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North Philly | My Philly Neighborhood

Row Homes in North Philadelphia (Photo Credit Joe Labolito)

I found my accommodation through Craigslist. I reached out to the owner and drove down for a tour of the home. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with the space.

I live in a North Philadelphia Row Home, near the Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry

Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry by 13th and Allegeny. These homes were first constructed to meet the needs of industrial workers who wanted to live close to their factories. My house in particular was constructed in 1916—and has beautiful period features. The home has high ceilings, intricate tile-work, tiled over fireplaces, a skylight in the dining room, and floor to ceiling butler pantry. It is an old home and slightly rough, but with much character.

My landlord connected me with another Temple Law student from Washington State interested in the property. We spoke about the house and decided living together would be a fit!

I paid about $500 in rent per month for my room-utilities included.

I chose the neighborhood in large part because of its proximity to Temple. The house is right next to the dental school and a 8-minute walk from Temple Hospital. I was within walking distance of a hospital, a pharmacy, a number of restaurants.

My commute is a 7-minute walk to the Broad Street Line, an 8-minute ride on the subway to Cecil B. Moore Station, and I arrive right in front of the law school! I give myself 25 minutes to get to school to be safe. Being so close to the BSL means that I can easily travel around the city.

My favorite thing about my home is the period character it possesses. Many of the homes in that area are dilapidated, but all of them have gorgeous wooden carvings. The intricacy put into the construction of that era—absolutely magical! Did I mention I lived right next to a Pizza place too?

My least favorite thing about my home is the surrounding area. The few blocks around my house are fine, and Temple’s campus is very safe. However, I wouldn’t go on a 3am stroll past that area. If I every had to come home very late I could always call for an escort through Temple security services. I had to give up my nighttime jogs, but never had a single problem.

Fast Facts | The Best Place For:

  • Grocery Shopping: Depends if you have a car. There is a Save A Lot within driving distance, but I didn’t have a car. I would either go to the Fresh Grocer on Main Campus or use Instacart.
  • Cofffee: Dunkin’ Donuts right next to the subway
  • Drinks: I’d meet friends in Center City!
  • Dinner: Saffron Indian Cuisine (also has a great lunch buffet)
  • Dessert: Can Pizza from Two Brothers Pizza count as dessert?
  • Studying: As a Temple student, I was able to walk over to the medical school and enjoy their library (and virtual reality education game room).
  • Fresh Air: Head over to Fairmount Park or the Schuylkill River Trail.

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