Neighborhood Profile: EAST OAK LANE

History:  Settled in 1683, East Oak Lane, located at “The Northern Gates of Philadelphia”, is William Penn’s first neighborhood- his first “Green Country Town.” Rich with history, gorgeous architecture, green space and cultural diversity, this neighborhood is truly a jewel in the crown of Philadelphia.

Convenient to the newly restored Melrose Park Train station, Fernrock Subway Station and many bus lines- residents have access to all the City of Philadelphia has to offer, yet they enjoy the quiet and beauty of a suburban environment.

The vision of William Penn to create a pastoral oasis for city dwellers is shared by the residents of East Oak Lane. Neighbors are passionate about preservation of their beautiful landscaping and their rich Philadelphia architecture. This community comes together to celebrate their shared respect for the “quality of life” of all of its neighbors. As a result, East Oak Lane continues to attract Philadelphia’s great minds and talents who love to call this neighborhood their home.

Boundaries: Cheltenham Avenue at the north, Broad Street on the west, Godfrey Avenue at the south, and North 5th Street to the east.

Zip Codes: 19126, 19141.

More Information: East Oak Lane Community Action Association, Oak Lane Tree Tenders, Friends of the Oak Lane Library.

Schools: Ellwood School, Philadelphia High School For Girls, Central High School, St. Helena’s.

Public Transportation: Melrose Park Station, Fern Rock Station.