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1927 E YORK STREET
1927 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$2,395
2222 E HAROLD STREET
2222 East Harold Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,950
2032-34 FRANKFORD AVENUE
2032-34 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
1750 N DOVER STREET
1750 North Dover Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,000
2213 W SEDGLEY AVENUE
2213 West Sedgley Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$850
23 S 23RD STREET
23 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
1108 MONTROSE STREET
1108 Montrose Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
4 Bedrooms
$2,159
2665 E THOMPSON STREET
2665 East Thompson Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
132 WRIGHT STREET
132 Wright Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
314 W MOUNT PLEASANT AVENUE
314 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,495
1329 Lombard St
1329 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated December 21 at 09:44am
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$1,800
1912 Spruce St
1912 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated December 21 at 09:44am
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
2011 Spruce St
2011 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated December 21 at 09:44am
1 Bedroom
$2,050
325 MONROE STREET
325 Monroe Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
5929 OGONTZ AVENUE
5929 Ogontz Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,000
721 SPRUCE STREET
721 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$1,775
130 ARCH STREET
130 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,915
2608 WEBSTER STREET
2608 Webster Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
1819 PEMBERTON STREET
1819 Pemberton Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$2,775
2012-30 W GIRARD AVENUE
2012-30 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
3608-12 SPRING GARDEN STREET
3608-12 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$902
1725 N LAMBERT STREET
1725 North Lambert Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
1911 W BERKS STREET
1911 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
4 Bedrooms
$1,300
2318 GRAYS FERRY AVENUE
2318 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Updated February 22 at 01:13pm
3 Bedrooms
$2,250
City GuidePhiladelphia
I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom. From the day that I was born I've waved the flag. Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man. Gave me peace of mind my daddy never had." (Elton John - "Philadelphia Freedom").

Philadelphia has spent the last 20 years transforming itself into a bustling city that’s clean, lively, welcoming, and –dare we say it?– hip. We've even been called New York’s sixth borough, though we locals prefer to think of New York as Philadelphia’s second borough. Or something like that. In other words, you've made a good choice. And now that you’re ready to find your apartment, here’s the first thing you need to know: the City of Brotherly Love is a city of neighborhoods, all close to each other but each with its own flavor. So let’s break them down.

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Fairmount Water Works near Boathouse Row

Rocky Balboa statue outside Philadelphia's Museum of Art

Pennsylvania Hospital - the colonies' first hospital

The Lay of the Land

When Philadelphia was designed by William Penn (Putting the “Penn” in Penn-sylvania) way back in the 1600s, he set it up as a grid with one green square –basically, a mini-park– smack dab in the middle, with other green squares in each corner.

Those squares still exist today, and that grid, set between the Delaware River to the east and the Schuylkill River to the west, still makes up Philadelphia’s downtown, aka “Center City.”

But as more and more people have made their home in Center City, we’ve had to gently shove some of them past the traditional boundaries, which means even the once-dicey “fringe neighborhoods” just beyond the grid are now perfectly livable.

Rule(s) of Thumb

The farther you go from Center City, the lower the rent, thanks to the No. 1 real estate rule: location, location, location.

Center City is generally more expensive because that’s where we keep the shiny, high-rise towers, doormen, fitness centers and parking garages. Mixed in between are the low-rise apartment buildings and rowhomes/brownstones/townhouses-turned apartments. While these building names are essentially interchangeable, it should be noted that Philadelphians usually think of “rowhomes” as the ones in the inexpensive ’hoods, whereas “brownstones” or “townhouses” reside in the ritzier areas. As per usual, the rates for townhomes and brownstones drop the further you get away from the city’s center.

By contrast, smaller buildings and street parking dominate the surrounding neighborhoods. So if you’re coming with a car in tow, you might want to consider the benefits of convenient parking.

Center City

Of course, since we love our neighborhoods, even Center City is broken up into smaller chunks:

Rittenhouse Square: Hey there, moneybags. A Rittenhouse address is the most coveted around. Here’s where you’ll rub elbows with the city’s elite as they browse high-end shops and grab lunch at outdoor cafés overlooking Rittenhouse Square, one of the five original parks. Don’t expect to find a decent studio for less than $1,000, or a tolerable one-bedroom for under $1,300. And with those prices, you can forget about included amenities, like central air or free laundry facilities. But, if your job has you raking in the dough and price is no factor, then consider giving this area a chance.

Washington Square West: Using another square as a landmark, “Wash West” is a step in the younger and less expensive direction. There’s no shortage of bars and restaurants here, many of them catering to the gay crowd and clustered in a section called the “Gayborhood”. You can’t miss it: just look for the iconic rainbow flags on the street signs.

Old City/Society Hill: Touted as “America’s most historic square mile,” Old City is where you’ll find the Liberty Bell; Independence Hall, where the Constitution was written; the Betsy Ross House; Ben Franklin’s grave; Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the country; and, especially in the summer, way too many tourists. The neighborhood also has a dense concentration of restaurants, bars, and inebriated 20-somethings (a plus or a minus? You decide). Society Hill is Old City’s more-residential sister, filled with Colonial-style brick townhouses, quaint courtyards and cobblestone streets. Rents around here rival Rittenhouse, but you’ll get more space for the money.

Life on the Fringe: North of Center City

Northern Liberties/Fishtown: Consider yourself a hipster? Ride a fixie to your job at a coffee shop/dive bar/tattoo parlor? Create sculptures out of trash in your spare time? You’ve found your ’hood. Northern Liberties is the area immediately north of Old City; Fishtown is the next stop over. Northern Liberties, especially, is slowly being gentrified, with new homes and apartments sprouting up. That means there’s now a huge range of rents, depending on if you’re looking for a small space in an older rowhome, or a swanky, artist-style loft. Just remember that if one place doesn’t suit your budget, another a few blocks down probably will.

Art Museum: At the northwestern edge of Center City is the Art Museum neighborhood, where the appropriately located Philadelphia Museum of Art resides. Set on the other side of the wide boulevard known as Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this area feels slightly removed from downtown. Quieter, narrower streets and lower rents are typical fare around here, perfect for someone looking for someplace a bit quieter. People do, however, tend to use the word “funky” when describing this neighborhood, so keep that in mind if you shy away from the Bohemian-type.

To the South we Have

Graduate Hospital: Also known as “South of South,” “Southwest Center City,” or sometimes -- don’t worry, we’re trying to put a stop to this -- “G-Ho,” Grad Hospital is what the polite folk call an “up-and-coming neighborhood.” There’s an optimistic blend of brand-spanking-new townhouses; slightly larger properties, each being converted into two or three upscale apartments; and run-down fixer-uppers being bought by young professionals who want to be near their jobs in Center City. Add an abundance of students living in the places that haven’t been rehabbed yet to that mix, and you’ve got a pretty good image of what to expect when moving out here.

Bella Vista/Queen Village: These classy next-door neighborhoods just east of Grad Hospital are pretty hard to tell apart, with one exception: Queen Village gentrified a little earlier, so it’s a bit more expensive. Both have a settled in feel, especially compared to the other neighborhoods. A lot of the homes here, whether for one family (more common) or broken up into apartments, are old. Like, 18th-century old.

Westward Ho

University City: Just west of the Schuylkill River, Center City’s western boundary, is West Philly. The section of West Philly closest to Center City is called University City. If you haven’t figured out the elaborate naming system yet, it’s where the universities are. Surprising, right? Here, you’ll find a mix of students, professors, hippies and, of course, hipsters. Normally, you’ll find them all heading to the park to check out the farmers market and play Frisbee, so consider joining in if that’s your scene. The properties catering to students/closest to the colleges are typically pricy, but you’ll be able to find plenty of affordable options carved out of rambling old Victorian homes. In fact, the low-cost apartments here are among the most inexpensive in the city: One-bedrooms start as low as $600.

Insider Tip: Getting around

It’s a good thing Philly is a very walkable city, because parking is a pain and the public transit system is spotty at best. It’s not as if you can’t get anywhere using SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), it’s just that it’s not always convenient. If you’re someone who plans your day out to the minute, you might want to give yourself a pretty big window, just in case. There are two fast subway lines, one north-south and the other east-west, and many, many slow buses and trolleys. It’s always good to make sure you have available transportation options before signing a lease, but we recommend you double check. And don’t even bother planning to catch a free ride for just a stop or two on one of the suburban trains that pass through the city. The conductors are on to that trick, and they’ll embarrass you in front of the whole car. Um, not that we’d know.

Now that you've gotten a taste, go out and find yourself that perfect pad. This historic city is just waiting for you to make your mark, so go out and do it already! Happy hunting!

February 2019 Philadelphia Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Philadelphia Rent Report. Philadelphia rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Philadelphia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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February 2019 Philadelphia Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Philadelphia Rent Report. Philadelphia rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Philadelphia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Philadelphia rents declined slightly over the past month

Philadelphia rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, but have increased marginally by 0.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Philadelphia stand at $970 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,170 for a two-bedroom. Philadelphia's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.5%, but trails the national average of 1.0%.

    Rents rising across the Philadelphia Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Philadelphia, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Philadelphia metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Lansdale has the most expensive rents in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,620; the city has also seen rent growth of 11.5% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Pottstown has seen rents fall by 1.1% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Philadelphia metro, with a two-bedroom median of $980.

    Philadelphia rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

    As rents have increased marginally in Philadelphia, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Philadelphia is still more affordable than most other large cities across the country.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Pennsylvania as a whole logging rent growth of 0.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.3% in Pittsburgh.
    • Philadelphia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,170 is equal to the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 0.7% increase in Philadelphia.
    • While Philadelphia's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including San Francisco (+2.7%), New York (+2.4%), and DC (+2.2%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Philadelphia than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Philadelphia.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Philadelphia
    $970
    $1,170
    -0.2%
    0.7%
    Wilmington
    $1,040
    $1,260
    -0.1%
    3.4%
    Levittown
    $1,330
    $1,610
    -0.9%
    10.3%
    Norristown
    $1,150
    $1,390
    -0.6%
    4.9%
    Drexel Hill
    $900
    $1,080
    -0.2%
    0.5%
    Pottstown
    $780
    $980
    -1.1%
    -0.5%
    King of Prussia
    $1,270
    $1,530
    0
    4.6%
    West Chester
    $1,320
    $1,590
    -0.1%
    3.8%
    Lansdale
    $1,340
    $1,620
    0.3%
    11.5%
    Lansdowne
    $880
    $1,060
    0
    -7.2%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Philadelphia’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Philadelphia renters expressed satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment Li...

    View full Philadelphia Renter Survey

    Here’s how Philadelphia ranks on:

    C+
    Overall satisfaction
    D
    Safety and crime rate
    C+
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A-
    Recreational activities
    B
    Affordability
    B+
    Social Life
    C
    Weather
    A-
    Commute time
    D
    State and local taxes
    A+
    Public transit
    B-
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Philadelphia’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "Philadelphia renters expressed satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, there seems to be a discrepancy between renters who are parents, who are unsatisfied (F), and millennial renters (C)."

    Key Findings in Philadelphia Include the Following:

    • Philadelphia renters gave their city a C+ overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Philadelphia were public transit and recreational activities, which received A+ and A- grades, respectively.
    • The areas of concern for Philadelphia renters are quality of local schools (F), state and local taxes (D) and safety and low crime rate (also D.)
    • Renters who are parents are more dissatisfied with their city (F), while millennial renters were more satisfied (C).
    • Philadelphia did relatively poorly compared to other cities in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh (B+) and Allentown (B-).
    • Philadelphia ranked comparably to other similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), New York (C+) and Miami (C+).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters Say:

    • "There’s always something to do" – David C.
    • "There’s never a dull moment and there are so many options for activities. But it sometimes feels unsafe due to crime." – Jessica R.
    • "Love the four seasons" – Anon.
    • "I love the museums, but the crime is very bad" – Josephine N.
    • "Love the culture, museums and creativity" – Nina M.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here