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Old 07-31-2007, 10:30 PM
 
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What might a divorced mid-forties self-employed (bookeeping for small businesses) woman find in Delaware? Might there be enough small businesses to make a decent living? What is the single environment? What about the weather?

I am a CT native who lived for most of the last 27 years in RI but have been in CA for the last 8 months working through my mid ife crisis. I am now ready to go home to the east coast but would prefer to move a little further down the coast to be closer to my son who is in DC. I need (want) to live relatively close to the ocean as well.

I would appreciate any relevant information on living in Delaware. Thanks.
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Old 08-01-2007, 05:51 AM
 
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You need to decide what is most important. Living near the beach or living where your business will do best. The beach area is Sussex Co. and there is not much money here. The money that is here is mostly retired people buying overpriced real estate. That won't help your accountant business. Sussex Co. people can also be reluctant to accept newcomers, which makes it hard for someone from out of state to start a new business. Your business would do better in the northern part of the state, but you'd be 2-3 hours from the ocean.

I like living on the beach, but I have to travel or work the internet to make any money. Fortunately, once you own a house, it's fairly cheap to live here. Unfortunately, buying a house near the beach can be very expensive, and near is relative. In the summer it can take 30 minutes to get across town, so if you're looking for a 30 minute drive to the ocean in the summer, you'll need to be fairly close.

The single scene here is rough. For a mid 40's man, the pickin's are mighty slim, but as a woman, you'll have men falling at your feet. I've heard the ratio is somewhere around 10:1 here, which I believe.
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:41 PM
 
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Just reading over your questions, I agree with the fact that it's not as inexpensive to live at the beach as some believe. It's either Retirees or DC folks who are moving here. I moved to the DE beach 14 years ago and things have definately changed and definately NOT for the best. It's beautiful at the beach.....when you can get there with all of the traffic and when the State Park is not overcrowded and closed due to too many people. Holidays I find myself shopping almost a week prior to the holiday and staying home due to the fact you are virtually landlocked into your home. The statement that if you are a woman and men would be falling all over you..........that depends on what type of men you are talking about.....IT's scary......I'm in my 40's and the pickn's are poor! Thus, I stay single. Best of luck to you! I must say...it was Wonderful when I moved here, but I have given def. thought to relocating back to PA one day.....
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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......I'm in my 40's and the pickn's are poor! Thus, I stay single. Best of luck to you!
By the way women act around here, I would have guessed just the opposite. I can't get the time of day...and I must say, I'm quite a catch...
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Kent County, DE
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Hey Rossc maybe ya need to meet Beachgirl... LOL
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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She didn't pick up on the hint.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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rossc,

Give her time. Maybe she's shy.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:55 PM
 
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No...it didn't slip by me....I haven't been able to get online lately to see if there were any responses. Sorry... I guess what I was attempting to say about the "dating scene" is.....If you have good old fashion, Christian moral values and are not interested in the Bar Scene, baggage, drugs, alcohol and people who do not wish to work for a living......it's tough and one learns to adapt to the single life rather than desperately "just settle" . Guess I'm picky and at this point in my life feel I deserve a good life with a great person. Does that sound arrogant? Don't mean to come across that way...Anyway, it is nice here, but it has changed significantly over the years and unfortunately the area is not able to keep up with the growth.
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Beachgirl,

GOOD for you for NOT settling! I don't think it is arrogant at all... if you don't set a standard for yourself, who will?

I agree its nice in DE... we are moving there in just a few days. As far as the area not keeping up with the growth.. that is a problem in every area that has a lot of growth. I know from experience (we are moving FROM NC and the growth here is insane). I'm hoping tings will catch up with the growth in a reasonable time.

Mary
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