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Old 06-29-2014, 04:38 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Sorry if i am writing that which has been written already, but i am in need of some assistance.

I am being offered a position in Delaware, Willmington to be exact. I currently live in Central New Jersey, and have been considering relocating.

I have small kids that will be starting school soon and a large family. I will want at least over 1.5 acre of land, as i like my privacy.

What is a good area for family, safety, schools to move to. I will want a larger house with at least 5 bedrooms, the more the better. however, large rooms.
I am even debating buying land am building a custom house, but i still have to do more research into that. I was told that hockessin is a nice area but I am not familiar with it at all.
Any ideas on where to move to. Also are there any areas close to the water in New castle?

I look forward in hearing back from everyone.

Regards
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

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I have small kids that will be starting school soon and a large family. I will want at least over 1.5 acre of land, as i like my privacy.

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I was told that hockessin is a nice area but I am not familiar with it at all.
Any ideas on where to move to. Also are there any areas close to the water in New castle?
Do you mean Old New Castle the town, or New Castle County? Old New Castle is on the Delaware River but it's a colonial-era community so finding 1.5+ acres is unlikely. The rest of the New Castle mailing address isn't on the water.

Most of the Delaware Riverfront is industrial, but there's a cute little town, Delaware City, at the intersection of the river and the C&D Canal. I don't know anything about the housing stock. It would be at least a half-hour commute to downtown Wilmington.

Hockessin generally has larger lots and larger houses than, say, North Wilmington. (North Wilmington is the unincorporated area north of the City of Wilmington.) Much of North Wilmington was developed in the '50s and '60s, so the houses are older than in Hockessin, which was mostly farms during those decades. Be sure to research the school district for any house you're thinking about -- New Castle County schools overall are not the greatest.

One fast-developing area is Middletown, which has grown a lot over the past 20 years. Some developments there would fit your housing criteria. See MLS #6412024 on realtor.com or a similar site.

There are a lot more neighborhoods over the state line in Chester County with large lots. Many townships have 1- or two-acre minimum lot size. The commute could be as short as 20 minutes.

There has been a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of Delaware vs Pennsylvania in recent weeks; you should peruse those threads for a lot more info if you would consider PA.

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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Be ready to spend a minimum of 500k for what your described and that would not include the 1.5 acres. Also be prepared to spend 10-20k a year for private school on each kid.
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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@Pocopsonite

Thank you for your help! Yes, I was referring to New Castle County. Also, I did not think about PA, but I will start researching about that as well. Everyone I ask about Delaware, the only response I get it "don't go there, it is boring..." lol. I have not really explored Delaware myself as of yet. Only went briefly to see the location I was being offered (downtown Wilmington). The property taxes are super low which is the biggest drive for me to move there. Currently, in New Jersey, the property taxes are super high. I guess I still have more to think about because having quality schools is a must. Middletown seems nice.


@sjdemak

Yes, that is about the amount I figured as well. Because the property taxes as so low, the mortgage payments hopefully would even out from the tax end. Also, are the schools really that bad that private schools will be an option?
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:19 PM
 
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Others may disagree, but yes IMO the public schools are horrible. The lack of high taxes easily make private school a good option. I'm from NJ and we were paying 7k taxes on a 175k house. In Delaware it would be more like $1200. You also have to take into consideration any HOA fees that may exist. Overall DE is a lot better than NJ, affordability, shopping, diversity ect. Although the NJ beaches are better if you ask me. AC/WildWood/Sea Isle/Avalon.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Default why are hoa and condo fees so high

in delaware. I must be mssing something. In New Jersey (the land of high taxes) HOA and condo fees cover CAM charges, snow removal and landscaping charges. Is there something else in Delaware?

Thank you

Bob
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