East Falls is a neighborhood in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, adjacent to Roxborough, Manayunk, and Germantown, and Fairmount Park. The neighborhood runs along a stretch of Ridge Avenue that is only a few miles long, along the banks of the Schuylkill River then extends northeast to Wissahickon Avenue. It overlooks the multi-use recreational path of Fairmount Park along Kelly Drive, and is desirable for its central location, an easy commute to Center City, with easy access to several major roadways and public transportation.
East Falls is best known as the childhood home of Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco, who grew up in a house at 3901 Henry Avenue. In addition, former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Jewish studies scholar Chaim Potok, Pennsylvania Governor and former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell have homes in East Falls. East Falls features two train stations, Philadelphia University, a number of bars and restaurants and hiking and biking paths along Kelly Drive. There is a thriving, diverse arts community setting up shop in Sherman Mills, a 19th century textile mill which houses the second largest group of artist studios in Philadelphia. Here you’ll find sculptors, painters, stained glass artists, warm glass artists potter and weavers. The housing stock in East Falls ranges from tightly packed rowhomes winding through hilly narrow streets to illustrious mansions.