The top United States city to visit in 2020—and one of the top 25 must-visit destinations in the entire world!
That’s what the National Geographic proclaimed in a recent edition. We think it’s absolutely true. From the iconic City Hall that took 30 years to build at the end of the 19th century, to skull races on the Schuylkill River, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the hill overlooking the grand boulevard called the Parkway, to the Italian Market, to the fast-growing neighborhoods at the edge of Center City, to Independence National Park where the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 and is now celebrated every day, to South Philadelphia row homes, to yummy cheese steaks, to broad distinctive neighborhoods each with its own historic tales to tell, to the largest green park within a city anywhere in the United States, to great restaurants that can match any anywhere, to beloved sports teams, to the parks that William Penn approved back in 1682 and that are now thriving green metropolitan centers, to world-class universities, to great hospitals known throughout the world for healing and research, to the joyful sounds of music—jazz, classical, blues, hip hop and more—that form the background sound of the city at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute, Chris’ Jazz Café, the basement of Paris Restaurant in Chestnut Hill, the dining room of the Victor Café on Dickinson Street, and the newly restored Metropolitan Opera House, to live theater in Center City—the Arden, the Merriam, the Lantern and more, to hidden professional theater gems like Quintessence in Mount Airy.
Philadelphia hums with life. It’s a gritty city with stunningly beautiful architecture, surprising green spaces, exciting diversity of peoples, and thousands of fascinating stories to tell. It’s a sanctuary city with a vibrant political scene that touches all its communities.
To live in Philadelphia is to wrestle with urban ghosts of the past that have somehow transformed into the best of 21st century life. History is never very far away in Philadelphia, nor is the adventure of creating new things. What would Benjamin Franklin have thought of our favorite Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens?
One can live in a three-story 19th century row home in Center City Philadelphia with 10 foot ceilings, fireplaces and lovely gardens, or a compact 2 bedroom 2 bath condo apartment overlooking Rittenhouse Square, or one can choose a delightful split level home with 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths or one can live grand in a Mellor, Meigs & Howe manor home in northwest Philadelphia by the Wissahickon Creek or one can get comfy in a 1,500 square foot neighborhood row home. So many choices! Agents from the Loretta Witt Homes Team can guide you to just the right home for you!