Northern Liberties and Fishtown, once blue-collar neighborhoods, have exploded into a thriving district of revitalized homes, restaurants, and boutiques. Recently considered “up-and-coming” neighborhoods, NoLibs and Fishtown have fully arrived (and the property values reflect that). Bars, breweries, and street festivals abound, along with a gritty urban feel that appeals to artists and entrepreneurs alike. Former Resident Tip: If you plan to own a car in Northern Liberties or Fishtown, make sure a garage or parking space is on your must-list, otherwise it can take anywhere between thirty seconds and an hour to find parking.
Housing is varied here – lofts, condos, rowhomes, there’s something for every style. According to Zillow, the 2020 median home price in NoLib is $466,000, and in Fishtown is $308,000 (compared to Philly-wide average of $188,000). If that is outside your price range, consider West Philly, South Philly, or Manayunk, which will give you a similar trendy urban feel but at a lower price point.