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Old 07-02-2020, 09:51 PM
 
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Hello!

My roommate and I are looking to get a two bedroom apartment for a decent price in Philadelphia.
We are looking to be within a 40 minute transit ride to the City Hall area.
Our problem is, we can find decently priced places, but only in areas like North Central, Strawberry Mansion, Haddinton-Carrol Park, and Mantua, which from some Google searches seem like really bad areas.

Can anyone recommend areas that are safe vs not safe? Areas that we should 100% avoid especially.
There are a lot of good housing units near the Yorktown/North Central area because of Temple being so close, but I have not heard good things.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 07-03-2020, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Hello!

My roommate and I are looking to get a two bedroom apartment for a decent price in Philadelphia.
We are looking to be within a 40 minute transit ride to the City Hall area.
Our problem is, we can find decently priced places, but only in areas like North Central, Strawberry Mansion, Haddinton-Carrol Park, and Mantua, which from some Google searches seem like really bad areas.

Can anyone recommend areas that are safe vs not safe? Areas that we should 100% avoid especially.
There are a lot of good housing units near the Yorktown/North Central area because of Temple being so close, but I have not heard good things.

Any help would be appreciated!
Yorktown is a Black-middle-class island in the middle of North Central Philadelphia. If you can find a place to rent within it, I think you'd be okay; crime isn't the problem there that it is in much of the rest of North Central.

Your 40-minutes-to-City-Hall radius takes in much of Germantown as well; add Mt. Airy if you're willing to rely on Regional Rail. I think you'd find either one of these at least acceptable.

I will, however, advise you that I take the view that too many of us let fear govern our lives too much. I suspect that, even though you can find some decent and even fabulous houses near where I live, you would find my part of East Germantown too rough for your liking, for instance. But if you're female, I understand.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Greater Philadelphia
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For your price range I'd suggest:
Spring Garden
NoLibs
Fishtown

Don't listen to anyone suggesting Apartments near Yorktown or Cecil B More. The city pretends it's a well to do area for Temple students.

Areas to avoid
Fairhill
Frankford
Hunting Park

If you're willing to go further North I'd suggest:
Foxchase
East Oak Lane
Germantown
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Don't listen to anyone suggesting Apartments near Yorktown or Cecil B More. The city pretends it's a well to do area for Temple students.
FWIW, Temple students don't live in Yorktown. As I said, it's a Black-middle-class neighborhood. Its most famous resident at present is former Mayor John Street.

In socioeconomic terms, it's comparable to the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods that it resembles physically. Neither poor nor well-to-do, but a "middle neighborhood."

As for Cecil B. Moore, it's largely private developers who are building the cheap* houses on Cecil B. Moore west of Broad that are slowly transforming that part of North Central into a student ghetto. You can't build a stable neighborhood on the backs of college students.

*I'm referring to quality of construction, not rents. The rents charged are what you might imagine you'd get if you rented to college kids by the bedroom.
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Old 07-03-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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What would you consider a decent price for your two-bedroom budget?
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Old 07-03-2020, 11:25 AM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Overbrook? Wynnefield?
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:24 PM
 
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What would you consider a decent price for your two-bedroom budget?
OP mentioned only being able to find "decently priced" rentals in North Central, Strawberry Mansion, Haddinton-Carrol Park, and Mantua, which indicates they have a pretty low budget. I'm guessing $1k for a two bedroom or below.

My guess their best bet is to find a simple apartment above a shop in one of those older commercial buildings in places like Abingdon or Jenkinton. Need to browse craigslist for these suburban commercial centers with SEPTA stations. Maybe Conshohockhen too. And I bet they can find something in Manayunk.

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Old 07-03-2020, 02:33 PM
 
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Hello!

My roommate and I are looking to get a two bedroom apartment for a decent price in Philadelphia.
We are looking to be within a 40 minute transit ride to the City Hall area.
Our problem is, we can find decently priced places, but only in areas like North Central, Strawberry Mansion, Haddinton-Carrol Park, and Mantua, which from some Google searches seem like really bad areas.

Can anyone recommend areas that are safe vs not safe? Areas that we should 100% avoid especially.
There are a lot of good housing units near the Yorktown/North Central area because of Temple being so close, but I have not heard good things.

Any help would be appreciated!
You should explain what "decent price" is to you.

Someone mentioned Spring Garden which is where I live but it may be too expensive for you. Francisville is the neighborhood to its immediate north. But recent gentrification may push it out of your price range too.
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Old 07-03-2020, 02:41 PM
 
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For your price range I'd suggest:
Spring Garden
NoLibs
Fishtown

Don't listen to anyone suggesting Apartments near Yorktown or Cecil B More. The city pretends it's a well to do area for Temple students.
Yorktown isn't a "well to do" area" in the sense you mean. But it is pretty much the way MarketEl/Sandy described it and has been that way ever since it was developed about 50 years ago.
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:03 AM
 
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OP mentioned only being able to find "decently priced" rentals in North Central, Strawberry Mansion, Haddinton-Carrol Park, and Mantua, which indicates they have a pretty low budget. I'm guessing $1k for a two bedroom or below.

My guess their best bet is to find a simple apartment above a shop in one of those older commercial buildings in places like Abingdon or Jenkinton. Need to browse craigslist for these suburban commercial centers with SEPTA stations. Maybe Conshohockhen too. And I bet they can find something in Manayunk.
Sounds like they want to live in the city so that would eliminate Abington, Jenkintown and Conshy even if they are within a 40-minute commute via Regional Rail. I would be surprised if any 2BRs were available in Conshy for under $1000 but I suppose Craig's List would be a place where one might find them. That said, I'm about to contradict myself and suggest Upper Darby, just across the city's western border and a straight shot to Center City via the EL and perhaps a light rail trolley.
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