Center City Real Estate

    If you live in Center City, you live in what was originally the entirety of the City of Philadelphia. It wasn’t until 1854 that the city boundaries expanded to include the rest of the county.

    Center City Philadelphia is more than just your typical downtown, of course. Yes, it’s a hub for business, government, and retail. But it’s also oh so much more.

    As with every neighborhood in Philadelphia, there’s a distinct character here, as unique from one neighborhood to another as one city is from another.

    There’s the grid system for starters – relic of the days of William Penn. Penn loved his green spaces, and made sure that his logical system of streets also called for five public squares. These resting spots would serve as a haven for nature and for Philly inhabitants, and they still do so today. Rittenhouse Square serves as the chic centre for a number of fine dining establishments and swanky hotels. Franklin Square is a wonderland straight out a child’s storybook, complete with carousel, holiday light shows and even a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course. Each of the five squares holds its own charm and its own entertainment to offer.

    Then there’s City Hall, capped by a statue of the man himself, William Penn. It’s the second-tallest masonry building in the world. You can take tours of the historic building, but you can also enjoy the public square that surrounds it, Dilworth Park, for its fountains and regular events (definitely don’t miss the Wintergarden around the holiday season!)

    It even has its own beach (of sorts). Spruce Street Harbor Park, along the Delaware River Waterfront, is a leisure spot for all seasons, but especially the summer season. Boardwalk-style foods and beers are served from shipping crates along the urban boardwalk, while sand, beach chairs, and hammocks confront visitors with a choice array of lounging spots.

    In short, Philadelphia’s Center City is the perfect balance of business and leisure.

    Life in Center City:


    Grades K-8:

    Albert M. Greenfield School
    2200 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Gen. George A. McCall School
    325 S. 7th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Independence Charter School
    1800 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

    St. Peter’s School
    319 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Edwin M. Stanton School
    901 S. 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

    St. Mary Interparochial School
    5th and Locust Streets
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    The Philadelphia School
    2501 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

    Grades K-6:

    Russell Byers Charter School
    1911 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Grades K-12:

    The City School
    **multiple locations

    Charter High School for Architecture and Design
    107 S. 7th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Friends Select School
    17th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Grades 9-12:

    Constitution High School
    18 S. 7th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Roman Catholic High School
    301 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Philadelphia Free School
    2001 Christian Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19146

    Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter High School
    1420-22 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School
    311 N. 19th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Dining and Nightlife:

    Oyster House
    1516 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Rooster Soup Company
    1526 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    1521 Spruce Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Abe Fisher
    1623 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Double Knot
    120 S. 13th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Ashton Cigar Bar
    1522 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102


    The Shops at Liberty Place
    1625 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Free People
    1625 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    1720 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Joan Shepp
    1811 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Joseph Fox Bookshop
    1724 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Nicole Miller
    200 S. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    333 S. 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Nordstrom Rack
    1700 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    1608 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Reading Terminal Market
    51 N. 12th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107


    The Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, Trolley Routes, all Regional Rail Lines, and various Bus Routes all service Center City, Plan your trip here.

    Real Estate Stats:

    As of January 2018, the Center City area has seen 1997 units sold, with an average list price of $569,411, and an average sales price of $502,671. Average days on the market: 56.