Welcome to Seer Interactive, and welcome to Philadelphia. This is our neighborhood, and if you're moving to the area, it's our job to support your transition in every way possible.
Don’t be mistaken, our town is much more than cheesesteaks and boxing. Philadelphia is a city with a rich history and an exciting future. It’s full of varied neighborhoods, each with their own personality. Look around, and you’ll find there’s enough activity in Philly to suit anyone’s interests.
Chestnut Hill is known as an idyllic neighborhood with history behind it. It hosts a variety of seasonal festivals, many of which are family-oriented. This neighborhood is primarily a mix of families with young kids and more elderly residents.
"I love living in Fishtown - it’s a uniquely vibrant part of the city. Fishtown is still in the midst of change, and I feel fortunate to live there while it’s still 'up-and-coming.' Entrepreneurs are always moving in, and it’s exciting to see all their creative ideas coming to life."
Steven Sparber, Seer SEO Associate
Fishtown is one of many quickly evolving neighborhoods in Philly. Here you’ll find an interesting mix of residents who’ve lived there for generations, alongside artists and entrepreneurs migrating from New York City. Check out Fishtown Spotlights, a blog by one of Seer’s own, to get a more in-depth look at some of these entrepreneurs.
Fishtown is still changing as a neighborhood, which creates interesting dynamics between those who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time, and those who are brand new. Some of these dynamics will be more friendly than others. This state of change also translates into some parts of the neighborhood being in renovation, while others are in need of rehabbing.
"Northern Liberties is the perfect mixture of city living without the headache of congestion and parking issues. Tons of great restaurants in the neighborhood and the best happy hour on the planet at El Camino with $12 margarita pitchers."
Chad Gingrich, Seer SEO Associate
Northern Liberties is a slightly more gentrified version of Fishtown, and has a party scene that’s in full swing. Of course, you’ll find great dining and food destinations here, but one of its most exciting features is right next door to Seer—the Piazza, which hosts concerts and events the whole city flocks to. “No Libs” has a youthful energy you’ll immediately feel walking through the neighborhood.
Obviously, Northern Liberties' proximity to Seer makes it highly desirable. However, some employees at Seer have said it’s “too close” to work. If you need that separation, take this into consideration.
"Old City is so full of history. There’s something new to learn about on almost every street. It is also convenient to get around to different parts of the city, out of the city and to the office."
Amanda Mancuso, Seer PPC Associate
Old City is close to a lot of activity. There are a ton of restaurants and bars, but if that’s not your style, Penns Landing is within walking distance, where you can see the Delaware Waterfront. In a city where there’s not a ton of greenery, this is a great spot to retreat to on the weekends with friends.
Old City is also known for its “First Fridays.” On the first Friday of each month, be prepared to see the wealth of art galleries in Old City light up (many of which give out free drinks). Like No Libs, Old City has a vibrant night life.
The only downside to living in such a “hot spot” in Philly is that there always seems to be a lot of people around. If you’re the kind of person who needs their space and can’t fall asleep to street noise, Old City is not the place for you. As we mentioned, there’s an abundance of bars and clubs in this neighborhood.
There also aren’t many grocery stores that are close. There’s a Super Fresh, but if you want to go to Whole Foods or Trader Joes, you’ll have to take a substantial bus/subway ride.
"Queen Village is one of my favorite areas in Philly because it's quaint and historic, but still easily accessible from other places in the city and it's an easy trip to the office."
Emma Still, Seer SEO Team Lead
Queen Village is a colorful, community-oriented neighborhood in South Philadelphia full of old residences and boutiques. While the architecture has a historic feel, the neighborhood maintains a modern spirit. If you’re looking for a quiet place to live, removed from the hustle and bustle of Center City and other overcrowded sections, Queen Village could be the place for you.
"One of my favorite things to do is wander aimlessly through Society Hill. It’s filled with these hidden, charming alleys that literally make me fall in love with Philly all over again every time I stumble down one."
Dana Dimitri, Seer Recruiting Associate
"University City is great for those who like the convenience of living in a city but still want tree-lined streets and a neighborhood feel. Perks include craft beer bar Local 44, trolley lines, and many food trucks!"
Maria Winters DiMarco, Seer Alum
As the academic hub of the city, University City is packed with college students and home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The youthful neighborhood also boasts a great food truck scene and lively nightlife. Due to the proximity to universities, the area is generally safe to live in and draws in a diverse crowd of people.
"I love living in this neighborhood because I feel like it still has a "neighborhood" feel while being very close to Center City. The close proximity to so many things, as well as the park, makes it a great place to be."
Christina Lalama, Seer SEO Associate
Philly is known as a city of neighborhoods, and nowhere is this more obvious than in South Philly. This part of the city is home of the Italian market, an old school marketplace full of cafes, butcher shops and restaurants that have been around since the turn of the century. (The 1900's, not the 2000's.) It doesn’t hurt that almost every corner boasts a family-run deli where you can easily snag a hoagie (not a sub...a hoagie).
There aren’t as many larger stores in South Philly as you would find in Center City or other parts of Philadelphia. Having a car makes this easier, but if you love the charm South Philly offers, the Septa system is a great solution to getting around.
"Affordability and a Main Street dotted with cafes, breweries, and vintage shops are major draws to living in the Manayunk area. For those who love the outdoors, Manayunk backs up to the extensive Wissahickon Valley Park. For cyclists and hikers, the Schuylkill River Trail is at your doorstep, providing access to Center City (8 mi.) and hundreds of miles of paved cycling and running trails. Manayunk strikes a balance between the bustling of a city and the beauty of nature."
Hillary MacBain, Seer Alum
"No matter the season, Rittenhouse is one of the best areas in Philly to spend your free time. From window shopping, to bar hopping, to relaxing in the Square, you'll be surrounded by beautiful buildings, interesting boutiques, and delicious food."
Hannah Cooley, Seer SEO Associate
Rittenhouse is a highly sought-after neighborhood in Philadelphia. It’s home to beautiful, old buildings and a wide variety of well-known businesses. Walnut Street is one of the most prominent shopping areas in the city, where you’ll find stores like Madewell, Apple, Zara, and Brooks Brothers. Perhaps the area’s most famous feature is Rittenhouse Square, a large, open park in the middle of the city. You’ll find people coming to Rittenhouse Square to relax on their lunch break, or with their families to enjoy on the weekends.
If it’s highly sought-after, that means it can be expensive too. Expect some stores and restaurants to be overpriced, and for the folks sitting outside French bistros to be under the delusion that they’re in Paris. (Note: Philadelphia is not Paris.) You might just want to venture to Rittenhouse when you splurge on the weekends. In addition, because Rittenhouse is such a central shopping destination, parking can be almost unfeasible.