Get to know the many neighborhoods of Philadelphia in Agent Lady’s blog series “Philly Neighborhood Spotlight.” Whether you are looking to buy a home in this wonderful City of Brotherly Love or just want to get to know the lay of the land, read about the history, location, and highlights of Philly neighborhoods.
Chestnut Hill is located about ten miles northwest of Center City. Its boundaries consist of Northwest Avenue, Wissahickon Gorge, Stenton Avenue, and Cresheim Valley. While it is north of Manayunk, Chestnut Hill is still considered to be part of Philadelphia.
The land has been referred to as Chestnut Hill since 1704. It began as a village in the Germantown Township until the Act of Consolidation in 1854, which annexed 129 miles of land in Philadelphia. While it was still part of Germantown Township, it served as a stopping point or gateway between the city of Philadelphia and farmlands. During the American Revolution, General George Washington led his troops through Chestnut Hill on their way to the Battle of Germantown. They later receded to Chestnut Hill after their loss. During the Civil War, a hospital was set up on East Willow Grove Avenue.
Many upper class Philadelphia residents in the 18th and 19th century would vacation in Chestnut Hill during the summer due to its higher elevation. Chestnut Hill sits 400-500 feet above sea level, which means the temperature is cooler compared to Center City. Many families would have vacation homes in this area.
During the 19th century, the population increased with the installation of railroads. Residents were now able to easily commute to and from the city with the train service. It was, and still is, often referred to as a suburb in Philadelphia.
Chestnut Hill is known for its highly priced real estate. The neighborhood has a suburban feel to it, even though it is still considered part of Philadelphia. Its history has left a mark on the neighborhood as old Victorian twins and rowhomes still line the streets today. There are many restaurants, shops, and attractions in the neighborhood, so it isn’t solely residential. There are many residents who work in the city and take the train home to some fresher air.
Highlights and Events
The best-known event held in Chestnut Hill is the annual Harry Potter Weekend Festival that takes place every October. Festivalgoers will dress up as their favorite Harry Potter characters and watch performances and magic shows.
The Morris Arboretum is also located in Chestnut Hill and is part of the University of Pennsylvania. The gorgeous trees are something to stare at during the autumn months. It is a must-see attraction the neighborhood has to offer.
Germantown Avenue is full of restaurants and shops, including the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, which has been serving gourmet cheese for the last 50 years. If shopping isn’t for you, Wissahickon Park is very close and perfect for a long stroll or hike on a nice day.
Looking to Move?
Do you love being close to the city, but not ready to move to the suburbs yet? Then it sounds like Chestnut Hill may be a neighborhood you should look into! Contact Philadelphia’s leading real estate agent, the Agent Lady, to schedule a FREE consultation today!
About Brittany: Brittany is the super organized (and awesome) marketing assistant that helps home buying and selling clients have the best experience possible. She also shares her creative side by writing compelling short stories about the home buying process that are loosely based on actual client situations and captures the authentic feel of Philadelphia neighborhoods.