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Ever want to climb the Rocky Stairs? Well, this is your chance & more. Start to explore this epically cool area with fun coffee shops and homey restaurants, brownstones & dog-friendly folks who will guide you towards this mid-century gem, draped in history.

At a Glance

BOUNDARIES

The Art Museum area is located between the Schuylkill River and Broad Street and between Girard Avenue and Fairmount, and gets its name from the landmark building that sits on the bank of the river.The area is part of the northwest area of Center City and includes sites such as Boathouse Row and Eastern State Penitentiary. The area encompasses parts of several neighborhoods, including Fairmount, Spring Garden and Logan Square.

TRANSPORTATION

SEPTA bus routes 7, 32, 38, 43 and 48 currently serve the area.

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FURTHER READING

Overview

If you're looking for a busy, fast and high traffic neighborhood to settle in then you are better off steering clear of this neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a busy, fast and high traffic neighborhood to settle in then you are better off steering clear of this neighborhood. Consisting of the popular sections of Fairmount and Spring Garden, The Art Museum encompasses landmarks that attract tourists from around the world yet keeps serene and relatively quiet atmosphere. Aside from the landmarks here you’ll discover an awesome restaurant scene that rarely gets the credit it deserves. Sprinkle in cool neighborhood bars and shops and you have a well-rounded place to call home. If we had to describe The Art Museum Area in three words we’d choose established, cultured and classic.

Aside from living in one of the hottest real estate markets, being a resident here means you’re close to many of the landmarks that tourists and residents flock to. Obviously The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the big draw here which sees roughly 800,000 visitors a year. Just off-of The Philadelphia Museum of Art sits The Barnes Foundation, which boasts the more than 2,500 objects, including 800 paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion. Just down the street you’ll discover the infamous Easter State Penitentiary. Famous for housing crime boss Al Capone, Eastern State is known world-wide as a cool off-beat attraction during most of the year and a haunted house during Halloween season. For those who enjoy physical activity, The Art Museum hugs the Schuylkill river which is home to one of the best running trails in the city. Enjoy scenic views of Boat House row and the natural beauty of Fairmount Park. All-in-all you’ll have no qualms finding cool activities to partake in.

The median listing price for all homes in Fairmount-Spring Garden is hovering around $328,000. Soaring above the city-wide average of $190K, This area of Philadelphia has long been established as one of the premier places to live outside of Center City. The homes here range in the type of homes here is diverse. In this section of town you’ll find traditional row homes, large brownstones (single & multi-units), multi-family, mixed use as well as high rises. The residents here tend to be more established and family oriented. You won’t find rowdy bars or nightlife spots but rather plenty of green spaces, world renowned tourist attractions and a relaxed vibe. So if you’re looking for a home on a quiet tree-lined street with plenty of places to see and explore, this is the area for you.