Society Hill is an upscale residential community full of historic charm with a quiet, homey, modern flair. Along the neighborhood's luxurious tree-lined streets, you'll find elegant 18th-century architecture and Philly staples like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the striking Washington Square.
The humble-yet-sophisticated setting combined with historical attractions, restaurants, and shops makes Society Hill an attractive place for residents and visitors. Descending into something of a slump during the 19th and 20th centuries, Society Hill has been on a spectacular rebound over the past few decades and has transformed into one of the most sought-after places to live in Philadelphia.
What to Love
- Historical attractions
- Upscale residential neighborhood
- Washington Square
- Homey and comfortable
- Convenient modern amenities
- Charming cobblestone streets
People & Lifestyle
Hailed as one of the best neighborhoods for young professionals and to raise a family in Philadelphia, Society Hill has an abundance of housing options ranging from restored historic homes to newer high-rise condos. Renters flock to the chic lofts and studio apartments in the older high-rises, but new construction has increased the appeal of housing in the upscale waterfront communities.
Society Hill is also home to the historic Washington Square and several of Philadelphia's best attractions, including the legendary Independence Hall, where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were adopted. Commuters appreciate the close distance to the city's business district and accessible public transportation, including subway stations and the PATCO line.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Set inside a chic farmhouse in Washington Square, Talula's Garden has a menu filled with traditional seasonal American cuisine. Next-door-neighbor Talula's Daily stems from a joint partnership between Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr. Each eatery is known for its usage of local ingredients and homemade bread.
Specializing in fermentation, Tria Cafe is a unique kitchen predominantly populated by fervent cheese, wine, and craft beer lovers. They import rare cheeses from New York and world-class beers from local small breweries. Besides the leading trio, Tria has a different daily menu and specializes in small plates, sandwiches, and salads.
There is no better spot for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine than Zahav, an award-winning restaurant that brings homemade Israeli fare to Society Hill. This family-style restaurant is critically-acclaimed and headed by restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov.
Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti is an airy Italian restaurant with a seafood-focused menu and sensational happy hour deals. You'll feel like you just stepped into Amalfi Coast in their open-air dining room with gorgeous views of Philly from their second-floor balcony. While their menu revolves around seafood, they also offer several classic Italian meat and pasta dishes.
Things to Do
One of the best places to listen to jazz in a city full of options is stylish whiskey bar, taproom, and lounge, Time Jazz Club. Find dancing and a lively music scene while downstairs serves traditional pub fare alongside a bar with over 20 beers on draft and 200 whiskeys.
Focusing on under-the-radar musical acts, Milkboy Music Venue & Gastropub is a great place to see up-and-coming bands before they make it big. This eco-conscious nightspot is predominantly constructed from reclaimed materials and features performances almost every night.
Heralded as one of the country's best urban beaches, Spruce Street Harbor Park along the Delaware River waterfront is a fantastic place to spend a summer afternoon. Visit the beer garden, play shuffleboard, taste some of Philly's best local foods, or relax in one of the many colorful hammocks.
The Blue Cross RiverRink gets transformed into a massive outdoor roller rink during the summer months during the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. The repurposed lodge becomes a restaurant and bar serving seasonal cocktails, craft beers, and tasty appetizers. Kids can take a break from skating to enjoy the playscape and arcade or play a rousing game of nine-hole mini-golf.
There is also a wide range of private school options throughout the region, including:
- St. Peter's School- (PK-K)
- The Philadelphia School - (PK, 1-8)
- Springside Chestnut Hill - (5-8)
- Masterman - (5-12)
- Greene Street Friends - (PK-8)
- Friends Select - (PK-12)
- Germantown Friends - (PK-12)
- Germantown Academy - (PK-12)
- Friends Central - (PK-12)
- Abington Friends - (PK-12)
- The Shipley School - (PK-12)
- The Haverford School - (PK-12)
- Agnes Irwin - (PK-12)
- William Penn Charter - (PK-12)
Available Homes in Society Hill
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