6.5 out of 10

Fairmount Park

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Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
2yrs+

"Fairmount Park - Spectacular Views of the Region"

Fairmount Park is nestled amongst the green trees and next to the Schuylkill Expressway in the northwest quadrant of the city. The neighborhood takes its name from the largest inner city park system in the United States. It incorporates 63 separate parks totaling 9,200 acres. As well, the first Zoological Park in America is located within the grounds.

In 1972, the area became a part of the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.

Rising above the trees are apartment and condominium complexes that comprise The Presidential complex. Individual buildings take their names from various U.S. Presidents. From the high floors, the views of the region are spectacular. Pools, tennis courts, and restaurants are favored amenities.

Several of the mansions have found new usages such as Mount Pleasant which serves as an extension of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Belmont Mansion which hosts receptions. Other former residences include the Hatfield House, Randolph House, Historic Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford Mansion.

With the Schuylkill Expressway circling the area, it is a close drive eastward to Center City as well as points northward. Public transportation in the form of bus routes transverse City Line Avenue to points east, west and south.
Pros
  • awesome views
  • great exercise
  • Lots of parks
  • nature
Cons
  • Take care with night time visits
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great for young people"

Fairmount Park, also known as the “Art Museum Area,” is a neighborhood located in the North section of Philadelphia. It is named after the well-known hill that the Philadelphia Museum of Art is built upon. The neighborhood is bound by Vine Street to the south, Girard Avenue to the north, Broad Street to the east and the Schuylkill River to the west.
Fairmount Park enjoys a multiethnic mix of people and has become an increasing gentrified area of the city. According to the census of 2000, Fairmount Park was 65$ Caucasian, 24% African American and 3% Asian.
The area offers many beautiful houses to live in which can be a bit pricey. The houses are some of the oldest in the city and are often spacious, making them the perfect home for young families. Due to its hilly environment, parking can be difficult in Fairmount Park. A lot of the roads are on a steep incline, so be sure to leave your emergency parking brake on when you park your car!
If you enjoy the nightlife, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy in Fairmount Park. The area also gives you instant access to some of Philadelphia’s most famous sites including the Natural Academy of Sciences, the Ben Franklin Museum, and Fairmount Park, which is the largest urban park in the country.
Pros
  • Lots of parks
  • Great nightlife
  • Pretty area
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Bad parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"It's a giant park!"

Fairmount Park is a very popular spot for tourists and residence of Philadelphia. The new folks come to check out the extravagant boathouses along the Schuylkill while the locals jog, bike and skate on the paths located on either side of the park.

Most of the homes in Fairmount Park are historic landmarks and open to the public through various times of the year. You can rent a high-rise apartment in a neighboring area that would give you a great view of the park; otherwise you’re going to be spending a lot of money on a house on one of the winding roads in Fairmount Park.


The roads, like Kelly Drive, should be approached with caution. Drivers rarely acknowledge the speed limit and the curves in the road sometimes arrive without warning. It’s very easy to lose control of your vehicle if you’re not careful. You also risk hitting one of the many Canadian geese that can be found near the park.

That said it’s beneficial to have a car on hand if you’re exploring Fairmount Park as some of the most interesting areas are hidden and can be difficult to get to on foot. And some of the offer amazing views of the Schuylkill; Laurel Hill Cemetery is one such place.
If you’re looking to eat, I’d suggest packing something. It’s a giant park; it doesn’t have a food court.
Pros
  • nature
  • great exercise
  • awesome views
Cons
  • Expensive is you want to live near there
  • high risk if you hang there at night
  • speed limit ignored by drivers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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