Tracing its origins to the late 17th century, Old City is where the grand experiment called the “United States” was first launched. Time-traveling is the norm with horse-drawn carriages and actors in colonial dress strolling cobblestone streets. Home to famous American beacons, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and the American Constitution, as well as several museums and historic landmarks, this neighborhood’s historic legacy is unequaled. But it’s not all old. A vibrant arts scene, a plethora of boutique shops, glam lounges and farm-to-table restaurants lend a modern verve to the hood’s old-world charm. With a lively nightlife and family fun in Franklin Square Park, it’s rich in entertainment options for all ages. The market carries perhaps the most varied living options in the city. Old City has everything from 17th century brick townhouses, including Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street, to turn-of-the-century warehouses and factories transformed into airy, light-filled lofts and luxury condos with views of the landmark Benjamin Franklin Bridge.