Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

Philadelphia
Best place to retire: Washington Square
Pros: A quiet and historic feel, but right on the SEPTA line. Pennsylvania Hospital is right in the neighborhood.
Cons: Pricey.
Real estate: At Hopkinson House, an elevator building on Washington Square, one-bedrooms run from $300,000 to $350,000.
You'll find Washington Square among the beautiful tree-lined streets of historic Center City. Your grandkids will love visiting - you can walk them to Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell. Lest you start feeling trapped in the 18th Century, dine out in the neighborhood on modern fare - the neighborhood has seen a restaurant boom in the last couple years.

Washington Square is a highly desirable address, and it isn't cheap. There are no slick "downtown" condos here; it's mostly townhouses and apartment buildings. Rittenhouse Square, just across Broad Street, the city's main artery, is also popular. But real estate agent Linda Glass says many prefer the more low-key Washington Square. "It's upscale," Glass says, "but in a less pretentious sort of way."

Bonus: Walk over to Penn's Landing to see summer concerts on the Delaware River.

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop

Streeterville

Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square

Downtown

Arts District

SoFA

Downtown

Riverside
Avondale

Mass Ave

Downtown
SoMa

Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon

Uptown

Back Bay

Belltown

East Town

LoDo

East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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