7.2 out of 10

Northern Liberties

Ranked 21st best neighborhood in Philadelphia
39.9604836572736 -75.1438643748573
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"NoLibs - up and running!"

Frequently called “NoLibs” by Philadelphians, Northern Liberties is no longer referred to as up-and-coming – it is instead just “up” and running. Northern Liberties is just north of Center City, and was once fairly abandoned. Now it has become a haven for city-dwellers, boutiques and restaurants.

The residents of Northern Liberties consist of artists, young professionals, young families and students, as Temple University is just a few blocks away. The houses in the area are a unique combination of old row homes and new lofts; Onion Flats, LEED-H certified and sustainable apartments built by the McDonald Group, have new units in NoLibs, and add a modern appeal both aesthetically and functionally. There are also four public schools, three charter schools, a playground and a local library, making the area family friendly.

NoLibs is quiet during the week since it is set off from the hustle and bustle downtown, but on weekends it has a vibrant nightlife – which should be taken into consideration with younger children. The Piazza is the pinnacle of this nightlife; it features a large, open courtyard with bars, restaurants, shops and a flat screen television. In the summer, group fitness sessions and farmers markets appear in the space in the early morning, and music events occur almost every week. The popularity of the area is even starting to attract chain stores, like the recently opened Superfresh.

The El and the trolley both run to Northern Liberties, but you might have a bit of a walk once you get off public transportation. Overall the area has transformed from run-down and crime-ridden to a desirable place to live. And as with all desirable areas, the rent prices are starting to climb.
Pros
  • eclectic
  • live events
  • Lots of great restaurants and bars
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Livin' It Up In No Libs!"

Northern Liberties, or NoLibs as it's called by many, is a little bit past the up-and-coming stage in my point of view. The nightlife, dining, shopping and music scenes are all clearly defined, and more and more people are moving into this neighborhood without hesitation. Fishtown is up-and-coming, NoLibs is already there.

The boundaries of NoLibs are roughly Girard Avenue, Callowhill Street, the Delaware River and 6th Street. Within this rectangle you'll find town homes,row homes, apartment buildings, lofts and condos. While the area seems mostly to belong to renters, its evident that buyers will continue to look at NoLibs as the place to purchase.

One of the reasons that many people flock towards Northern Liberties is the Piazza at Schmidts. Recently opened, the Piazza serves as a hub for dining, shopping and live events. When the weather is nice, the Piazza is packed. The bars, restaurants and shops along 2nd Street are also extremely popular.

Because of all the revitalization and rejuvenation of this area, prices are on their way up in terms of cost of living. Northern Liberties has thus become sort of an exclusive place to live. Get in while there are still quality places available!
Pros
  • live events
  • Fun fun fun
  • Lots of great restaurants and bars
Cons
  • Hipsters
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Revitalization makes a difference"

Northern Liberties is up and coming. A few years ago, half of the neighborhood consisted of empty lots and trash strewn streets. Now, the area is where everyone comes to party.

Home to students, artists, and young professionals, such as designers, Northern Liberties has a new and old vibe to it. Considering the neighborhood is a desirable place for both commercial and residential growth, Northern Liberties is building itself up each day. With the majority of housing being old style brick row homes, recent times have brought along condo and apartment complexes. All the new additions to the neighborhood have caused the property value to jump substantially.

For families with school-age children, there are 2 public K-8 schools, 2 public 9 - 12 schools and 3 charter schools. The neighborhood library is a diverse place for children to study and participate in sponsored activities. There are also two parks within the neighborhood. One of them includes an off-the-leash park for dog owners and the other is a park and playground where kids can hang out.

Transportation is simple with the Market-Frankford El running through the neighborhood. Bus and trolley routes run in and around the area as well. I-95 is right off of Northern Liberties and helps those who drive get to other parts of the city. Parking isn't too bad either. There is a huge parking lot across from the neighborhoods feature attraction - The Piazza - and the parking is free.

Speaking of the Piazza, this is where all the fun it located. With a number of restaurants and bars, outdoor concerts and movie nights on a huge flat screen, the Piazza serves for an awesome experience for the kids and part of Northern Liberties' eventful nightlife. You can go and relax in the Piazza's center on a lawn chair, or take to bar hopping. It's a cool place for families during the day and friends during the evening.

Northern Liberties was once abandoned and forgotten. However, with close attention being made to the neighborhood's growth, this section of Philadelphia has turned around totally 360 and is well worth the trip to check it out.
Pros
  • live events
  • Up and coming neighborhood
  • Easy parking
Cons
  • Increase in prices
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Northern Liberties is Happenin"

Where the artists go……here comes the neighborhood! Northern Liberties, as the name suggests, is just north of Center City Philadelphia. As artistic working space became too expensive in other areas artists flocked to the abandoned warehouses and surrounding homes creating a vibrant community block by block. New York developers from Brooklyn’s fabled arts community are “hot” on the area making creative space for chefs who need certified kitchens and textile workers. Not long after the first artists, young families, affordable restaurants and cafes followed.

Originally formed in 1771, Northern Liberties was once home to German Immigrants and housed a community center for nearby residents. Spring Garden Street, its’ southern border, is also known for the residence for Edgar Allen Poe and the place where he wrote “The Raven.” To the north is Girard Avenue, west is Callowhill Street, and east is the Delaware River, a frequent site for outdoor activities in the summer.

Transportation to all parts of the city is easily accessible and it is an easy bike ride or walk to the heart of town, Center City.
There are two public high schools and several middle schools along with a public library.
Pros
  • Fun fun fun
  • live events
  • Lots of great restaurants and bars
  • Up and coming neighborhood
Cons
  • Hipsters
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Youre gonna love NoLibs!"

Northern Liberties, referred to locally as “No Libs,” is a neighborhood located in North Philadelphia. It is bound by Girard Avenue to the north, 6th Street to the west, Callowhill Street to the south and the Delware River to the east.
The area has gone through a major revamping and is home to many young professionals, artists and students. One of the major recent housing projects built in Northern Liberties is called the Piazza at Schmidt’s, located at 2nd Street and Girard. It has become a hub for social and musical events and includes a large variety of restaurants and bars including Gunner’s Run and Darling’s Diner. A brand new food market is now open directly across the street from the Piazza, as well as a pool club.
The area is moderately expensive to live in and gets very loud during the weekend, due to the numerous bars that line 2nd Street.
Northern Liberties is a very attractive place to live if you’re young. It offers exciting nightlife opportunities and many different shops and dining destinations to discover. Parking can be tough to find, so you may want to invest in a bike or take public transportation if you move there.
Pros
  • Lots of great restaurants and bars
  • Fun fun fun
  • Up and coming neighborhood
Cons
  • Increase in prices
  • Hipsters
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"Where the cool kids are."

Northern Liberties is by far one of the hippest neighborhoods in Philadelphia with residents ranging from students to young professionals. The area underwent extreme gentrification with the addition of the Piazza at the Schmidts. The Piazza, with its large open space attracts crowds of people for concerts and movie screenings. If you are looking for more than live entertainment there are plenty of boutiques and arts studios in any of the three buildings that surround Piazza.
Looking for some late night bowling? Or drinks? You can get both at the neighborhood bowling alley, North Bowl. Or you can walk on past to the foodery and grab a selection of beers to drink at home. That is if you can afford it after paying rent. the property value of Northern Liberties has gone up considerably in recent years with businesses and renovations. Apartments are expensive though you may be able to find a row home with roommates for a decent price.
If you can’t afford to live there, Northern Liberties is a great neighborhood to visit and relatively easy to get to by public transportation. Driving in the neighborhood is pretty easy as well, the traffic moves smoothly and parking is not that difficult to find.
Pros
  • Easy parking
  • live events
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Hipsters
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

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North 2nd St

3.5/5
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39.9591002389231 -75.1417760960271

North 3rd St

2.5/5
"Main Road in the Historical District"
39.9595322137902 -75.143675774808

Willow St

2.5/5
"Not Residential and Not Welcoming (Unless You're Looking For A Bar/Club)"
39.9586940239608 -75.1451402591594

Wood St

2.5/5
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