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October 15, 2007

Center City Condominium Living… Is It Child Friendly?

Filed under: Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 10:40 am

We all know most of the Center City condos, lofts, and townhouses are pet-friendly, but is living in Center City really child-friendly?

I mean, we all think living in Center City primarily appeals to three groups: 
• Single professionals
• Young couples who haven’t started expanding their families
• Empty nesters whose children have grown up and moved away or gone off to college. 

It’s not too often that we hear someone say, "I think I’ll be ready to start having or adopting children soon, so maybe I should look into moving to Center City because that’s the best place to raise my family."

I say, what place can be more appealing than Center City Philadelphia for someone who wants to raise a child?  For starters, your child will be brought up within walking distance of many of America’s famous historical landmarks.  There are so many parks and museums here in Center City that your family weekends will be filled with activities well into your child’s high school days. 

If you live in or near Society Hill/Old City, you can spend your free time strolling through Washington Square Park, Independence Hall or The Benjamin Rush Garden, or playing miniature golf at Franklin Square.  And every child should Ride the Ducks just once, come on it’s not that bad (note to mom or dad:  just be sure to discard of that quacking beak before you get home…haha!).   

How about a little closer to Rittenhouse Square?  You can experience:
• City Hall tours
• Love Park (and the large game pieces outside the Municipal Building across the street)
• Fountains that children of any age enjoy visiting on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 
• Rittenhouse Square Park’s amazing annual Holiday Tree lighting as well as other activities throughout the year.

Or the Art Museum area, where you have the:
• Art Museum
• Franklin Institute and just a bit farther the…
• Philadelphia Zoo!

No matter which area of Center City Philadelphia is your favorite, you’ll discover many attractions that will become you and your child’s dream place to visit.  And they are all just a short walk or bus or cab ride away. 

Ok, so we all agree there is a lot to do here, but you may be thinking, where will my child go to school?  There are a ton of great schools here in the City that you probably don’t know about.  Click here to find a list of Center City Schools.  This site has the schools mapped out and separated into categories: public, parochial, charter and private. 

There is even an awesome website to help parents find Center City daycare and before and after school programs.  Type in your ZIP Code and someone will contact you with all the best centers in your area.  Even better, most Center City office buildings have daycare centers right inside!  

Living in a Center City condo can be an especially appealing lifestyle for parents who work in Center City.  What a stress reliever it would be to spend that extra 45 minutes you would be stuck in traffic driving in from the suburbs, actually sitting at the table enjoying breakfast with your family.  Imagine the peace of mind you’d feel having your child only 5 minutes away from your place of work rather than 45 minutes away at her school in Sicklerville, NJ.

Did you know that according to The Center City District 37% of Center City residents walk to work everyday?  It’s great exercise and better for the environment… you can’t beat that! 

So picture this… you sleep a little later in the morning; get to eat breakfast with you family; walk only a few blocks to drop off your second-grader at school; stop at Starbucks and pick up a latte; drop off your toddler at the daycare right on the first floor of your office building; and then after work, the family grabs a bite to eat at one of your favorite restaurants here in the city.  You’d even have time (and energy) to bowl a game or two at Lucky Strikes or catch a film at the Ritz or just sit back and relax in your Center City condominium enjoying the City’s beautiful view.     

Sounds pretty good to me….but let me know what you think.  Leave a comment or send us an email and let us know if Center City is the place you would love to raise your family! 

Interested in learning more about Center City living and Center City condominiums?  Give Mark Wade a call at 215-521-1523 or drop him an email at

Nicole Noguer
Office Assistant for
Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®

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