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Withdrawn from the middle of Center City, Fairmount provides ample activities for the community, especially families.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
$
1,210
1 Bedroom
$
1,540
2 Bedroom
$
1,950

Living in
Fairmount

Fairmount — 8.2/10 Rating (based on 20 neighborhood reviews)
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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8
/10
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The Colonnade
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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7
/10
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Lofts 640
Close to restaurants
Amazing area down to the museum to go jogging
10 minutes drive to work

Sometimes homeless people around
Can hear the noise from cars or bikes at night coming from vine street but tolerable
Have to take both septa and patco if working in Camden or can take a single ride in bus
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9
/10
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The Packard Motorcar Building
Walkable/bike-able area, restaurants & bars nearby, short walk to work/stores in Center City, garage across the street at an excellent monthly rate (compared to other options.) Three blocks to the main library.
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10
/10
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One Franklin Town
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
Neighborhood Rating
Lofts 640
Close to work for me
Easily accessible to many forms of transportation
Right next to a grocery store
Quiet neighborhood for the most part
Friendly neighbors around me
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
3012 W. Stiles Street
Brand new Aldi and Wine & Spirits store. New breweries and restaurants opening up on Girard. Still not the safest area and freight train right along the edge of the neighborhood though it becomes white noise after awhile. Trolly and bus routes are easily accessible on Girard and 29th St. respectively.
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8
/10
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31 Brewerytown
- 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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Parkway House Apartments
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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/10
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826 N Broad St.
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
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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/10
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Parkway House Apartments
I need to travel outside of city daily for work so proximity to a SEPTA station was a crucual factor in deciding to stay here. Suburban station is just a 10-15 min walk from here. We have a Whole Foods nearby as well and lots of pubs for the weekends.
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/10
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One Franklin Town
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
Neighborhood Rating
Lofts 640
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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2438 perot street
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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/10
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Tower Place
Immediate surroundings are lacking in entertainment, there is a new Aldi supermarket nearby which is convenient. The Girard St. area is continually growing and new local businesses are popping up constantly.
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6
/10
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31 Brewerytown
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
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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9
/10
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NorthXNorthwest
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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/10
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2025 Poplar Street #1
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Getting to Know
Fairmount

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: N Broad St to the Schuylkill River
North to South Boundary: W Girard Ave to Callowhill St
gyms / rec
Clemente Park and Playground
Dhyana Yoga
Gymboree Play & Music
Matthias Baldwin Park
shopping
Bookhaven
Fairmount Bicycles
Our Place
Philadelphia Bikesmith
Spring Garden Book
transit
32 (bus)
33 (bus)
38 (bus)
43 (bus)
BSL (metro)
dining
ERA
John’s Place
Pizzeria Vetri
Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rybrew
grocery
CVS Pharmacy
Klein’s Supermarket
Rite Aid
Wawa
entertainment
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Rodin Museum
Terror Behind the Walls
The Barnes Foundation
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Fairmount contains the 5 digit ZIP code of 19130. About half of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 13%, which is higher than the national average.

• A quarter of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with 6.5% having being built in the past 15 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly 25% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

Almost half of people in Fairmount drive to work.

Roughly 40% of Fairmount residents are 22-34, 4% are below 21, 18.5% are 35-49, and 27% are older than 50.

• Roughly 16% of Fairmount residents are students (8% grad, 8% undergrad), and 16% are unemployed or retired.

• Most units are heated by gas, and almost all of ACS survey respondents said that they pay extra for one or more utilities.
What Fairmount Residents Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.6
value
7.6
amenities
7.5
social
7.0
management
7.2
safety
6.9

Best Apartments
in Fairmount


1 Bed $2,055
2 Beds $2,725

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Studio $1,300
1 Bed $1,595
2 Beds $2,000

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Studio $1,219
1 Bed $1,438
2 Beds $1,679

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

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1 Bed $1,710
2 Beds $2,200

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1 Bed $1,850
2 Beds $2,500
3 Beds $2,995

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