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Philadelphia gets a lot of good press about how it attracts New Yorkers looking for a better quality of life, plus more space for less money. It's no wonder, considering the median listing price in the City of Brotherly Love is a mere $224,000, according to Zillow, which means you can own a historic Federal-style or Georgian townhouse for much less than you would have to shell out to own an apartment in Manhattan.
Philadelphia also has one of the best culinary scenes in the country, world-class museums (the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mutter Museum, the Barnes Museum, and the Franklin Institute, to name a few), some beautiful parks and gardens, and a bar where I once saw someone throw up on the floor and continue making out with his date, which takes real perseverance.
If you do defect to Philly, you'll be one of many—according to census data, about 27,000 people move from New York to Philadelphia each year. Here's a taste of what's available in town, should you desire to join them.
903-05 Clinton St #3R, Washington Square West
This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is in a pet-friendly 1918 building, with classic touches including big picture windows, a fireplace, and high ceilings. There's plenty of closet space, extra storage room in the building's attic, and laundry in the unit. The condo is located in Washington Square West, an eclectic neighborhood in Center City with hip restaurants, great nightlife, and a thriving LGBTQ scene. The condo is listed for $595,000.
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1104 Leopard St., Fishtown/Northern Liberties
Fishtown is like Philadelphia's version of Williamsburg, a once-industrial working-class neighborhood in northwest Center City that's become one of the hippest spots in town. There are some familiar faces here, like Fette Sau and La Colombe, along with local favorites like Wm. Mulherin's Son, Kensington Quarters, and Pizza Brain. This three-bedroom, one-bath townhouse straddles the line between Fishtown and the more affordable Northern Liberties neighborhood and sits two blocks from Barcade. Highlights include thick pine floors, high ceilings, vintage molding, a small outdoor patio, and a handsome kitchen with blue cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The house is listed for $369,900.
233 Vine St., #E2, Old City
This gorgeous one-bedroom, one-bath bi-level condo features high ceilings, big windows, and recessed lighting, in addition to fun touches like exposed beams and brick and vintage-looking hardwood floors. The unit is located in Old City, home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, in addition to a vast collection of art galleries, the Reading Terminal Market, and Paddy's Old City Pub, the inspiration for the bar on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The apartment is listed for $358,000.
850 N 25th St., Fairmount
This stately three-bedroom, three-bath townhouse was built in 1919, and has a number of its historic touches. Highlights include a marble fireplace, massive windows, and vintage tile floors; there's also a Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, a finished basement, and a small outdoor deck. The house is located in Philly's Fairmount neighborhood, home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Zoo, along with a slew of bistros and bustling green space. The house is listed for $589,900.
209 Captain's Way, Graduate Hospital
The upper unit of this fairly modern townhome (built in 2006) is a 2,100 square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath palace, with an open living/dining room, top-of-the-line eat-in kitchen, and morning room with an accessible outdoor balcony. Other highlights include massive walk-in closets and a fitness room in the building. The townhome is located in Graduate Hospital, a popular South Philadelphia neighborhood located near Children's Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University. The unit is priced at $775,000.
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