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Old 05-08-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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I am looking for suggestions on areas where to live in Philadelphia, PA as I am moving there for work in around two months from Milwaukee, WI. I am a 26yo male professional looking for an area that has a feel like Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL for anyone who has visited Chicago. My new job is going to be in Langhorn, PA, but do not want to live in the suburbs as they tend to get a little boring. Also, I do need to keep into consideration the parkig situation as I will be needing my car as well.

Basically, I am looking for where the "action" is and where people around my age live by. A relatively safe area with restaurants / cafes, bars, clubs, but at the same time places I can go for walks and what not. From what I have read Rittenhouse and City Center are my best choices, but I am just starting my search, therefore all opinions and recommendations are very much welcomed. Thank you!

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:37 PM
 
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Depends a little on how much you want to spend. As you probably know homes in Lincoln Park tend to be around 1 mill. Some other good options given your criteria include: Northern Liberties/Fishtown, Old City (center city east), Fairmount, Manayunk, and East Falls.

Good luck!

Added: The "younger" neighborhoods imo would be Northern Liberties, Manayunk and maybe East Falls. That's just been my experience.

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Old 05-09-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Wouldn't the area around and just south of South Street (Queens Village) also fit? (I'm familiar with South Street but not the area immediately south in the middle single-digit streets, which I know from reading information on here is Queens Village.)
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:20 PM
 
Location: The City
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Wouldn't the area around and just south of South Street (Queens Village) also fit? (I'm familiar with South Street but not the area immediately south in the middle single-digit streets, which I know from reading information on here is Queens Village.)

Yes; QV is front to 5th and South to Washington - 5th to Broad is Bella Vista - also ok but not as close for commuting up 95. I would try No Libs, Old City, Queen Village - all good urban areas, younger (though No Libs may be the most) plus good 95 access - your commute should be 35 minutes or less (at rush hour barring a major accident) from there - also No libs is easiest to park out of the three without having to rent a spot

At 26 though honestly I would say No Libs - you can always get acquainted and move in a year after you get a better feel living here and the other neighbohoods

My only issue with no libs is it sometimes feel more seperated from the core than the others and is nearly twice the price for a cab to Rittenhouse for example - though you can take the el - you really dont want to late night

email me on here if you have any specific questions
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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I was in a similar position. I ended up in Fishtown, which honestly was my last choice, but which has the best price/access ratio of the region. Nor Libs is roughly double the cost of Fishtown last I looked, for instance.

In the future I would like to live in Manayunk or Mt. Airy though. Mt. Airy definitely if I manage to settle down into a good career.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Center City has plenty of young peoplebut you have to pay to park, no question. that's not a bad thing per se, but be aware. it's by far the most bustling part of the city and most central. that said, northern liberties and fishtown have street parking and are close to 95 and have plenty to do. it's easy to get cabs or take the el into town.
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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NoLibs, Fishtown, Queen Village or Pennsport - in that order. Just for ease of commute you want to be close to 95 and the further north the better. NoLibs definitely has the action for 20-somethings.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Dumb question, but is NoLibs same a Nother Liberties? Is that the same as Fishtown?
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:27 PM
 
Location: The City
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Dumb question, but is NoLibs same a Nother Liberties? Is that the same as Fishtown?

NoLibs is Norther Liberties

NoLibs and Fishtown border each other - No Libs is closer to CC and more gentrified

I also agree with PMAN CC is the most vibrant area but also the most expensive and most difficult to to park
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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If you can afford Rittenhouse, go for it! If it's out of your reach, I would say Northern Libs, Manayunk or the Art Museum area.. and actually I would be leaning towards art museum if I had to choose.
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