Northern Liberties

History of Northern Liberties

Originally a portion of the Northern Liberties  Township, the district first gained limited autonomy from the township by an Act of Assembly on March 9, 1771. The Act provided for the appointment of persons to regulate streets, direction of buildings, etc. By March 30, 1791 a second Act enabled the inhabitants of that portion of the Northern Liberties between Vine Street and Pegg’s Run (Cohoquinoque Creek) and the middle of Fourth Street and the Delaware River to elect three commissioners to lay taxes for the purpose of lighting, watching and establishing pumps within those bounds.

On March 28, 1803, the Legislature passed an act to incorporate that part of the township of the Northern Liberties lying between the west side of Sixth Street and the Delaware River and between Vine Street and Cohocksink Creek, thus creating the District of Northern Liberties. Under the Consolidation law the district ceased to exist in 1854, and become a part of Philadelphia.

Early in its history, the location just outside Philadelphia allowed the area to thrive in manufacturing, as mills, breweries, leather tanneries, paints and chemical works, tool making factories, and iron and stove foundries once lined the neighborhood. It also holds the status as a famous red-light district in the United States. Prior to annexation, the township was created as a less densely populated alternative to nearby Philadelphia. Because of this, it was later known colloquially as “Philadelphia’s first suburb.” However, the Southwark neighborhood claims this distinction as well.

Northern Liberties Boundaries

Northern Liberties’ boundaries for real estate purposes are Girard Avenue to the North, Callowhill Street to the South, 6th Street to the West; and the Delaware River to the East. Northern Liberties is located just North of Old City.


Property Listings in Northern Liberties

  1. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Lot size: 3,484 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Listing with: RE/MAX Platinum
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  3. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 4,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Listing with: MGC Real Estate Group
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,807 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Listing with: MGC Real Estate Group
  5. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  6. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1937
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  7. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  8. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 2,760 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1934
    Listing with: Fred R Levine Real Estate
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,990 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  10. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: PRDC Properties Real Estate Division LLC
  11. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  12. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 3,886 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,613 sqft
    Year built: 1917
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel
  13. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,875 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  14. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn
  15. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,350 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  16. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: PRDC Properties Real Estate Division LLC
  17. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: PRDC Properties Real Estate Division LLC
  18. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  19. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  20. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1915
    Listing with: RE/MAX Platinum
  21. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,306 sqft
    Year built: 1915
    Listing with: RE/MAX Platinum
  22. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,615 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  23. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,683 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  24. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,236 sq ft
    Lot size: 871 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  25. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,222 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

See all Real estate in the Northern Liberties tract.
(all data current as of 7/26/2017)

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