If you’re thinking of buying your first home in Roxborough & Manayunk, you’ll want to know everything you can about living here. There’s a ton of great things to do in Roxborough & Manayunk, it’s reasonably easy to commute to Center City and the suburbs, and the homes are relatively affordable compared to some other parts of Philadelphia.
Love Getting Outside? You’ll Love it Here!
If you talk with most people who’ve bought homes in Roxborough & Manayunk they’ll tell you that the Wissahickon Valley Park is one of the main reasons that they moved to the area. The park offers over 1800-acres of hiking and biking trails following the picturesque Wissahickon Creek as it winds it’s way toward the Schuylkill River. It only takes a few minutes to get into the park from just about anywhere in the neighborhood.
In addition to the Wissahickon Valley Park, there are lots of smaller neighborhood parks. The two largest are Pretzel Park and Gorgas Park. Both have great playgrounds and are also home to festivals and events throughout the year. Both Houston Playground and Neighbor’s Park have spraygrounds and playgrounds. You’ll also find playgrounds at La Noce Park, Daisy Field (now Montgomery Field), Kendrick Rec Center, Fairview Park, and Hillside Rec Center. You can also take a quick scenic walk around the Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve.
There are a Ton of Great Places to Eat in Roxborough & Manayunk
Of course, everyone knows about the restaurant scene on Main Street where you’ll find some of the areas most popular restaurants. Personal favorites include, but definitely aren’t limited to, Taqueria Feliz, The Goat’s Beard, Han Dynasty, SOMO, Winnie’s, Ryan’s Pub, Jake’s & Cooper’s, and Laxmi’s. There are also loads of great spots on Ridge Ave in Roxborough and hidden throughout the neighborhood. Be sure to check out A Tutti Pizza, Darling Nikki’s BBQ at Tavern on Ridge, Jamaican-Korean fusion at The Spicy Belly, Hilltown Tavern, Taylor’s Cafe, and Lennie’s Hoagies for a quick lunch.
For more recommendations – including the best spots for breakfast, coffee, and desserts – check out our Guide to Roxborough & Manayunk Restaurants.
There’s Always Something To Do
If you love events and festivals, Roxborough & Manayunk are great places to live. There’s something fun and unique just about every week in the area. You’ll find great street festivals including The Manayunk Arts Festival, The StEAT Food Festival, and RoxtoberFest. There are also harvest festivals in Manayunk and at Gorgas Park in Roxborough. You’ll also find storytime for kids at our libraries, plays and music at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, and more.
Shopping in Roxborough & Manayunk
If you’re planning on buying a home in Roxborough & Manayunk then you’ll want to know where you can go to get groceries and staples. There are three supermarkets in Roxborough, two Acme’s and a Shoprite. There’s also a mini Target in Upper Roxborough. A large Target is just a few minutes away in neighboring Bala Cynwyd. If you live in Andorra or Upper Roxborough areas the closest large Target is a few miles away in Plymouth Meeting where you’ll also find several grocery stores including Giant and Whole Foods.
There are weekly farmer’s markets in Pretzel Park and Gorgas Park. Both typically end in November and start up again around May. Saul High School, the agricultural school on Henry Avenue in Upper Roxborough, also has a farmer’s market and a weekly farm share program.
The Most Popular Price Range for Homes in Roxborough & Manayunk
More homes sell from $200,000 to $300,000 in Roxborough & Manayunk than in any other price range. In fact, about half of all homes sold in Roxborough & Manayunk sell in that price range which makes it a desirable area for first-time home buyers. You’ll also find homes for less than that and plenty of homes for more. More and more homes are selling in the $300,000 to $350,000 price range as prices increase in the area.
The median home price in Roxborough & Manayunk is $265,000. The typical median price home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and is just about 1500 square feet. For comparison, in Fishtown the median price for a home is $300,000. At that price, the typical home is a 3 bedroom 2 bath home for only 1200 square feet.
Want to know what’s on the market? Check out the latest homes for sale in the most popular price range in Roxborough & Manayunk.
You’ll Find a Huge Variety of Home Styles and Neighborhoods
Roxborough & Manayunk are distinct neighborhoods with their own unique characteristics but they’re often considered one area since they share a border and have similar home values. Within the area you’ll find everything from the more urban feel of Manayunk with it’s rowhouses and proximity to Main Street to the suburban-like areas of Upper Roxborough & Andorra where you’ll find the majority of detached single homes with driveways and larger yards though. Central Roxborough & the Wissahickon Neighborhood have a lot of twin homes that offer more space than much of what’s available in Manayunk but are typically more affordable than detached homes.
The Roxborough Manayunk Real Estate Market is Competitive
It’s a seller’s market in Roxborough & Manayunk. That means that you can expect homes to sell quickly and often with multiple competing offers. This is especially true for homes that show the best in their price range. If you’re thinking of buying a home in Roxborough & Manayunk then do the legwork before you start looking. You don’t want to wait until the perfect home comes along only to find out that someone else made an offer before you had an opportunity. There will be other homes, but why let a great one slip by?
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