From the gorgeous skyline to popular Italian Market, Bella Vista has a well-earned reputation as one of Philly’s most exciting neighborhoods. So much so we’ve written about it before! Originally known for its large Italian immigrant population, Bella Vista has developed into an incredibly diverse spot for culture and cuisine while still keeping its family-oriented roots. The name itself means “beautiful sight”, an accurate name given the city’s lovely view of the center city skyline. Today, Bella Vista is probably best known for the Italian Market, believed to be the oldest open-air market in the country. The Italian Market itself reflects the growth of small businesses and the overall community atmosphere of the neighborhood, originating from a group of local vendors who banded together to compete with larger supermarkets who were moving into the area. While the historic section of the market spans from Christian Street to Washington Avenue, the market itself extends a few blocks north and south of the center area. Besides the Italian Market, Bella Vista is arguably known best for its diverse and delicious culinary options, from the Di Bruno Bros. specialty store to John’s Water Ice.
Over the years, Bella Vista has grown into a neighborhood that is rich in culture and community. At the Philly Home Girls, we’re definite Bella Vista fans. This neighborhood has so much to offer, and we want to make sure we share it with you. Just starting your house hunt and looking for a few exciting listings? You can view the best of Bella Vista here.
912 S. 6TH ST
The best way to describe 912 S. 6th St is green, green, green. We’re not just talking about the lush gated courtyard, but amount of environmental features his home has, including Zero VOC paints, zoned heat and fair, nest thermostat, and mostly LED lighting. This Bella Vista home is listed at $509,900, and offers off street parking for one vehicle. This home is absolutely lovely – from the exposed brick that awaits you the living room to the sliding glass doors that lead out to the courtyard. The neighborly courtyard features 10 parking spots for 10 cars, with a lush area where you can do everything from grow vegetables to relax on the community patio furniture. Back inside, the second floor features two lovely bedrooms with ample closest space and a well-maintained hall bath which includes a curved double shower curtain rod. The expansive third floor master suite features vaulted ceilings, his and her closets, and fiberglass deck which overlooks the courtyard. Besides this home’s already numerous charms, 912 S. 6th St has the added benefit of being right next to same amazing restaurants, including Bibou, Shot Tower Coffee, and the Royal Tavern for starters.
PHG Impression: This home is lovely, enormous, and boasts a number of environmentally friendly features. Perfect for those looking for a mix of community, style, and of course – the best of Bella Vista.
738 S. MILDRED
Can we say picture-perfect? 738 S. Mildred Street offers lovely curb appeal, a beautiful brick façade, and residence within the coveted Meredith School catchment for $349,900. It’s also close to the Italian Market, where you can enjoy gourmet food shops, fine restaurants, and the famous open-air market. 738 S. Mildred as a distinctive flair and chic style to it, highlighted by the sunny kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite countertops, a living room with a cozy fireplace, and a quiet backyard perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Throughout the home are hardwood floors, a freshly painted interior, central air, and a host of original details. You can enjoy the best of South Philly at 738 S. Mildred St, and you’re only a few blocks away from Bella Vista favorites such as Cucina Forte and Sarcone’s Deli, the latter restaurant having been featured on the Food Network. If you needed any more convincing, this home was so beloved that it was featured in Philly Mag’s Trinity Tuesdays!
PHG Impression: We’d give this home an A+ for coziness. With its convenient location in the Meredith School catchment, the Italian Market, and a variety of delicious shops, this is definitely a place to move into.
If you’re looking to settle right next to the Italian Market, 909 Kimball is the place for you. This quiet row borders the Bella Vista and Hawthorne neighborhoods, with a brick façade offering lovely curb appeal. Inside boasts a living room with gorgeous bamboo hardwood floors plus a stunning exposed brick wall. The sunlit kitchen contains new stainless steel appliances and plenty of space for cooking enthusiasts. The second floor boasts an open bedroom with beamed ceilings, en-suite bath, and the ability to walk out to the deck. Head up to the master suite where you’ll find a sun-soaked master suite, high ceilings, and exposed brick and en-suite bath. Our favorite aspect of this house is how sunny and airy the bedrooms are – you’ll feel like you’re nestled in the tree tops. Best part? This location is less than a block away from eateries like Totilleria San Roman and Paesano’s.
PHG Impression: For $310,000, this home is perfect for those who want to be right next to the Italian Market and experience the most vibrant aspects of this neighborhood. It’s a cozy and comfy row, and the layout gives plenty of privacy.
This gorgeous rehabbed trinity is $378,500, with a scenic location in the heart of Bella Vista. Recently featured in Philly Mag’s Trinity Tuesdays, this home is an absolutely fantastic addition to Bella Vista. Also close to the Italian Market, you will happily wake up to the sound of church bells and nearby Isgro’s bakery. 921 Hall St is a designer’s dream from the moment you walk in. Enter the living room complete with hardwood floors, a reclaimed walnut mantel and window sills, recessed lighting, exposed brick, and beams. This detailed nature of the house continues into the kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances, a custom tile backsplash, and quartz counter tops. Other amazing features include industrial style-task lighting, a deep farm house sink, and a reclaimed burled walnut breakfast bar. The second floor contains a lovely bedroom and a stylish bath with a glass tub enclosure. The crown jewel of the house by far is the master suite, featuring exposed brick and a spa-like bath. Everything about this home is careful crafted, which gives this trinity a unique touch. Looking for a bite to eat? This home is close to the popular Al Zaytouna and Sabrina’s Café.
PHG Impression: This home is perfect for anyone looking to experience the best of the city while also enjoying the comfort of a friendly, bustling neighborhood. We hope you like entertaining – as you’ll be having a lot of visitors in this home.
Don’t miss out on this wonderful neighborhood, which has plenty of offer for those interested in being party of a vibrant and exciting neighborhood. Want to do experience Bella Vista on your own? Be sure to check out the events hosted by the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association and annual highlights such as the next Italian Market festival!