So you have decided to move to Philadelphia, but are not too familiar with the area. You have talked to your family and friends, and everyone seems to point you in different directions. Your head is spinning because you don’t want to make any mistakes, and I don’t blame you! There are areas to run to, and areas to run away from. I am going to tell you about a few of the best areas in Center City Philadelphia to live in.
You have to consider a few things when deciding on a place to live. The first and most obvious is price. How much are you willing to spend on your dream house, and how much can you actually qualify for? (A pre-approval from a mortgage lender will answer this question)
The second thing to consider is location. Where do you work? Where do you like to spend your free time? What is important to you about location? The first two items go hand in hand with each other, The more desirable the location, the more expensive the house will be.
The third item to consider is safety. Center city has some extremely safe neighborhoods, but nestled between those safe neighborhoods are neighborhoods you want to avoid. Once you have ranked the first three items, you will be able to get into specifics.
According to the Trend MLS 2010 1st quarter economic report, the top 2 most expensive zip codes are as follows:
19103- Average sales price – $564,600. This area is known as Rittenhouse Square, and is known as one of the most prestigious areas in Center City. The boundaries are South of Market, North of Lombard, West of 15th, East of 22nd.
19106- Average sales price – $562,200. This zip code is made up of Old City, which stretches from the Delaware River, south of Vine Street, north of Walnut Street, and east of 7th Street; and Society Hill, which goes from South of Walnut, North of Lombard, West of Delaware, East of 6th.
Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill and Old City are all very desirable areas where value continues to remain steady. These neighborhoods are built out for the most part, and it is difficult to find raw land for a reasonable price in these areas. If location is your top priority, and price will not stand in your way, these areas may be good places to look for a house. There are tons of restaurants and stores, and many nice parks for kids or dogs.
If price is a concern, and you are looking for something with more space and possibly some parking, Graduate Hospital may be a better choice for you. You will have an easier time finding a newer house for a more reasonable price, and parking is not as big of an issue there. The borders of Graduate Hospital are South of Lombard, North of Washington, East of the Schuylkill River, West of Broad, although I caution you about the specific streets you choose.