Sharswood is an exciting blend of new townhomes and rundown, old-school row houses, many of which have become short sections and even standalone dwellings as those around them are being slowly abandoned and demolished. Despite being what looks like a neighborhood in distress, the crime rate here is quite low. There are sidewalks to stroll around on with your dog, but beyond the many empty lots, there aren't any parks within the community for you to enjoy. There are several restaurants around the outside of the community to check out, but if you need a pet store or groomer, it’s a bit of a drive.
If you are looking for a place to live with four seasons, Philly does a pretty good job. Winters can be harsh with January temperatures in the mid-20s during the day and a high chance of snow, sleet, ice, and rain. Summer turns the page with temperatures in the mid-80s and moderate humidity levels.
The terrain in Sharswood runs from flat and rough to flat and new with the new housing development. Walking here can be challenging with little more than block after block of pavement to work with. This is the perfect terrain for those who have a pup with a bit a weight issue or are just starting to get their walking legs under them. Start off walking to the end of the street and back, then each week you can add a little more distance to your walks.
The one thing to keep in mind is that, in some areas of town, the sidewalks are uneven and crumbling, making walking a little on the treacherous side. Just to the west, there is the Athletic Square Park, a small park with baseball diamonds and enough room for a football field for you and your pooch to run around on. Just be sure you clean up after them!
The one thing truly missing in Sharswood is any sign of accessible green spaces. Many of the homes here do have backyards and there are a lot of empty lots, but those are not anywhere you and your pup should really be hanging out. On the way towards Fairmount Park, you can always stop off at the 30th & Jefferson Street Park where there is a baseball diamond and a little area of grass to romp around on.
If you really want some green space, then you need to cruise west to Fairmount Park. This park is described as the largest natural park in the City of Philadelphia, covering over 2000 acres. The area includes rolling hills, a relaxing spot on the Schuylkill River, gentle trails to enjoy hiking along, and plenty of shaded woods for the two of you to relax under and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.