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The Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin and cheese steaks: All things that come to mind when you think “Philly.” But there’s much more to this historic city than one would think.

Philadelphia real estate is on an upswing. Home prices have surged 7.2 percent over the past year and are predicted to rise another 3.3 percent within the next year. So, if you are looking to buy, you may as well head to the newest up-and-coming neighborhoods. Old City, Northern Liberties (No Libs), Fishtown, Grad Hospital, Point Breeze and Brewerytown are the hot spots for young people. And a young town it is. The median age in Philadelphia is 34, and a whopping 57 percent of residents are homeowners. Looking for your plus one in the city of brotherly love? Forty three percent of residents are single, so your odds aren’t too bad.

One of the top things to do in Philly is eat and we’re not just talking family-style Italian in South Philly or cheesesteaks at the original Pat’s King of Steaks. For a night of trendy food, cocktails and a fun crowd, head to Old City, Fishtown and Rittenhouse Square.

Food scene aside, there’s tons to see and do in the city. Must-sees for history buffs include Independence Hall, Fairmount Park and Valley Forge. There’s also America’s oldest farmers’ market, Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (its steps immortalized in the Oscar-winning film “Rocky”). And, of course, football fans should make a beeline for Lincoln Financial field. Go Eagles!