Washington Square West
“Wash West’ is characterized by a mix of residential and commercial land uses. The neighborhood is the most centrally located area of town, on the edge of the Avenue of the Arts, and has experienced significant urban renewal. Housing styles in the area vary greatly .. from fine original townhomes, quaint small colonial homes, to low rise condominiums. The early 1960’s brought a wealth of new construction and the growth continues today.
Offering some of the nations best medical facilities, Wash West is a favorite for many first upscale buyers who seek a combination of urban and tranquil living within the city!
Washington Square West (or Wash West) is a neighborhood in downtown, or Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The neighborhood roughly corresponds to the area between 7th and Broad Streets and between Walnut and South Streets, bordering on the Independence Mall tourist area directly northeast, Market East to the northwest, Old City and Society Hill to the East, Bella Vista directly south, Hawthorne to the southwest, and mid-town Philadelphia and Rittenhouse Square to the west. In addition to being a desirable residential community, especially for students and young professionals, it is considered a hip, trendy neighborhood where that offers a diverse array of shops, restaurants, and coffee houses. The area takes its name from Washington Square, a historic urban park in the northeastern corner of the neighborhood.
Philadelphia's Antique Row lies in the area as does the nation's oldest hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital. Educational and medical facilities associated with, Thomas Jefferson University, a leading regional medical university and health care center, are located within the neighborhood. The one-time headquarters of the former Curtis Publishing Company and the University of the Arts lie at the edges of the neighborhood.
Washington Square West's real estate is characterized by three to four story townhomes interspersed with condominiums, mid-rise apartments, and offices with ground-floor retail. The neighborhood follows William Penn's original grid layout for the city, with many one-lane and pedestrian side streets added later as the population became more dense.
- Buildings consists of three to four story rowhouses interspersed with larger elevator apartments and offices with ground-floor retail
- In addition to the block sized Washington Square Park to the East, the neighborhood contains the smaller Kahn Park, named after the Philadelphia Architect Louis Kahn.
- The neighborhood follows William Penn's original grid layout for the city, with many one-lane and pedestrian side streets added later as the population became more dense