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. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,810 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,500 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 4
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,138 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 4
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  3. 3 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,500 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  4. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,350 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  5. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 4
    Listing with: RE/MAX Elite
  6. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,143 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  7. 4 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,525 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 847 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn
  9. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,875 sq ft
    Lot size: 436 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 936 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  11. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 813 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Haverford Stn
  12. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,713 sq ft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: SPACE & COMPANY
  13. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 5,224 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: PRDC Properties Real Estate Division LLC
  14. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Weichert Realtors-Yardley
  15. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 767 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  16. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 544 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City
  17. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,443 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: City Wide Realty, Inc
  18. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,810 sq ft
    Lot size: 716 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  19. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,099 sq ft
    Lot size: 592 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: PRDC Properties Real Estate Division LLC
  20. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,730 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,050 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: Century 21 Advantage Gold-South Philadelphia
  21. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,489 sq ft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach - Narberth
  22. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,156 sq ft
    Year built: 2009
    Parking spots: 1
    Listing with: BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut
  23. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,657 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Listing with: Keller Williams Philly
  24. 6 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,942 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,428 sqft
    Year built: 1920
    Listing with: Foundation Realty Group, Inc
  25. 6 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,472 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,739 sqft
    Year built: 1867
    Listing with: Solo Real Estate, Inc.

See all Real estate in the Northern Liberties tract.
(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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