PHG Neighborhood Guide: Whitman

Image Courtesy of Mural Arts | Photographer Steve Weinik

Image Courtesy of Mural Arts | Photographer Steve Weinik

The Whitman neighborhood received its name in the 1950's as the Walt Whitman Bridge was being constructed. It is a tight-knit community who cares deeply about the area. One of the neighborhood's most beautiful landmarks is Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church which celebrates its 120th birthday this year. Burke Playground on 2nd and Jackson is Whitman's gathering spot for families. This completely refurbished playground is home to a hockey rink, basketball court, and regularly scheduled game days. There are often yoga classes, Easter egg hunts, read-a-thons and flower planting events

Image Courtesy PhillyChurchProject.com 

Image Courtesy PhillyChurchProject.com 

Whitman is a great location from where it’s easy to navigate the city. Many bus lines running to and from and the broad street line is just a short walk away. I-95 and the Walt Whitman Bridge are a close proximity if you find a reason to leave the city. Philly Magazine named it as one of the safest and most family friendly neighborhoods in Philadelphia, in 2015.

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Image Courtesy of Wiki Commons

Something unique to Whitman is the abundance of shopping complexes that draw people from all over the city. On the north side is the Snyder Plaza. It’s home to Target (which we all know we can’t live without!), Fine Wine and Good Spirits (with one of the best wine selections in the city), Marshall's (who doesn't love Marshall's?) and more. Just around the corner is Columbus Commons. Here you'll find Lowes, Pier 1 Imports and Ikea, must-haves for your new home! Feeling crafty? Check out JoMar Textiles on Swanson Street where you'll find the perfect fabric for those new curtains.

Image Courtesy of South Bowl

Image Courtesy of South Bowl

Whitman is just as delicious as some of Philadelphia’s most notoriously foodie neighborhoods. On 3rd and Oregon Avenue, find our favorite diner in the city, The Oregon Diner. You can never go wrong with creamed chipped beef and The Oregon Diner has the best. Just a block away is the famous Tony Luke’s. If you want a true Philly cheesesteak (or if you ask us, roast pork with broccoli rabe and provolone), this is the place to go. You really can’t go wrong with any sandwich or hoagie here. Speaking of Roast Pork, no trip to South Philly is complete without a trip to beloved John's Roast Pork, a tiny shack just feet from the railroad tracks. Feel like staying home instead? May we suggest ordering from Uncle Oogie's. They deliver quickly and have the best pizza and hoagies in the area. They are known for their Boli Buns and they are worth every diet-breaking bite. Planning a party or event? You'll love Swan Caterers' Waterfall Room on Water Street. The eggplant parmesan is to die for and they bake delicious bread in the shape of the host's name (really!). Feel like just kicking back and having a beer? Try the Stonehouse Pub on 4th and Ritner where you'll find several rotating craft beers on tap. Finally, if you’re looking to get out with friends or family for a fun evening, South Bowl is the place to go. It’s a newly renovated bowling alley complete with a restaurant, two bars and small arcade. South Bowl is incredibly family-friendly and always a good time. The stadiums are not far away and Philadelphians are always keen to take in a Phillies game.

2335 Mildred Street

2335 Mildred Street

Feeling ready to move to the Whitman neighborhood? Great, because we have the perfect home for you at 2335 Mildred Street! Step inside this welcoming living room with well-maintained hardwood floors and an inviting fireplace, great for a cozy evening inside. The living room opens into an eat-in kitchen and leads to a quaint yard made for entertaining. The partial finished basement is a wonderful place for a play room, office or den. The three bedrooms and one bath on the second floor are complete with plenty of closet space -- a great home for a growing family. The cherry on top? The owner has a monthly parking spot just steps away which can be transferred to the new owner for only $110 a month!

The Philly Home Girls can’t wait to show you around Whitman. See you there!