Does your new year mean new digs? We poked around and found some of the most exciting, most liveable and on-the-rise ‘hoods for a variety of different Philadelphians.

For the artist: East Passyunk Avenue

This has been a budding hot spot for the last several years, and now it’s ripe with artisan boutiques, galleries and a world of delicious food. It’s all about diversity in this neighborhood that pairs old South Philly history and charm with trendy small businesses to make an impressive and tight-knit community.

What the experts say: “On one block alone, you can have sushi, margaritas, foie gras, very traditional or modern Italian, honey made from bees living on the roof across the street, homemade limoncello, authentic Mexican and dessert from a gelateria,” says Renee Gilinger, executive director of East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.


For the trailblazers: Fishtown

Fishtown is close enough to Center City, but maintains its own personality. There’s no need to commute downtown every time you want to go out, because this neighborhood has a fair share of gastropubs, happy hours, coffee shops and music venues to keep you busy. And more are on the way: East Girard Avenue is buzzing with new businesses and those about to open their doors.

What the experts say: “We find it is more interesting to be in a neighborhood that is evolving and we like to think we are a part of that positive change,” says Pete Langway, co-owner of Barcade.

For the young professional: Graduate Hospital

If you’re looking for something just outside the bustle and price tag of Center City, check out the GradHo area. Your new go-tos: The Sidecar Bar and Grille — now with a second floor — and the Beauty Shop Cafe, a favorite for caffeine fixes.

What the experts say: “Graduate Hospital has maintained a strong pull on young professionals purely because a buyer can get more house than they could for a more centrally located condo,” says Kate Vail, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Preferred.

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