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Living in Cobbs Creek: Philadelphia Neighborhood Guide

Cobbs Creek is a historic neighborhood nestled in West Philadelphia. The Automobile Suburb Historic District makes up a significant portion of the neighborhood, with more than 1,000 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. Distinct architecture, combined with access to green space and public transportation, makes this neighborhood a welcome spot to call home.

The Market

Just over 46,000 people call Cobbs Creek home. The majority of homes in the area, especially those in the historic district, were built in the 20th century. The neighborhood is populated primarily by row homes, but popular styles in the historic district include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Craftsman Bungalows, according to the National Register of Historic Places.

Despite the historical significance of the neighborhood’s homes, the average sale price is just $73,631, which works out to $54 per square foot. The average home ends up selling for $5,113 less than its listing price.

The creek in Cobbs Creek park

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The Lifestyle

Walkers, runners and cyclists are sure to enjoy Cobbs Creek Park, which has a paved trail stretching from 63rd Street to 70th Street running parallel to the Parkway, one of the busiest streets in the neighborhood. There are also a number of unpaved trails that run throughout the park where hikers and dog walkers can go to explore. The paved portion of the trail passes by a number of noteworthy spots, including the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Mount Moriah Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden.

The neighborhood’s branch of the Free Library, the Blanche A. Nixon Library, regularly offers free events and services for residents. Events include movie screenings, story time for kids and cooking lessons. The branch first opened in 1925 and was renamed in 1990 in honor of Blanche A. Nixon, a local volunteer and community activist.

Exterior of the Blanche A Nixon free library

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Getting Around Town

The neighborhood is easy to get to from Center City and Northeast Philadelphia, thanks to the Market-Frankford elevated line — the El, for short — that runs along its northern border, above Market Street. The El runs seven days a week and operates 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday through Thursday, shuttle buses replace the trains between midnight and 5 a.m. From the 63rd Street stop, it’s a quick ride to City Hall station in the heart of Center City.

Several smaller or specialty grocery stores can be found throughout the neighborhood, including markets that sell Ethiopian and Mexican cuisine. A larger supermarket, the Fresh Grocer, is located at 56th and Chestnut Streets. Greensgrow West, an urban farm, is just outside the boundary of the neighborhood but provides residents with access to locally grown produce, dairy and other foods. The farm also offers a community-supported agriculture program in the summer.

If you love the idea of living in an affordable, historical home in a neighborhood with actively involved neighbors and plenty of green space, this neighborhood is worth checking out. Whether you want a bungalow or a Colonial revival, take a look at the listings on Owners.com to find your perfect home today.

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