March 10, 2014 – Philadelphia, the east coast’s second largest city, is a locality of unique neighborhoods. In a six-part photo series, we’ll visit some of these neighborhoods and showcase what my favorite city has to offer. First up, the Rittenhouse and Fairmount neighborhoods.
Rittenhouse, named for Philadelphia astronomer and clock maker David Rittenhouse in 1825, was home to Philadelphia’s aristocracy, and it remains swanky today with pricey townhouses and high-rise luxury apartments. Some are memorized by the high-rise that overlooks Rittenhouse Square; for me it’s the quaint side streets that make the area distinctive.
Addison Street is my favorite in the area, and was recently described by the Huffington Post as the prettiest street in the Northeast section of the U.S.
The colonial townhouses are authentic. You can almost picture Ben Franklin strolling down the block.
After a harsh winter, the 60 degree temperatures were a treat on Saturday. Still, the snow hangs on, which makes me believe it will still be here in June.
William Penn named this neighborhood right outside of center city for its “Fair Mount”, or high location view of the Schuylkill River. The neighborhood has an interesting history; it was mainly middle class through the years, and then succumbed to urban blight by the 1970s. Today, after surviving urban re-gentrification like many of Philly’s neighborhoods near center city, it has become trendy with its exclusive bars and restaurants, and expensive apartments and townhouses.
Green Street is one of the most charming streets in Fairmount.
The houses for sale make me wish I had an extra $350,000 or more to spare.
The evergreen plants on Green Street offer a little taste of spring year round.
In part two next Monday, we’ll feature Elfreth’s Alley and Old City to complete the center city area.