Welcome to Mount Airy
A culturally diverse, historic community nestled in the Wissahickon Valley, Mount Airy is as known for its picturesque tree lined residential streets as it is for its culinary, intellectual, artistic and musical attractions.
Around the Block
Artists, professionals, and families of all kinds join to form this progressive community.
Founded in 1750 by William Allen, a prominent merchant and Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania, Mount Airy was once part of the 15,000 acres sold to German settlers by William Penn. Throughout the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the region served as a site for the country’s fight for freedom, housing runaway slaves and hosting numerous battles for independence. With its consolidation into the city of Philadelphia in 1854, Mount Airy began to evolve into the haven for diversity that it is today. Its reputation as one of the most racially diverse neighborhoods in the country solidified when Civil Rights leaders in the 1960s collaborated with real estate professionals to intentionally integrate the community.
What to Expect
An Impressive Array of Historic Homes and Cultural Activities.
Mount Airy, like its neighbors Chestnut Hill and Germantown, attracted residents of all backgrounds as it evolved throughout the 19th century. Its impressive architecture is characterized by Wissahickon schist, along with native trees and plantings that residents take great care to maintain. Its abundance of greenery, not to mention its impressive array of cafes, pubs, and music venues make it a perfect place for young families to settle.
Mingle in a Cozy Cafe with Local Artisans, Hike the Wissahickon, and Shop Sustainably.
With hiking and biking trails that wind throughout the area, Mount Airy invites those who love to be outdoors. Head to Germantown Avenue’s popular McNally’s Pub for a burger and a beer, the High Point Cafe for a latte, and then get your food shopping done for the week at Weaver’s Way Co-op. Community is key in Mount Airy, so get ready to take part in any number of music, food, and art events along the Avenue at various times throughout the year.
The Past Meets the Future in this Progressive Community.
Known for its diversity, Mount Airy boasts a thriving LGBTQ community in addition to being one of the most racially diverse neighborhoods in the country. Progressive ideals abound here. If you’re looking for a taste of the city within a beautiful natural area, Mount Airy is for you.
Housing Stock Dating from the 18th Century Combined with Innovative Modern Construction.
Germantown Avenue serves as the line between East and West Mount Airy, and on each side you can find an eclectic mix of architectural styles, ranging from original housing stock to newer townhomes. The DIY aesthetic is apparent on many streets in the area, as the makers who live here tend to customize their homes in innovative ways.
You'll Fall in Love With
The Accessibility of City Life with a Natural, Homegrown Aesthetic.
Mount Airy is a truly modern community, with its combination of rich architectural history and progressive energy. You’ll forget that your just minutes from downtown Philadelphia as you stroll the colorful streets of this dynamic urban village.