Queen Village is Beautiful!
Why We Don't Like It: There's not a whole lot not to love about this neighborhood. The strength of the Queen Village Neighbors Association is a testament to how strongly its inhabitants feel about the neighborhood. Still, a few knocks that I often hear involve nuisance pedestrian traffic from South St. impacting those that live on the northern end of the neighborhood. Many people are not particularly fond of the Philadelphia Housing Authority homes between 3rd/5th St. and Christian/Washington Ave. Finally, the complaint I hear most often is that the neighborhood is too far east for some Center City folks. It's not particularly easy to get to the west side of town via foot or bus if you shop in the Rittenhouse Square area or if you work in the central business district on the west side of City Hall.
Housing Stock: Queen Village offers a healthy mix of condos, 2 and 3-story single-family homes and some multi-family properties. Most condos are converted walk-ups with 2-4 units. A few medium-size condo buildings exist and you won't find any large, door man condo buildings. The single-family homes vary in both size and age. There are many trinities tucked away in charming courtyards that are accessed via narrow alleys. Most of the other single-family properties are 3 stories and can exceed 2,000SF. Certain grand homes can exceed 3,000SF. Queen Village homes also vary in age. Many historical homes on the blocks between Front St. and 2nd St. date to the 1700 and 1800's. There are also many "newer" homes that were built in the 1970's during the neighborhood's revival. They often have parking or garages and are part of a larger homeowner's association.
Price Points: With Meredith Elementary constantly attracting young families, affordability can be a challenge for many buyers in Queen Village. Trinities, certain condos and single-families that need significant upgrades can be found below $300K. Larger condos and average single-family homes in terms of size and condition can be found approaching $500K. Those buyers in the $500K to $1 million range have the best options. They'll generally find the larger homes in updated condition with a parking option. They're also much more likely to be found directly inside the Meredith catchment.
Places of Interest: South Street, Penn's Landing, Shot Tower Playground, Mario Lanza Park, Weccacoe Playground, Headhouse Square, Fabric Row, Old Swedes' Church, Shubin Theater.
Food/Restaurants: Jim's Steaks, Lorenzo's Pizza, Snockey's Oyster House, Kennett, For Pete's Sake, Ela, Dmitri's, Ulivo, Southwark, Famous 4th St. Deli, Cochon, New Wave Cafe, Essene Market.
Schools: Meredith Elementary, Nebinger Elementary, Settlement Music School.
The Bottom Line: Strong civic pride and Meredith Elementary make Queen Village a top choice for many buyers. The neighborhood is family-friendly, the streets are green and housing options exist for different types of buyers. There's plenty of daily needs and food options at nearby South St. or along Columbus Blvd. There's also easy access for out of city commuters along I95 and 676. The only negative is that you're located on the far eastern side of the city. Many residents will find it to be slow and in convenient to get to western parts of town like Kelly Drive, the Art Museum neighbor hood or University City.