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Old City, situated north of Society Hill, is located from the Delaware River/Penn’s Landing to 4th Street and from Walnut Street to Vine Street.  Old City, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is home to many of our country’s historical sites. The area has established itself as the “trendy Hipstoric part of town” due to its active nightlife providing an array of lounges, original neighborhood bars and quality eating establishments as well as an eclectic inventory of galleries.  There is something for everyone!  First Friday is a monthly event featuring open houses by most of the neighborhood’s art & design galleries and fashion boutiques.  Whether you have children or dogs, Old City offers several parks to play, relax and enjoy your coffee or people watch. 

Old City is the cornerstone of American History… Beginning with Historic Elfreth’s Alley, recognized as “our nation’s oldest residential street”, the land was originally owned by two colonial craftsmen, blacksmiths John Gilbert and Arthur Wells.  Each gentleman gave up a section of his land and created an alleyway that connected their blacksmith businesses.  During the 18th and early 19th centuries, many artisans and crafts people lived on Elfreth’s Alley creating the first mixed use properties where they lived and worked in the same building. Interestingly, Elfreth’s Alley was one of the first diversely integrated areas where you would find an English colonist who worshipped at nearby Christ Church living next door to Moses Mordecai, a Jewish merchant and leader of Mikyeh Israel Synagogue.  A former slave named Cophie Douglas started his life as a free man in post-revolutionary Philadelphia on this same block. The Betsy Ross House is the birthplace of the American Flag.  Betsy Ross was a wife, working mother and entrepreneur. Her life was filled with great accomplishments as well as heartbreak. The Betsy Ross House located at 239 Arch Street was built more than 250 years ago and has been called home by dozens of artisans and shopkeepers over the years.  The National Constitution Center is the country’s most interactive historic museum and the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of “We, The People”. Located at 525 Arch Street, The NCC is one block north of Liberty Bell Center at 526 Market St and a symbol of freedom both in Philadelphia and across America with its the omnipresent cracked bell on display and two blocks north of Independence Hall at 520 Chestnut Street.  Additional historic sites include but not limited to Franklin Court, Christ Church & Christ Church Burial Ground, American Philosophical Society Museum, Carpenter’s Hall, Declaration House, First Bank of the United States, and Merchant’s Exchange Building.

Real Estate in Old City is as diverse as its history from converted former factory/warehouses with original features to state-of-the-art modern new construction condos, original 2 & 3 story row homes to historic residences.

Following its diverse history, Old City is home to several Foreign Consulates, including Panama, Italy, Mexico and Dominican Republic.

All major transportation arteries are easily accessible via Septa bus routes, I-95, I-676, and a short drive to Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.

Old City is an exciting part of town day and night… enjoy American history during the day and come dance the night away after dark!