West Philadelphia’s Most Popular Neighborhoods

West Philadelphia's Most Popular Neighborhoods

West Philadelphia is more than just a phrase that makes nearly any 90’s kid break into a rap song sung by Will Smith. It is an area brimming with diversity and recognized for its Victorian architecture, tree-lined streets, eclectic atmosphere, and home of UPenn.

The area of West Philadelphia encompasses the rough boundaries starting with the Schuylkill River running southwest to Cobbs Creek, northwest to City Avenue, and rounded out on the south at the tracks of the SEPTA Media/Wawa line. Some would say West Philadelphia is anything west of the river.

Most Popular Neighborhoods in West Philadelphia

Spruce Hill

One of the largest neighborhoods in West Philadelphia featuring charming homes with a larger footprint. The area started as a streetcar suburb of Philadelphia and has since been acclimated into the city boundaries. It is full of charming historic homes and tree-lined streets growing in popularity among young professionals. It is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in West Philadelphia and features an active community association full of volunteers who take pride in the quality of life of the neighborhood. Clark Park is a popular spot in the neighborhood that hosts several community events including the farmers market and the May Fair.

Cedar Park

Cedar Park has also been around in West Philadelphia for some time and was once a streetcar suburb of the city now within the limits. It is one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods for its affordability, especially with rental homes. The atmosphere of Cedar Park is a close-knit community and has become increasingly popular with homebuyers because of the large queen and homes on quiet tree-lined streets with very easy access to public transit. Cedar Park is a neighboring area of Spruce Hill and Clark Park is not far away. There’s also a great dining scene in Cedar Park with a collection of restaurants and nightlife along Route 13. The most popular restaurants are the collection of West African and Ethiopian establishments. One of the most popular is Dahlak.

Powelton Village

Pendleton Village is somewhat of a hidden gem in West Philadelphia. It is a very small neighborhood full of the iconic tree-lined streets and Victorian homes you would expect to find in the area. The Victorian twin homes are known to house a large population of Philadelphia’s local artists, academics, and young families. It has a counter-cultural vibe that dates back to the 1960s and is known for its politically active-minded residents. Lancaster Avenue is a hub of activity including art spaces, coffee shops, and dance studios. Drexel Park is another hub of activity with plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors and a collection of food trucks. If you like live music the 33rd St. Armory near Drexel University is a popular spot.

Belmont Village

Located along the edge of the Fairmount Park near the Bala Golf Club this is one of the most budget-friendly areas of Philadelphia to purchase a home. There is a great mix of architectural styles and the streets are lined with gorgeous cherry blossom trees that make for the most beautiful setting in the spring. There’s plenty to do in Belmont Village with easy access to the city center at the Bala SEPTA station and the not-too-far-away Bala Cynwyd on City Ave shopping center on the northern border.

Cobbs Creek

With a median home price of just $165,000 Cobbs Creek is an incredibly affordable place to live. If you love the outdoors Cobbs Creek is definitely the area of West Philadelphia you want to settle. Cobbs Creek Park is popular to get away from the bustle of Philadelphia was several miles of walking paths and a great playground. The Cobbs Creek Recreation Center offers plenty of community-driven activities for people of all ages and is very popular with young families. The AW Christy Rec Center features a community pool and playground as well as sports fields. Cobbs Creek is also home to the West Philadelphia YMCA as well as Malcolm X Park. As you can see there are several opportunities to stay active and entertained with physical activities in Cobbs Creek. To enjoy shopping and restaurants you are never more than just a few minutes away via Route 13 or Route 3.

If West Philadelphia sounds like an intriguing area of Philadelphia to move I am here to help you find the neighborhood and home that fits you best. Contact me anytime with any greater Philadelphia real estate needs.