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Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

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A Ziptrip to Chestnut Hill

Loaded with photo-worthy charm and famous for its cobblestone streets, stately colonial-style townhouses and upscale restaurants and cafes

Chestnut Hill is tucked in the northwest section of Philadelphia, near the Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and Fairmount Park. Once a suburb where well-to-do Philadelphians escaped the city’s summer heat, Chestnut Hill saw an influx of year-round residents with the arrival of railroads in the 19th century. It was then, and still is, a relatively affluent community with an array of historic mansions and Victorian twins and row houses. Throughout the neighborhood there are unexpected delights.

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Getting to Chestnut Hill

By train

It couldn't be much easier to get to Chestnut Hill via public transportation. The Chestnut Hill West regional rail line stops at the top of “the Hill” on Germantown Avenue. The Chestnut Hill East station is located at 101 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue. Either train ride takes between 40 and 50 minutes. SEPTA bus routes 23, 77, 94, 134 and L also run in the neighborhood.

By car

Chestnut Hill is a 25-minute drive from Center City to Germantown Avenue. Metered street parking is available, and there are six parking lots. For an easy way to get there, consider Zipcar, with more than 350 vehicles in more than 115 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and a considerable presence in Center City.
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