It’s just about one square mile, but Philadelphia’s Old City is one of the most historic places in the nation. Located in Center City — Philadelphia’s large downtown area between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers — the Old City contains 18th-century cobblestone streets and homes that are older than the nation itself. A few of them are on Elfreth’s Alley, which dates to 1702 and is known as the country’s first residential street. Old City’s borders, though debated, generally extend from the Delaware river to 7th Street, and contain the main hallmarks of America’s founding, such as the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center, and Independence Hall — where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. The “independent spirit” that gave rise to the new nation is still palpable in abundant local shops, art galleries, and eateries.
As you can imagine, considering that Old City is the historical heart of the nation, renting in this area can be pricey. But it’s rewarding: Even many the newer buildings in this area carry hints of historic appeal, such as tall ceilings, huge windows, worn brick, and tin ceilings.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.