MedAbode Neighborhood Spotlight: Washington Square West
Have a look at this beautiful Philly neighborhood.
When you’re looking for a home, there are many things to consider. If you’re looking to settle in Philadelphia, you might want to take a closer look at Washington Square West. Situated in Center City, Washington Square West is ideally located East from Mid-town and North of Bella Vista, nestled between 7th and Broad Streets, Chestnut and South Streets. Close in proximity to the regionally leading educational and medical facilities of Thomas Jefferson University, Washington Square West is a natural choice of neighborhood for medical professionals. Whether you are looking to rent or buy, the proximities to the medical centers of Philadelphia as well as the amenities offered in the area are well worth a second, and third, glance.
There are many choices of places to dine, both off and on the Thomas Jefferson campus. A quick search for restaurants in the area will pull up eateries serving both national and international cuisine. If you’d rather prepare your food yourself, Whole Foods, Target Express (a smaller, condensed version of Target), and Trader Joe’s are just some of the grocery stores at your fingertips in Washington Square West. You can pick up fresh produce and greens, seafood, meats and poultry at the Italian Market on South 9th street, as well as at the Reading Terminal Market. In addition to fresh food and Amish crafts, the selection of handmade jewelry, pottery, and crafts from around the worlds are worth their own stroll through the markets.
Located close to Washington Square West, is Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. Along with the Independence National Historical Park, the Museum of the American Revolution tells the history of the birthplace of the United States of America. The Washington Square West Historic district covers 61 acres and more than 450 historic buildings, among them, the Roberts-Quay House and Portico Row. To say that this is a neighborhood with soul and history is no exaggeration.
Having one of the largest art museums of the United States in your backyard can’t be considered a drawback. The Philadelphia Museum of Art draws tourists from around the world, and have an impressive number of art collections as well as various exhibitions. Mütter Museum, a part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, might be particularly fascinating to those in the medical field, with its wax models, and collections of medical oddities, as well as anatomical and pathological specimens.
Washington Square West is only a short distance to the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts that manages the Philadelphia Orchestra Association’s Academy of Music, the Verizon Hall, Innovation Studio, and several other hubs of culture and entertainment. The Mann Center for Performing Arts is known for its affordable, world-class entertainment. The widely famous Walnut Street Theatre also offers great entertainment, as does the Forrest Theatre where you can watch the best of the musicals and plays Broadway has to offer.
Philadelphia Zoo is also worth putting on your bucket list of local attractions. For further nature therapy, the Schuylkill River Trail runs for 130 miles along the western shore of the Schuylkill River. Picturesque and easily accessible, the Schuylkill River trail is the perfect place for a bike ride, a morning run, or an evening walk. The Schuylkill Banks offer many activities and events throughout the year as well.
If you are a medical professional looking for a new home in Philadelphia, do yourself a favor and consider Washington Square West. You won’t be sorry.
Photo from Free Philly Photo.