourPhillyHomeSearch.com What you need is a Buyer's consultation. That is when we sit down and discuss your housing needs, how we will assist you and the available inventory. Feel free to call anytime 1-888-818-0957