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Four Reasons to Raise a Family in Fitler Square

Be Zoned for Philadelphia’s Top Schools

Fitler Square has become a haven for everyone from college students to empty nesters -- anyone looking for a quiet corner to call home in Philadelphia -- but it's especially attractive to young couples and families due to the Albert M. Greenfield School. Greenfield, a K - 8 public elementary school, might be Philadelphia's best public school and is well known for its outstanding principal and an exceptional Home & School Association. Many Greenfield students move on to the Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School or the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), both just a few miles away, for middle and high school. For parents looking for other options, Fitler Square also holds the prestigious private Philadelphia School. This institution is best known for its country classroom program, which allows students to spend regular time at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

An Ideal Location

What if you could be within walking distance of Philadelphia's best restaurants, shops, museums and events without all of the hustle and bustle? What if your neighborhood featured more dog walkers at 1 am than questionable bar traffic? The increasingly popular Fitler Square -- which boasts top notch walk-ability, transit and bike scores -- might have found that perfect balance of city and residential life that allows its lucky inhabits to enjoy all the conveniences and culture of living in Center City without being overwhelmed. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and consider the advantages to being right next door to Rittenhouse's best spots and a little more than a mile from Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

The City’s Best Backyard

Unlike its more popular sister parks, including Rittenhouse and Logan Squares, Fitler Square is more a neighborhood common space than a tourist attraction. Beautifully maintained and lined by historic residential properties, the park hosts several events each year including a Spring Fair, Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Tree Lighting. Schuylkill River Park is another popular area featuring trails, basketball and tennis courts, a well-maintained playground and one of the city's largest off-leash dog parks. Its annual fall festival has something for kid, adult and canine family members including a petting zoo, raffle and silent auction.

You’ll Want to Stay

People come to Fitler Square for the long-term, and most are invested in their neighborhood. It’s a place where schools and the community work together, where residents actively maintain their parks and where baristas and cafe owners know everyone by name. The weekly farmer's market is small but attracts some of the best produce and meat in the area because merchants know that the locals are loyal and dedicated shoppers. It's a refreshingly safe place for a midnight stroll, and a quiet oasis amid one of America's most thriving cities.