Reviews & Comments
Philadelphia, PAHidden Gem
I'm actually grateful for the bad reviews because I purchased an amazing home here 3 years ago and couldn't be happier! I feel like if everyone was giving it 5 stars the real estate would be a lot higher lol I was looking for a city with the features I loved in San Francisco without the high price tag. The museums, parks, quality of life, community, walkability, and four seasons are what make this home for me. Downsides, there are these in every place regardless, but my top three would be lack of parking in some areas, traffic, and commutes. If you can't tell, I hate driving. If that's you, I would recommend you find a neighborhood you love and access to public transportation (if you need to get to work, school, etc). I bought my home in Manayunk in a place walking distance to SEPTA which saves me a lot of grief. This neighborhood just felt right when I visited. Store workers and café were friendly and people smiled in passing while I walked around. It felt like people were happy to be here which helped me make my decision on making an offer. As I've lived here longer I've come to appreciate the less superficial things; having good neighbors, an affordable home (after 9 years of roommates I was ready!), beautiful parks and trails nearby, and world class arts and cultural establishments steps away. In the past year, I'd rather be here than anywhere and don't feel as bad about not being able to take a European holiday (I can actually afford to travel now) when I have everything at my doorstep.