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Old 10-16-2007, 12:26 AM
 
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Question Iterested in Moving to South Delaware

I am seeking information and opinions about life in Central or South Delaware. My mother and stepfather are in their early 60's. They moved to Bradenton Florida in 2003 and are distressed and dismayed at the out of control crime, traffic, excessive growth, heat, humidity and hurricanes, along with skyrocketing taxes and insurance that has become out of reach for most Floridians. They though they could take an early retirement, but the high cost of living down there has not cut into their retirement fund. They are originally from Boston but would like to move someplace a little quieter along the atlantic coast, yet within a full day's drive back to New England to visit family without the hassle of flying.
They would like some input as to whether or not a move to the Dover area, Milford, Georgetown, Milton or a nice community along the routes 113 or 1 corridor might make a difference. They would need to still work somewhat so jobs are important, and also a community that offers bus service around town as my step father cannot drive due to poor vision. They need a place that is safe for older adults, with low crime, good shopping, lower taxes and affordable housing. Anybody in Delaware have any suggestions?
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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I am very new to DE, but I understand there are TONS of opportunities (housing and otherwise) for people your parents' age. We are in Central Kent Co (just south of Dover) and hear lots about it.

Check a few of the other threads on this board; you will find more info that way faster than any other way. I'm sure some of the "older" crowd will post soon, but that is my initial suggestion. Good luck in your search; my folks who are mid-70's are looking in DE for next year. But they will be coming here from NC, not FL.

Mary
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:37 AM
 
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I day's drive back to New England to visit family without the hassle of flying.
They would like some input as to whether or not a move to the Dover area, Milford, Georgetown, Milton or a nice community along the routes 113 or 1 corridor might make a difference. They would need to still work somewhat so jobs are important, and also a community that offers bus service around town as my step father cannot drive due to poor vision. They need a place that is safe for older adults, with low crime, good shopping, lower taxes and affordable housing. Anybody in Delaware have any suggestions?

I Louis...........There are a ton of 55+ communities in Central De. I would recommend typing 55+ communities in De on google. You will get a list.
It is cheaper living in DE and as far as crime goes, I feel very safe. I come from Philly and the crime there is through the roof.
We live in a very nice community called Southern Meadows. Our community does not have a shuttle but there is paratransit.
Also,
Modern Maturity provides service. Not sure exactly, you would have to call.

Other communities may have. There are some really nice ones springing up in Smyrna
Quite of few people on this board have visited and have great information to report.
Hope this helps.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:46 PM
 
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Dont move to Persimmion Park Place, trash on the streets, crime, and a home owners association that is a joke, you pay 25$ a month for nothing, you have been warned.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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If jobs are important, you may want to look further north. Sussex Co is mostly minimum wage retail or chicken plant jobs, also close to minimum wage. This is a nice place to retire but can be pretty depressing if you want to make decent living.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:24 PM
 
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I agree Sussex County is a nice place to retire. There are many retirees here from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland who were pushed out of their home states by the outrageous property taxes. I have spoken to many of them and aside from the traffic in the summertime (only on Saturdays is it anywhere near as bad as the Washington beltway) which people complain about for lack of anything else to whine about. There is not much to dislike if you are a retired senior. If you are under 55 though, I would say, think twice unless you want to wait tables, bartend, clean houses, or sell real estate.

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Old 05-20-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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If you are under 55 though, I would say, think twice unless you want to wait tables, bartend, clean houses, or sell real estate.
Probably make more money waiting tables than selling real estate. Lots and lots and LOTS of starving real estate agents here. You need to be on top of your game to make it in real estate here.
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