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Philadelphia Real Estate Market in 2019: Callowhill, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, East Kensington, Olde Richmond, and Manayunk

Are you looking to dive into real estate investment in 2019? Philadelphia might just be your gold mine. Whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned investor, areas like Callowhill and Northern Liberties offer fantastic opportunities with quick sales and potentially high returns.

If you’re aiming for a place with rising property values, don’t overlook Fishtown, where a steady increase in home prices could mean big profits down the line. For those considering properties with high rental demand, East Kensington is on the rise. And if you want super-fast sales, Manayunk is the place to be, with homes flying off the market in just two weeks.

On the other hand, you might want to steer clear of Olde Richmond for now—it’s not showing the same potential as its neighbors. Ready to make a smart move? Philadelphia’s varied neighborhoods offer lucrative possibilities for every type of investor.

Callowhill, Northern Liberties

This area will be a stellar place to start. It offers a balance between commercial and residential properties, as well as some appealing rental prospects. On top of that, it also boasts a history of consistency regarding its tendency to follow market forecasts and trends.

First, let’s take a look at the Callowhill area. It’s a great place for new investors to get their feet wet–homes sell quickly and frequently, and the area’s competition isn’t too tight when compared to its contemporaries. Properties tend to sell after only a month on the market and typically sell around the listing price. Both of these factors point towards the area being a wonderful way to generate a reliable income stream.

Next, there’s Northern Liberties. It’s slightly more competitive than Callowhill but no less packed with opportunities. The area is more affluent than most other places in Philadelphia–the average property sells for around $450,000. As a result, it’s a riskier endeavor than some others.

The greater risk also speaks to the potential for greater profits, however. Homes tend to sell a bit more slowly in Northern Liberties as well; around the sixty-day mark. Ultimately, it’s an investment prospect with the potential to deliver a huge return on investment for those with the temperament to see the venture through to the end.

Fishtown, East Kensington, Olde Richmond

The Fishtown area is on the rise–home prices have been rising steadily since the beginning of the year, and that isn’t poised to stop anytime soon. More specifically, the median home price has increased by 14% in the past year. On one hand, this rise might translate to a slower turnover. Conversely, it also means you can expect to see a substantial profit if you play your cards right.

East Kensington is a similarly appealing prospect. It has a broad range of both residential and commercial properties. Likewise, the number of renters in the area has been slowly rising in the past year. All in all, it’s absolutely worth your consideration.

Lastly, there’s Olde Richmond. This area isn’t as appealing as its contemporaries, where home prices have stagnated in the past year and its residents’ median income is noticeably lower as well. Additionally, the area is sorely lacking in strong commercial investment opportunities. We would recommend staying away from this area until trends move in a more positive direction.


Manayunk is one of the most appealing prospects on this list. The area excels in just about every area an investor could hope–median income, population density, renters, and crime rates are all excellent relative to other areas in the state.

One of the only criticisms one could fairly lay on the area is that its median sales price is much lower than in some other areas. At only $214,600, it leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, the area makes up for this modest figure with an extremely impressive turnover rate: you can expect to make a sale in Manayunk only two weeks following your initial listing. That’s a hugely impressive figure by any margin.

Another noteworthy fact is the area’s crime rate, which is far lower than almost every other area in Philadelphia. Similarly, the locale’s school district is bustling. That paints a picture of an area packed with high-income families, which speaks to a thriving local economy. In short, you should invest in the Manayunk area as soon as possible.

Need advice on buying or selling a property in the Philadelphia area? Contact us today!

About The Author

Jesse Shemesh

With a wealth of experience in nurturing diverse commercial real estate investment portfolios across multiple markets, I actively engage in the development and execution of deals spanning all asset classes. My expertise lies in collaborating with strategic partners, including corporate real estate professionals, fund managers, developers, and investors, to source, identify, and entitle opportunities. At Point Acquisitions, we take pride in our unique, proprietary platform that specializes in property acquisitions, generating a steady stream of organic deal flow that sets us apart from the competition. As a seasoned professional in the real estate industry, I am dedicated to creating lasting partnerships and delivering exceptional results for all stakeholders.


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