(Closed) Moving to Philly

posted 10 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Where is your Fiance doing his residency?  That can have a huge effect on where should plan to live since traffic in Philly can be horrible and you’ll probably want something he can get to and from easily after his long days. 

When I first moved to Philly, I lived in the Manayunk area.  There is a fun nightlife there, lots of good restaurants, and cute shops.  Part of why I picked Manayunk was for the cost (much lower than Center City) and the quitness of the neighborhood (very important when you’re starting law school like I was).  Since I have been engaged, I have moved to FI’s house in East Falls which has been named the new cool place to live in Philly.  Admittedly, there is less to do in East Falls than in Manayunk but we have great neighbors and some fun things that have opened recently.

If you come to visit, you have to go to Reading Terminal Market in Center City.  It is one of my favorite places to go because of all the amazing vendors and people watching you can do.  Also, you have to do the Art Museum.  Admission is whatever you can donate on sundays and there are some great restaurants nearby. 

PM me if you have any more questions about Philly, I really do love it here!

Post # 4
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used to live in East Falls and I loved it! I was so sad to have to move, but I’m planning to return to Philly in the future. I have dreams of being carless in Center City and using Philly Car Share whenever I need a King of Prussia or Ikea fix, but we’ll see if it ever happens 🙂

I love Chinatown and Old City is tons of fun, too. Both are fun places to live as well. I agree with angiepangie — where is your Fiance doing his residency? I like the area around Hahnemann and Jefferson better than Penn, but I’ve heard good things about University City, I’m just not as familiar with it. It always seemed overrun with undergrads, but I’m sure that was just a bad impression on my part.

Oh, if you like live music, definitely check out the shows at World Cafe Live.

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

hey, i also live in philly & love it! im not sure where youre moving from but i grew up in a rural area and decided to go to drexel which is right smack in the city & fell in love w philly/city living right away. still live here 8 years later with no plans to move. i lived in university city for 6 yrs while going to school. it was nice while going to school but as soon as i graduated most of my friends moved out of west philly into center city. Fiance & I live in old city. other friends live in good neighborhoods in fishtown, northern liberties, bella vista, washington sq west, south philly, etc… there are SO many great areas to live without having to drive at all! manayunk & east falls are nice too, they are just farther from center city, altho they may be a bit cheaper i’d recommend living closer to where you’ll work & play.  i recommend old city for boutique shopping, a million restaurants, historic sights & nice atmosphere on a sunny weekend. im sure you’re moved in by now, but some of the other philly highlights, just in time for summer: excellent walkability, philly car share (mini cooper convertibles= beach weekend!), fairmount park jogging/ biking trails and byob restaurants w outdoor seating! philly gets a bad rep sometimes but i think it’s a GREAT city to live in.

Post # 6
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Hello Indian Bride,

     I think that you messaged me with Philly apartment questions a while ago because I was also on the boards asking where to live in Philly.  We are currently in Center City, but moving to a suburb to the north called Jenkintown after the wedding.  I heard good things about Manayunk and Media, too, but they were too far from my job that it wasn’t worth the extra travel.  Just wanted to drop another town name for you to check out!  Please message me if you want to know any more about Center City or about suburban areas to the north!  I’ve done a lot of research on areas and *think* we found a good one!  Good luck with your search! 🙂 

Post # 7
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

I live in Northern Liberities, and actually am moving out of my apartment in June.  We just bought a house in Mt Airy.  I know our landlord is raising the rent for the apartment (top floor, 2.5 floors, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, hardwood) after we leave, but it’s still a great price for the location.

Philly in general is great, but the whole city has bad areas.  One block can be a fantastic area, and the next block over has homeless people. It’s just how the city is.  Manayunk and East Falls are great. I think manayunk is more for the out of college, single folks, and the restaurants are city prices without being in center city.  Fishtown is great, and Queen Village.

Post # 8
2 posts

I am also moving to Philly in a few months.  I’ve heard good things about Media.  We’ll be looking to buy a house — does anyone have any input on that?  My Fiance will be working in Landsdale and I’ll be working on Wilmington.  Anyone have any idea whats nice in the middle of those two?  

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