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Philadelphia’s most Family-centric Neighborhoods

If you have a family with young children and want to raise them in  area with excellent schools, great parks, and plenty of child friendly places to visit on the weekends than look NO further. Philadelphia is full of fabulous neighborhoods for families which is why Magazine Philadelphia investigated the city’s recent baby boom .

Society Hill- Society Hill has been a great place for families for the last 200 years!  This neighborhood features many spacious historic federal homes with grand gardens perfect for large families. In addition, there are 3 excellent elementary schools in the neighborhood: the city’s most elite private school the 177 year old St Peter’s School, the highly acclaimed  St Mary Catholic School and one of the best public schools in the city McCalls.   In addition, it is home to some stellar private pre-schools and the cutest toddler playground, # Bears Park  you will ever visit, if you can find it.

East Falls – This pretty neighborhood, where Grace Kelly grew up, borders the river and offers plenty of gorgeous housing options. The scenic view from Kelly Drive is great to take your children for an afternoon walk and there are also plenty of fun attractions, including the Philadelphia Zoo, Valley Forge, the library’s main branch and lots of museums.

Queen Village – This residential neighborhood features safe and quiet streets, traditional Philadelphia real estate, and plenty of parks. There are also tons of great schools, including the highly desirable Meredith,  in the area that have camps for your kids to attend during the summertime.

Rittenhouse & Fitler Square – Located in the heart of the city, Rittenhouse is Philadelphia’s premier neighborhood with plenty of parks and fun attractions for your self and your kids. While Fitler Square is the quieter, more residential area. Both located in the 19103 zip code are within walking distance of another great Philadelphia elementary school Greenfield School and the city’s most progressive school The Philadelphia School. Located across the street is one of the best playgrounds in the city and several playing fields at Taney Park.

East Passyunk Square – Located right outside of Pennsport, East Passyunk Avenue is a great little neighborhood with tons of shops and plenty of parking. The three-story houses have spacious backyards for kids to play in and a very Old Philadelphia neighborly feel to it.

Art Museum – Situated right on the Parkway, the Art Museum area is great for families with artistic inclinations. You’ll be in the center of the city’s museum district and enjoy tree-lined streets that are great for bike rides and evening strolls.  It is also home to the #1 Public High in the state of Pennsylvania & #61 in the USA Masterman High School.

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