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National website names Dickinson Narrows 2nd hottest neighborhood in the country

That’s what Redfin seems to think. A list released by the real estate website predicted the top 10 hottest neighborhoods in the country, including South Philly’s own Dickinson Narrows.


More frequently called Dickinson Square West, named after Dickinson Square Park at 4th and Tasker, the area is the small gap between Passyunk and Pennsport, which is the strip of blocks between 4th, 6th, Washington and Mifflin. According to Redfin, it’s the most affordable and up-and-coming section of the city.

Dickinson Narrows ranked in 2nd place, just after El Cerrito in San Diego, CA.

Here’s what Redfin had to say about Dickinson Narrows:

Compared to its nearby counterparts Pennsport and East Passyunk Crossing, Dickinson Narrows offers an affordable option to Philly homebuyers looking for the amenities of downtown living. It’s also located in South Philly, which is becoming a hotspot for first-time homebuyers and suburban relocators. Dickinson Narrows has its own enclave of popular restaurants and bars and it’s surrounded by scenic parks and playgrounds. Housing in the area consists of new construction, rehabbed housing and older homes available for around $235,000. It’s also one of the few neighborhoods downtown you’ll find with spare parking and garages, which is at a premium in South Philly. With I-95 right on the outskirts of the neighborhood, it’s easy to roll out of town for a weekend getaway too.

Do you see Dickinson Narrows as the next big neighborhood in not only Philly, but our whole country?

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10 Responses to National website names Dickinson Narrows 2nd hottest neighborhood in the country

  1. Yesss!! January 23, 2015 at 9:12 am #

    I hope so $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. AnthonyG January 23, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    Makes sense. It’s being “squished” by two more expensive neighborhoods. Only natural that people will look one or two blocks east or west for a decent drop in price.

  3. KRC January 23, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    “Dickinson Narrows has its own enclave of popular restaurants and bars”

    Exactly what popular bars and restaurants are they referring to? I cannot think of a single bar or restaurant over there, with the sole exception of Grindcore, which while awesome, doesn’t count as either.

    • Alisa January 23, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Yeah I was thinking the same thing – everything I can think of (read: The Industry) is farther east. I’ve never even heard of this area referred to as Dickinson Narrows. I thought it was one of the few pockets of South Philly that didn’t have a fake new nickname. I guess it was only a matter of time til someone took care of that!

      Either way, awesome to see Philly, especially South Philly spotlighted. Should have been Point Breeze though!

    • Jim January 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      While there maybe not be a ton of restaurants in DSW, Khmer Kitchen and the Tacos Locos Truck are two pretty damn good options.

      But yes, they’re probably including the scene found outside of the boundaries of the neighborhood (Pennsport, East Passyunk, Bella Vista, QV)

  4. RPS January 23, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    It’s a nice neighborhood that’s still affordable, yes, but I don’t know about all that “spare parking and garages”… Apparently the author has never tried to find parking at 10pm on a Saturday

  5. Indebted January 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    I have often said that if I were to buy a house Dickinson Narrows would be the place to buy it to find a property that would appreciate in value. Too bad that I have over 100K of student debt and will probably not buy a house ever, or maybe when I’m like 60. Maybe Baltimore will be cool by then and I can move there.

  6. Jeff W January 23, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    New restaurant “4th and Cross” – also it’s address – is opening in spring 2015

  7. Xtian January 24, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    I have a rental property at 6th and Sigel and have watched this neighborhood go up and up and up since 2006. There is still lots of drug turf related violence however. And I observe mostly Asian and Mexican families buying in this area which is a great thing. The draw towards Passyunk Avenue is not as great and you can start to see really authentic small spots opening up. Just look at Little Cambodia on 7th St. south of Snyder.

  8. Geri kephart January 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    Pennsport ends at 4th st. East side, 300 blocks. Theus, fourth and Cross and Grindcore are in Pennsport, sooo….

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