Fairmount is located just North of Center City and just south of Brewerytown. It runs east to west from the Schuylkill river to Broad Street and north to south from Girard Avenue to Spring Garden Street. Fairmount actually is made up of a few different areas but is often referred to as a whole as Fairmount. It also includes Francisville, Franklintown, Spring Garden and some people often couple it with the Art Museum Area because of how close it is to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s easily accessible by SEPTA’s broad street line with a stop right in Fairmount. It’s also a very walkable area and is walking distance to many of its surrounding neighborhoods.
Fairmount is a well established neighborhood that is quiet, laid back, very family friendly and there is always something to do. Sprinkle in cool neighborhood bars, small businesses and plenty of neighborhood pets, and you have a well-rounded place to call home.
You’re not that far from Center City, but it truly feels like a totally different world. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and have that true neighborhood feel. But when you want to step into the action, you are just a quick walk away. In the heart of it all is Fairmount Avenue, which is lined with restaurants and shops.
There’s lots of parks and open spaces, dog parks, beautiful cherry trees and large gardens. It’s a great place for young professionals, families and anyone looking for an oasis in a big city.
Things to Do
Eastern State Penitentiary - which is one of America’s most famous prisons. It’s now in ruins but you can take a tour of it and they typically turn it into a haunted house attraction during Halloween. Most notable prisoners include Al Capone and Willie Sutton.
Fairmount Park - 650 acres of park along the Schuylkill River and has lots of trails that are great for walkers, runners, bikers and walking your dog, playgrounds, and historic landmarks. Here you’ll find the iconic BoatHouse Row.
There’s an easily accessible entrance to the Schuylkill River Trail in this area. Also, walking around the beautiful streets like Green Street, Wallace and Mount Vernon Streets is a great activity and they’re so beautiful.
And of course since you are just a quick walk from the Art Museum Area, you can check out the Rodin Museum, the Franklin Institute, The Barnes Foundation, Fairmount Water Works and everything on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Restaurants & Bars
In Fairmount, you'll discover a top notch restaurant scene that rarely gets the credit it deserves. These are some of our favorites:
Telas Market & Kitchen
Cantina "Calaca" Feliz
There are also some great local bars in Fairmount. Our suggestions are:
The Green Room
Kelliann's Bar & Grill
Fairmount is one of Philadelphia's strongest housing markets. Comprising of a healthy mix of stately brownstones and luxury high rises, the residents here are a hodge podge of young working professionals and active adults taking advantage of the many cultural historical landmarks in the area.
You’ll mostly find classic row homes and new construction in this area. There are some luxury condo buildings - for example 2100 Hamilton. You’ll find gorgeous homes on some of the most beautiful side streets in the city.
There can be a large range of home prices in this area. In 2023 the average sale price in Fairmount year to date is $518,000.