Andorra is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Philadelphia with property values continuing to increase. The homes here are larger suburban-style houses on larger than average plots. This a very family-friendly area with a very low crime rate. While you will need a car to go outside of the community, it does boast its own strip mall with a few tasty restaurants to sample. The streets are lined with sidewalks and grass berms you can use to take walks along as well. The berms are perfect for your pup during the summer months when the pavement is too hot. There are several dog parks within driving distance along with pet supply stores.
The weather here is quite beautiful most of the year with summers in the 80s and the occasional rain shower. Winters here are brutal with up to 15 inches of snow and temperatures well below freezing for extended periods of time.
The terrain here is all about gently rolling hills leading to the Houston Meadow, the Andorra Natural Area, and the Wissahickon Valley Park, all of which are joined into one long area of trails and meadows. For those that prefer to stay in town, you can still get in your daily walks by going around different blocks. You can go uphill on the way out and downhill on the way in one day and then reverse the process the next day. Gently rolling hills are great for getting some extra exercise as going uphill stretches one set of muscles while going downhill stretches a completely different set.
This is a very carefully laid out community with small neighborhood parks scattered throughout that make a great quick stop for you and your pooch to play in. Fortunately, these parks also have plenty of shade trees for the two of you to enjoy as well.
One of the great things about planned communities is that the developers build in plenty of green spaces in the form of community ballparks, community parks, and playgrounds. Most of these are dog-friendly unless you forget to pick up after them! These are great spots for when you are in a hurry during your daily walks.
If you want more, you only have to look to the north. There, you will find a vast greenway that starts to the north at the Wissahickon Environmental Center and follows the Wissahickon Creek down into Wissahickon. The greenway is broken into several different parks. Dozens of trails run throughout that are perfect for you and your dog to go hiking along. You can follow the creek or play in the meadows covering as many miles as you want in a day. Who knows? One day you might make the hike from top to bottom!