Is becoming a Philly homeowner on your New Year’s resolution list? Congrats! You have, quite clearly, chosen the best city. But unfortunately so have a lot of other savvy people, and those neighborhoods you saw profiled in the New York Times aren’t exactly cheap these days. The good news is that right outside the established hotspots are up-and-comers for those in the know. We checked in with some local realtors to get a read on what’s next.
Fairmount has come with a steep price tag for years. But right next door? Not so much – yet, that is. “Francisville is just incredible right now,” says Sean Kaplan, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach. “It feels like every other property is under construction, with some really exciting and attractive buildings going in. It reminds you of parts of Graduate Hospital 10 to 12 years ago. And it all makes perfect sense given its proximity to both Center City and North Broad Street.”