NeighborScout, a real estate search engine, has chosen 10 of what it calls "hip and trendy" neighborhoods.

Mine wasn't one of them, and I'm glad, too, because it might put an end to scenes such as the one I witnessed on the first day of school, when proud parents lined all the kids on the street up on a porch for pictures.

Not particularly hip or trendy, but really cool.

What surprised me about the NeighborScout list was that Philadelphia made it.

The city and its metropolitan area rarely make top 10 lists in subjects I write about, except perhaps when the subject is allergies or bedbugs. On the plus side: It has not yet appeared on the list of top 10 cities for foreclosures or home-price declines.

NeighborScout calls the Philadelphia entry (No. 10) "Drexel U/Walnut Street," which, from the map, looks like University City.

The boundary runs from Market Street along 37th Street to Walnut Street, slicing through the Penn campus and the Annenberg Center to Spruce Street, where it runs along the south side of the street, bisecting the intersection of Spruce, Civic Center Boulevard, and South Street.

It then travels the southern edge of South Street, goes halfway across the bridge, drops into the Schuylkill, floats within a few yards of the eastern bank of the river, crosses Market Street, then hugs the side of the bridge at JFK Boulevard.

Then it jumps back into the river and swims down to the Market Street bridge, climbs out of the Schuylkill at Market, barrels through the IRS Building and the old Bulletin Building and ends back at 37th and Market.

Walk, swim, tunnel.

There's a lot to like about this neighborhood, starting with Penn and Drexel. But nowhere on my list is what was first on NeighborScout's:

"Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking. The Drexel U/Walnut St. neighborhood is on the ocean or a tidally influenced river.

"Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront that are attractive to residents and visitors alike.

"In addition to being coastal, Drexel U/Walnut St. is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water, giving the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel."

I know we've had a lot of rain lately, but the last time I did anything nautical on that part of the Schuylkill was in 1997, when a group of us rode a barge from the Market Street bridge to just above the old Peco generating plant.

All the nautical stuff happens farther upriver, so why it was first on the list of amenities remains a mystery.

What makes more sense is that the "neighborhood is very unique in that it has one of the highest proportions of one-, two- or no-bedroom real estate of any" in the country. (I'm sure "no bedroom" means studio apartment.)

The neighborhood has a higher rate of renter occupancy - 95.6 percent - than any other. More than 74 percent of its residents walk to work, higher than 99 percent of others in America.

It is bicycle-friendly, diverse in employment and ethnicity, 87.4 percent of the residents don't own cars, is highly transient, but "among the lowest-income neighborhoods in America." (The latter was not a positive, and I'm sure many will disagree.)

The other Pennsylvania entry, at No. 2, was "Atherton St./Park Ave." in State College.

Why? Well, 61.7 percent of the adults there have earned master's degrees, medical degrees, Ph.D.s, or law degrees, a higher proportion than any other U.S. neighborhood. After all, it is Penn State.

The boundary, by the way, crosses a swimming pool, giving this neighborhood, too, that much sought-after "nautical" feel.