December 7th, 2010
Neighborhood Spotlight: Fairmount
It’s no secret that the Delaware Valley is a great place to live. But how do you know which neighborhood is right for you? To help you decide, we’ll profile a different region each month, and include a few available listings to boot. We’ll give you our take on what makes it a great neighborhood, ranging from stellar restaurants and upcoming activities to the latest information on housing prices and featured listings. This month, check out the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. We’ll think you’ll agree it’s one of the Great Neighborhoods to live, eat and play.
Fairmount Section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Median Home Price: $295,000*
The Fairmount section of Philadelphia is part of the beautiful Art Museum Area. It is situated just Northwest of Center City, making it a convenient walk to City Hall. This section of Philadelphia is close to Kelly Drive, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, I-76 and many forms of public transportation.
Fairmount offers several tourist attractions, including Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the world. It encompasses 9,200 acres and includes 63 neighborhood and regional parks. It’s the perfect place for long walks, picnics, hiking, and site seeing!
The Philadelphia Art Museum is another hot spot in this neighborhood. Located at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this museum stands as one of the great art institutions of the world. In the more than 125 years since its founding, it has grown far beyond the limits originally set for it. Today, the Museum houses over 225,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs for a public of all ages. For a full list of upcoming events, please click here.
A short walk from the Philadelphia Art Museum you will find Kelly Drive, a gorgeous four mile winding road extending from the Art Museum to the East Falls section of Philadelphia. You’ll find this scenic road filled with runners, cyclists, walkers and boat rowers in the warmer months. The beautiful landscape surrounding the sidewalks is breathtaking and almost always occupied.
For you animal lovers out there – the Fairmount area has several dog parks. One of many locals’ favorite dog parks is located right on Kelly Drive!
The famous Eastern State Penitentiary, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, is a former prison located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and was operational from 1829 until 1971. Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its unique wagon wheel design. When the building was erected it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever constructed, quickly becoming a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. This landmark is a hot spot during the Halloween season, bringing in thousands of tourists for Terror Behind the Walls. This annual haunted exhibit runs from September through November and consists of hundreds of actors dressed up as zombie prisoners. This successful exhibit has been scaring people for years!
The former prison is open for tours seven days a week from 10 am – 5:00 pm. To make a reservation, call 215-236-3300 or visit the website.
Fairmount Area Restaurants:
The Water Works Restaurant is by far one of the exclusive dining establishments in Philadelphia. It is situated behind the Art Museum overlooking famed Boathouse Row and the Schuylkill River. It is the perfect place for elegant weddings and private parties. The menu offers delicious food, specializing in both land and sea. For the history of the Water Works Restaurant, click here. For reservations, call 215-236-9000.
Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant is situated in a 19th Century Firehouse in the charming Fairmount Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Much of the original mahogany interior, wood plank floors and even the brass fire pole remain intact to provide one of the most unique dining settings in the region. Specializing in American cuisine, this restaurant is perfect for your holiday party or a place to meet friends. For information on the history of Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, click here. For reservations, call 215-232-9000.
*Data based on the first nine months of 2010.
Upcoming Events in Fairmount:
Winter Adventure Tours
December 2010 – March 2011
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Every Friday, there is Art After 5 for an evening of entertainment and cocktails with guided gallery tours. These events are free after museum admission.
Holiday Champagne & Port
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Wine School of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
The Ambassador to Champagne is offering a series of wine tasting classes in Philadelphia, and you are invited!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
To raise money for Toys for Tots and Feel the Warmth, 12 different Fairmont area bars will be hosting Reindeer Romp. It is $10 to enter and you must bring a toy or coat to donate.
Countdown to Noon!
Friday, December 31, 2010
9:00am – 3:00 pm
Memorial Hall: Please Touch Museum
The little ones can’t quite stay up until midnight to celebrate the New Year! Bring them to the Please Touch Museum for the annual countdown party that celebrates the “noon” year before moms and dads go to their grown-up festivities!