West Oak Lane

Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County, PA

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West Oak Lane is a largely residential Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood; homes are mainly twin townhomes and row homes with some detached singles. The majority of the homes were built from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Neighborhood stores are generally located along Stenton Avenue and Ogontz Avenue.

West Oak Lane [†] was settled initially in the 1700s with farms and mills. The introduction of the Broad Street Subway in the 1920s spurred the first population and commercial boom in West Oak Lane including the development of row homes and commercial corridors along Ogontz Avenue, Broad Street, and Stenton Avenue. Not until the 1940s and 1950s in Post World War II years did large-scale housing development dominate the area, creating a walkable neighborhood of brick row homes with scatterings of detached and semi-detached homes. Unfortunately, during the same time, two of the major mills in the area closed.

General neighborhood boundaries are Cheltenham Avenue (north), Broad Street (east), Stenton Avenue (south), and Vernon Road (West).

† Philadelphia City Planning Commission, 2005, www.phila.gov, accessed July 2023.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Street Names
20th Street North • Broad Street North • Cheltenham avenue • Stenton Avenue • Vernon Road • Washington Lane

Models / Floorplans: Avalon, Gateway, Margate, River Club, Riverwalk


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