Thinking about living in Philadelphia? With affordable housing, plenty of job opportunities, trendy dining and nightlife, and a growing local arts scene, it’s no wonder why the City of Brotherly Love is popular among young adults. Here are the five best Philadelphia neighborhoods for singles and young professionals!
- Cedar Park
- Point Breeze
- Washington Square West
- Home Price: $143,715 median purchase price; $856 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 29% of cities in Pennsylvania
Located just west of the University City neighborhood, Cedar Park is one of the best areas to live in Philadelphia for undergraduate and graduate college students who want quick commutes to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of the Sciences. It’s also a great spot for recent college grads and young professionals who love the college town vibe but want a change of pace.
“If you’ve spent four years in one area, and you don’t want to leave, but [you also] don’t want to pay the price for the convenience of getting to class in ten minutes, move a few blocks away,” said Bob Lynch-Kraley, a real estate agent at New Age Realty Group, who recommends Cedar Park in such situations.
Living in Cedar Park is also convenient for those who work in Center City and other areas of West Philadelphia, as the neighborhood has multiple bus stations and stops on the SEPTA light rail system.
Things to Do in Cedar Park
Head to the year-round farmers market, participate in Live Action Role Playing (LARPing), or take your dog for a walk at Clark Park. Venture over to the Institute of Contemporary Art to see modern art and photography exhibits or attend a Mindfulness at the Museum event. Pick up a new helmet and touring bag or invest in a fixed-gear bike at Firehouse Bicycles. Go to Little Baby’s Ice Cream for CBD-infused flavors, vegan frozen desserts, and authentic “Philadelphia-style” ice cream. Order Indian dishes like Chicken Curry or Vegetable Biryani and sip a Mango Lassi at New Desi Village. Or make your way to Local 44 and pair a crisp IPA with a cheeseburger and fries—and be sure to check out their weekend brunch!
- Home Price: $254,839 median purchase price; $866 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 38% of cities in Pennsylvania
If you’re dreaming of living in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, head to Fishtown! This up-and-coming area is a favorite for young professionals and singles who want to live within walking distance of cozy coffee shops, local boutiques, hip brunch spots, neighborhood bars, and live music venues. “It’s become a go-to spot for bars and coffee shops,” added Lynch-Kraley.
According to Lynch-Kraley, Fishtown is also one of the best places to live in Philly if you work north of the city, are looking for a quick commute to Center City, or want easier access to New Jersey.
Of course, living in such a trendy Philadelphia neighborhood comes with a higher price tag. Both home prices and rent prices in Fishtown continue to rise with the influx of new residents and businesses. But if you don’t mind moving into a renovated warehouse loft or settling down in a rowhouse with fewer square feet in order to be closer to the action, then Fishtown is the perfect place to be!
Things to Do in Fishtown
Stop by the Summer Concert Series, enjoy a picnic by the river, or go for a bike ride at Penn Treaty Park. See a national touring act at The Fillmore Philadelphia or catch a smaller show inside on the Foundry stage. Go shopping at Jinxed to find a zebra-shaped cookie jar, vintage dresser, or truly unique wall art. Grab a draft coffee on tap and get some work done or pick up a bag of freshly-roasted coffee beans at the original La Colombe. Spend the night at Frankford Hall sitting by the fire pit, playing ping pong, eating a giant pretzel, and trying a variety of German beers. Or enjoy Irish drink specials, indulge in late-night Italian food, and snag a seat for live music on the weekends at Murph’s Bar.
- Home Price: $244,671 median purchase price; $977 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 67% of cities in Pennsylvania
Looking for one of the best places in Philadelphia for young professionals and singles but don’t want to live in the downtown area? Manayunk could just be the home for you! “It feels like it’s out of town, but it’s still within city limits,” Lynch-Kraley explained. “People love that it’s its own little area.”
Being removed from Center City helps Manayunk hold onto its title as one of the safest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. But being on the outskirts of Philly doesn’t mean you’re far away from cool things to do! There are endless bars, restaurants, and concerts to check out in Manayunk on any night of the week.
Another great part about living in Manayunk? It’s easier to find more spacious housing at an affordable price. With lofts, apartments, townhomes, rowhouses, and Victorian-style houses available throughout the area, Manayunk is ideal for both renters and first-time homebuyers!
Things to Do in Manayunk
Head outdoors for the annual Manayunk Arts Festival to see a live concert, shop for jewelry, or snack on something yummy. Explore over 50 miles of wooded trails, go horseback riding on the Forbidden Drive, or spend the day fly fishing at Wissahickon Valley Park. Attend an opera, participate in the Adult Talent Showcase, or rent rehearsal space to start staging your next play at Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Find a new date night outfit, pick up a graphic t-shirt, or find quirky earrings at women’s fashion store Lila Fashion International. Check out a comedy show or take the stage yourself at one of two open mic nights each week at The Grape Room. Sample Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy, Surf n’ Turf Cheesesteak, or a Crazy Granny Salad at Winnie’s Manayunk. Or order the Scorpion Dog at Lucky’s Last Chance for a gourmet hot dog loaded with mac and cheese and jalapeños!
- Home Price: $138,209 median purchase price; $872 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 34% of cities in Pennsylvania
Point Breeze is one of the best neighborhoods in Philly for singles and young professionals looking for a convenient location on a budget! Located in South Philadelphia, this neighborhood provides easy access to bus stations and the SEPTA light rail, so commuting into the downtown area is quick.
If you’re tired of renting, Point Breeze is also an excellent neighborhood for buying a home in Philadelphia. “It’s a great area for first-time homebuyers,” said Jonathan Katz, a real estate agent and co-founder of the Jove App. “There’s a lot of new construction in the area.”
While this South Philly spot used to be a prime destination among locals getting priced out of family-friendly neighborhoods like Bella Vista or Graduate Hospital, Point Breeze is seemingly on the rise to be the next up-and-coming area. Feeling impatient for more bars and restaurants to sprout up in the meantime? An abundance of amenities and things to do are close by in East Passyunk!
Things to Do in Point Breeze
Stroll through the 22nd & Tasker Farmers Market every Wednesday to pick up fresh produce or check out a cooking demonstration. Enjoy a live concert at an intimate venue or participate in a themed trivia night at Boot & Saddle. Visit Occasionette and grab a card for a wedding, pick up a tarot deck, or buy a new candle for your home. Try a Quinoa Breakfast Bowl for brunch, eat Basil Gnocchi for dinner, and sip a Blood Orange Cosmo while catching the Stanley Cup finals at Chick’s. Get your cheesesteak fix at Geno’s Steaks—just be ready to wait in line, and be sure to read up on ordering the right way! Or end any night at the South Philadelphia Tap Room, where you can try one of the 14 beers on tap, get an order of Deviled Eggs, or sip on the From Oaxaca with Love cocktail.
Washington Square West
- Home Price: $481,058 median purchase price; $1,311 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 10% of cities in Pennsylvania
An unbeatable location in Center City and a friendly community with tons of local events are what make Washington Square West one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia! Located within the neighborhood is the Midtown Village business district (also called “The Gayborhood,” thanks to its lively LGBTQ culture), where you can go shopping, catch a concert, or attend the Midtown Village Fall Festival.
Though purchasing a home in Washington Square West can be on the expensive side, there’s a growing number of rental properties in the neighborhood, as more and more rowhouses in the area are being converted into affordable apartments. “It’s a hotspot for renters,” added Katz said of the local area.
Washington Square West is also an incredibly walkable area with plenty of bike lanes and a perfect transportation score, so getting to work or meeting up with friends on the weekends won’t be hassle.
Things to Do in Washington Square West
Participate in the neighborhood pride and celebrate the largest National Coming Out Day event with drag shows, dancing, and lots of street vendors at the annual OutFest. Hang out in one of over 50 hammocks, stop by for Jazz in the Park, or grab a drink in the beer garden at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Take a guided walking tour of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and learn about mosaic folk art or see Twilight in the Garden. Pop into stores like J.Crew, Watch Company, and LOFT at The Shops at Liberty Place. Check out Talula’s Garden, where you can order artisanal cheese boards and Petite Italian Meatballs or dive into dinner with Ricotta-Goat Cheese Ravioli and Mediterranean Sea Bass. Or hang out at Woody’s for the Ru Paul’s Drag Race viewing parties and karaoke nights.
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