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Considering a move? Consider Center City Philadelphia

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Center City Philadelphia is a vibrant 24-hour city, with great housing options in charming downtown neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and atmosphere. Greater Center City neighborhoods offer easy access to jobs, cultural venues, great shopping and day-to-day amenities by foot, bike, public transit or car. Each neighborhood offers diverse choices for people of all ages and at all stages of life. So, if you are considering a move, explore our friendly neighborhoods listed below and come be at home in Center City Philadelphia. 


Bella Vista

Named after its view of the Center City skyline, Bella Vista, Italian for 'Beautiful View,' is one of Philadelphia's oldest authentically Italian neighborhoods.

visit bellavistaneighbors.org


Philadelphia's Callowhill neighborhood, also known as the Loft District, is bordered by Vine Street and Girard Avenue between Eighth and Broad Streets. The district was primarily farmland until the 1840s, when the Baldwin Locomotive Company built a factory in the area.

visit callowhill.org

Chinatown/ Market East

Chinatown and the Convention Center District are located between Vine and Market Streets, from Sixth to Broad Street. Chinatown has a thriving commercial area and large residential population.

visit chinatown-pcdc.org

East Point Breeze

The name Point Breeze comes from an amusement park that once overlooked the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. In 1906, the park contained the nation's largest carousel. Today, the neighborhood stretches from Broad Street to 18th, Washington to Passyunk Avenue.

visit epbneighbors.org

Fairmount/ Spring Garden

The Fairmount neighborhood, located northwest of Center City adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park, was first inhabited by the Lenape Native American Tribe, also known as the Delaware Indians, who fished in the nearby Schuylkill River and hunted in the nearby forests, a portion of which comprise the Fairmount Park system today.

visit fairmountcivicassociation.org
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South of South Neighborhood

Known by its abbreviations, the SOSNA neighborhood (formerly known as the Graduate Hospital neighborhood), spans from South Street to Washington Avenue, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River.

Visit southofsouth.org

Logan Square

The area south of Vine Street and west of Broad is the Logan Square neighborhood. Known for its museums and educational attractions, the area is a hub of art, science, history, architecture and culture.

visit lsnaphilly.org

Northern Liberties

Located just north of Old City, from Spring Garden to Girard Street, Northern Liberties has recently been transformed into one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

visit nlna.org

Old City

As its name suggests, Old City dates back to the city's founding in the late 17th century. Old City encompasses the area east of Seventh Street to the Delaware River, between Vine Street and Pine Street, and houses some of the most notable historic sites in the United States.

visit oldcitydistrict.org

Passyunk Square

The neighborhood of Passyunk Square is located in South Philadelphia and is bounded by Broad and 6th Streets, from Washington Avenue to Tasker Street. The neighborhood gets its name from the Lenape Native American tribe. Passyunk means "in the valley."

visit passyunksquare.org

Queen Village

Spanning from the Delaware riverfront to Sixth Street, between Lombard Street and Washington Avenue, the neighborhood of Queen Village, formerly known as Southwark, is one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods.

visit qvna.org

Rittenhouse/Filter Square

Located between Walnut and Pine Streets, from 15th Street to 24th Street, Rittenhouse/Fitler Square is a fashionable residential district. The neighborhood includes Rittenhouse Square, one of William Penn's original squares.

visit centercityresidents.org

Society Hill

Located just south of Old City and east of Washington Square West, Society Hill borders the Delaware River and is one of Philadelphia's oldest residential neighborhoods.

visit societyhillcivic.org

Washington Square West

Located between Chestnut and South Streets, between Seventh and Broad Streets, the Washington Square neighborhood is centered on historic Washington Square, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.

visit washwestcivic.org

Visit Philadelphia Neighborhood Guide

Visit Philadelphia lets you explore Philadelphia's neighborhoods and their storied streets, world-class restaurants, craft beer bars, cultural attractions, independent shops, live music venues, beautiful parks and year-round events.

Visit VisitPhilly.com