Many native residents view Packer Park as the “suburbs of the city”. Developed originally in the 1950s and growing further with Brinton Estates in the 1990s, the approximate borders are Packer Avenue and Hartranft Streets (including FDR Park), and Broad Street through to I-76 in the far west.
An extremely organized community group, Packer Park has a rich Swedish history, which is commemorated in FDR Park with the American Swedish History Museum. This prime real estate also is in close proximity to the Philadelphia sports complex, which attracts many die-hard sports fan residents.
Key characteristics of the Packer Park communities are that the homes are formed in cul-de-sacs surrounding lush greenery and include garages, driveways, and off-street parking. Since many were built on what was originally swamp land, underground basements are not as common.
THE PACKER PARK COMMUNITIES:
- Packer Park (Geary Estates): Completed circa 2012, these include only 10 luxury new construction homes with 10 year tax abatements that are situated on 1900-198 Geary Street.
- Packer Park West (The Reserve): A separate development of 230 homes built on a former naval housing site that was abandoned in 1995. The community was created between 2003-2007 with luxury townhouses by a private developer with colonial style architecture. Many of the streets were renamed to memorialize sections of Italy to reflect the Italian-American population of the area.
- Packer Park West (Siena Place): This 2008 community is comprised of 313 luxury three-story townhomes with green space, garages, and ample off-street parking. Close to major highways and the airport, this area is home to many professional athletes due to the convenience and security of the neighborhood.
- Packer Park East (Stella Maris Homes): The community extended to this section of 500 homes commonly associated with Stella Maris parish housing on 13th Street for the priests and nuns until separate convents were built in the 1960s. The area than became known for its close proximity to the old “Veterans Stadium”. Although these homes differ than the modern luxury homes of the 2000s, they certainly have an appeal all their own.
- Packer Park South (FDR Park): Included in this wonderful community is this non-residential parkland established in the late 1800s. Commonly called the “Lakes” due to the location along the Delaware River and comprising approx. 348 acres of buildings, roadways, picnic space, recreational areas, walking trails, and natural ponds and lagoons.