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Clifton Heights is a tiny borough in Delaware County resting 8 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The area attracts a diverse group of middle-class workers and their families, due its quality public schools and relatively easy commute to the city. Locals also choose to call the Clifton Heights neighborhood home for employment opportunities throughout the surrounding areas and overall low crime rates. Additionally, the borough also houses a larger group of individuals attending college, giving it a younger feel while maintaining the low-key environment of a traditional suburb.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Clifton Heights, PA is $874 for one bedroom, and $919 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Clifton Heights has increased by 3.3% in the past year.

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Ratings

64 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
46 Transit Score® Some Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

Clifton Heights may be small, but the borough packs a surprising amount of appetizing restaurants into its boundaries. The Original Clam Tavern on Broadway Avenue consistently ranks first on the list of local favorites for its fresh seafood. Dishes such as fried shrimp and scallop scampi draw in a hefty crowd of regular visitors. However, it’s the baked clams that have won the title of “Best in Philly” and fly out of the kitchen as fast as patrons order. To spruce up the already magical dish, order the clams casino, which top the baked beauties with bacon, red and green pappers and the perfect amount of garlic. Grab a bowl of seafood bisque or opt for a crab cake sandwich for a meal that will leave you licking your fingers.

For a little bit of heat in cold weather months, head to Hidalgo on Baltimore Avenue. The Mexican café is know for its “bring you own tequila” margaritas and tres leches cake, but churros hold their own as well. Locals praise the menu for its authentic flavors and creative dishes that are not standard for the food genre. One such entrée is the Huachinago al mojo, a filet of Red Snapper sautéed in a savory blend of herbs and topped with a special house sauce. If you desire something more traditional, locals recommend the enchiladas and fajitas with a plate of Hidalgo style nachos.

Other Clifton Heights favorites include the Clifton Deli for its affordable and outstanding breakfast and brunch cuisine. The friendly atmosphere and cozy décor turn this little stop into a regular weekly spot for residents looking for the best French toast in town, or a unique take on classic sandwiches. Pizza lovers and fans of deep-friend treats frequent for Stosh’s on Broadway for the widest selection of deep-friend oreos and funnel cakes outside of the nearest state fair. The menu features a surprising selection of Polish cuisine, such as pierogi and galumpki. Whether you’re in the mood for Polish comfort dishes or smothered chili cheese fries, Stosh’s is bound to satisfy your craving.

Clifton Heights has a mellow nightlife scene, with some bars operating as restaurants. Two of the most notable establishments are The Rams Head Tavern and Broadway Bar and Grill. Luckily, Aldan rests just a few miles away and provides locals with JT Brewski’s Pub, a dive bar with a regular DJ, occasional live performances and a lively atmosphere. Stinger’s Restaurant and Bar on Providence Road similarly hosts live music on a regular basis.

History

The history of Clifton Heights is closely tied to other boroughs in the county. In fact, the county exists as the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania. By the 20th century, transportation developments fueled the growth of many Philadelphia suburbs, including townships that ultimately became Clifton Heights. Transportation options made it easier to access the city’s hub of employment and amenities, so residential communities sprang up nearby and made Delaware County the fourth most populous county in the state, despite its small size. Clifton Heights itself remains home to artistic outlets such as the Ba Art Gallery and at least three performing art studios and dance halls. Though no museums lie within the borough’s boundaries, the Museum of Mourning Art sits just a few miles away in Drexel Hill. Locals look to larger communities for annual events and large festivals since Clifton Heights resides at the halfway point between Philadelphia and Media.

Transportation

Since Clifton Heights encompasses less than a mile of land, the compact area allows residents only a few transportation options. Walkers primarily opt to complete errands on foot at major intersections along Baltimore Avenue, although residential streets suit walkers as well. Bikers stick to roads that outline the borough, such as the eastern half of Broadway Avenue and Glendwood Avenue. These roads are most friendly when it comes to sharing the roadway with the 79 percent of residents who use cars as their primary transportation means. The majority of drivers in the area also state that parking is readily available. One rail line passes through the borough and heads to the city from the Clifton-Aldan Station, and bus Route 107 provides bus service through the borough before heading to Morton. Driving to the city center takes roughly half an hour by accessing the Baltimore Pike from Baltimore Avenue. Although the borough’s size limits it from being a neighborhood where taxis can be hailed, locals can schedule rides through Uber for a temporary pair of wheels.

Cost

Life in the quiet residential borough, with good schools and convenient amenities, costs slightly more than it does in Philadelphia. With an average cost of living about 5 percent higher than the city’s average, locals face similar or slightly more expensive prices for standard goods and services. For example, groceries and health care cost more in Clifton Heights than their average prices in Philadelphia. Gas in the borough costs about 10 percent more than the national average, as well. One difference lies within the housing markets, Clifton Heights has more affordable housing options than the city. Though only 40 percent of residents choose to rent, they encounter expensive prices and limited options. A standard one-bedroom apartment averages $860 a month, but multi-room units are easier to find. Overall, the prices in Clifton Heights are moderate, especially since locals can enjoy a pint of beer for as little as $4.

Shopping

The majority of retail options near Clifton Heights reside along the Baltimore Pike. With so many communities clustered together, it is not uncommon to travel to a different borough for groceries or local shops. However, an abundance of big-name retailers are in Clifton Heights so residents need to head elsewhere if they are in search of something more unique. Additionally, the Springfield Mall bring locals convenient access to strings of the most popular retailers in one location. Thrift shoppers interested in high-end consignments should head north to Drexel Hill to peruse the selection at 2 Friends Gifts And Consignment Shop. Several chain grocery stores and independent specialty stores alike reside within a 5 mile radius of Clifton Heights, including the specialty Indian store Rangoli Bazar. Locals look to Acme-Sav-On for its central location and huge selection. Locals looking to select their produce and locally made goods head up the Baltimore Pike to Lansdowne Avenue for the Lansdowne Farmers Market.

Parks

Since the borough is primarily residential, parks and designated green spaces do not appear inside the Clifton Heights boundaries. However, Kent Park is only a short drive away resting alongside Darby Creek under the historic Lindbergh Bridge. The free park stretches 10 acres and is ideal for hiking, jogging through trails and fishing. A multi-use field and playground appeal to families and children looking to get some exercise in nice weather. The covered pavilion and fenced in dog park elevate this earthy gem above other spaces in the area since it offers something for everyone. Residents looking for similar spaces often travel along Darby Creek to explore more parks in the county. Gillespie Park and Hoffman Park are the next nearest parks along the river, with one west of Kent Park and the other east. Large events such as the Fall Festival are hosted on the Clifton Athletic Field. The annual festival combines a car show, farmers market, food festival and flea market into one event at the Springfield Road location.

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