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Old 03-25-2009, 04:48 PM
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If you know both cities, I'm looking for Philly neighborhoods that are like these Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Young, urban, safe, trendy, lots of shops/restaurants/cafes/entertainment.

What's the Philly equivalent?
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:39 PM
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Manayunk (some say only good until your mid-20's) and Northern Liberties - no single homes, area in transition, but very hip, up and coming, lots of great bars and restaurants, great vibe. Old City - right in the middle of everything, great nightlife, loud place to live though.

For single homes, your looking at Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, and Mount Airy/East Mount Airy.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:14 PM
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king of prussia is a good pic too, not exactly the city ~15 miles but it has a city feel [in fact its huge itself and close to philly]
philadelphia isnt like pittsburgh, in the sense that living in the city most areas respectable are way inflated.
manayunk is where everyone moves after they graduate college until they find a family or get a better job. the surrounding suburbs media, villanova, ardmore, king of prussia, bryn mawr, gladwyne all resemble shadyside but have a bit more going on, also the prices will cost you alot more im aware i mentioned some pricey areas, but shadyside has single homes in addition to larger family homes. stick with manayunk, chestnut hill, airy, or maybe broomall. alot of these homes are right off the blue route which takes you roughly ~20 minutes to be in downtown philly, also philly is very acessible via septa trains, trolly, and all of the areas i mentioned the commute is very fast, i worked at a starbucks on market street as a kid and i live in springfield 19064, it was an easy commute to give you an idea.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:10 PM
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To be honest ,the only neighborhoods that resemble anywhere in Pittsburgh are Lower Roxborough, Manayunk and Wissahickon on the northwest side with their hilly terrain. IMO both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have their own unique feel.
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Old 03-26-2009, 05:39 PM
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Center City, Queen Village.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:15 PM
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Sweet. Thanks for the responses. I'm a lot more interested in city than suburb, so Manayunk looks like my starting point.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by JonathanA View Post
Sweet. Thanks for the responses. I'm a lot more interested in city than suburb, so Manayunk looks like my starting point.
Manaynk is a lot more like the south side. It is very urban, and goes up a hill. I would try Germantown or maybe Overbrook when you get there to look around. I lived not far from Overbrook.

I however know 90% of Pittsburgh neighborhoods very well (being I live in the neighborhood you are trying to look for)

I don't know Philly neighborhoods that great. I lived there only for a short while. But I remember Germantown being very cool with that S. Hill type vibe, and Chestnut hill.

Kolparty is right in the mainline (Ardmore, Narberth, and others) being close like S. Hill. It is old, dense, walkable, and on a railine that takes you to C.C. in 15-30 minutes (depending on how far out you live). It is the more expensive area, but rent will be equivalent to what is in S. Hill. Remember Philly is older than Pittsburgh. The mainline might be suburban, but it is developed in the 19th century, and looks like an old city. It is developed even early than S. Hill which was mainly developed in the early 20th century. The main line is very city neighborhood like, and not like your 1950s and after sprawly burbs.

However, (no offense Kolpart), King of Prussia is NOT a S. Hill. It is the Moronville of Philly. Suburban, big strip malls, traffic, suvs, soccer moms driving while talking on cell phones, and there is a huge mall. It is the polar opposite of S. hill.

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Old 03-31-2009, 11:02 AM
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Philly's Sq Hill/Shadyside.....is Center City mostly and parts of S Philly (East of Broad/North of Washington Ave)

Germantown is not what I would call Sq/Shadyside...Germantown is more of Philly's E. Liberty

Chestnut hill is a Suburb in the city feeling

Northern Libs is Very Much the South Side/L'ville mix type feel. Not Shadyside...

For Shadyside you want Rittenhouse SQ in Center City.

For SQ Hill you want the University City Area of Philly.

Philly really doesnt have the lively Neighborhoods that Pittsburgh does, its mostly built on the Downtown/Center City, Most of Philly's Neighborhood are Purely residential, not bad when you have Center City, which Pittsburgh's downtown doesnt come close.
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