Living in Philadelphia

This is one of our most fun sections on the site because it rounds up all the best things about living in Philadelphia—the city center, but also the surrounding suburbs. We also cover new laws and ordinances that might impact your life, upcoming events of note, and more.

Want to know the best parks in the city? We have you covered. A new street food festival or pop-up restaurant featuring a world-reknowned chef? We definitely have you covered there, too. Wondering about the latest developments on school zoning, new city taxes, and more? If the news impacts Philadelphia it will be found here!

We love our city and look forward to sharing with you the aspects of living in Philly, from food to culture to neighborhoods and more.

We hope you enjoy the information we offer! If we can help you in any way, please speak with one of our talented real estate agents, or directly contact the Center City Team office: 215.440.2093

August 22, 2019
seniors

Why You Should Retire in Philadelphia

Every new retiree dreams of finding the perfect enclave for themselves (and possibly a significant other) – a place where they can live happily, access great healthcare, and spend active, fun days enjoying their surroundings. For a lot of seniors, that place is Florida… trust me, I used to live in a city nicknamed “God’s Waiting Room.” But I’m here […]
August 14, 2019
grocery store

Giant to Open… GIANT Flagship Store in Center City

A two-story grocery store is coming to Center City. The store is appropriately called Giant, because the size of the store is gonna be… huge. The store will be part of a new mixed-use development coming to 23rd Street, across from the Schuylkill River, called Riverwalk. It will consist of two apartment towers with Giant taking up 65,000 square feet […]
August 13, 2019
coffee

Your Essential Guide to the Best Local Coffee in Center City

I, like many of you, cannot get myself going in the morning without a decent jolt of caffeine. Since a direct IV drip of stimulant into my veins is both illegal and dangerous, I have to rely on good, strong coffee to get me moving. For many people, when they move to a new area, the first thing they seek […]
August 7, 2019
drinks

Your Essential Guide to the Best Bars in Center City

If there’s one thing that young professionals and singles love, it’s a great bar. Your local watering hole is not only the place to see and be seen, it’s hangout central for your friends, coworkers, and visitors from out of town who want to get the Philly nightlife experience. Fortunately for downtown dwellers, Center City is replete with fabulous places […]
August 5, 2019
orchids

New Four Seasons Philadelphia Brings Sky-High Views, Phenomenal Dining

It’s been a long four years since the beloved Four Seasons Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway shuttered, awaiting the construction of its new home in the Comcast Center building. With the tower, now the highest in the city, completed and the twelve floors allotted for the hotel polished, shined, and ready to accept guests starting August 12th, the wait […]
July 30, 2019
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Chestnut Street Bridge to Close For a Year

Starting on August 5th, the Chestnut Street Bridge will be closed to traffic for a year as it undergoes necessary repairs and renovations. A lot of drivers are going to have a tougher time crossing the Schuylkill between University City and Center City due to the loss of this major thoroughfare that was a big part of many commuters’ routine. […]
July 25, 2019
coworking

CommonGrounds Brings More Coworking Space to Center City

With coworking being a major theme in the lives of a large pool of nontraditional workers who eschew a 9-5 job served out in a cubicle, can there ever be enough options for a social, well-equipped place to work? San Diego-based CommonGrounds is testing that theory with an enormous new coworking space in Center City West, the company’s first location […]
July 24, 2019
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Livin’ Large in Philly’s Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Every city, from the huge metropolises to the tiniest hamlets, have a “right” side of the tracks. They have the “good part(s),” the homes of the Jones and the “haves,” the neighborhoods where everyone wants to live. Generally, buying into a great neighborhood costs in scratch. Philadelphia is the rare case where that’s not 100 percent true. You can find […]
July 22, 2019
bike

New, Safer Bike Lanes Edge Closer to Center City

Bike safety is a major theme in the City of Brotherly Love, and the topic of bike lanes is one that is ever-contentious. Currently, with several repaving projects dotted throughout the city, there has been some expansion of existing bike lanes and the addition of new ones. One of these projects, a two-lane bike path dubbed a “superhighway” for cyclists, […]
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