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Old 02-16-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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I'm thinking about buying another rental property somewhere in Mantua but it looks like a huge area with uneven levels of gentrification. Therefore I'm wondering which areas within Mantua that's within Drexel's "sphere of influence". Can anyone give a boundary of the area where Drexel students would rent from? Any general discussion of the area is also welcome. Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:03 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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The closer to Spring Garden the better generally. Drexel has a home ownership program in that area and is cracking down on rental properties that aren't properly licensed. They want to replicate what happened in University City with UPenn promoting home owners to move in, and they're going to try to do this around Mantua/Powelton Village.
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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Agree with the post above. If you can stay south of Spring Garden, that would be great. Anywhere south of Spring garden and east of 42nd should be fine. As you go farther north & west, things tend to get a little tricky. Basically think south & east.

I would think that if you had to go north of SG, stay east of 34th. I've gone for runs up 34th in the daytime to Fairmount park & its not terrible, though I've driven through some streets west of 34th & they don't look the best.

Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Thanks. How about the little trapezoid area that's bounded by 42nd to the west and Lancaster to the east, between Powelton and Haverford avenues? How's that compared to, say, 37th and Wallace? Do Drexel students venture that far?
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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I'm thinking about buying another rental property somewhere in Mantua but it looks like a huge area with uneven levels of gentrification. Therefore I'm wondering which areas within Mantua that's within Drexel's "sphere of influence". Can anyone give a boundary of the area where Drexel students would rent from? Any general discussion of the area is also welcome. Thanks!
I've traveled through the area many times. Most students are on Haverford Ave and below on the lower to mid 30 numbered streets. North of Haverford, the neighborhood is overwhelmingly Black.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:53 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Thanks. How about the little trapezoid area that's bounded by 42nd to the west and Lancaster to the east, between Powelton and Haverford avenues? How's that compared to, say, 37th and Wallace? Do Drexel students venture that far?
Good question!

This is an area that is becoming known as "West Powelton Village." I think this area has a lot of potential ... it's actually kind of pretty, the area just north of Penn Presby hospital anyway. In the Drexel "sphere" ... I'm not to sure about that, it is kinda far west for Drexel; almost within the UPenn "sphere." If you are in 42nd and Spruce St. - that would be the very heart of University City and Spruce Hill. Talk it over with Jan or Arthur Bye of Urban & Bye Realtors.
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