Living in Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Few places in the country offer as much access to U.S. history as the community of Old City, Pennsylvania. This historic neighborhood in Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia History Museum among many other historical sites. With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge forming a majestic backdrop that's spectacular at night, it's no wonder residents take pride in their neighborhood and call it "America's most historic square mile."

historic building in Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Things to Do in Old City, PA

The neighborhood of Old City offers a mix of new and old along with an exciting art, food and nightlife scene. Although it's best known for its many famous historical sites, Old City also offers a variety of cultural establishments, plus it's close to the Delaware River waterfront at Penn's Landing, which hosts events and attractions all year round. Old City's extensive art scene is also evident with its large number of art galleries and its monthly neighborhood art event, First Fridays, during which art galleries open their doors to the public for free and art lovers fill the streets. In addition, the neighborhood is known for its nightlife and well-established, four- and five-star restaurants. Locals especially enjoy the ever-popular Khyber Pass Pub, a charming tavern that features New Orleans-style food, artisanal beer and a handcrafted wooden bar built in 1876.

Park benches in Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Housing in Old City

Old City real estate includes everything from historic townhouses and single-family, detached homes to sleek lofts in re-purposed industrial buildings, apartments and condominiums. Many homes for sale are historic buildings with modern renovations that highlight features such as original stone fireplaces and mantels as well as wood floors, en suite baths and fountains in outdoor courtyards.

Independence Visitor Center in Old City, Philadelphia, PA

Transportation and Travel in Old City, Pa

Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood offers many options for getting around. SEPTA's Market-Frankford subway line connects residents to the extensive local subway system and the Regional Rail system, which residents use to access Philadelphia suburbs and nearby towns as well as New Jersey. Numerous bus routes and connections are also available, plus seasonal PHLASH bus routes link many of the cultural attractions. Old City also caters to pedestrians with well-maintained sidewalks and provides bike lanes for its many bicycle commuters. And on First Fridays, getting around is even more hassle-free with free metered parking after 5 p.m.


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  • Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood offers many options for getting around. SEPTA's Market-Frankford subway line connects residents to the extensive local subway system and the Regional Rail system, which residents use to access Philadelphia suburbs and nearby towns as well as New Jersey. Numerous bus routes and connections are also available, plus seasonal PHLASH bus routes link many of the cultural attractions. Old City also caters to pedestrians with well-maintained sidewalks and provides bike lanes for its many bicycle commuters. And on First Fridays, getting around is even more hassle-free with free metered parking after 5 p.m.
  • Head to Penn’s Landing to take in a plethora of events, attractions and local food or a casual stroll along the Delaware River.
  • Explore the local art scene by visiting one of the area’s many galleries during a First Friday event.

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