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Manayunk (zip code 19127) is named after the Native American word, meaning “where we to go drink”. The name references the neighborhood’s location next to the Schuylkill River but it could very well be a reference to the many restaurants and bars that can be found along Main Street, the main thoroughfare of the neighborhood. While the river helped shape Manayunk’s identity, so do the hills. Yet despite its famous inclines, or maybe because of them, what was once one of the city’s hottest industrial centers is now one of its hottest neighborhoods, with plenty of places where people can go to eat and drink. Manayunk attracts a combination of singles, young families and life-long residents whose families have lived there for generations. Row homes that once housed millworkers during the community’s late 19th- and early 20th-century industrial boom are now a hot commodity and as in demand as the trendy loft apartments and stately Victorian houses that can be found in the community. The annual bike race, the Philly Cycling Classic has made it the neighborhood an international destination. Ever since 1985 when Philadelphia hosted its first international biking race, cyclists have frequented the area to take on the “Manayunk Wall,” a section of Levering Street that has defeated some of the world’s best cyclists with its 17% incline.
East Falls (zip codes 19129) is a vibrant residential community located on the banks of the beautiful Schuylkill River and a short distance from Center City Philadelphia. The neighborhood runs along a stretch of Ridge Avenue that is only a few miles long, along the banks of the Schuylkill River then extends northeast to Wissahickon Avenue. East Falls overlooks the multi-use recreational path of Fairmount Park along Kelly Drive, and is desirable for its central location, an easy commute to Center City, with easy access to several major roadways and public transportation. For families, the young and young at heart, outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and professionals, East Falls offers an attractive mix of single colonials, row homes, semi-detached homes and artist commercial and residential developments.
Located six miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia, Germantown (zip code 19144) is one of America’s most historic neighborhoods. Germantown has a relaxed, backyard feel that complements its many historic attractions. Unique eateries and stores thrive right next door to 300-year-old buildings and significant American Revolution sites that make up Germantown Avenue, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare that connects Germantown to Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Germantown is home to and fourteen nationally registered historic sites.
Mount Airy (zip codes 19119 and 19150) is only 20 minutes from Center City, combines dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor that attracts aspiring entrepreneurs. Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historic roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century sit alongside Victorian and 20th-century homes. The community’s Quaker roots might be one reason that Mt. Airy became a model of successful integration early on. Since the 1950s, the community has earned a national reputation as a model of diversity, welcoming families of all races, genders and nationalities who share a fierce commitment to civic engagement and social activism.
Chestnut Hill (zip code19118) is one of the city’s most beautiful, affluent and historic neighborhoods. Centered around Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill is surrounded by Fairmont Park and adjacent to the Philadelphia neighborhood of Mt. Airy as well as the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland, Wyndmoor and Lafayette Hill. Germantown Avenue’s cobblestone blocks where trolleys once ran, feature shopping, antiques and dining of all sorts and are known for walk-ability and charm. Chestnut Hill was designated one of the top seven urban enclaves in the USA by Forbes.com and selected as a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chestnut Hill is the home to Chestnut Hill College, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum and the Woodmere Art Museum as well as the Philadelphia Cricket Club.Houses range from modest row houses to extensive mansions as well as architectural landmarks by Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi.
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