Walkscore: 97 out of 100, Walker's Paradise
Restored Colonial, Federal and Georgian Townhomes provide genteel living on tree-lined, cobblestone blocks in what Forbes called one of the most exclusive enclaves in America.
Neighborhood Civic Association: Society Hill Civic Association
Society Hill (Front St-7th, Walnut St-South St) is an affluent, virtually commercial free neighborhood inhabited by wealthy families who enjoy the peace and quiet. Restored Colonial, Federal and Georgian Townhomes provide genteel living on tree-lined, cobblestone blocks in what Forbes called one of the most exclusive enclaves in America. It contains the largest concentration of original 18th and early 19th-century architecture of any place in the United States. Much like Beacon Hill in Boston, Society Hill is noted as a charming district with cobblestone streets bordered by brick rowhouses in Federal and Georgian style. he district is named after the 18th century Free Society of Traders, which had its offices at Front Street on the hill above Dock Creek. Located close to both the Delaware River and Philadelphia's civic buildings, including the Independence Hall, the neighborhood soon became one of the city's most populous areas. Historic buildings in Society Hill include the Society Hill Synagogue, built in 1829 as a Baptist church by Philadelphia architect Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. Residents are zoned to the General George A. McCall School for grades Kindergarten through 8 and Furness High School for high school. Also located in Society Hill is the Saint Peter's School, considered to be the most exclusive private elementary school in Philadelphia. It was formed in 1834 and was originally part of St. Peter's Church, erected in 1761. Saint Peter's offers classes from Pre-School through eighth grade.