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      The name Overbrook is commonly used to refer both to a specific neighborhood and a larger area of northwestern West Philadelphia that includes four Philadelphia City Planning Commission neighborhoods: Overbrook, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park and Overbrook Park. These four neighborhoods are united by the close proximity of Overbrook High School, the Overbrook School for the Blind, the Overbrook SEPTA Station, and Overbrook Avenue.

      According to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the main boundaries for the Overbrook neighborhood are North 63rd Street to the west, Lansdowne Avenue to the south, and the SEPTA regional rail tracks to the northeast. A very small portion of Woodbine Avenue between North 63rd Street and the SEPTA regional rail tracks bounds Overbrook to the north while a very small portion of North 52nd Street between Lansdowne Avenue and the SEPTA regional rail tracks bounds Overbrook to the south.

      The area’s housing ranges from large, old homes to rowhouses to 3- and 4-story apartment buildings.

      This neighborhood is home to Overbrook High School, Overbrook School for the Blind (, and Saint Joseph’s University is also located nearby (


      Most people know about Overbrook as the home of Will Smith and Wilt Chamberlain but they are not the only famous people hailing from Overbook. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., is the first ever African-American in space as a member of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission. A mural of him is painted on the Upland Avenue Bridge, heading into the Overbrook community.


      Look into what the Neighbors of Overbrook Association (NOAH) is doing here:

      Read what recent residents have to say about the neighborhood here:

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