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The Five Best Historical Philadelphia Neighborhoods to Call Home

Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the United States, home to hundreds of historic figures, places, and events as well as a thriving modern nightlife. If you are looking to call this historic city your home for the first time or just planning a move across town, these five neighborhoods will offer you up-to-date amenities along with their gorgeous old-fashioned scenery.

1. Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is centered on Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, in Philadelphia’s northwest corner, and is one of the best-known and most affluent neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Chestnut Hill offers excellent access to public transit, a variety of shopping and dining opportunities from nationwide chains to high-end boutiques, and excellent school choices. Chestnut Hill also has some of the best access to parks and green space in the city, bordering the elegant University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum as well as Fairmount Park, the largest city park in the United States.

2. Bella Vista

Bella Vista (Italian for “Beautiful Sight”) is a South Philadelphia residential neighborhood with a rich culinary history. Once home to mostly Italian immigrants, Bella Vista now features many Latino and Vietnamese businesses, and this diversity has lent a vibrant character to the family-friendly neighborhood. It was recently ranked as the “Best Place to Live in Philadelphia” based on a variety of factors such as education, commute time, cost of living, and access to health and fitness opportunities.

3. Society Hill

Society Hill is a shining example of what happens when historical preservation meets great city planning. Society Hill is in central Philadelphia and was one of the first planned neighborhoods in the city. It is home to scenic Washington Square, a 200-year-old city park initially planned by Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn. As a Society Hill resident, you will enjoy world-class arts and culture, fine dining, and shopping just a short walk from your front door.

4. Old City

Old City is known as “America’s most historic square mile,” and it is currently experiencing a residential boom. Prospective home buyers have a variety of options to choose from, from historic townhouses and industrial lofts to newly built condominiums–all within walking distance of countless museums, art galleries, and historic sites, including Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

5. Graduate Hospital

The hospital that gave the Graduate Hospital neighborhood its name is now defunct (it is also known as Southwest Center City), but the neighborhood remains one of Philadelphia’s liveliest, balancing child-friendliness with plenty of nightlife opportunities for adults. There are plenty of opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle commuting, but the neighborhood’s easy access to South Street West is also car-friendly. Graduate Hospital is made up of primarily single-family homes, making it the perfect place to settle down and start your family.

Philadelphia has wonderful neighborhoods to call home. If you need a home or apartment mover as you settle into your new place, call Cheap Movers Philadelphia. We connect you with professional movers Philadelphia to make your relocation the best possible!

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