Old City

Philadelphia's historical district
In the "most historic square mile," Old City is home to many American historical sites, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Combine the Old City's historic architecture with its many family-friendly activities, and it's easy to understand this neighborhood's appeal.
Median rents in Old City
Studio
$
1,230
1 Bedroom
$
1,720
2 Bedroom
$
2,640

Living in
Old City

Close to Public Transit
Revitalized
Yards Brewery
Great Nightlife
Beautiful Scenery
Great for all Ages
Cobblestone Streets
5 Minute Walk to Center City
Old City — 8.9/10 Rating (based on 11 neighborhood reviews)
Living in Old City has been great - it's a really convenient location, close to public transit, and feels much safer than other places in Philadelphia. Lots of greats bars and restaurants nearby. That said, the rent is pretty expensive so it might be a wider idea to purchase rather than rent.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Chocolate Works
I LOVE our building. The neighborhood has its good and bad points. Good- next to Chinatown (great food!) and very walkable. Bad- slightly north of all the action, but it's only a 5 minute walk into center city
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Metro Club
I love Old City. The shops, art museums and restaurants are fantastic. There are a lot of tourists on the weekends that clog up the sidewalks but other than that, there are really no drawbacks to this part of town.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Chocolate Works
Old City is a neighborhood where all ages can find something to do and enjoy. It's generally a very safe area with lots of beautiful things to see.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Papermill Lofts
Can be a bit tourist-filled at times, but there is always something to do!
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Strawberry Court Apt
Great food, art scene, entertainment, and bars. Safe. Close to SEPTA line.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Castings Building
We love our neighborhood. I think being north of Market street is a most in old city. We are on a quiet cobblestone street away from the noise and rowdiness of market street. We have great artisan shops and restaurants around us and a perfect local coffee shop just outside our door. I love our area and encourage friends who live in Rittenhouse or grad hospital to walk the extra blocks on a nice Saturday to shop local and enjoy this great side of the city.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Sugar Refinery
Old City has revitalized like no other: great for couples, singles, young families and working professionals. Endless shopping and dining and safe to boot! I have never loved a neighborhood so much.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Papermill Lofts
Living in Old City is great. There are great bars and restaurants all over. The history of the city is all over and it is a true taste of America. On the down side, there can be excess noise at night which takes some getting used to.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Core Realty Old City
Close to yards brewery and northern liberties. Noise can sometimes be an issue with the clubs and festival pier
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Waterfront Square
Nice and quiet. Great food and good access to social settings.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
York Square


Getting to Know
Old City

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: N Christopher Columbus Blvd to 6th St
North to South Boundary: Spring Garden St to Walnut St
dining
Buddakan
Cafe Walnut
Pete’s Pizza Joint
Zahav
grocery
Sassafras Market
Spring Garden Market
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
fitness
Fearless Athletics CrossFit
Sweat Fitness
Yoga on the Pier
parks
Franklin Square
Washington Square Park
coffee
ICI Macarons & Cafe
Menagerie Coffee
The Franklin Fountain
bus
17/33/48 (bus)
21/42 (bus)
400/408/409 (bus)
rail
MFL (metro)
MFL (metro)
PATCO (rail)
parking
Independence Parking
Old City Parking
Paramount Parking
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Old City includes zip codes 19106 and 19123
Rent vs Own
48
%
of Old City residents are renters
Driving to Work
45
%
of Old City residents drive to work
New Construction
20
%
of housing units in Old City have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
50
%
<20 units
14
%
20-49 units
37
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
8
%
18 - 34
40
%
35 - 54
25
%
55+
26
%
Unit Mix
6
%
Studio
42
%
1 Bed
31
%
2 Bed
20
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
62
%
Undergrad Student
4
%
Grad Student
7
%
Unemployed
4
%
Retired
22
%
What Old City Residents Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.5
amenities
7.0
social
8.0
management
6.0
safety
8.3

Best Apartments
in Old City


Studio $1,300
1 Bed $1,670
2 Beds $2,175

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3 Beds $2,520

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Studio $1,400
1 Bed $1,735
2 Beds $2,595

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1 Bed $1,700
2 Beds $2,500

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1 Bed $1,750

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1 Bed $1,695
2 Beds $1,995

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Nearby Neighborhoods

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Society Hill
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Midtown Village
A high concentration of small business, restaurants, and nightlife in Center City.