The area is good. Many of the residents in certain areas are older and are either are down sizing or passed away and the families are quickly selling the properties. I am from West Philadelphia and am not impressed with anything in the city. But if you are single or a newly married couple Philadelphia may work. However, if you want a starter home, within a quiet area, and will be in the area for 5 years or so then look at Drexel Hill. I am a renter in this area, and was skeptical, but I have had nothing but a good experience since I lived here. I found, that if you are friendly, and introduce yourself to the people in your neighborhood you will get a much better experience than being an introvert. Also visit the blocks that you wish to reside in and interview the people, if they had a bad experience I usually ask them to elaborate on incident(s) to see if it was isolated or a growing problem.