This neighborhood took the trophy back in 2013, and since then we’ve watched its popularity continue to rise with every new restaurant and boutique opening. Just this past year the South Philly hot spot was named one of the coolest neighborhoods this year, described as “prime hipness.” And Travel+Leisure recently noted its diversity. So what makes it so attractive? Its vibrant avenue that cuts through South Philly certainly helps. East Passyunk Avenue is lined with an array of delicious and noteworthy restaurants, plus a mix of mom-and-pop shops and local boutiques. It’s no wonder homes here are getting snatched up just days after hitting the market.
Last year, Graduate Hospital was expected to be the “hottest” neighborhood of 2016—at least in terms of its real estate. At this point, many would argue that it’s no longer so “hot”—more like “established.” Yet, development is still rapid here. A modular luxury condo building is being dropped in the neighborhood at this moment, and restaurants and retail are coming with it. No, homes here are certainly not bargain buys, but in the end it’s the location and people that makes it great, argues commenter Girasoul: “Just south of Rittenhouse and Center City, this is truly one of the most walkable and commutable neighborhoods in all of Philadelphia [...] We also have a beautiful rainbow mix of people.”