Fairmount/Art Museum Real Estate

    Named after the hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits (along with its oh so famous Rocky workout stairs), the Fairmount area formed a key part of the city’s early development. Some of this history can still be visited today, like the Fairmount Water Works – an unparalleled feat of engineering at the time – and today a perfect spot for dining or hosting events at its famous restaurant, or even just a scenic spot to take a much-needed breather during jogs along the Schuylkill River Trail. There’s also the Eastern State Penitentiary, considered a model for reformatory institutions when it first opened in 1829. Now it plays host to visitor tours, art exhibitions, and haunted attractions each Halloween.

    Today, Fairmount is still an integral part of the community as a whole: it’s the heart of Philadelphia’s thriving arts scene. Many of the city’s major museums are located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that cuts through the neighborhood. Along with the art museum, there’s the Barnes Foundation, home to an incredible array of Renoirs, Picassos, and other masters; and the Rodin Museum, with a beautiful garden open to the public year-round. And if art isn’t your thing, there’s always the Franklin Institute, the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for other options to expand your mind.

    When it comes down to it, living in Fairmount also allows for its fair share of low-key fun. Some of the best bars and restaurants in the city can be found here, while Fairmount Park and Boathouse Row offer opportunities to get active amid nature’s best without leaving city limits. In short, a life in Fairmount is a perfect blend of the cosmopolitan in a down-to-earth neighborhood.

    Life in Fairmount:


    Fairmount falls in the Bache/Martin Catchment Area.

    Grades K-8:

    Bache-Martin Elementary School
    2201 Brown Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Laura W. Waring School
    1801 Green Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    St. Francis Xavier School
    641 N.  24th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

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

    Grades 5-12:

    Julia R. Masterman School
    1600 Spring Garden Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Grades 9-12:

    Benjamin Franklin High School
    550 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

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

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

    Dining and Nightlife:

    The Bishop’s Collar
    2349 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    London Grill
    2301 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Sabrina’s Cafe
    1804 Callowhill Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Umai Umai
    533 N. 22nd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Kite and Key
    1836 Callowhill Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Green Room
    1940 Green Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Jack’s Firehouse
    2130 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130


    The Book Corner
    311 N. 20th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Fairmount Bicycles
    2819 W. Girard Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Fairmount Pet Shoppe
    2024 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Uhuru Furniture and Collectibles
    832 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Target (yes, Fairmount has one!)
    2001 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Fairmount also falls within walking distance of The Shops at Liberty Place and Nordstrom Rack.


    The Fairmount area is serviced by a number of bus lines, a trolley line, and the Broad Street Line. The Route 15 Trolley runs along Girard Avenue stopping at most corners between Broad Street and Fairmount Park. The Broad Street Line runs along Broad Street with stops at Spring Garden Street, Fairmount Avenue and Girard Avenue. For Bus service between Fairmount Park and 21st Street, hop Routes 7, 32 or 48. For service between 21st Street and Broad Street. hop Routes 2 or 33. Route 38 stops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    Source: iseptaphilly.com

    Real Estate Stats:

    As of January 2018, the Fairmount neighborhood has seen 341 units sold, with an average list price of $487, 066, and an average sales price of $454,561. Average days on the market: 48.