A historic West Philadelphia neighborhood, Mantua sits 15 minutes away from downtown, directly across the Schuylkill River. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway provides fast access to Downtown Philadelphia's historic sites, famous restaurants, and entertainment venues. For those who prefer mass transit, take the subway from the 34th Street Station or take the bus to travel the roughly two miles into downtown Philly. Mantua features numerous brownstones and apartments for rent, and its architecture made the city famous in the 19th century.
Mantua's community murals showcase its thriving arts scene, including a famous portrait of children located at 36th and Fairmount Avenue. The neighborhood is gaining in popularity, especially with students -- it is directly north of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Other residents will appreciate the nearby museums, including Penn Museum, Rodin Museum, and the Franklin Institute.