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

Old City — 8.8/10 Rating (based on 9 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
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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
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
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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
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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
transit
25 (bus)
400/406/412 (bus)
Navy Yard Shuttle (bus)
entertainment
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Independence Hall
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
dining
Cafe Walnut
Pete’s Pizza Joint
Wedge + Fig
Zahav
gyms / rec
City Fitness
Liberty Sailing Club
Lithe Method
Sweat Fitness
shopping
Art In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Artist & Craftsman Supply
Brave New Worlds
Smak Parlour
grocery
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid
Sassafras Market
Spring Garden Market
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Old City contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of 19106. Less than half of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 18%, which is higher than the national average.

• Half of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with about 14% having being built in the past 15 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly one third of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

Less than half of people in Old City drive to work.

The median gross rent in Old City is $1,570. A third of Old City residents are 22-34, 2.1% are below 22, almost none are 35-49, and a third are older than 50.

• Roughly 10% of Old City residents are students (mostly grad students), and 25% are unemployed or retired.

• Most units are heated by electric, and most of ACS survey respondents said that they pay extra for one or more utilities.
What Old City Residents Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.5
amenities
7.0
social
8.0
management
6.0
safety
7.3

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 $1,625
2 Beds $2,595

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1 Bed $1,800
2 Beds $2,500

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1 Bed $1,800

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1 Bed $1,600
2 Beds $1,800

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Nearby Neighborhoods

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Society Hill
A mostly residential neighborhood, Society Hill also offers historic attractions, boutiques and beer gardens.
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Midtown Village
A high concentration of small business, restaurants, and nightlife in Center City.
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Washington Square West
Washington Square West welcomes visitors to its green spaces in Washington Square Park, boutique shops, and restaurants.