Kings and Queens: Inside Queen Village

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Rustic, artsy, and full of greenery: Queen Village has a comfy feel that has only been highlighted by its growing status as a cultural hub and a popular spot for young professionals. Dating all the way back to the 1600s, Queen Village (originally named Wicaco and then changed to Southwark) was settled by Swedes primarily lining on Christian St. Their influence is present even today, especially in the Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church created in 1699. The current name came about in the late 70s, as a way to recognize Queen Christian of Sweden’s efforts to settle the village. The colonial-style architecture envelops the neighborhood, including the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and the now closed Mount Sinai Hospital. Besides those sites, this neighborhood is well known for one being a hub of the maritime industry and was one of the largest ports during the colonial area. Over the years, this neighborhood has evolved and thrived with a variety of cultures:  from free black residents moving in during the 18th and 19th centuries, to being a major locale for Cuban revolutionaries who jumpstarted a major cigar industry. Today, Queen Village is known for having a major Italian-American influence, which is present in the Bella Vista section’s famous Italian Market. Many of the houses and buildings in this area reflect the cultural finesse and diversity of this location, including the exciting Abbott's Square Condominiums and Abbott's Court. 

525 Fitzwater St #15

525 Fitzwater St #15

Welcome to Abbott's Court, a gated courtyard community of 15 trinity row-homes in one of the most quaint and tranquil enclaves in the city located in arguably one of Philadelphia's most lovely and leafy neighborhoods, Queen Village. Walk to delightful bistros, gourmet food shops, friendly cafes, fine restaurants, and local pubs and enjoy proximity to South Street, Society Hill and Penn's Landing and the Italian Market. The Meredith School catchment makes the address even more coveted and the end-of-row location next to the common patio is the icing on the cake. 525 Fitzwater St #15 is set back off the street and is quiet and secure, perfect for the individual seeking the excitement of an urban lifestyle while offering the respite of private living. A beautiful brick facade and comfortable tables and chairs offer fantastic curb appeal and once inside, you are greeted with an open, well-organized floor plan. You'll love the gleaming hardwood floors, recessed lighting, freshly painted walls and light-filled rooms. Unlike many trinities, this kitchen in on the street level and is modern with bright white shaker-style cabinets, spotless granite counter tops and sparkling stainless steel appliances. A small private patio with space for a grill is an unexpected treat in this community. A lovely first floor powder room rounds out the first floor. On the second floor you'll find a sunny bedroom perfect for a guest room, nursery or office and beautiful bath with tile surround. The third floor features a large, second bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and exposed brick details. Outside, you'll love the common brick patio for entertaining and summer nights grilling and dining al fresco. The best part? Four years remaining on the tax abatement, very low association fees and pets are welcome! Perfect for the individual who loves the pulse of the city and the quiet of their own private residence.

Step outside and stroll too many of the delights of the neighborhood. Right around the corner is the beloved Dmitris, a Greek neighborhood gem. Head south and you’ll be right in-between two famous restaurants (and long-term rivals): Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Looking to explore all of Queen Village? You’re in luck – the Queen Village Neighborhood Association hosts a calendar of events on its website, providing you with a never-ending list of activities. Hint: the Franklin Flea is a particularly great event – you can trust us, as the Philly Home Girls team has a few vintage lovers and experts. Explore the history, delights, and fantastic food at Queen Village. It’s the perfect place to settle down and begin the next chapter of your life.