Real Estate in Old City : A Rich History


Much the architecture and homes you’ll find in Old City have a particular style because of location’s history… and what a deep rich history you’ll find. In fact, the area is home to Independence Hall, the location where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both debated and adopted. The hall was also the first home of the Liberty Bell, which now resides across the street in the Liberty Bell Center. In addition to being part of Independence National Historical Park, Independence Hall is also listed as a World Heritage Site. The area also has Carpenters' Hall, where the First Continental Congress met, as well as flag-maker Betsy Ross' home.  But even before the founding fathers took quill to parchment to create a new form of government, the neighborhood of Old City was still well known. Being near the Delaware River, it’s where William Penn and the Quakers first settled in the late 1600’s.


Another reason the neighborhood remains historically viable is Elfreth's Alley. It’s the nation's oldest residential street that dates back to 1702. The cobblestone street is located between North 2nd Street and North Front Street and between Arch and Race Streets in Old City. These former homes were occupied by tradesmen and their families and provide a sharp contrast to the mansion houses you’ll find in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood. Today, there are 32 houses on that street, all built between 1728 and 1836 and still inhabited.


Many of the home locations in this Center City neighborhood have been refurbished. You won’t find newly constructed buildings, but that’s perfect. For people seeking that historical feel that only Philadelphia can offer, you’ll find it here.  So if you want more information – on either selling or buying real estate in Old City – make sure to contact me, Doug Gungor. As an expert in Old City, I’d love to help you find or list your property.  Simply call or email me today to learn more.