Old City

Welcome to Old City

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Old City is the perfect neighborhood for new beginnings.

Its occasionally-cobble-stoned streets have witnessed the birth of a new country. They’ve seen the rebirth of the city as a haven for the arts, while gallery after gallery sprang up along the waterfront. They’re still an ongoing and vital part of the city’s evolution into a tech-forward community, as startups and co-working spaces continue to open up within its borders.

It’s also a neighborhood where you can begin a new interest in just about anything.

Like theater, for instance. There’s the Arden, which throws award-winning plays in its theater spaces, and incredible bashes in the lobby. There’s also Christ Church Neighborhood House, a performance venue known for more experimental productions, and a not-to-be-missed destination during Fringe Festival every September. Or if independent film is more your style, choose from any of three Ritz movie theaters.

Or the arts, of course. You can stop by any number of Old City galleries anytime. But during the First Friday of every month, gallery spaces, shops and public venues throughout the neighborhood keep their doors open late – and beckon visitors inside with wine samples, free treats, and all the arts openings you can handle.

Then, there’s all that history. There’s well-known tourist destinations, like the Betsy Ross House and Independence Hall. But there’s also the oldest residential street in America (by 300 years!), Elfreth’s Alley, still inhabited by Philadelphia residents today. Or the still-operating City Tavern, an excellent restaurant with a rebel past – it’s the pub where gents like Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton used to talk of revolution with their beers.

And it just keeps on getting better with every new beginning. Boutique shops, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors: whatever your interest or taste, there’s something new (or really, really old) already there to satisfy it.

Life in Old City:


Grades K-8:

Independence Charter School
1600 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Grades 7-12:

Mastery Charter High School
5700 Wayne Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Grades 9-12:

Constitution High School
18 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Charter High School for Architecture and Design
107 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dining and Nightlife:

The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

City Tavern
138 S. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cuba Libre
10 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

JJ Bootleggers
35 S. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Art in the Age
116 N. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

United by Blue
144 N. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

124 N. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Book Trader
7 N. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Scarlett Alley
241 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Smak Parlour
219 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Old City is easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line with stops at 5th and 2nd & Market Streets. A large number of Bus Routes also make stops in Penn’s Landing and the seasonal PHLASH bus offers convenient access to Philadelphia’s top attractions from the Independence Visitor Center.

Source: iseptaphilly.com

Real Estate Stats:

As of January 2018, the Old City neighborhood has seen 182 units sold, with an average list price of $718,582, and an average sales price of $626,365. Average days on the market: 75.

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