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Overview of Center City West

Center City West apartments may be the hottest commodities in Philadelphia. This is ground zero for upscale shopping, downtown dining, and city culture. From Center City West you can walk to work, stroll to museums, or find yourself a quiet spot in glorious Fairmont Park. What’s not to like, you ask? Only the high rents! This is an affluent and attractive area, particularly around Rittenhouse Square.

Philadelphia was born over on the east side, alongside Old City’s markets. In contrast, Center City West started out residential. Both wealthy businesspeople and members of the working class built homes here. In the 1950s, commerce crept over to this half of downtown. Even with encroaching capitalism, however, Center City West apartments remain desirable. Only now they’re closer to boutiques, bars, and bistros.

Living in Center City West, Philadelphia

Center City West is known for its upscale shopping and museums. The Mutter Museum and the Franklin Institute are just two exhibition sites here, covering medical oddities and science respectively. You can check out the paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art or jog up the steps outside it like Stallone in “Rocky.” There are fancy restaurants around, hip bars to be found, and even indie rock shows at the First Unitarian Church. Shopping in Center City West tends to be ritzier, but you can also find basics like furniture, flowers, and—at Trader Joe’s—food.

If you want to spend some time in the sun, Center City West is just southeast of giant Fairmont Park. Rittenhouse Square is like an urban oasis. Schuylkill River Park may be new, but it’s already proving to be popular.

Center City West, Philadelphia Info and the Rental Market

Center City West includes the high-rise towers around Rittenhouse Square as well as areas of single-family homes. Last century, there was urban blight here, but redevelopment has claimed another victory. You’ll find blue-haired grannies, pierced punks, and heiresses all strolling these streets. Those that stay the night tend to be wealthier, however; the average two-bedroom Center City West apartment rents for $2,300 a month.

Public transportation from Center City West shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re not walking to work, you’ll have your choice of SEPTA bus and trolley lines to ride.

Center City West, Philadelphia Resources

The Philadelphia City Institute Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia system is on Locust Street in Center City West. There’s a United States Post Office on Chestnut Street. Center City West falls in City of Philadelphia City Council districts 2 and 5. On the eastern end of the neighborhood, you’ll find Philadelphia City Hall, too.

Center City West, Philadelphia Zip Codes

Zip codes serving Center City West are 19102 and 19103.

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Philadelphia, PA 19130

$1119 - $5395

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Ben Franklin Parkway - Kelly Drive, Fairmount...)

(1190)

$1119 - $5395

Studio-4 Beds1-2 Baths
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(3)

Philadelphia, PA 19130

$1244 - $2511

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount, Franklintown...)

(3)

$1244 - $2511

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10

Philadelphia, PA 19104

$2250 - $4600

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (University City)


$2250 - $4600

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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(7)

Philadelphia, PA 19107

From $840

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Center City, Center City East...)

(7)

From $840

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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Philadelphia, PA 19147

From $1595

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Avenue Of The Arts - South, Bella Vista - Southwark...)


From $1595

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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12

Philadelphia, PA 19130

From $1570

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount, Franklintown...)


From $1570

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
15

Philadelphia, PA 19104

$1750 - $3800

Loft-Studio1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (University City)


$1750 - $3800

Loft-Studio1-2 Baths
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(4)

Philadelphia, PA 19107

From $1525

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia...)

(4)

From $1525

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10

Philadelphia, PA 19147

$2200 - $4000

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Bella Vista - Southwark, Graduate Hospital...)


$2200 - $4000

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
50

Philadelphia, PA 19107

From $1595

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia...)


From $1595

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
21
(7)

Philadelphia, PA 19107

$870 - $1375

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

Philadelphia, PA (Center City, Center City East...)

(7)

$870 - $1375

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
6

Philadelphia, PA 19107

$1395

Studio1 Bath

Philadelphia, PA (Center City, Center City East...)


$1395

Studio1 Bath
21

Philadelphia, PA 19146

From $1250

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath

Philadelphia, PA (Devil's Pocket, Graduate Hospital...)


From $1250

Studio-2 Beds1 Bath
23

Philadelphia, PA 19123

$1525 - $2865

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Callowhill, Fairmount...)


$1525 - $2865

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
23

Philadelphia, PA 19104

From $1550

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

Philadelphia, PA (University City)


From $1550

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
34

Philadelphia, PA 19130

$1925 - $5995

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Ben Franklin Parkway - Kelly Drive, Fairmount...)


$1925 - $5995

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
22

Philadelphia, PA 19107

$1197 - $19410

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Center City, Center City East...)


$1197 - $19410

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
17

Philadelphia, PA 19130

From $2278

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Philadelphia, PA (Ben Franklin Parkway - Kelly Drive, Fairmount...)


From $2278

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths