4.2 out of 10

Port Richmond

Ranked 46th best neighborhood in Philadelphia
39.9754236847913 -75.10722455877
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  •  
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parking
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 09, 2017

"RUN AWAY, FAR FAR AWAY"

Who is writing these reviews??? I can only assume they are the same folks that tricked me into living in this hell.... Maybe real estate godessess. I got a good place, on Ontario and Edgemont. That didnt save me...

Reading the reviews, doing the check, this place seemed charming and homey. Living here, instead, its like a nightmare. There is no neighborliness, no nearby food unless you like one pizza place. lucky if you say hello that you get a response. The polish folk seem to think anyone who is foreign to them is less than human. I was done after an OD'ing man was on my doorstep. Kids were making fun of him. I called the police but he died right there. The parametics just said, "oh, it's him again, PCP". I will not raise my family here....
ln2
ln2 I am sorry that you had such a negative experience so far. I am from that EXACT spot and know some of the trouble Ontario Street can bring sometimes. It will get better. Venture away from there and check out the Hinge, Mercer Cafe, Donna's Bar, Brynes Tavern, and Riverwards Coffee shop. I think they might change your mind about Port Richmond. Also, ride along the new path along the Delaware River. It is beautiful. Hopefully this changes your outlook and convinces you that you made a great investment on Edgemont and Ontario.
Aug 09, 2017
jackyl3
jackyl3 You sound like my real estate agent when she sold my place to the next victim, haha.... Sure... Glad I moved out and sold the house. Not my problem anymore. You know what they say, let the buyer beware. Surprisingly didn't lose any money given the area seems to be pushed by real estate prospectors at the moment, but enough was enough. Luckily sold it before before my son was born and the big lead contamination issue came to light which is causing a real estate nightmare for residents trying to sell now I hear, families just don't want to deal with the idea of birth defects and health issues from all that; and expecting the city to fix it is well, a fantasy. That's why I refused to get involved with any class action suit. I wouldn't want my kid crawling in lead contaminated soil or parks, yikes. No, the area is not improving that I could see in my time there but prices are going up so maybe that will drive away some of the problem people and maybe after the 95 work is done things will improve. I will not stay to take that chance, my life and family aren't worth the risk. Mercer cafe is quaint, the other places are nothing special and the bars are well, what you might expect from an area with a drug, gambling and alcohol epidemic, but you literally listed the only places that Port Richmond has to offer... kinda a sad fact there is so little culture here and you still need to drive or take your chances getting to the Allegheny EL station (and drug epicenter) to get to a decent place like old city etc. And the bike trail, it's nice they put it in, but how can a woman honestly feel safe biking or walking there. It's a bathroom for the homeless and hideaway for those shooting up and dealing, well you know what; not my idea of a good way to relax or feel safe unless I had a very large dog. Long way from becoming something like what the suburbs have but then again, maybe one day... overall not a horrible investment but I'd suggest you get out before the bubble pops. This is just my experience, maybe yours was great, but I had high hopes that my real estate agent sold to me with ideas of a great connected small neighborhood with a strong history and lots of various ethnic roots that just got crushed after reality set in.
Aug 09, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"A Hidden Gem Revealed!"

Lots of energy and revitalization. Port Richmond residents are very eager to help each other and work hard to remove neighborhood rif raff. Neighborhood patrol and clean up is organized and well attended. The residents take pride in the appearance of their homes. So many great holiday decorations line the streets. The recent influx of young hardworking "hipsters" are adding to the urban renewal while the row house charm remains. Old reviews should be ignored. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Hinge or Mercer Cafe and Hang out awhile to experience the charm of Port Richmond.
Pros
  • Great bars and eats
  • Parks revitalize with frequent kid programs
  • Civic Minded neighbors with great holiday decorations
  • Homey feel
  • Lots of little shops
  • Nice people
  • polish heritage
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Strong roots in a place where everybody knows your name."

Port Richmond is known for its community pride and generational bonds. Located along the lower edge of the Northeast, directly above Fishtown and Kensington, the area is home to a large blue-collar population. The majority of residents are of Polish descent, and many residents have parents and grandparents that have lived or still live there. Although the area has seen an influx of Albanian, Italian and Irish representation over the years, Polish pride still runs deep, which is reflected in the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

The majority of houses are row homes, situated along narrow, tree-lined streets. These streets are charming, but their narrow nature makes parking scarce and difficult. Many residents don’t own a car, and instead opt to take the accessible buses, train and trolley. For those that do have a car, I-95 runs parallel to the area.

Port Richmond is close to Columbus Boulevard, which features large chains like Target and Home Depot. In addition to these affordable superstores, there are many quaint mom-and-pop shops, restaurants and drinking establishments. These all reflect the Polish roots in the community, with many Polish delis and cultural hot spots where everybody knows your name.

Port Richmond is family-friendly, with numerous schools, churches and community organizations. It is also extremely safe. Even with all of these benefits, sale and rent prices remain low, because it is a bit of a trek from Center City. However, Port Richmond is growing extremely popular as Center City prices climb, and offers a safe and quaint option for couples, families and young professionals that are ready to settle.
Pros
  • inexpensive
  • Homey feel
  • Lots of little shops
  • Nice people
  • polish heritage
Cons
  • Crime increasing
  • Not a lot of parking
  • narrow streets
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Port Richmond - A Close-Knit Polish Enclave"

Port Richmond is experiencing a surge of interest as housing prices are pushing residents outside of the near-Center City areas and closer to the Delaware River. Housing prices have risen by 11 percent in the last five years according to a recent survey by the Philadelphia Inquirer. A typical row home will sell for $117,000.

It is one of Philadelphia’s classic river wards settled originally by Polish immigrants who formed a strong working class community. Glass and textiles were mainstays of employment. It has been the site for shipbuilding and coal transfer. Tioga Marine Terminal operates at the Delaware River.

The world-famous Polish American String Band hails from Port Richmond guaranteeing a wonderful News Years Day with their parade down Broad Street.

Many Polish churches and cathedrals dot the tree lined streets. Lithuanians comprise a large part of the population. Small shops featuring Polish delicacies such as babka, chrusciki and paczki dot the area. The Kracus Market thrives on Richmond Street.

The New Kensington Community Development Corporation provides service to the area.

Access is plentiful with I-95 between the Delaware River and the community. Public transportation is provided by The Market Frankford El and bus routes that run parallel to I-95.
Pros
  • Homey feel
  • inexpensive
  • Lots of little shops
  • Nice people
  • polish heritage
Cons
  • Crime increasing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Port Fishington"

Port Richmond is a neighborhood located in the lower Northeast section of Philadelphia. It is bound by Trenton Avenue to the west, the Delaware River to the east, Leigh Avenue to the north and Interstate 95 to the south. It is adjacent to Kensington and Fishtown so the area is also sometimes referred to as "Port Fishington."
The neighborhood is largely dominated by Polish Americans and also has a sizable Irish American, German American and Italian American residency. It is a predominantly residential neighborhood but does offer many dining and nightlife opportunities in the neighboring areas such as Fishtown and Northern Liberties. There are also a lot of corner stores that are locally owned and sell food and other essentials.
Port Richmond has mainly row homes but also offers a couple of apartment complexes. It is very easy to get around the neighborhood on foot or on a bicycle due to everything being so close together.
Port Richmond does not have a very substantial crime rate, which makes it a more appealing area of the city to live in. It also features some of the most beautiful churches in Philadelphia including St. Adabert Church on Allegheny Avenue.
Port Richmond is perfect for families, young professionals and anybody else who wants to live in a safe neighborhood.
Pros
  • Nice people
  • Lots of little shops
  • Homey feel
Cons
  • Crime increasing
  • Not a lot of parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close Knit Family Neighborhood"

Port Richmond is a neighborhood in Philadelphia known for its large Polish and Albanian communities. The area is very close knit with many of the current residents having parents, grandparents and/or great grandparents having lived in this same neighborhood. Mostly working class, the neighbors are job oriented, with many residents being able to walk to work.

Row homes dominate the housing style in the area. However, there are townhouses, single-family homes and a few condos in the vicinity. Most homes built in the earlier 20th century are smaller than those built in the latter part of the century.

The major streets in the area are Allegheny Avenue, Aramingo Avenue and Richmond Street. Interstate 95 runs parallel to Allegheny Avenue making it easy to get inside the city by car. Parking in Port Richmond isn't ideal, however, with many of the streets being rather narrow. SEPTA offers service throughout Port Richmond via bus, train and trolley; all of which reach other sections of the city.

Port Richmond's Aramingo Avenue has seen a lot of construction as well as additives over the past few years. Any need you may have, you can find it on this strip of stores, banks, restaurants and gas stations. From mom and pop convenience stores to major chains such as Target, there is something for everyone in the "shopping district" of the neighborhood. Port Richmond also has a few sports bars, pubs and karaoke places for nightlife activities.

Many schools in the area are on the National Register of Historical Places. There are options for public, private, parochial, and charter schools ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. The neighborhood also has a nice amount of day-cares for children who aren't quite old enough for school.

Port Richmond is best suited for families, especially those of the larger persuasion, mostly because this neighborhood screams family ties. All are neighborly and willingly to help their fellow man. It's a great neighborhood to raise children. It also has become one of Philadelphia's premiere shopping districts. Totally worth it.
Pros
  • Family-oriented
  • inexpensive
  • Lots of little shops
  • Nice people
Cons
  • Not a lot of parking
  • narrow streets
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
3/5
2yrs+

"An Affordable Place To Live"

I have mixed feelings about Port Richmond. Having lived in Kensington for a year, I wound up in Port Richmond a lot because of the wealth of stores that the area has - Target, Home Depot, etc. However, I don't think I would ever want to live in Port Richmond, simply because the residents that live there seem to be so tightly knit since their parents and their grandparents and their great grandparents all probably lived in the neighborhood as well.

It seems as though as other areas of the city fill up, like South Philly, Graduate Hospital and Fairmount, more and more people are looking north for housing options and considering Kensington and Port Richmond. The area is attractive due to the relatively low cost of living. You can rent or buy in Port Richmond for much less than places closer to Center City. However, getting to the city gets a little tricky from Port Richmond. It doesn't have the closeness to the El that Fishtown and Kensington have, so you're left with taking a bus, or hopping on 95 and driving into the city.

As with most areas where an influx of people are moving into, parking seems difficult in Port Richmond. Also, with so many renters moving into the area, there seems to be an elevation in crime as the lower income residents take advantage of this flood of new people.
Pros
  • Homey feel
  • inexpensive
Cons
  • Crime increasing
  • Not a lot of parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Polish pride and robberies"

One of the things I love about Philadelphia is that no matter what reputation a neighborhood has, whether it is good or bad, the people who live there have a great amount of pride about living there. Port Richmond is one of those neighborhoods.

I always dread going there because it seems so far away from the rest of Philadelphia, especially if you don’t have access to a car. Taking public transit to get to Port Richmond takes forever. But even if you have a car parking on a majority of the streets is kind of a nuisance as they were originally designed for horse and buggy transportation.

Port Richmond is a working class neighborhood with many of its residents having grown up there or in the area. It also has a strong Polish background which is kind of obvious with the amount of Polish restaurants and shops in the area.

Much like the other neighborhoods in the Northern section of Philadelphia, Port Richmond has a reputation of being a scary, crime riddled district with crimes ranging from murder to robberies happening regularly. I don’t know anyone personally who has been physically assaulted while in Port Richmond but I know several people who have had their cars broken into.
Pros
  • polish heritage
  • inexpensive
Cons
  • high crime area
  • narrow streets
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students

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