7.2 out of 10

Cedar Park

39.9502707599307 -75.2226434745416
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Cedar Park - A Treasure"

Cedar Park

Cedar Park was built along the trolley tracks that brought passengers from Center City to the city line at Delaware County. Established in the late 1900s it is consider one of Philadelphia’s first suburbs with large homes replacing the rich farmland of previous generations. The Queen Anne architecture of the period makes for multiple story homes today. Many of these Victorian era palaces have been converted to apartments for students and young faculty.

Presently, Cedar Park is home to many of the faculty and staff at the University of Pennsylvania and affiliated medical institutions. Most notably, there are lavish parties held during the holidays for community and colleagues to celebrate.

Penn has established economic incentives for home buying and to retain these upwardly mobile residents, the university has created the Penn-Alexander School for K-8 children.

An increasingly diverse population of African immigrants is moving along the fringes of Cedar Park, particularly opening businesses and restaurants on Baltimore Avenue.

The No. 34 trolley line for which Cedar Park was created still exists and it is a quick ride to University City and Center City. Boundaries include: Larchwood Ave., Kingsessing Ave., 46th Street, and 52nd Street.[3]
Pros
  • Affordable to live
  • Lots of dogs
  • Parks!
  • People are interesting
Cons
  • Need a bike or car
  • Not within walking distance to major grocery stores
  • Rent is going up
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Features beautiful homes"

Cedar Park is a neighborhood located in the West Philadelphia section of the city. It is bordered by Larchwood Avenue on the north, Kingsessing Avenue to the south, 46th Street to the east and 52nd Street to the west.
The area was originally build as a streetcar suburb for Center City between 1850 and 1910 and includes a large number of huge houses with extremely beautiful architecture called Queen Anne. Some of the features of this type of architecture include large, wrap-around porches, square terracotta panels with an arched side passage leading into an inner court.It is a radically diverse part of the city and is home to many low income African American families as well as college students who attend the University of Pennsylvania.
Cedar Park has some of the best restaurants and bars in the area as well as a lot of museums including the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Addams Gallery, The New Africa Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery and many more. It is a great place to live if you love culture and art.
There are many modes of public transportation that serve Cedar Park including trolley lines that link West Philadelphia to Center City.
Pros
  • Affordable to live
  • Lots of park
  • Clean streets
Cons
  • Crime increasing
  • Need a bike or car
  • Far away from Center City
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Urban wildlife for the win!"

There were three things about Cedar Park that made we want to move there from Passyunk, number one was the nature. There are so many trees, wildlife and yards that are not made of cement. Number 2 is the people, West Philadelphia in general is home to an eccentric group of people and a majority of them are very friendly from a quick smile to small talk while standing in line at the local coffee shop. The third reason is its dog friendly. Every other person in Cedar Park has a dog and there are dog parks within walking distance, where canines run around freely while their owners chat like old friends.

Those are not the only things that make Cedar Park great, it’s also a growing neighborhood with houses consistently being renovated. Most of the houses are Victorian style with large open porches. Now the recent renovations and more people moving further West is increasing the property value so the rent is not as cheap as it used to be.

Getting around by car, bike, public or foot is really easy as well. Potholes are of course an issue but that is pretty common in most neighborhoods. My only major complaint about Cedar Park is safety at night; it has a bit of reputation for muggings. So it’s advised to not walk alone at night.
Pros
  • Parks!
  • Lots of dogs
  • People are interesting
Cons
  • Rent is going up
  • Increase in muggings
  • Not within walking distance to major grocery stores
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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