Town By Town: Somerton, A Suburban Feel In The City

Somerton is rare among Philadelphia neighborhoods: Its borders are fairly clear.

“It’s really more of a square,” says Seth Kaplan, 28, who grew up in Bustleton and chose to buy his first home here in 2009.  The house – where Kaplan, chief of staff for State Rep. Kevin Boyle, lives with wife Melissa, son Dylan, 3, and daughter Michaela, 2 – had “a low sale price in a great neighborhood,” though it “needed to be completely gutted.”

Easily discernible borders are just one thing in Somerton’s favor.  Another, says Keller-Williams real estate agent Mike Fitzpatrick, is a “strong sense of community and the political wherewithal to keep it that way.”

With a view of Montgomery County to the northwest and Bucks County to the northeast, Somerton has the feel of the suburbs without being there.

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