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Sophisticated Living in Rittenhouse Square

One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, Rittenhouse Square is the heart of Center City’s most expensive and exclusive neighborhood.

With a bevy of high-rise residences filled with top-end luxury apartments, and some of the best fine dining experiences in the city, residents can marvel at their options, while also enjoying the luxury retail shopping in the area, all of which surrounds the handsome tree-filled park. Visit Philly

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Tranquil Living in Fitler Square

This tranquil, family-friendly residential neighborhood features a mixture of stately brick townhouses, cozy cafes and hip wine bars. Known for its bronze turtle sculptures and Victorian-era water fountain, the leafy pocket park from which the area takes its name hosts an annual spring fair with live music. On Saturdays, locals head to the year-round farmers’ market.

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Pedestrian-Friendly Living in Graduate Hospital

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of–Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital has solidified a reputation independent of its common moniker.

South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. It’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and more.

The stretch of South Street east of Broad has long been considered a draw for out-of-towners, but Graduate Hospital’s western half is on the serious come-up thanks to ambitious restaurateurs and shop owners. Visit Philly

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Historic Living in Society Hill

Society Hill is one of Philadelphia’s most sought-after neighborhoods. While mostly residential, the community also includes a comfortable combination of restaurants, historic attractions and shops that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.

During the post-Revolutionary era the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries — Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the city after independence was declared, former first lady Dolley Todd Madison and Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko, to name a few.

By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the diverse neighborhood slipped into a state of decline. Despite its slump, many of the historic buildings remained, which inspired city planners — chief among them, famed Philadelphia architect Edmund Bacon — to revive Society Hill and help residents rediscover the advantages of city living. Visit Philly

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Fashionable Living in Old City

Next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm — along with an independent streak evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and Benjamin Franklin Bridge makes Old City a favorite for out-of-towners and its residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries and theaters, and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular on first Fridays of each month, art lovers fill the streets for year-round art walks and hop from gallery to gallery. Visit Philly

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Museum-Rich Living in Fairmount

Home to Philly’s truly world-class museums, Fairmount is synonymous with fine art — but art is far from the only draw for this northern neighbor to Center City.

Often referred to as the “Art Museum Area” because of its walking-distance access to Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum and Barnes Foundation, Fairmount possesses a distinct personality that thrives independent of those many hallowed halls.

Just outside the hustle and bustle, young families who move here enjoy its proximity to beautiful green spaces and a thriving food scene. Visit Philly

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Low-Key and Local Living in Queen Village

Though it’s home to some of the oldest residences in Philadelphia, Queen Village simmers with modern energy, making it an ideal neighborhood for visitors who love to keep their fashion, food and fun low-key and local.

A homey, welcoming tangle of narrow blocks, attractive architecture and mature trees, the area began as a working-class suburb. It eventually folded into the city proper in the mid-1800s. This unique history, coupled with its prime waterfront location and the old-time aesthetic charm, helps Queen Village stand out as one of Philly’s most stable and stirring pockets of city life. Visit Philly

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Heritage-Rich Living in Bella Vista

Translating to “beautiful sight,” Bella Vista was the first Philly neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants. Its original heritage informs much of what exists today, though the family-oriented residential pocket has blossomed into a microcosm of South Philadelphia itself.

Bella Vista’s best-known feature is the 9th Street Italian Market, the oldest operational open-air market of its kind in America. Welcoming the presence of other cultures — Vietnamese and Mexican, most prominently — has helped the area grow into much more than the sum of its once-monocultural parts.

Bella Vista offers visitors a staggering roster of dining options, from city-best brunch spots to late-night international explorations. Visit Philly

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Prestigious Academic Living in University City

The bustling heart of West Philadelphia and academic epicenter of the entire region, University City gets its name for having two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.

These collegiate giants, sub-anchored by nationally renowned medical hubs, serve multiple disciplines.

The enclave also boasts a magnetic individuality fueled by youthful innovation and an unshakeable commitment to artistic and cultural exploration. Visit Philly

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Vibrant, Culturally-Rich Living in Chinatown

Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, originally settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants.

On any given day or night, Chinatown pulses with sensory pleasures, including fantastic food and an abundance of activities. Visitors can look forward to acclaimed chefs serving steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles seasonal street festivals the locally guided tours and more.

The neighborhood is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and American hipster thrown in for good measure. Visit Philly

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Indie Boutique Living in East Passyunk

One of the few diagonal streets cutting through Philadelphia’s grid design, Passyunk Avenue — and the surrounding neighborhood — has always stood out from the crowd.

The highly walkable thoroughfare that gives East Passyunk (pronounced “Pashyunk” by locals) its name is lined with indie boutiques, bars and cafes. It’s home to traditional red gravy Italian restaurants, world-famous cheesesteak spots and highly acclaimed eateries that have earned it a spot on Food and Wine’s list of 10 Best Foodie Streets in America.

Straying just off Passyunk Avenue reveals even more exciting finds that highlight the neighborhood’s blend of old-school charm and influx of dynamic new energy. Visit Philly

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Traditional South Philly Living in Pennsport

Pennsport, bordered by the Delaware River to the east, 4th Street to the west, Washington Avenue to the north and Snyder Avenue to the south — though those borders are subject to debate.

The neighborhood has a rich concentration of historically blue-collar families and Mummers’ clubhouses — Pennsport’s “Two Street,” also known as 2nd Street, hosts a serious post-parade street party every New Year’s Day.

But it is also experiencing the beginnings of its own, natural revitalization, complete with a healthy lineup of new bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Visit Philly

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Charming & Affordable Living in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties has shed the label “up-and-coming” and undoubtedly arrived. This former manufacturing district first started turning heads in the early ’90s when a progressive, artist-heavy flock migrated north from Old City, lured by the neighborhood’s inherent charm and affordable studio space.

The commingling of like-minded residents and entrepreneurs led to a quirky network of bars, restaurants and boutiques within neighborhood limits. Already a hotbed of development, NoLibs’ value further increased with creation of ambitious mixed-use complexes such as The Schmidt’s Commons that reimagined overlooked industrial bones. Long established as a force, NoLibs exerts an economic and cultural influence on surrounding neighborhoods as well. Visit Philly

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Cool, Creative Living in Fishtown

There’s no shortage of cool in Fishtown, which has emerged as Philly’s truest harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action.

This classic working-class neighborhood, so named due to its history as an epicenter for the commercial shad-fishing industry, offers a colorful exception to the city’s gridded urban rule with its collection of narrow streets beset with modest row homes and independently owned businesses. Philly’s young creative class roots itself here with hopes to take ideas from gestation to reality.

This momentous influx of new residents gave way to great new bars, restaurants, music venues, studios and galleries. Newcomers integrating and collaborating with the neighborhood’s longtime residents sets Fishtown apart as one of Philadelphia’s most exciting neighborhoods. Visit Philly

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