Rent has gone up 11 percent in 1 year in ‘S. Philly East,’ random website says


A San Francisco-based rental app called Lovely says that rent in “South Philly East” has gone up 11 percent in the last year. In Graduate Hospital, they say, rent has gone down 7 percent.

The median rental price for South Philly East — their boundaries aren’t clear — went from $978 in January 2013 to $1099 now, according to their figures. In Graduate Hospital, rent went down from $1600 to $1495.

Technically Philly reported the survey, noting that the highest rent increase was in the Cedar Park neighborhood in West Philly at 17 percent. We’ve reached out to Lovely to find out how they came up with these numbers. You never know with these kinds of listicle surveys, which are marketing ploys to get people to come to their website. In this case, apparently it worked.

But the finding would jibe with anecdotal evidence that it is certainly getting more expensive on the east side of Broad. But 11 percent? And is Graduate Hospital getting any cheaper? That seems doubtful.

What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Rent has gone up 11 percent in 1 year in ‘S. Philly East,’ random website says

  • March 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    High end rental might have stayed flat while low end rentals have gone up… You don’t see many $900/month rentals in SP.. Some.. But not many.. And definitely not many places in good condition.. I mean, I’m sure they exist. But they’re probably being lived in already. They tenants living there know they have a good deal and understandably won’t give them up…

    That being said… If you want to live in SP but can’t afford that kind of rent, Southwest is desperately ready for some new blood to move in and stimulate change. And if you absolutely MUST live in SP and you are young and single with family living here already… I feel for you.. But maybe you might want to swallow your foolish pride and live with Mom and Dad… Maybe even help them sweep up their block and do some spring cleaning…

    • March 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Oh but 11% increase in 1 year? I don’t know about that…

  • March 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    SWP is pretty much Baghdad. If you value your life steer clear.

    • March 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm


      Ironic.. But I think someone told me that in Arabic, Baghdad means “the city of peace”… Or something like that… HaHa!

  • March 28, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I can attest to this claim, as my rent went up exactly 12% last year, and I’ve been in the area for 17+ years. It’s definitely more expensive to live here!

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