Residents are enchanted by tall lush trees and stunning Queen Anne-style architecture. Originally farmland, Cedar Park was built between 1850 and 1910 as a Center City suburb connected by horsecars and trolleys. West of University City, Cedar Park is located between Larchwood & Kingsessing Avenues and 46th Street to 52nd Street.
Gentrification began in the early 2000s due to University City’s redevelopment, and subsequently a large student population has migrated into the area. However, many long-time culturally diverse residents still hold the land and their gorgeous sizable homes. Read one resident’s viewpoint here: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/03/11/cedar-park-gentrification-west-philadelphia/
Although primarily residential, the area’s vibrant, artistic, and cultural influences have fostered an array of gatherings, events, and businesses. Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant is a notable place to visit, transformed from an old firehouse. (http://www.dockstreetbeer.com/)
If you’re looking for homes with character, look no further. Inside and out, you will find true gems featuring inlay hardwood floors, stained glass, formal seating areas, and yards with plenty of greenery. The area is known for its creatively decorated front porches and colorfully painted exteriors. It is a real treat viewing the homes’ various personalities as you stroll down the block.
Read why VisitPhilly.com calls Cedar Park “West Philly’s beating heart” here: https://www.visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/cedar-park-spruce-hill/
Read what the Cedar Park Neighborhood Association is up to here: http://www.cedarparkneighbors.org/
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