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      Cobbs Creek

      Cobbs Creek is generally bounded by Market Street to the north, Baltimore Avenue to the south, 52nd Street to the east, and Cobbs Creek Parkway to the west. It is often locally referred to as “The Southside”, in reference to its location to the south of Market Street and above the Baltimore Avenue border of Southwest Philadelphia.

      In 1998, the Cobbs Creek Automobile Suburb Historic District was created, with Cobbs Creek Parkway, Spruce Street, 62nd Street, and Angora Street its boundaries. The District protects 1049 buildings, with Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, and Bungalow/Craftsman architectural styles contained within the district.

      The School District of Philadelphia operates public schools. Andrew Hamilton Elementary School located at S.56th St. & Spruce St., Sayre High (formerly a middle school) is located at S.58th St & Walnut St. and West Philadelphia High School.


      Walkers, runners and cyclists are sure to enjoy Cobbs Creek Park, which has a paved trail stretching from 63rd Street to 70th Street running parallel to the Parkway, one of the busiest streets in the neighborhood. There are also a number of unpaved trails that run throughout the park where hikers and dog walkers can go to explore. The paved portion of the trail passes by a number of noteworthy spots, including the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Mount Moriah Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden.

      The neighborhood’s branch of the Free Library, the Blanche A. Nixon Library, regularly offers free events and services for residents. Events include movie screenings, story time for kids and cooking lessons.

      The neighborhood is easy to get to from Center City and Northeast Philadelphia, thanks to the Market-Frankford elevated line — the El, for short — that runs along its northern border, above Market Street. The El runs seven days a week and operates 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday through Thursday, shuttle buses replace the trains between midnight and 5 a.m. From the 63rd Street stop, it’s a quick ride to City Hall station in the heart of Center City.

      If you love the idea of living in an affordable, historical home in a neighborhood with actively involved neighbors and plenty of green space, this neighborhood is worth checking out.


      Read what some recent residents have to say about their neighborhood here: