Like most major east coast cities, Philadelphia packs a lot of people, places, and things into a relatively small land mass. The 6th largest city in the United States, Philadelphia is a hub for the health and financial industries. People moving to the area should research the housing and neighborhoods they might be interested in before they arrive. Apartments are fairly plentiful; you’ll just need a list of Philadelphia apartment rentals to get you started on your search.
While Philly has much to offer, many people shy away from living right in city center. The top rated suburbs to rent apartments in Philadelphia may require a significant commute into the city, but they are close enough that you can still enjoy the city’s amenities. If you’re new to the area, you may find you’ll have better luck working with an agent. Just looking at a list of available apartments won’t help you determine the best place to live. An agent can help you sort through the listings to find the suburb right for you.
If you’re moving with a family, apartments in Philadelphia proper might not offer the school system you’re looking for; Malvern, Devon and Wayne are all in Tredyffrin Easttown School District-the second best school system in the nation. These are affluent to middle class neighborhoods with rents averaging $1,000 – $1,300 for a 2 bedroom apartment.
Valley Forge, King of Prussia, and West Chester all have excellent school systems. These neighborhoods are considered middle-class and are newer than other parts of Philly. The apartment units in these neighborhoods ($1,200 – $1,500 for a 2 bedroom) tend to be more spread out and have more green space around them than those closer to the city. The downside of these areas is the commute. Downtown Philadelphia is about an hour away. Havertown is family friendly and a little more affordable than West Chester.
If you’re seeking the very best of the Philadelphia apartments in the suburbs, take a look at Bala Cynwyd, Penn Valley, Bryn Mawr, or Villanova. These neighborhoods are all part of the old “Main Line” Pennsylvania. Apartments in these areas are very exclusive and you should be prepared to pay $3,000 – $6,000 for a 2 bedroom unit. Situated along the banks of the Schuylkill River, you’ll be close to golf and country clubs; enjoy upscale shopping at the Bala Cynwyd Mall with anchor stores like Saks and Lord and Taylor; and have access to some of the most famous and exclusive private schools in the country such as The Shipley School, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, and the Baldwin School.
If you’re moving to Philadelphia to attend school, some of the best universities and colleges in the country are located in or near Philly and the surrounding suburbs. Rutgers, Temple, Bryn Mawr, the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova, Swarthmore, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia all have campuses in the area. If being close to a particular campus is a top priority in your apartment location, be sure to mention that to your agent, or make it part of your online search criteria.
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