University City

University City is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia, so named because of the concentration of institutions of higher learning located here, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. It is considered the heart of West Philly and is one of the most culturally diverse, energetic and vibrant places to live in the city.

About University City

Most of the educational and medical facilities in University City are sited in the eastern portions. The western areas are more residential in nature. Here is where you will find the roomy homes from the Victorian era. Blockley is the earliest name given to this locale. Back in 1677, William Warner bought 1500 acres of real estate here from the local tribe of Indians and named it Blockley. In the 19th century, Blockley Township was notorious for being a haven for thieves who would flee across the river to the area after engaging in smuggling and other criminal activity in the city center. By the mid century, the district was considered unsafe to be in alone. The city of Philadelphia was founded 5 years after Blockley, but soon eclipsed it in size and importance. The district has a long and involved history with the city. University City

Most of the educational and medical facilities in University City are sited in the eastern portions. The western areas are more residential in nature. Here is where you will find the roomy homes from the Victorian era.

Blockley is the earliest name given to this locale. Back in 1677, William Warner bought 1500 acres of real estate here from the local tribe of Indians and named it Blockley. In the 19th century, Blockley Township was notorious for being a haven for thieves who would flee across the river to the area after engaging in smuggling and other criminal activity in the city center. By the mid century, the district was considered unsafe to be in alone.

The city of Philadelphia was founded 5 years after Blockley, but soon eclipsed it in size and importance. The district has a long and involved history with the city. University City has some historic luxury homes and much to offer in the way of real estate.

Boundaries: On the east, the Schuylkill River; on the west, 52nd Street; on the north, Spring Garden Street (to 40th Street), Powelton Avenue (to 44th Street), and Market Street; and on the south, Civic Center Boulevard, University Avenue and Woodland Avenue.

Drexel University: http://www.drexel.edu/
University of Pennsylvania: http://www.upenn.edu/
University of the Sciences: http://www.usciences.edu/
Penn Food Trucks: http://www.pennfoodtrucks.com/
University City District: http://www.universitycity.org/

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University City is a neighborhood in West Philadelphia, so named because of the concentration of institutions of higher learning located here, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. It is considered the heart of West Philly and is one of the most culturally diverse, energetic and vibrant places to live in the city.

University City’s boundaries include Market Street on the north, University Avenue on the south, the Schuylkill River on the east and 52nd Street on the west. It is comprised of several smaller neighborhoods, which include Cedar Park, Garden Court, Spruce Hill, Squirrel Hill, Powelton Village, Walnut Hill and Woodland Terrace. Generally speaking, the east side of University City contains the campuses of several colleges and universities, medical institutions and scientific research centers, while the west side is primarily residential.

Residents enjoy easy access to University City through various subways and bus lines with neighborhoods that are very friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. It is served by SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line and can be reached by foot or car over the South Street Bridge.

Culture and the arts are woven into the fabric of life in this community. Locally-owned shops, restaurants and bars line the streets and beckon passersby with their unique offerings, while well-kept parks offer ample opportunities for scoring fresh produce at farmers’ markets, partaking in a little exercise on their playing fields, or relaxing while watching concerts and plays presented throughout the year.

Homes in University City come in a variety of styles, from grand Victorian mansions with wide, welcoming porches to modern condominiums perfect for young professionals and students. Many of University City’s streets are shaded with mature trees, and green spaces offer respite from the hustle-and-bustle of the city.

Families are drawn to University City because of the excellent schools. Penn Alexander Elementary School is located in this district and is widely known as being one of the best public schools in Philadelphia.

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Population by Age Level. Median Age 24.27. Households: 19,591.

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University City is just across the Schuylkill River from the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Its location makes it a premier place for purchasing real estate. Homes here have gained in value both because of the location and the quality of the neighborhood.

Centering this district is the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League college of notable standing. In addition the University of the Sciences and Drexel University are located here making this zone the most academically oriented neighborhood in the metropolitan region.

A number of medical facilities can also be found here. These include the following institutions: Philadelphia Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, and the Ryan Veterinarian Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Many students, teachers, and medical personnel who attend or work in these institutions live in the surrounding neighborhood of University City. They like the convenience of being so close to school or work. The district is also home to many young professionals and families making for an interesting mix of population.

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