Welcome to Roxborough
Around the Block
“A Place with Roots” is the motto of this thriving community.
Founded in 1682 and incorporated into the City of Philadelphia in 1854, Roxborough was once home to the area’s wealthiest - the owners of the textile mills in nearby Manayunk. Revenue from the textile business allowed these original residents to build the schools, parks, churches, and homes that shape the area to this day.
What to Expect
Long-established families and new residents form the fabric of Roxborough.
The well-regarded schools are just one of the draws to this tightly knit community. The newer sections of Roxborough, those built in the 1950s, are marked by well-maintained lawns, driveways, and a warm suburban feel. The historic areas are equally welcoming, with charming row homes and plenty of outdoor space as well.
Working-class roots unite the progressive and the traditional.
The mix of young families and older generations create Roxborough’s vibe, and kids playing Wiffle ball are as common a sight as neighbors sitting on front porches telling stories about their own youth. Small businesses comprise the heart of the commercial district, and outdoor festivals are common year-round.
A small town in a big city - separated from the city by the Schuykill.
Residents sing the praises of Roxborough’s ‘down-home’ American feel, and that notion is alive and well as you travel down Ridge Avenue, the main thoroughfare. But the big city is still just minutes away, and the diversity and culture found in Roxborough reflect this.
A combined character of historic blocks lined with row homes and suburban lanes.
Invest in a Victorian fixer-upper, update a 1950s split level, or build a new home in this highly accessible neighborhood. Whether you’re planning to rent or to own, the options are numerous here. Schools, churches, shops, and restaurants are all within close reach in this truly welcoming town.
You'll Fall in Love With
Great schools, a lively commercial strip, and (some say) the best cheesesteaks.
Like its neighbors Mount Airy and Manayunk, Roxborough lies in the Wissahickon Valley and has numerous entries to the park’s hiking trails. It also boasts rec centers, a golf course, horse stables, and a nature preserve. After your hike, hit D’Allesandro’s for arguably one of Philly’s best cheesesteaks. Also, small businesses abound along lively Ridge Avenue, once again defining Roxborough’s small-town feel.