Philadelphia at a glance:
- Major Cities: Philadelphia, West Chester,
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Delaware Canal State Park, Fort Washington State Park, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Elmwood Park Zoo, Brandywine River Museum, Franklin Institute, Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, King of Prussia Mall, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House
- Major Industry: Finance, Insurance, Retail, Education, Healthcare
- Counties: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware
Philadelphia & The SE PA Region
Five counties make up the southeastern Pennsylvania region: Philadelphia, Bucks,
Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware. Chester County and Delaware County share space
in the Brandywine Valley, the watershed of the Brandywine River. The Brandywine
Valley is home to a number of historical and cultural treasures, including Longwood
Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. More
than 32,000 acres of the valley have been permanently protected thanks to the Brandywine
Conservancy and are now the site of several state parks, outdoor recreation facilities,
and the Brandywine Zoo.
The region, which is sometimes referred to as Philadelphia and the Countryside,
is served by the Philadelphia International Airport, as well as by SEPTA, the Southeastern
Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. SEPTA’s bus, rail, and subway system is the
fifth largest in the nation with a weekday ridership of almost one million passengers.
This public transportation system makes Philadelphia real estate easily accessible
The largest city in this region is Philadelphia.
Real estate is thriving in the “City of Brotherly Love,” which has a population
of 1.5 million and is the county seat of Philadelphia County. The city’s rich history
is concentrated in the Historic District, which is only one square mile in size
but boasts such heritage sites as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy
Ross House. But while Philadelphia real estate may be famous as the birthplace of
the nation, its reputation as the birthplace of the Philly cheese steak is just
as well known!
Philadelphia real estate is recognized as a center of law, thanks to the city’s
numerous law firms and the presence of both the University of Pennsylvania Law School
and the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Art is another important part of
life among Philadelphia real estate owners and visitors. The Philadelphia Museum
of Art, opened in 1877, houses more than 225,000 works of art. Over 50 galleries
(and 100 restaurants and bars) are located in the Old City District, which occupies
the blocks between Front and 4th Streets. On the first Friday of each month, the
art galleries of Old City are open late, free of charge, in an event known as First
Although Philadelphia real estate is currently entering a period of urban renewal,
many residents opt to live on the Main Line. A collection of suburban townships,
the Main Line stretches west from the city for about 200 square miles. Townships
on the Main Line—like Lower Merion, Haverford,
Devon, Radnor and Tredyffrin—are prized for their lack of over-development
and their emphasis on education. Villanova University, Haverford College, and Bryn
Mawr College are all located on the Main Line. The King of Prussia Mall, the second
largest mall in the country with over 400 stores and restaurants, is also located
on the Main Line in Upper Merion.
Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of the big city, the easy living of the
Brandywine Valley, or the happy medium of life on the Main Line, Philadelphia real
estate has it all. You can learn more about the Philadelphia County, Delaware County,
Chester County, Montgomery County, and Bucks County housing markets, including timely
statistics about active inventory and the median sales price of area homes, by visiting
The Long & Foster Market Minute® reports. You can also refer to the
facts below for additional details about living in southeastern Pennsylvania.
To find homes for sale in Philadelphia
or the southeastern Pennsylvania region, contact one of Long & Foster’s Philadelphia
real estate offices.