Roofdeck Pool at Evo Cira Centre South
Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest cities, and its historic and ornate architecture has wowed architects and design enthusiasts since its development in the 18th century. While larger apartment buildings may not have the same curb appeal as an ornate Victorian home, we’ve discovered some historic features amid the modern renovations to many Philadelphia apartments.
Given the booming growth in this East Coast city, there’s no shortage of sleek, modern apartments to select from, either. That’s why we at Freshome have narrowed down the best apartments in the City of Brotherly Love to provide you with a wealth of information on them and their lively neighborhoods.
We spent more than 40 hours conducting extensive research on Philadelphia’s apartments, its neighborhoods and the residential options within them. We looked at over 600 apartment complexes in the Philadelphia area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of variables.
Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities. We delved into the interior design, looking for features such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and many other modern features. We also placed strong consideration on Walk Scores and accessibility to respective neighborhoods, all to make confident decisions as to what is the best of the best.
From the the hip, eco-powered lofts of Northern Liberties to the ritzy abodes in Rittenhouse Square, we explored 14 popular Philadelphia neighborhoods. Whether you are considering a move to Philadelphia, are a new resident of the city or simply want a glimpse into the multifaceted communities within, we hope you will enjoy this Philadelphia apartment guide and the urban neighborhoods we feature.
Neighborhoods Covered in this Philadelphia Apartment Guide
Just north of Center City, the Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhood begins at its crown jewel, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and runs east to 20th Street. Full of appreciation for art and history, this stately area combines the high culture of a city with the quaintness of a suburb.
Beautiful, historic rowhouses with ornate detailing and manicured lawns make this one of Philly’s greenest neighborhoods — both in landscaping and property values. Most residents here are homeowners, professionals and families that work in Center City but prefer Fairmount/Art Museum’s slower-paced lifestyle.
This area is densely populated, and it should continue to rise in popularity and price in the coming years.
Things To Do
Besides the Art Museum, this neighborhood has plenty of historical sights and landmarks. Go behind the 30-foot walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary, see sculptures at the Rodin Museum or visit the Fairmount Dam and Water Works. Nearby on the Schuylkill River is Boathouse Row, which has been the picturesque home to 15 boathouses of collegiate and recreational rowing clubs since the early 19th century.
This is a residential area, shops and dining are limited to a tree-lined stretch of Fairmount Avenue. Here, you’ll find a professional crowd frequenting its many coffee shops, bars and restaurants. BYOBs are popular here, and locals flock to spots like Greek tavern Zorba’s and the Latin-inspired BlueCat. On weekends, Bishop’s Collar and London Grill are the places to go for a drink.
Because of its proximity to Center City, biking is the standout mode of transportation in this neighborhood, as is walking along Fairmount Avenue. SEPTA’s Broad Street Line stops on Fairmount’s eastern border, and bus lines (the 48, 33, 32 and 7) connect the neighborhood with Center City. This is one of Philly’s most difficult places to park, as the museum and large attractions take up the little street parking available.
Fairmount/Art Museum Apartments
Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,505
- Year Built: 1959
- Number of Units: 229
- Number of Layouts: 20
- Rent: $1,598-$5,824
- Highlights: Completing extensive renovations in 2015, Park Towne Place Premier provides luxury living across the Schuylkill River from Drexel University. The apartments here have designer finishes, including gourmet kitchens and wood flooring. Updates to the community include a resort-style pool, a fitness center and green space for relaxing and entertaining.
- Year Built: 2013
- Number of Units: 229
- Number of Layouts: 38
- Rent: $1,925-$5,995
- Highlights: Within walking distance from City Center’s museums and major office buildings, these sleek and impeccably designed apartments come with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hardwood flooring. Residents have access to the community clubroom and terrace, luxury fitness facilities and a dog run.
- Year Built: 1903 (renovated in 1986)
- Number of Units: 108
- Number of Layouts: 3
- Rent: $1,540-$2,000
- Highlights: Exposed brick walls and lofty ceilings give these renovated-warehouse homes a cool, industrial vibe — especially units with wrought-iron spiral staircases. Residents here receive complimentary membership to the MetroFit fitness center, and access to vibrant City Center is just outside their doorstep.
The Runners Up
Logan Square — bound by Spring Garden Street to the north, Market Street to the south, Broad Street to the east and the Schuylkill River to the west — is home to several iconic Philadelphia attractions. It is named for a traffic circle on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring the Swann Memorial Fountain, which was modeled after the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
From modern high-rise condos to ornate row homes, living in bustling Logan Square comes with a high price tag. Its residents are mostly young professionals who don’t mind the heavy tourism and loud weekends in exchange for living in one of the most exciting areas of Philly.
Logan Square is in constant demand, and though new high-rise housing will create more availability, housing prices will continue to rise in this desired neighborhood.
Things To Do
Looking up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the fountain reveals an impressive view