The Best Apartments in Philadelphia in 2021

Every shape and color of apartments for rent in Philadelphia is found among its 150 or so neighborhoods. Towering apartment buildings, cozy duplexes, sprawling complexes and relaxed apartment homes are among all the selections available from Somerton to Southwark.

But if you're looking for a new rental to call home, where do you want to land? Luxury in Center City? Rowhomes in South Philly? Solitude in Northwest Philly? Affordability in the Great Northeast? Regardless of what you're looking for, there is something for you in Philly. But what are the best apartments in Philadelphia?

We looked at a plethora of factors. Convenience, amenities, lifestyle, safety, location and of course price were among the aspects we considered. From that, we have determined the 25 best apartments in Philadelphia.

25. Sherwood Crossing Apartments & Townhomes

First of all, residential living in wooded Torresdale is the name of the game at Sherwood Crossing. The extensive complex offers a selection of traditional apartments and cozy townhomes in the Great Northeast.

Second, units at Sherwood feature maple cabinets, wall-to-wall carpet, granite countertops and a balcony or patio in each apartment. The property itself offers a pool with clubhouse and picnic area, playground, courtyard and a fenced dog park. Plus, two fitness facilities are available, a 24-hour indoor center and another outdoors.

Last but not least, Sherwood sits on the shores of shady Byberry Creek, offering a beautiful backdrop right in your backyard. Convenience abounds, with I-95 under 10 minutes away. Regional shopping center Philadelphia Mills Mall is only two miles away, as are the big box stores along Bristol Pike. Also, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital is just on the next block.

24. The Roosevelt

Luxury on the Schuylkill — The Roosevelt is a 10-story tower in a renovated historic building in the heart of Fitler Square. Two blocks from Schuylkill Banks on the river, four from Rittenhouse Square and just nine from Broad Street down Walnut. The Roosevelt is the ultimate in Center City living.

Entering The Roosevelt gives rise to the historic exterior and classically-styled lobby with gold-rimmed arches. But inside it's all Center City lifestyle. Furthermore, units feature hardwood floors and new appliances, cabinetry and bath fixtures and virtual keyless entry while the building's historic charm remains.

Hungry? Beloved Rosy's Taco Bar serves up eats on the ground floor.

23. Chestnut Hill Tower

Ask around about the best neighborhood in Philly for families. Then inquire about what the affordable upscale neighborhood is. You'll find the same answer: Chestnut Hill. That's where you'll find the soaring Chestnut Hill Tower.

Ultimately, the 18-story edifice casts its shadow over Philadelphia's Stenton Avenue border with Montgomery County. The property sits on a wooded block, just a half-mile from the upscale shops, bakeries, breweries, boutiques and dining of Chestnut Hill's Germantown Avenue corridor.

Every unit offers panoramic terraces with stunning views, oversized windows, chef-inspired kitchens and modern interiors. Additionally, the building itself features two swimming pools and two lighted tennis courts, a full business center and conference rooms.

22. Dobson Mills Apartments and Lofts

Just south of East Falls and Manayunk and north of sprawling Fairmount Park, plus a block from the Schuylkill River Trail — Dobson Mills Apartments has the best of every location. But this city community is so much more.

Dobson Mills is truly a campus. A half dozen renovated warehouses make up the complex tucked aside the Roosevelt Expressway. On one side is the accessible McDevitt Rec Center and on the other historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. But everything you need is available to you on-site.

The unique Allegheny West property offers acres of shaded courtyards, a clubhouse, dry cleaners, multi-level parking garage, pet park and a relaxing pool. Also, Dobson Mills is a secure, gated community with a 24-hour attended entrance.

Luxury units come in both traditional and loft style. Apartments offer 10- to 14 foot ceilings with crown molding, side-by-side refrigerators and stunning views through eight-foot bay windows.

21. Austin Manor

In the heart of Northeast Philly, Austin Manor is a quiet, friendly garden community. The dual Lawncrest neighborhood buildings sit just off convenient Rising Sun Avenue. For those seeking green space, parkland is easily accessible. The property is within walking distance of both Burholme and Tookany Creek parks.

Units at Austin Manor feature new installation energy-efficient windows, a plethora of kitchen storage space and off-street parking in the residential district. The affordable rents include heat, hot water and gas.

20. The View at Manayunk Apartments

Yes, you can have quiet, private living in the trendy young professional neighborhood of Manayunk. The View at Manayunk sits serenely between the nightlife along the Schuylkill River and recreation of Wissahickon Valley Park. In fact, the apartments are just a half-mile walk to the dining and shopping of Main Street Manayunk.

The new construction building offers modern touches in each unit. Apartments feature wide-open floorplans, island kitchens, breakfast bars and unique upscale designs. The property offers an inimitable green roof with a deck and rooftop balcony overlooking the hills of Roxborough.

And your four-legged friends are well taken care of as well. Additionally, the View features a private pet park across the street and an on-site dog wash station.

19. The Irvine Apartments

Rising eight stories over the otherwise flatlands of Far University City is The Irvine Apartments. An oasis in residential West Philly, The Irvine sits just a block off busy Baltimore Avenue. This spot is convenient to the surrounding 20 blocks of local shops, dining, co-ops and delis.

The Irvine's luxury apartments offer loft-style layouts with hardwood floors and oversized closets. Available units also feature craft kitchens, black matte fixtures, garden tubs and rain showers and bedroom mirrored walls.

Outside, the property offers an outdoor kitchen and dining areas, pet playground and fire pits. Indoors is an extensive fitness center, co-working areas and renovated spaces featuring original graffiti art.

The property is also highly accessible. Units, exteriors and common areas are optimal for disability and wheelchair access. Additionally, the building is a certified green community.

18. Blue Grass Estates

The name “estates" in Blue Grass Estates is not much of an exaggeration. This complex sits on an expansive campus of seven winged living structures. Each unit is a comprehensive apartment home, complete with fully equipped eat-in kitchens.

The central focus of the Estates is a beautifully landscaped resort courtyard. It surrounds a beautiful swimming pool and both concrete and grassy sundecks and a poolhouse.

Lastly, chain restaurants, big box stores, supermarkets, gyms and pizza places of bustling Route 1 are just a couple of blocks away.

17. Cedar Glen Apartments

Not every apartment resident desires a space in the middle of the action. Here, you can have cozy, comfortable living at an affordable price. That's the quiet residential Bustleton area you'll find Cedar Glen Apartments.

Cedar Glen lies just off the east border of beautiful Pennypack Park. An entrance to the 14-mile Pennypack Trail is only a 10-minute walk.

Its quiet, private locale is still convenient to shopping and dining a couple of minutes away along Roosevelt Boulevard. Three SEPTA bus stops line Old Bustleton Avenue just outside your front door. All this comes at a very affordable price, with one-bedrooms under $880 and twos for under $980.

16. Sunrise Court

Sunrise Court is a perfect North Philly spot for affordability and convenience. The unassuming building is only steps from suburban Cheltenham Township. And it lies just a half-mile walk from both SEPTA's Cheltenham and Ryers stations.

The units at Sunrise Court are recently remodeled, with new kitchens and appliances, and tiled bathrooms. Floorplans are large and feature ample closet space. And all two-bedroom apartments offer two full baths. And the price is right, with a one-bedrooms listing for under a thousand a month.

15. Liberty Square

This is the ultimate in Philadelphia luxury community living. Liberty Square is a self-sustaining upscale community all its own. The complex consists of three buildings and an exterior plaza encompassing an entire city block. Each building sits atop ground-floor retail shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques. And underground is a private 150-car parking garage.

These brand new upscale apartments sit on a 300,000-square-foot campus. The landscaped grounds offer parklike gardens, piazza-style gathering areas and a luxury swimming. Inside, the grand lobby is the ultimate in contemporary extravagance. Also, above street level, green roofs open up to stunning rooftop terraces and lounges.

The units themselves feature a number of posh amenities and unique floorplans. Apartments offer high-end finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows and designer kitchens. All units include private balconies, and premium penthouse units are available.

Liberty Square is an early adopter in Philly's newest upscale neighborhood. The complex is just over the border of trendy Northern Liberties in up-and-coming Olde Kensington. All the best restaurants, bars and music venues in NoLibs and Fishtown are just a short bike or ride away.

14. Tacony Crossing by Onewall

The large Tacony Crossing complex lies at the eastern end of the up-and-coming East Oak Lane neighborhood. It's just a block from the suburb of Cheltenham, at Philadelphia's “V" border separating North Philly and the Great Northeast.

The campus sits just off beautiful Tacony Creek Park. Its adjacency to the massive park and its eponymous waterway is a most attractive feature. A number of the park's trails and bridges are just steps away.

The newly renovated complex offers uniquely open floor plans. Units afford large closets and ceramic tile bath floors. And patios and terraces are available in every apartment. On the exterior, every unit is convenient to Tacony Crossing's Olympic-sized pool with sundeck.

13. Pelham Park

There are few places in Philadelphia granting both convenience and quiet like West Mount Airy. That's where you'll find Pelham Park in Northwest Philly's Pelham Historic District. North of Center City, east of Manayunk and south of Chestnut Hill, Pelham is residential while in the middle of everything.

The eight-story tower features spacious floorplans and large picture windows with stunning views. Most units offer heated bathroom tile, security systems and inlaid parquet floors. And just a half block away is SEPTA's Upsal station on the Chestnut Hill West Line.

12. Presidential City

Presidential City certainly lives up to both its names. The complex consists of four stately towers. Each named for a Founding Father president, each styled in its own unique ambiance. These towers are in a self-contained property that indeed feels like its own city. And the environmentally-friendly community is independently green, using 100 percent wind-generated power.

With numerous upgraded fixtures, the apartments certainly exude presidential. Fully green units offer eco-efficient electric heating and cooling and sustainable Sapele hardwood floors. Living areas deliver custom “tilt-and-turn" Euro-style windows and LED overhead lighting. And island kitchens offer antimicrobial quartz counters and baths feature thermostatic shower columns with rain and body jets. Many units include panoramic views of the city.

The city-style campus offers a bevy of diplomatic amenities. For those on the go, Presidential City features basketball and tennis courts, three infinity pools and two hot tubs and an outdoor kitchen and dining terrace. For a more relaxing time, there is a dry sauna and steam room, massage services and tanning booths and a rooftop lounge overlooking the pool club.

All this comes with the convenience of a location in Wynnefield Heights. The complex sits quite literally at the intersection of booming City Avenue and the entrance to the Schuylkill Expressway.

11. Montclair Duplex Apartments

On a large plot of land in the crook of Pennypack Park is Montclair Duplex Apartments. First of all, the cozy, detached units offer the best of single-family house living while in a rental community setting. Montclair's home-like apartments offer, as the management says, “duplex-traordinary living."

Second, each unit is a duplex home unto itself. Every apartment has its own private entrance, unfenced backyard and parking space at the unit's front door. Inside, the duplexes feature oversized closets, tiled bathrooms and wall-to-wall carpeting. Finally, Rents for a two-person duplex are just over a thousand dollars and include water.

10. 6300 City Avenue

A stone's throw from Bala Cynwyd and Saint Joseph's University, 6300 City Avenue offers suburban-style living at the edge of West Philly. The low-rise building sits among ample green space where busy Philadelphia becomes the residential town of the Main Line.

The property is collegiate outside but luxurious inside. 6300 offers a friendly resident lounge and other amenities. The brand-new apartments include living areas with oversized windows and custom-designed kitchens and baths. Also, each has modern finishes, quartz counters, tiled showers and hardwood floors.

9. The Avenue at East Falls

On the edge of Germantown is the historic neighborhood of East Falls. There, the two towers of The Avenue at East Falls loom a dozen stories over Cloverly Park to one side and scholastic athletic fields to the other.

The neighborhood maintains a balance between residential and city life with its luxurious but friendly atmosphere at The Avenue. The gorgeous grounds offer a resort-style swimming pool, fire pit and park-like courtyard between the buildings.

Other amenities include an on-site dry cleaner, a pet spa, car charging station and a yoga studio.

8. Beechwood Gardens

In residential Bustleton, Beechwood Gardens spreads out over eight buildings. The towers rise over the popular corner of Bustleton and Haldeman avenues.

Beechwood offers Northeast Philly luxury and tranquility. But the inviting apartments are also far enough away from Center City to enjoy affordability. The complex maintains convenience, just a block off of Roosevelt Boulevard across from Northeast Philadelphia Airport. And SEPTA has a bus stop literally outside the front entrance.

Beechwood features spacious floor plans. Amenities include private patios and balconies, renovated kitchens with oak cabinets and fresh new bathrooms. Also, the units also share a sparkling swimming pool and sundeck.

7. Park Chase

At the upper edges of Pennypack Park in Fox Chase is aptly named Park Chase. Less than a mile from lower Montgomery County, the complex sits among a number of other athletic parks and playgrounds. The quiet, residential neighborhood also features restaurants and service shops walking distance away along Oxford Avenue.

The affordable apartments lease for around a grand a month. But this doesn't mean Park Chase doesn't offer a number of amenities. Units include abundant closet space, fully-equipped kitchens, wall-to-wall carpeting and intercom-assisted entry. Additionally, many offer views out over the expansive Pennypack Preserve.

6. Mansion at Bala

You can't get more west in West Philly than this. The Mansion at Bala lies in the City Avenue district across from the suburb of Bala Cynwyd. The location is one of the most desirable Philly outskirt neighborhoods. It's popular for families and for commuters to both Center City and the Main Line.

Commuter convenience is exactly what the Wynnefield area on City Line offers. The entrance to the Schuylkill Expressway is down the block and SEPTA's Bala Station on the Cynwyd Line is across the street. City Avenue has every imaginable department store, supermarket, big-box store and chain restaurant. Plus, new upscale shops and trendy eateries pop up often. For outdoor recreation, the edge of Philly's massive Fairmount Park is steps away.

Units offer a plethora of amenities and upgrades. Apartments include high ceilings and crown molding, eight-foot bay windows and oak floors. Kitchens provide granite countertops and side-by-side refrigerators and wine racks. Additionally, the grounds feature a clubhouse with a gourmet outdoor kitchen and a free multilevel parking garage.

5. The Windsor Apartments

Located in the heart of Logan Square, The Windsor Apartments are some of the most luxurious yet affordable in Center City.

The Windsor is a landmark on the south end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The building is a distinctive semi-cylindrical, 12-story edifice that also encompasses a hotel and furnished extended-stay suites. Units offer fully-equipped kitchens, renovated bathrooms and private balconies. Each has a view overlooking either Center City or the Parkway.

Residents have access to the same amenities as hotel guests. This includes laundry on every floor, a dry cleaning service, an underground garage, a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour concierge. Also, the building offers a rooftop swimming pool and two restaurants on-site, an Asian bistro and an Irish pub.

The Windsor's front door spills out right onto the Parkway, between the UAE and Ukrainian flags. The stunning location is a five-minute walk to Logan Circle, LOVE Park, City Hall, multiple museums and scores of cafes and restaurants.

4. Universal Properties

Universal Properties is actually two acclaimed facilities at the same location. Universal Point & Commons at Point Breeze are unique communities in the Point Breeze section of South Philly. Just two blocks from Broad Street, the facility is steps from the next-up development area of Broad and Washington.

The Ellsworth/Federal stop on the Broad Street Line is a less-than five-minute walk. From here, both Center City and the Sports Complex are under 10 minutes away. The famed Italian Market and “Cheesesteak Corner" are each just a 15-minute walk.

The units at Universal & Commons are large apartment homes with spacious floor plans. Both offer modern baths and modern kitchens. And every building has remodeled laundry facilities.

3. The Lofts at Chimney Hill

Enjoy loft living in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The Lofts at Chimney Hill offers some of the most unique living in Manayunk. One and two-bedroom lofts are newly renovated units converted from historic warehouse and factory buildings.

The character-driven units have full hardwood flooring and oversized closets. This complements oversized windows, exposed brick and high ceilings. As well, units feature fully modern kitchens and secure intercom access.

The exterior offers an outdoor barbecue and picnic area with gas grills, and unique covered skyways. But that's just the tip. The Lofts are also a 10-minute walk from Manayunk's trendy Main Street. The strip is known for hip restaurants, bars, boutiques and record shops.

2. 7400 Roosevelt

What better spot exists in Northeast Philly than across the street from 1,600 acre-Pennypack Park? Relaxed 7400 Roosevelt sits directly aside the Roosevelt Boulevard greenway and steps from Roosevelt Mall.

Apartments at 7400 feature renovated interiors with plank tile flooring, new windows, HVAC, kitchens and bathrooms. Many units come with spacious dens and two bedrooms include two full bathrooms. Plus, the property includes a beautiful courtyard and outdoor gazebo.

1. The Cornerstone

So what is the best apartment in Philadelphia? Well, it might be this convenient West Philadelphia complex. The Cornerstone sits in the residential western end of University City. It's equidistant from the bustle of the universities and homey suburban Cobbs Creek.

The Cornerstone offers modern units with hardwood floors and fully-equipped kitchens with affordable rents. The Ivy League-style buildings offer unique features in a diverse residential neighborhood. The complex sits between busy Walnut Street and Baltimore Avenue. Plus, it's just a block from the University City Swim Club.

Located in the Cedar Park neighborhood, it's a short bike ride to Penn, Drexel and USciences, and the Schuylkill waterfront. No bike? The Cornerstone is an easy walk to the LUCY (Loop Through University City) shuttle.

Best apartments in Philadelphia

What is clear is that no matter what amenities are important to you, what atmosphere you desire and which neighborhood you see yourself in, there are apartments for rent in Philadelphia made for you.

We found our 25 best apartments in Philadelphia. But there are others that might be even more perfect for you. See for yourself and find apartments for rent in Philadelphia on rent.com that are just what you're looking for.

We looked at all available multifamily rental property inventory from January to June 2021 on Rent.com to determine which properties with a Philadelphia mailing address are most viewed by organic internet searches. The information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein does not constitute financial advice, availability or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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Michael HochmanMichael is a Philadelphia-based writer with a variety of interests, including music, TV, politics, travel, and sports (Fly Eagles Fly!). His background includes a decade as a programming executive in network television, six years as a marketing executive at a technology company, and time at two magazines and two advertising agencies. He also sits on the board of a non-profit law firm that assists veterans with disabilities. Michael is a proud Syracuse grad (Newhouse) who has lived in Kansas, Chicago, Saratoga and beyond.

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