In the University City area of West Philadelphia, Spruce Hill is located between 40th & 46th Streets and Market Street & Woodland Avenue.
Named one of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods in 2017 by Zillow.com (alongside East Kensington and Point Breeze), Spruce Hill has heated up the real estate market.
Just like nearby Cedar Park, this area was built between 1850 & 1910 as a streetcar suburb. Clark Park, a prominent green space named after the area’s early developer Clarence Howard Clark, currently houses Clark’s former mansion and the modern day Penn Alexander public elementary school. Clark Park is also home to a fine statue of Charles Dickens erected in 1890.
University of Penn’s campus extends into Spruce Hill, along with the University of the Sciences campus. And let’s not forget the Free Library of Philadelphia on Walnut Street.
So why are so many people gravitating towards Spruce Hill as of late? It’s a combination between the availability of large Victorian homes with sizable yard, the proximity to major job centers like the universities, and the picturesque curb appeal that is lacking in some of the other neighborhoods surrounding Center City.
There are not many other locations in the city you can find shade under a canopy of trees or enjoy a mint julep in a rocking chair on your front porch.