6.3 out of 10

Strawberry Mansion

Ranked 35th best neighborhood in Philadelphia
39.9906677563357 -75.1766594547206
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Singles
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 24, 2016

"A Tale of Two Mansions"

Like most of Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion has good parts and bad parts. Really, the area commonly referred to as Strawberry Mansion is two distinct areas. East Park, a triangle bounded by Fairmount Park, Sedgely Ave, and Ridge Avenue is the safer part of Strawberry Mansion where large victorian homes dominate the landscape. North of Ridge ave is Gillietown, where the vast majority of local crime occurs and less distinguished 2 story row homes are more common.

While neither area is among the city's most wealthy, East Park once was and its architecture and proximity to the park and transportation reflect that. East Park feels like a secret oasis in the city and with many homeowners and longtime residents it is very friendly and neighborhoody, while Gillietown is perhaps more transient, and at least has a less positive vibe, and is at worst rather ghetto, though there are still worse places to live.

East park is also known as "The Bottom" to Mansionites.
Pros
  • Fairmount Park
  • Neighborly
  • Green
  • Affordable
  • Gentrification
Cons
  • High crime
  • neglected houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Strawberry Mansion - Work is Needed"

Strawberry Mansion is a North Philadelphia neighborhood that has seen better days but can still pride itself on being a tight knit community. Sitting next to Fairmount Park, the area was once home to some of the wealthiest families in the 19th Century many of whom were Jewish.

Strawberry Mansion takes its name from a restaurant located in Fairmont Park that was famous for its Strawberry and Cream deserts. Also nearby is Lemon Hill Mansion. The famous Robin Hood Dell East sits inside the park and is a site of popular summer concerts. There is a large stable of horses which provide instruction for the kids and tennis courts for the adults.

Generally, the boundaries are considered to be 29th and 33rd Streets, Lehigh Avenue and Oxford Street.

The John Coltrane House is located on 33rd Street and in a landmark on the National Historical Register. It is owned and maintained by his “Cousin Mary.”

It is a primarily African American working class community. Property values have drop by 39 percent since 2005 in accordance with a survey by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Transportation is good and there is clear access to major roads such as 33rd Street which carries you west into University City.

It is only a matter of time before the gentrification occurring in neighboring Brewerytown will make its way to Strawberry Mansion.
Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Bad housing conditions
  • High crime
  • neglected houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"Has a lot of potential"

Strawberry Mansion is a neighborhood located in the North section of Philadelphia. It is bound by Lehigh Avenue to the north, Oxford Street to the south, 29th Street to the east and 33rd Street to the west.
The neighborhood is largely African American but more and more Hispanics and Asian Americans are moving there due to its affordable housing prices. The general median home sale price in Strawberry Mansion is $48,000.
Strawberry Mansion suffers from a high crime rate, but gentrification has been taking place in the western and southern sides of the neighborhood. There is still a significant amount of clean-up that needs to be done including rebuilding dilapidated houses and abandoned lots.
Parts of Strawberry Mansion are filthy and are overrun by stray cats and garbage in the streets. There is a lot of potential in this neighborhood because it does offer some great shopping and nightlife opportunity as well as easy access to Interstate 76. It’s neighbor, Brewerytown, has seen beautification and an increase in housing prices over the last several years, so Strawberry Mansion is right on the border of becoming the next big thing in Philadelphia.
If you are drawn to diamonds in the rough, check this neighborhood out.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Gentrification
Cons
  • High crime
  • Bad housing conditions
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Not as pretty as its name."

With a name like Strawberry Mansion one might imagine a neighborhood of lovely Victorian homes, large green yards and fancy vehicles. Well, maybe if you squint you can see those things but for the most part Strawberry Mansion is an example of urban decay.

Strawberry Mansion was once the home to some of the wealthiest Philadelphia residents in the 19th century. As result of economic despair in the 20th century the state of Strawberry Mansion rapidly declined and it soon developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

The buildings in the district have been neglected for years though there have been efforts to rehabilitate some of the structures. The property value on the western side of the neighborhood near Fairmount Park is on the rise as result of rehabilitation attempts. Also on this side is the mansion from which the neighborhood gets its name is located in this section. Usually open to the public for tours, property of Strawberry Mansion is currently undergoing its own renovations.

Outside of claim to fames, like the John Coltrane house, the former home of the Jazz saxophonist, the neighborhood is still very much struggling and crime, especially violent crime is a very present concern and dominant description of Strawberry Mansion.
Cons
  • violent crime
  • neglected houses

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