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.
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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