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Northern Liberties

Location

Northern Liberties sits right between Old City and Fishtown. It runs from Girard Avenue to Callowhill street and from the Delaware River to 6th street. It’s a very walkable neighborhood and it’s easily accessible with septa since the girard and spring garden stops on the el bring you right here. Northern Liberties flows right into Fishtown, which makes it easy to take advantage of all the great spots in that neighborhood as well. 

The Vibe

Northern Liberties is home to young professionals, growing families, artists and creators, entrepreneurs and more. It’s truly a fun neighborhood with a great culture and youthful vibe. This area has seen so much growth over the past several years. It’s no longer up and coming - it’s here. There’s tons of new development bringing a new wave of residents and constant excitement.

 

It used to be a manufacturing district, but in the 1990s, this area really took off when artists moved to the area to find affordable housing and studio space. Then in 2009, there was another boom when housing developments took off like a rocket. Today it’s one of the coolest and most fun places to spend your time in Philadelphia. The neighborhood ticks a lot of boxes - it’s easy to get here, there’s tons of options for places to live, incredible food, drinks, boutiques and entertainment right outside your door, and a rare bonus - lots of green space. You can see why it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. 

Things to Do

  • One of the major perks of this area is having a lot of green space. These two parks are right across the street from each other. 

  • Liberty Lands - 2 acre multi use green space that is used and maintained by the community. It’s dog friendly, has a community garden, playground, picnic tables and is great for events. It was reclaimed from vacant urban land from the old industrial community that’s been turned into a beautiful park int he heart of the neighborhood. 

  • Orianna Hill Dog Park - this L shaped park is of course great for dogs, but it’s also a great place to have a picnic, take a stroll and enjoy the fresh air. 

  • North Bowl - retro bowling alley and lounge with full bars, food, pool tables and more. Great place to hangout and sometimes see live music

 

  • Hudson Table - they have hands on cooking classes, demonstrations, chefs table and they even have a iron chef style competitions where you can be the judge

 

  • Northern Liberties knows how to do a street festival. The biggest one is the 2nd Street festival every August, which is the ultimate block party with live music, great food, drinks and vendors. And there’s a spinoff festival call Night Market in the fall.

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Restaurants & Bars

2nd street is the main corridor in Northern Liberties. Here you’ll find a lot of the best restaurants and bars in the area. Some of our favorites are:

 

  • Cafe La Maude - an incredible brunch spot that feels like a true Parisian cafe

  • Apricot Stone - BYOB spot serving Mediterranean, Armenian and Middle Eastern eats

  • Añejo - Mexican restaurant with a fun ambiance

  • Dolce&Cafe - Italian cafe with an espresso bar, pastry shop and food venue 

  • Urban Village - brew pub and outdoor lounge with great beer and pizza

  • One Shot Cafe - cozy coffee shop with delicious food

  • Ortlieb's - local bar where you can see live music every week

  • Jerry’s Bar - neighborhood corner bar with great food

  • Hello Vietnam - delicious Vietnamese food

Real Estate

When it comes to real estate in Northern Liberties - the first word that comes to mind is booming. There’s so much new construction and development happening in the area. There are 4,600 new residential units coming to the area over the next few years.  

 

We have to mention the Piazza - this residential hub has thousands of rental units and they’re continuing to grow with new buildings. It’s one of those original projects that started the development boom. There’s also open air plazas like Schmidts commons for anyone to enjoy and tons of the businesses we’ve mentioned have set up shop right in this area so it’s become like a community hub. 

 

In this neighborhood you’ll find a mix of charming row homes and modern new construction. There are single family homes, multi-family homes and lots of condos 

 

Over the past several years, homes in the area have seen huge appreciation because the area has grown so quickly. As of January 2024, the average sales price in Northern Liberties is $400,000 with 58 days on the market.

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