Fairmount

Open Urban Spaces, Riverfront Walking Paths, and Art Galleries in Center City
Withdrawn from the middle of Center City, Fairmount provides ample activities for the community, especially families. Eakins Oval welcomes locals and visitors alike to its green spaces. Appropriately nicknamed the Art Museum, Fairmount is the epicenter of artistic culture in Philadelphia.
Median rents in Fairmount
Studio
$
1,200
1 Bedroom
$
2,000
2 Bedroom
$
2,800

Living in
Fairmount

Close to City Attractions and Art
Lots of Bars
Easy Metro Access
Ample Street Parking
Great for Bikers and Runners
Very Pet Friendly
Affordable Rent
Great for Families
Beautiful Architecture
Fairmount — 8.4/10 Rating (based on 21 neighborhood reviews)
Fairmount is an excellent area to live in. It is walking distance to the Schuylkill trail, great for biking to work, exercising or relaxing by the river. The area has great restaurants, easy-to-find parking and an excellent massive Whole Foods with 4 restaurants inside. It is also very easy to walk to downtown Philly (15-40 min walk for most of Center City and University City).
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
2043 Spring Garden Street
Pros: close-knit neighborhood where residents look out for each other and know each others' names, lots of families and students, low noise, walkable to Girard and Fairmount BSL stops, close to Fairmount Ave shops and restaurants, overall v. safe feel

Cons: be careful and use common sense walking around Girard and Broad at night - some blocks are sketchier than others
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7
/10
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2025 Poplar Street #1
The Fairmount area is a great place to live. It is close to a lot of the city's attractions and art, and equally close to some great outdoor space. The neighborhood is generally pretty quiet, and parking is easier than in Center City. There are a lot of coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs within easy walking distance. There are a lot of neighborhood events, especially in the summer, that are great to attend. The major downfall (if you see it that way) is the city run events that happen at the art museum from time to time. These really close down the neighborhood and make parking and driving really hard. But, they are usually fun to attend or spectate.
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10
/10
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2601 Parkway Condominiums
I absolutely loves the location. Easy walk to work, good food options ranging from fine dining to late-night pizza to bars. It's close to a Whole Foods and a local family owned market called Kleins. Unfortunately, Fairmount is only assessable by bus. City Hall and 30th Street Station is a 30 minute walk away if you need to take the MFL or Regional Rail lines.
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8
/10
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Parkway House Apartments
Fairmount is a more affordable part of Philly that offers great restaurants within walking distance. It is close to the Art Museum and Kelly Drive, so you can go for a run or a bike ride, or visit Eastern State. The Broad Street line runs close by, so transportation into Center City or out to the suburbs is easily done, and it is not too far to Center City (less than a mile) so walking, biking, or taking an uber is an affordable option. Street parking is usually easy to find, but can get difficult on weekends or around Halloween when Terror Behind the Walls is going on. Overall, a really fun place to live!
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8
/10
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Lofts 640
Excellent, easily available restaurants, stores, and museums. Dogs love the park by the museum.
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9
/10
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2601 Parkway Condominiums
Pros: Ample street parking, safe area, very close to center city, new restaurants and bars, good and quick building management

Cons: Rent is a bit steep, but you do get a lot of space for your money. Pool/tub/gym area should be accessible past 11 pm and before 6 am for those who are up.
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10
/10
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Lofts 640
A neighborhood feeling minutes walk away from center city. Larger apartments.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
None
I've never felt unsafe. The area is usually quiet at night. There are stores, bars, etc within 10-15min walking.
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7
/10
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Tower Place
Love it. Super lively and well maintained.
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10
/10
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845 N 19 Street
Safe and close to both fairmount and center city - perfect if you work in the financial district. Not a lot of bars/restaurants in the neighborhood.
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8
/10
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NorthXNorthwest
I am very happy with my choice of neighborhood - living on the western edge of Fairmount/Brewerytown. The bike trail is extremely close and conveniently goes straight to Penn. One of our favorite parts about this area is how pet-friendly it is. I see more dogs than I can count everyday just on my way to and from school. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. It is a bit farther from Penn/Center City and other neighborhoods which is important to take into account when meeting up with friends or rainy/snowy days. The rent is great for how much space we have (3 floors).
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9
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3020 Cambridge St
Fairmount is it's own self-contained neighborhood. It is easy to take public transportation to other popular parts of the city if you're near Broad Street, otherwise, it quickly becomes more tedious. It's a pretty neighborhood, with Green Street and the Art Museum nearby, and is developing rapidly. Parking near shops and restaurants on Fairmount Ave is more difficult than in Center City or Rittenhouse Square because of the number of apartments without garages in the area.
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/10
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Lofts 640
I love the aparment itself - cozy space, modern accommodations, huge rooftop w/ great view!

There are, however, some downfalls that make living there less than ideal...

1) CON: There is a night club two doors down called The Playhouse that plays extremely loud music until 2am EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK. I'm 26 and understand that clubs will generally have big nights, and I'd be OK with that happening Friday/Saturday, maybe even a Thursday night. But a Sunday or Tuesday night? When I need to get a good night's sleep to be able to function at work? No way. It has been a huge pain, and my roommates & I felt that we were duped by our landlord into believing it wouldn't be an issue - yet we hear it every night.

2) CON: Living on N Broad St., you can definitely expect things to be on the uglier side of the spectrum, given the area's recent rugged history; still, the omnipresence of trash everywhere you look when you walk out your front door is simply appalling. No doubt, I hold those people accountable who can't hold on to their items until they reach a trash can or can't dispose of it in a practical manner, but the fact that it's SO difficult to find a trash can in certain parts of the city is a huge part of the problem - unlike NYC where there is a can every six feet. On a side note: NOBODY likes those trash cans where you have to touch/grab the handle to pull it open - it's just as bad as sticking your hand inside the can to pull trash out.

3) CON: Lack of security & overall unpredictability of the neighborhood. My girlfriend never even wants to stay at my place for fear of walking around the area. We made a stop at the CVS at Broad & Girard, and, during that visit, we saw two separate arrests & a drunken man yelling at the store clerk & every patron in sight. Aside from that, I was almost rammed off the road by a woman right at Broad & Poplar: Simply put, it seems she didn't like that I didn't realize the light was green for a few seconds, so she beeped her horn uncontrollably, drove up beside my car to lower her window & yell expletives, then take a sharp swerve to her right on the steering wheel to push me off the road. Luckily, I braked and she missed, but she had no intention of stopping as she drove up onto the sidewalk and continued through the following red light. Recently, I noticed I was side-swiped on my car parked right on Parrish, and I can absolutely attribute it to the fact that there are folks who drive in an insanely reckless manner in the neighborhood.

Constant violent remarks from absolute strangers, countless homeless individuals lining the streets, overall uncertainty of safety. The CONS undoubtedly weigh the PROS.

4) PROS include: I can hop on the BSL at the Fairmount station and make it to my office @ the Wanamaker in less than 20min door-to-door. I also like that there are some great bars/eateries within walking distance in the Fairmount area - even if I don't always feel completely safe walking late at night.
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826 N Broad St.
- close to whole foods
- close to amazing restaurants
- close walk into center city
- close enough to 2 train stations
- close to many bus routes
- close to many museums
- close to kelly drive and Fairmount park

- far from liquor stores
- far from nightlife/popular philly bars
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/10
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Parkway House Apartments
I love Fairmount. I have been here for about 7 years. All kids and dogs and restaurants and museums.
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9
/10
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Parkway House Apartments
i'm right by the art museum and there is always stuff to do close by!
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7
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CityView Condominiums
Lots of bars and restaurants, close to the river/park, fairly calm with tree lined streets (makes me forget I live in a big city sometimes). I like that I'm a bit removed from the craziness of Center City but still can get there easily if I want to (15-20 min walk, quick cab/subway ride).
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/10
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The Colonnade
Good neighborhood, great sense of community overall. Still some slightly scary areas but the neighborhood has changed so much over the past couple of years. Could use more restaurant options, especially in the evenings.
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7
/10
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2716 Cambridge St
I was pleasantly surprised when I settled into Fairmount. It feels safe. It is full of families with young childrens and dogs and young professionals. There's also a great restaurant and bar selection.
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10
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2438 perot street
20th and Callowhill has a lot of great stores; Whole Foods, pet store, and a beer distributor. However closer to Broad Street those those things are not so available.
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Tower Place


Getting to Know
Fairmount

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: N Broad St to the Schuylkill River
North to South Boundaries: W Girard Ave to Callowhill St
dining
Bar Hygge
Figs
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
LaScala’s Pronto
grocery
Klein’s Supermarket
Whole Foods Market
convenience
Rite Aid
Wawa
fitness
BPM Fitness
CrossFit Fairmount
Paine Skate Park
Wake Up Yoga
parks
Gymboree Play & Music
Matthias Baldwin Park
Roberto Clemente Park & Playground
The Oval
coffee
Cosmic Cafe & Catering
Le Pain Quotidien - The Granary
Philly Flavors
The Flying Saucer Cafe
bus
2 (bus)
43 (bus)
48/7 (bus)
61 (bus)
rail
15 (light rail)
15 (light rail)
BSL (metro)
parking
Park America Parking
Parkway 2201 Fairmount Avenue Lot
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Fairmount includes zip code 19130
Rent vs Own
49
%
of Fairmount residents are renters
Driving to Work
45
%
of Fairmount residents drive to work
New Construction
7
%
of housing units in Fairmount have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
72
%
<20 units
1
%
20-49 units
27
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
10
%
18 - 34
45
%
35 - 54
25
%
55+
21
%
Unit Mix
8
%
Studio
33
%
1 Bed
25
%
2 Bed
34
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
66
%
Undergrad Student
8
%
Grad Student
9
%
Unemployed
6
%
Retired
11
%
What Fairmount Residents Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.7
value
7.7
amenities
7.5
social
7.0
management
7.4
safety
6.9

Best Apartments
in Fairmount


1 Bed $2,095
2 Beds $2,725

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Studio $900
1 Bed $1,850
2 Beds $1,900

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2 Beds $1,950

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2 Beds $2,500

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1 Bed $1,200
2 Beds $1,600

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Studio $1,395
1 Bed $1,880
2 Beds $2,300

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Callowhill
Formally an industrial neighborhood, Callowhill is now home to music venues and many apartment buildings.