Welcome to Graduate Hospital
A pedestrian-friendly community with welcoming neighbors and a bustling downtown area
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Graduate Hospital is located south of Center City and east of the Schuylkill River, a short drive (or walk) from downtown Philadelphia. The hospital for which the neighborhood is named is no longer operational, and people also refer to the neighborhood as Southwest City Center. Its streets are primarily residential, quiet, and stacked with townhomes. Residents enjoy the area’s pedestrian and bike paths, cafes, and restaurants as well as their proximity to downtown. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to be close to attractions and entertainment yet still have a low-key, peaceful life.
What to Love
- A walkable community for close shops, eateries, and entertainment
- Upscale living and dining options
- Connected by bridge to the University City district
- Pedestrian-friendly streets with open community spaces
When people move to Graduate Hospital, they find a relaxed, friendly community where residents support local businesses and community organizations that make the neighborhood such a wonderful place to live. Residents can find a host of popular restaurants, boutiques, specialty shops, and several parks and playgrounds. Many of these attractions are located on South Street West, the main street of Graduate Hospital. Across the neighborhood, hundreds of single-family homes and condos are being built or renovated, making Graduate Hospital increasingly attractive to business owners and homebuyers.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Graduate Hospital is home to various stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues, ensuring there’s always something to do. Most of the storefronts in Graduate Hospital serve practical purposes. For groceries, you can shop at Sprouts Farmers Market on Broad Street in the southeast corner of Graduate Hospital. Pet owners and lovers will appreciate the PetSmart, also located in the neighborhood’s southeast corner. And if you’ve got a garden or want indoor plants, Chloris and Prase is the place for you.
Lazaro’s Pizzeria and Grill is a family dining option that serves pizza, subs, salads, and more. The Sidecar Bar & Grill is a local favorite with outdoor seating and eclectic décor that serves traditional pub food and drink. Los Camaradas strives to deliver more than food but camaraderie to the community. The restaurant serves contemporary Mexican meals and specialty cocktails. Miles Table is more than just a catering company; in 2012, the owner opened a restaurant that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch to the Graduate Hospital community.
The central location of Graduate Hospital means residents are never far from the big-city attractions and amenities of Philadelphia. Within the community, you can visit the Marian Anderson Museum, an institution dedicated to the famous Philly contralto.
Things to Do
One of the best things about Graduate Hospital is its close-knit feel. It’s a family-friendly neighborhood with enough bars, restaurants, and shops to entertain the locals and young professionals alike. It’s many parks and proximity to the Schuylkill River Walk provide ample space for exercise and outdoor activities.
There are also several festivals and special events throughout the year in Graduate Hospital, including the popular Southwest City Street Festival in the summer. This annual festival features shops, food, live music, artists, and vendors. The community also hosts the yearly Bloktoberfest, featuring food trucks, craft beer, vendors, and stands from local businesses.
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