Kensington

Kensington is an old neighborhood located in Northeast Philadelphia right next to the Delaware River. It is very easy to get around the city from this neighborhood using Septa and other public transportation that is very affordable. The cost of living in this neighborhood is also very affordable since it is such an old neighborhood with most of the houses being small row homes. Some areas of Kensington are a lot nicer than others and usually the closer you get to Fishtown, the nicer it will be. It is an up and coming neighborhood that has been trying to get out of a slump in recent years and is on the right track. There are a lot of bars in East Kensington to try and one that is worth trying is Martha on E York St.
There are a few restaurants to try in Kensington that taste great. Pizza Brain is a fun restaurant to go to on Frankford Ave. that has a friendly staff that will help get your order right and the way you want it. They also have a pizza museum inside to check out while you order your pizza. Another place to try is called Loco Pez. Loco Pez has some great Mexican food that will keep you coming back. However, it is cash only so be prepared when you show up. You can also order a margarita with your meal that is great. Kensington is a neighborhood to look at if you want more affordable rent prices and want to see a neighborhood start to build.
What Kensington Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
6.0
value
5.0
amenities
7.0
social
8.0
management
8.0
safety
6.9
Median rents in Kensington
Studio
$
414
1 Bedroom
$
930
2 Bedroom
$
1,445

Living in
Kensington

Kensington — 3.7/10 Rating (based on 3 neighborhood reviews)
Neighborhood is good bc of the surrounding location and being on a main road. Walk 5 mins the wrong direction (north of frankford ave) and you will be in a bad area.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2422 Frankford Ave
Drug and Prostitute Infested area.
High crime rates.
High murder rate. Robbery and break-ins are very frequent. Unsafe for women.
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1
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Hagert Lofts
There are some other essentials missing in the building, which were promised as part of the lease but are not honored. They are important to me, but all the tenants are being charged for as a part of the ease and also being charged to the tenants as rent:
• Parking Lot: There is no parking lot, it’s all gravel, construction debris, dirt, construction equipment and construction dumpsters. There is a catastrophic accident waiting to happen. There is hardly any access to building, most of the time you have to jump and hop to get to the main lobby entrance.
• No High Speed Internet: More than half of the apartments in the building do not have access to high speed internet. Comcast/ Xfinity has been very kind and helpful, but they have not been able to fix the problem. I do not know it is a Comcast or the building construction issue, but as a tenant we as tenants do not have access to high speed internet. • Elevator: There is only one elevator for 5 floors of apartments, and as the apartments are filling in with new tenants, the wait time is getting longer from couple minutes to 12-15 minutes. So far since October, the elevator has been out of order for at least 21 days. • Shipments & Packages: It is a challenge to get a UPS, Fe-Ex, Amazon deliveries, as there is no access for the drivers to deliver. I have lost several packages or they have returned undelivered. • Car Damage: Constant falling rocks and other construction debris has been causing severe damage to the cars of all the tenants and the big gravel, brick pieces and other construction waste is damaging the rims of the cars as well. • Gym: A full is being offered as part of the lease. The construction in the basement is far from over, let alone setting up the gym. • Trash Removal: The lease offers thrash collection via rollaway trash cans on every floor, since there is no trash chute. Only after one week of move-in the rollaway trash cans were removed. Now, everyone has to haul their trash to the ground level and out in the construction and dump it in the construction dumpster using a construction ladder. I am an eco-friendly person and believe in recycling. It breaks my heart that the building has no recycling policy. • Water Charges: Beware of the water charges! Unlike other rental properties, where you pay your water charges according to your consumption, here at Hagert Lofts you have to also pay the building share of New Meter Install Charge, Building water Maintenance service charge, Stormwater Management Charges, Sewer Charges. • No Emergency evacuation Plan: There is no emergency evacuation plan for the building in case of emergency. It is going to be a challenge for the paramedics to either get to you or bring you down to the ambulance, if thee elevators was not working that day. Your life depends on a chance and luck. • No After-Hours/ Emergency Contact: If you have any water, heat, fire, elevator or any other building emergency, there is no after hour or emergency contact. You are on your own. In the end all I can say that this review is not an attempt to tarnish the property manager, the landlord or any intention to profit out of it. It is my attempt to make everyone fully aware, so that they make an informed decision. Once you sign the lease and move in, there is no going back.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Hagert Lofts


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1 Bed $1,775
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