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Chestnut Hill Neighborhood of Philadelphia


Situated in the northwestern part of Philadelphia about ten miles from City Hall, Chestnut Hill is an official Historic District, and home to more than 100 architecturally significant residences, parks and gardens and museums.

In the mid to late 1800's Chestnut Hill was a popular area for weathly Philadelphians to escape the summer heat. Chestnut Hill became part of Philadelphia in 1854 when the state legislature annexed some 129 square miles to the old city of Philadelphia.

Chestnut Hill is also the home to more than 200 antique stores, art galleries, boutique shops, cafes, fine restaurants and museums. Summit Street in Chestnut Hill is the highest point (446 feet) within the city limits of Philadelphia.


Chestnut Hill is bordered on the northwest by eastern Montgomery County, PA, on the west by the Wissahickon Creek and Fairmount Park, on the northeast by Stenton Avenue and on the southeast by Cresheim Valley Rd. and the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Germantown Avenue runs through the center of town toward Mt. Airy and Germantown.

Zip Code:

Chestnut Hill's zip code is 19118

Getting There:

Chestnut Hill is served by the the R7 and R8 SEPTA regional rail lines as well as the 23, 77, 94, 134, and L SEPTA bus lines. Unlike many other areas of the city, on street and lot parking is widely available. There is a network of locally owned parking lots to serve the shopping area along Germantown Avenue.


According to 2000 U.S. Census data, Chestnut Hill's population of 9,608 is 79.4% White, 15.3% Black or African American, 2.3% Asian and 3% other or mixed race.

Approximately an equal number of residents reside in low density owner-occupied housing units and in renter occupied housing units.

The median household income is $60,179.


In addition to being served by both the School District of Philadelphia (public) and Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Roman Catholic parochial) there are several private primary and secondary schools in Chestnut Hill including Chestnut Hill Academy for boys, the Springside School for girls, The Crefeld School and Norwood-Fontbonne Academy.

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational Roman Catholic college in the Chestnut Hill.

Things to Do:

Chestnut Hill is a popular destination for excellent dining and some of the best shopping in the City. Most of the restaurants and shops are located along Germantown Avenue on either side of the Chestnut Hill West (R8) Station.

Other area attractions include:

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
    Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including some of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest, and largest trees, are set in a romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.

  • Stagecrafters Theater
    Stagecrafters is a full-fledged theatrical organization, with a subscription base of nearly 700.

  • Wissahickon Skating Club
    Wissahickon Skating Club is a not-for-profit Pennsylvania Corporation organized in 1954 for the purpose of supporting and developing amateur athletes for national and international competition in figure skating and ice hockey.

  • Woodmere Art Museum
    Housed in a 19th century stone Victorian mansion on six acres in Chestnut Hill, the Woodmere Art Museum houses more than 2500 works of art, much of it celebrating the art and artists of the Philadelphia region.

Web Resources

Chestnut Hill Business Association

Chestnut Hill Community Association

Chestnut Hill Health System

Chestnut Hill Local (weekly newspaper)

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