From a colonial fishing village by the Schuylkill River in the 18th century, East Falls has over 300 years expanded up the hill. Today it is a beloved residential neighborhood—substantial 3-story homes, some fascinating contemporaries on private lanes, 2 and 3-story twins and row homes that accommodate a broad range of prices. Its residents enjoy McMichael Park, a community park right in the middle of the neighborhood where one can hang out amidst green trees and lawns or see a festival or community yard sale from time to time. The East Falls Library, where all ages enjoy events, readings, book signings, community meetings and more, is at the heart of East Falls spirit.
At the southern end of East Falls, the historic Women’s Medical College has been transformed in recent years into offices and luxury apartments. Abbottsford Homes is an example of Philadelphia’s public housing. And Drexel School of Medicine (once known as Hahnemann School of Medicine) holds classes in several buildings along Queen Lane. At the northern end of the community is the expanded Jefferson University, once known as the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. And one of Philadelphia’s well-known private schools is on School House Lane: William Penn Charter School.
One can count on a good dinner at one of the hot eating spots down toward the river, and many residents appreciate the proximity of the Schuylkill River and its 8 ½ mile loop of cycling and walking paths for recreation.
East Falls is particularly well known for its convenience. One can drive to Center City Philadelphia along Kelly Drive in about 10 minutes! Or one can take a quick train trip from either the Queen Lane or East Falls station to avoid having to park.
Public transportation: Norristown Regional Rail SEPTA commuter line offers the East Falls station and the Chestnut Hill West line offers the Queen Lane station and the “K” bus runs right up East Falls’ main drag
Schools: Mifflin Public School, William Penn Charter School, A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, Jefferson University, part of Drexel Medical College
Distance from Center City Philadelphia: Approximately 8.3 miles
Distance from King of Prussia: Approximately 14.4 miles.
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