6.9 out of 10

Wynnefield

39.9879166115056 -75.2295445501176
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 28, 2017

"West Philadelphia's best neighborhood"

I was raised in Wynnefield. It is a usually a quiet neighborhood with an occasional disturbance during the summer months. Wynnefield is a place to raise your children and create longtime friendships and relationships with neighbors. The key to a great neighborhood is the relationship you have and create with others. Getting involved and being proactive in your neighborhood will in the long decrease crime and increase property value. No where in this city are you completely safe however if you get to know your neighbors and reciprocate respect for one another Wynnefield is the place to live. Wynnefield is convenient to every part of the city. You connected to Fairmount Park and City Ave making Wynnefield a central place to commute. Wynnefield is West Philadelphia's best community in my opinion. Move here and you will love the decision you've made.
Pros
  • Good neighbors
  • Good Schools
  • Nice houses
  • Comfortably middle class
  • Transportation options
Cons
  • Not bright enough
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Wynnefield - In Philly Speech WEEN FEEL"

Stately stone homes grace the tree-lined streets of Wynnefield. Once settled by the Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany, it is now an African American enclave of upper Middle Class residents. In fact, many of the current churches were once home to Jewish synagogues. A number of faiths have houses of worship in the community including Catholic, Holiness, Muslim, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Baha’i.

Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia was the long-time city councilman from the 4th District. Currently, Curtis Jones holds the district seat and at-large councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and her family reside there.

Members of the entertainment world who hail from Wynnefield include: Will Smith, Lee Daniels, Will Mega, and Charles Stone III. Mr. Stone is the son of long-time Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Chuck Stone, who was known for as providing a safe haven for confessing criminals.

St. Joseph’s University is located on the border at City Line Avenue. Wynnefield Academy and the Settlement Music School are located in the heart of Wynnefield.

Transportation is accessible although it may involve a walk. Nearby City Line Avenue is known for its shopping areas and upscale stores including Lord & Taylor and Bonwit Teller. First Lady Jackie Kennedy was known to order millinery from a shop on City Line.
Pros
  • Transportation options
  • Comfortably middle class
  • Nice houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Welcome to The Field"

Wynnefield, also referred to as “The Field” by local residents, is a predominantly middle-class African American neighborhood located in West Philadelphia. It is bound by City Avenue to the north, 53rd Street to the south, Fairmount Park to the east and the Amtrak Main Line tracks to the west. The neighborhood is named after William Penn’s doctor, Thomas Wynne.
This largely residential area enjoys a taste of suburban living and has many tree-lined streets and large homes. It is also home to St. Joseph University, so many students live in the area as well.
Will Smith might have moved to Bellaire, but his childhood home was in Wynnefield. Another famous resident of the neighborhood is film producer Lee Daniels, who did Monster’s Ball and The Woodman.
During the 1980’s, Wynnewood suffered from high violence and drug crime because of the crack epidemic. Thanks to gentrification, the area has improved, but there are still gangs located in the southern section of the neighborhood.
Wynnewood used to be a major draw for Main Line women because of its numerous shops and boutiques. The area still has major potential and is slowly healing from the crimes it endured during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Pros
  • Nice houses
  • Will Smith is from here
Cons
  • Crime
  • Lots of students
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
Rennie Parker
Rennie Parker "But there are still gangs located in the southern section of the neighborhood". What gangs??
Dec 28, 2017
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