Welcome to Bella Vista
What's It Like and Why Live Here?
Bella Vista, Italian for "beautiful sight" is a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of the City. During the late 1800s, Italian immigrants began settling the area in large numbers, which reshaped the neighborhood's character. One of the earliest immigrants, Antonio Palumbo, opened a boardinghouse on the corner of 9th and Catharine in 1884 that became the social center of the neighborhood's growing Italian community.
In the late 1970s, the neighborhood began to gentrify due to its proximity to Center City. During the same era, the neighborhood also experienced an influx of Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants, especially near Washington Avenue. Bella Vista was voted 2016 best neighborhood live in Philadelphia by Niche.com and is undergoing a new construction housing boom.
Things We Love
- The Italian Market
- The Fleischer Art Memorial
- Cianfranni Park
Where Is It?
Bella Vista is bounded by Washington Avenue to the South, Lombard Street to the North, 6th Street to the East, and 11th Street to the West.