There’s plenty of reasons to make the move to Philly, from a rich and unique culture to expanded job opportunities to a history as storied as Washington’s itself. Whatever the reason for your move from Washington to Philly, you’re sure to find something to love about the City of Brotherly Love. Let the professional real estate agents of South Philly Team help you explore Philly’s sprawling neighborhoods, and we’ll help you find a new home with none of the usual stress.
It's about location
By moving to Philly, you’ll enjoy a location close to many of the East Coast’s most exciting destinations. A two-hour drive will find you in Baltimore, New York City, Atlantic City, Washington, DC, itself, and Delaware for those who’d like to take advantage of the state’s tax-free shopping. If you’d prefer to just relax and take in the scenery, you have both bus and train options for commuting. Leaving the District means losing waterfront views of the Potomac River, but you’ll have the option of any one of the neighborhoods that have waterfront views of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Washington and Philly share similar climates, with the District being about a degree hotter in the summer with little differences in the winter weather. Philly gets about four inches more rain than Washington and an equitable amount of snow.
Enjoy a lower cost of living in Philly
Philly is cheaper on average to live in than Washington, most notably in the housing department. Housing in Washington costs over 250% more than it does in Philly, so your dollar really does go farther here! Aside from housing, however, Philly boasts a reputation of being imminently affordable for a big city on the East Coast. The population size comes part of that big city vibe, and Philly’s 1.57 million plus population might come as a shock to those moving from the District, which has around 712,000 residents. Despite the size, Philly’s neighborhoods have a strong community feeling.
The Philly neighborhood perks
Philly is a great city for those who prefer a neighborhood with amenities they can reach on foot or by bike, and there are bus and train public transportation options for those who prefer public transit. Some neighborhoods and the downtown area can provide a challenge for drivers in terms of parking, but thankfully public transit makes it easy to access the city at large. There’s plenty of greenspace throughout Philly, including the enormous Fairmount Park, which hosts a zoo, athletic fields, playgrounds, nature trails, museums, and more on its over 4,100 acres. You’ll find plenty of trails for walking and cycling along the Schuylkill River, as well.
The Philly neighborhood scene
When you move to Philly, you’ll get the benefit of a fantastic and diverse food scene that is sure to satisfy even the most adventurous eaters. You’ll find a thriving craft beer scene, rich Italian food, delicious bar food, vegan fare, and more along Philly’s food halls. There are over 40 music venues of various sizes scattered throughout the city that host music of all genres, and Philly also hosts two outdoor music festivals, Jay-Z's Made in America Festival and the Roots Picnic. If you’re a fan of Washington’s rich history, you’ll love how much of it is packed into Philly’s neighborhoods. There are many neighborhoods that host buildings on the Historic Register, and you’ll even find Franklin street lamps still in use!
Get a Philly neighborhood overview
When you’re ready to find your new home, fill out our New Home Buyer form, and make sure that you provide as much information as possible in order to help us find a neighborhood that’s the perfect complement to your lifestyle. We’re also available to discuss your relocation at (215) 360-3434. The experts at South Philly Team are here to help you find a new home in a neighborhood that will make you feel right at home.