Out on Philadelphia's northeast edge, Academy Gardens apartments offer residents a semi-suburban lifestyle within striking distance of the city. It's not a bustling neighborhood, but it's got some style and verve. Academy Gardens began its modern life as part of the land held by Thomas Holme, the surveyor for William Penn. It wasn't truly developed until after World War II, when veterans pushed into Northeast Philadelphia. The starter homes they built then--humble places--have since been remodeled to appreciable effect.
If you mean business in Academy Gardens, you'll want to head to Holme Avenue or Willits Road/Welsh Road. These thoroughfares contain most of the retail activity in the area. Along these streets you'll find a smattering of restaurants and bars--some of them local joints and others franchises of national chains. There's a JC Penny in the neighborhood along with plenty of services to keep residents happy. Pennypack Park, on the neighborhood's western edge, offers plenty of green space.
The average two-bedroom Academy Gardens apartment rents for just under a grand a month. While many of the homes here were built economically in the 1950s, they haven't been left to deteriorate. Look for remodeled rowhouses, apartments, and homes. Commuters from Academy Gardens will likely drive into Center City on I-95 or grab SEPTA trains at Holmesburg Junction station.
The Torresdale and the Welsh Road branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia system bookend Academy Gardens. You can find a United States Post Office on Frankford Avenue, on the other side of Pennypack Park. Academy Gardens falls in City of Philadelphia City Council District 8. Northeast Philadelphia Airport is just to the north of here.
Zip codes serving Academy Gardens are 19114, 19136, and 19152.