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Area Highlights

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CinCin

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Distance: 0.69 Miles

Rating 129 reviews
Hokka Hokka Japanese Restaurant

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Distance: 0.7 Miles

Rating 80 reviews
Valley Green Inn

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Distance: 0.74 Miles

Rating 124 reviews
The Night Kitchen

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Distance: 0.75 Miles

Rating 90 reviews
Chicko Tako

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Distance: 0.78 Miles

Rating 14 reviews
Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe

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Distance: 0.78 Miles

Rating 106 reviews
JSJ Delights

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Distance: 0.78 Miles

Rating 4 reviews
El Poquito

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Distance: 0.78 Miles

Rating 152 reviews
Green Soul

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Distance: 0.79 Miles

Rating 70 reviews
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Distance: 0.8 Miles

Rating 247 reviews

Located just north of Center City, Northern Liberties was an affordable spot for artists and musicians into the 1990s, but many people will tell you it has completely gentrified. Historically, this area was chock full of industrial buildings, big brick factories and modest brick row houses for the workers who kept the lines moving at these businesses. Many of those commercial buildings are now gone, replaced by some very modern condominiums and townhouses, often with “green” construction and finishes behind them, a casino and some high-rise condominiums. And the brick row houses quite often have undergone makeovers to turn them into luxury living spaces that would be unrecognizable to their previous owners. 

In addition to being Philadelphia’s epicenter for green construction, Northern Liberties is home to a number of low-rise luxury condominium buildings and loft-style living spaces in converted factories. It also contains the Northern Liberties Historic District, dedicated to preserving the area’s Federal, Italianate and Greek Revival architecture. There are 209 residential and commercial buildings in this district.  

Many people choose Northern Liberties for a couple of reasons: its proximity to Center City (via the Market-Frankford El); its affordability compared to other parts of the city; and its overall vibe, which is definitely less conservative than other areas, likely due to that early influx of artists in the late 1970s and 1980s. The neighborhood now has a lot of amenities, including the Piazza at Schmidt’s, an 80,000-square-foot, open-air, mixed-use area that includes a giant 40-foot Jumbotron for watching Philadelphia sports teams year-round and lots of restaurants; Liberties Walk, a mostly residential development; Orianna Hill Park, where dogs can run off-leash; and Liberty Lands, a park and playground. Learn more about the area from the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association.

And where are the artists and musicians who can no longer afford or don’t want the Northern Liberties scene? Those who feel priced out of Northern Liberties often have moved on to nearby Old Kensington and Fishtown, though those who consider themselves truly “in the know” will tell you those neighborhoods are gentrifying as well – a testament to just how popular Philadelphia has become, perhaps?

Northern Liberties Townhomes Are The Buzz

Northern Liberties is booming with new construction projects. In most cases, they are multi-level townhouses averaging 3 bedrooms and 3000 square feet or larger. Better known as NoLibs to the hipster crowd, Northern Liberties became the place to live in Philadelphia starting in 2008 when The Piazza opened launched with itstrendy outdoor events. Today the area is home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in the city.

The Newest Construction Projects in 19123 are:
The American Lofts located at 212 Brown Street
The Lighthaus at 603 N American St
Ryan’s Crossing located at 947 N Leithgow St
Laurel Court at 204 W. Laurel St

 

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