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Old City

The oldest neighborhood in Philadelphia has always kept up with the times. One of Philadelphia's most simultaneously sophisticated and laid back communities, Old City is a great place to call home whether you're looking for a rehabbed 17th century townhouse or high-ceilinged factory loft.  When William Penn and the Quakers first settled in Philadelphia back in the 1600s, Old City was the place they called home. Now, over three centuries later, Old City Philadelphia real estate is a fantastic blend of old and new that always manages to feel current. From working class row houses lining cobblestone alleys to rehabbed warehouses, new construction and high rise condos with riverfront and city views, Old City real estate presents a wide range of choice for Philadelphia home buyers.

Old City Condos, Lofts and Studios

This was once known as the warehouse district, and there are lots of converted factories here. Warehouse condos, lofts, art spaces and studio apartments abound in this part of Philly. There aren't many single family homes on the market, but the range of choice when it comes to Old City condominiums is vast. Choose from funky apartments in elegant Victorian buildings, to expansive 6 bedroom conversions.

Old City Lifestyle

Old City culture is buoyed by a strong arts community, youthful energy and a fun bohemian atmosphere. This is a hip area, dense with coffee shops and art galleries. You'll find three performing arts centers, over 50 galleries and 25 museums in Old City along with and eclectic mix of designer stores, great restaurants and nightclubs to explore.

Old City is also home to Philadelphia's First Friday event. Held on the first Friday of every month, this public celebration centers around the area's galleries opening their doors to the public and staying open well into the evening. The event draws a diverse crowd without fail. Everyone shows up at first Friday sooner or later.

Getting Around in Old City

If you can't possibly part with your car, it's fairly easy to rent a parking spot in Old City Philadelphia. But like all of Center City, you really don't need a car to get where you're going here. The area is extremely walkable and well-served by public transit systems. The Market Street East Station is a few blocks away where residents can catch a SEPTA train or bus to anywhere in the Region. The Market-Frankford El and Philly Phlash also run through Old City. When you live in Old City, you're about 10 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.

Important Parks and Attractions in Old City

Despite all its modern trappings, Old City Philadelphia is the most historic neighborhood in America. Once the site of America's first capital, this is where the declaration of Independence was first read, where the US constitution was penned and where the first American flag was sewn. Some of the landmarks and attractions in the neighborhood include:

  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Liberty Bell
  • Elfreth's Alley
  • Franklin Square
  • Washington Square
  • Girard Fountain Park
  • Penn's Landing
  • Delaware River

Old City Zip Code

Homes in Old City Philadelphia are within the 19106 zip code.

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Listing information last updated on November 17th, 2017 at 9:02pm EST.