• Description

    Old City is the sort of place where you might expect Benjamin Franklin to stroll past on his way to pay a visit to Betsy Ross at her home at 239 Arch Street. After all, the neighborhood is home to Independence National Historical Park and the many buildings where our Founding Fathers hammered out and debated the principles that guided the founding of the United States of America.

    Many cobblestone streets still exist. Walk through this area (preferably in flats rather than heels) and it truly feels like a step back to the late 18th or early 19th century. Little historic streets, wide enough to accommodate a carriage, are lined with historic brick rowhouses, many quite modest in comparison to those in nearby Society Hill. Still, their charm is apparent. Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street, is in Old City between Front and 2nd Streets just north of Arch Street. The homes on this street range from 1720s to 1830s.

    After the sun goes down in Old City on Friday and Saturday nights, the modern world invades. Streets are crowded with young men and women heading to the many bars, restaurants and small nightclubs tucked into the neighborhood. These parts of Old City still bear witness to its history as a busy center of commerce, though instead of 18- and 19th-century factories, the commercial buildings now house art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and loft-style offices, condominiums and apartments.

    It all adds up to a highly creative environment with a younger edge than, say, Society Hill. Parts of Old City have excellent views of the Delaware River as the neighborhood runs up against it. Penn’s Landing, a waterfront recreation area that straddles Old City and Society Hill, hosts summer concerts and winter ice skating, plus fireworks on every appropriate occasion. Old City is highly convenient for those who do reverse commutes as it has easy access to commuter roads and, via the beautiful Ben Franklin Bridge, New Jersey.

Location

Old City, Philadelphia
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Old City

Listings Available

$16,795,000
232-36 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
2 bed | 2/2 bath | 5,400 sq
Courtesy of KW Real Estate Tri-County
$6,959,000
500 Walnut St #1600
Philadelphia, PA 19106
3 bed | 3/1 bath | 4,300 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC RH Hotel
$2,900,000
145 S Hancock St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 5/2 bath | 5,880 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CtrCty Walnut
Pending
$2,550,000
134 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 5/2 bath | 5,450 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CtrCty Walnut
Pending
$2,500,000
138 S Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 5/2 bath | 5,450 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CtrCty Walnut
$2,500,000
108 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 5/2 bath | 5,100 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CtrCty Walnut

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Old City

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  • Average Days on Market Residential

    111 November 2017
    -3.8 % since
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    -3.8 % since November 2016
  • Average Price per SqFt Residential

    $302 November 2017
    -6.5 % since
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    -6.5 % since November 2016
  • Total Monthly Inventory November 2017

    145
    Total Units
    +43.6 % since
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    +43.6 % since November 2016
  • New Listings Residential

    4 November 2017
    -55.6 % since
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    -55.6 % since November 2016
  • Percent of Asking Price Residential

    95 % November 2017
    -0.7 % since
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Old City

Buildings

108 Arch
108 Arch
Old City
Price Range $375K - $1.3Mil
22 S. Front Street
22 S. Front Street
Old City
Price Range $450K - $700K
315 Arch Street
315 Arch Street
Old City
Price Range $250K-$350K

Local Information

Local Information

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Knowledge Learning Enterprises, Inc.
Type: Private
Level: N/a
Mastery Charter High School
Type: Charter
Level: 7-12
Arise Academy Charter High School
Type: Charter
Level: 9-12
Constitution High School
Type: Public
Level: 9-12
Charter High School For Architecture And Design
Type: Charter
Level: 9-12
St Mary Interparochial School
Type: Private
Level: K-8
St. George Greek Orthodox School
Type: Private
Level: N/a
McCall Gen George A School
Type: Public
Level: K-8
St. Peter's School
Type: Private
Level: PK-8
Holy Redeemer School
Type: Private
Level: K-8

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