• Description

    Philadelphia’s Society Hill is one of the most popular and picturesque residential neighborhoods in the city, and really, fans of Philadelphia will tell you, on the entire East Coast. Blocks of restored historic brick town houses and cobblestone streets take visitors back to earliest days of the United States. The neighborhood’s walkable proximity to both Old City and Center City and its overall gentility make it one of the most expensive residential areas in Philadelphia.

    Historic Brick Row Houses of Society Hill

    Although historic structures dominate Society Hill (thanks to a very strong preservation movement during the 1950s and 1960s), there are also some mid-20th-century buildings that are considered innovative, most notably I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers, a group of three, 32-story towers completed in 1963. There are also some infill homes built since the 1950s that fit the existing neighborhood quite well. But its sweet spot lies in the old and lovingly cared for brick row homes: Society Hill has the largest concentration of 18th- and 19th-century structures, so it’s easy to walk around taking in block after block of outstanding architecture and streetscape details. But walkers beware: those cobblestone streets can be hard on ladies in heels.

    Real Estate in Society Hill Rebuilt Its Heritage With a Flair

    Situated between Front and 8th streets to the east and west, and Walnut and Lombard from the north and south, Society Hill is named after the 18th century Society of Free Traders and is close to civic buildings such as Independence Hall. Delancey St, Spruce Street, Pine Street and a few key alleyways like St. Joseph’s Way are at the heart and soul of historic Philadelphia. When Philadelphia began to flourish and businesses moved westward, the area saw a decline in attention. Thanks to state and federal initiatives set into motion in the 1950s, Society Hill would begin to update and rebuild its Colonial heritage while adding a layer of contemporary flare.

    Society Hill Towers & The Redevelopment Project

    Developer-architect Webb and Knapp was tasked with the redevelopment project while architect I. M. Pei constructed Society Hill Towers — three 31-story apartment buildings with an extensive list of amenities — and multiple low-rise buildings. A third influential architect in the redevelopment of Society Hill was architect Louis Sauer who designed dozens of row homes, as well as Waverly Court and Penn’s Landing Square — two condominium buildings with contemporary rental units.

    Residences in Society Hill range from multi-million dollar townhomes that boast contemporary open-concept interiors, layouts with original detailing, and historic brick facades to grand manses in the Federal style adorned with intricate details and historic relevance.

    Society Hill Condos for Sale: Abbots Square, The Willings, Penns Landing

    Condominium buildings offering doormen and elevator amenities can also be found within Society Hill — The  Willings is a good example. This historic luxury condominium building is the former headquarters for the Reading Railroad and today lists condo units from $585,000 to $1.8 million. Units in this building include two- to four-bedroom floor plans.

    Because Society Hill is so convenient to several other neighborhoods, there are plenty of well-regarded restaurants, a good number of theaters for stage performances and movie theaters, all very walkable.  The Society Hill Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Society Hill, Philadelphia
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Society Hill

Listings Available

Center City One
1/18
$450,000
Center City One
Philadelphia, PA 19107
2 bed | 2 bath | 1,209 sq
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$16,795,000
232-36 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
2 bed | 2/2 bath | 5,400 sq
Courtesy of Keller Williams 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 Rittenhouse Hotel
$6,888,000
328-330 Delancey St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 5/3 bath | 7,742 sq
Courtesy of RE/MAX Executive Realty-Bryn Mawr
$5,000,000
700-2 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
0/5 bath | 7,263 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
$4,975,000
309 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
5 bed | 4/3 bath | 9,062 sq
Courtesy of BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

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Society Hill

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  • Average Days on Market Residential

    73 September 2017
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    -44.2 % since September 2016
  • Average Price per SqFt Residential

    $394 September 2017
    +1.1 % since
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    +1.1 % since September 2016
  • Total Monthly Inventory September 2017

    127
    Total Units
    +76.4 % since
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    +76.4 % since September 2016
  • New Listings Residential

    31 September 2017
    +29.2 % since
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    +29.2 % since September 2016
  • Percent of Asking Price Residential

    98 % September 2017
    +3.2 % since
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Society Hill

Buildings

101 Walnut
101 Walnut
Society Hill
Price Range $1Mil-$2.2Mil
500 Walnut
500 Walnut
Society Hill
Price Range $5Mil - $18Mil
Abbotts Square
Abbotts Square
Society Hill
Price Range $240K-$370K

Local Information

Local Information

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

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