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Have you been struggling to learn more about the Northeast Philadelphia area? Whether you’re moving for work, family, or fun, hopefully this guide gives you a great start.
Northeast Philadelphia was once the home of rich farmland and a getaway destination for some of America’s wealthiest industrial families to escape the hustle of center city life (of course center city Philadelphia was much different from what we know it as today). Over the past approximately 50 years, Northeast Philadelphia has blossomed from farmland and escape mansions into an elegant blend of urban meets suburban. It’s an area with deep rooted history, charming greenery, incredible pride, and strong diversity. It offers great access to Center City Philadelphia (a hub of culture and history), but at a fraction of the cost of Center City living. It affords some of the benefits of city life but in a more suburban and residential environment.
Northeast Philadelphia is divided by the City of Philadelphia into two sections: Near Northeast and Far Northeast, respectively. If you move or are thinking about moving to Northeast Philly, you will also often hear locals identify with a specific neighborhood. Each neighborhood has its own character, from the quaint charm of Fox Chase to the greenery of Pennypack.
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There are a variety of public, charter (independently operated public schools), and private schools located within the Northeast.
The public schools are part of The School District of Philadelphia.
The School District of Philadelphia offers three different types of public schools.
Neighborhood Schools, Citywide Schools, and Special Admission Schools.
Some of the highest rated elementary schools in the city are located in the Northeast 6 including: Joseph J Greenberg Elementary (K-8), Anne Frank Elementary School (K-5), Comly Watson (K-5), and William H. Loesche Elementary School (K-5).
Some of the highest rated middle and high schools in the city are located in the Northeast including 6 : Joseph J Greenberg Elementary (K-8), C.C.A. Baldi Middle School (6-8), and high schools include: The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush (special admission).
There are also Charter schools.
Since Charter schools are still public schools, they are also tuition free. One disadvantage, however, is there is no guarantee of admission. Students must apply directly with the charter school they are interested in enrolling (with few exceptions).
There are also many private schools in the area including: Father Judge High School (boys), Holy Ghost (boys), Archbishop Ryan High School, Nazareth Academy (girls). Outside of the area, but within the greater Philadelphia area includes: Abington Friends (Jenkintown, PA) and Calvary Christian (Philadelphia, PA).
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The colleges located in Northeast Philadelphia include:
Other colleges nearby include:
A short ride to Center City or head Southwest to the Main Line and you’ll find many more colleges, including: University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Villanova University, Saint Joseph’s University, and more.
The area is generally accessible by car but like any city, traffic does exist and can be extensive (especially during rush hour).
The intra-city public transportation source is SEPTA.
There are also various on-demand services in much of the area including Uber, Lyft, Taxis, and more.
For easy access to major cities like New York and Washington D.C., you can either drive/take SEPTA to center city and utilize AMTRAK, or there are many bus services available as well.
Note: SEPTA train and bus times and routes vary, especially on the weekends. Check SEPTA’s website for more information on the latest routes and times.
Decide if you are living in a house, condominium, or apartment. If you’re looking for a house or condo, there are many online resources available such as Trulia.com, Zillow.com, Realtor.com. You also can contact real-estate brokers in the area directly. A 3 bedroom+ single-family house generally ranges from the low to mid $200Ks to upwards of the $500Ks.
If you’re looking to live in an apartment building, check out our three part series on how to compare apartments (Part I – Value, Part II – Affordability, and Part III – LLR), and the ultimate checklist for choosing an apartment.
If you’d like to learn more about us: our luxury apartment communities are extremely well located in Northeast Philadelphia allowing you the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of NE Philly living, and are nationally ranked for customer satisfaction. Check out some of our award-winning communities and stop by and say hello:
Just like the rest of Philly, local favorites include cheesesteaks, pretzels, wings and pizza. Northeast Philadelphia is also ethnically diverse so prepare for lots of great international cuisines from Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and more.
As the famous Philadelphia food critic Craig LaBan said: “There may be no Philly food destination more dynamic than Northeast Philly.“
Looking to stay fit? Here are some gyms in the Northeast:
Soccer, hockey, baseball, football, and so much more.
Northeast Philadelphia is home to a lot of great youth sports and due to its vast greenery, it has some of the most competitive youth sports in the entire city.
The Flyers Skate Zone, located at 10990 Decatur Road in Northeast Philadelphia, is the only official Flyers Skate Zone in the entire city and state. With programs for all ages and skill levels, private lessons, skating programs, hockey academy, clinics, camps, leagues, tournaments, and clubs, if you’re a hockey fan or want to get your child into hockey, The Flyers Skate zone has it all.
Looking to get your child into soccer, you have lots of choices: The Bustleton Bengals (in addition to other sports) offers a soccer program for ages 4 and up, the Somerton Youth Organization has both intramural and travel soccer (in addition to other sports), Lighthouse SC is the oldest soccer club in the city and although most well-known for its travel soccer, it also offers in-house soccer programs. Philadelphia Soccer Club, established in 1984, is a cornerstone of youth competitive soccer and also offers in-house and recreation teams. If you’re living in Fox Chase, you might want to check out the Fox Chase Soccer Club which also has intramural sports and travel soccer for ages 9 through 19.
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