U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Delaware
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-26-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, the Iron City!!!
805 posts, read 2,027,686 times
Reputation: 232

Advertisements

Greetings all, and I hope you can help.

My gal and I are looking to get out of the $1500 a month rent cycle and move to the Philly area, where the city is big enough to sustain us with employment, but the housing prices are decent... and by decent, I'm talking about LOW $100's, for a townhouse....

I know Philly can be sketchy, so I am also thinking about northern Delaware for the house, but I have a few questions:

* In northern Delaware / Wilmington, are the housing choices for $100 - 130K worth looking into, as fixer-uppers or not?

* Is there reliable public transportation from northern DE to Philly / Center City or is it more of a driving deal?

* As far as crime goes, how does northern DE compare to metro Philly?--- Is it markedly different, or pretty much the same?

ANY help you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-26-2007, 05:43 PM
 
20 posts, read 80,846 times
Reputation: 23
Default Moving to DE

Delaware is going to be a real culture shock for you if you appreciate the UPSIDE of living in the city...tons to do, incredible diversity, creativity and colorful people everywhere. If you're looking for a cheaper but calmer, quieter version of Manhattan, Delaware is NOT the place to move. I'm from there and I went absolutely insane. It's one big suburb, even Wilmington. It is NOTHING like NYC whatsoever.

Claymont has train service to Philly, though you'll probably need to transfer once or twice depending on where you're headed. It's much cheaper. And it's a dump. It's suburban mullethead mediocrity or drugs and crime, one or the other - and nothing in-between.

Philly's got a lot more to offer. You're probably gonna go insane in Delaware, coming from NYC, unless you're ALREADY suburban-minded. I'd stick to Philly. Like any city, there are sketchy areas, but there are also great restaurants, tons of shops and galleries, and just a whole lot to do.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-26-2007, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, the Iron City!!!
805 posts, read 2,027,686 times
Reputation: 232
Thanks, D... Originally, I'm from Dallas, but after stops in St. Louis Chicago, downstate Illinois & NYC, I'm pretty well acclimated to a variety of living cities.... and otherwise....LOL!

I'm not so much worried about the lack of constant stimulus (one good thing about NYC, of course, but also it's bane) as I am crime and general liveability....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-26-2007, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Cream Ridge, NJ
401 posts, read 1,288,897 times
Reputation: 244
Try your hand at newark,De. Its a little further south as opposed to wilmington but houses are more affordable than north wilmington and being that the university is there makes it a lively place.
I myself am looking to move to Newark,De

Last edited by christina0001; 12-27-2007 at 06:36 PM.. Reason: advertising not permitted
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-26-2007, 07:30 PM
 
20 posts, read 80,846 times
Reputation: 23
Default Newark

I agree with that last posting. If you have to live in DE, Newark would be the place to go...but I don't think there's a train from Newark to Philly, if that's a concern. I don't think Newark's on the SEPTA line or the Amtrak Northeast Corridor (which at least stops at 30th Street Station).

If crime is the concern, definitely avoid Wilmington and Claymont. Wilmington has a surprisingly high violent crime rate for such a small city and Claymont, though suburban, has serious drug problems. Parts of New Castle are bad too.

Of course, every city and now, increasingly, even every small town has it's share of drug problems and violent crime. It's life in the year 2007.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-26-2007, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Cream Ridge, NJ
401 posts, read 1,288,897 times
Reputation: 244
according to this it would appear that there is septa service to Newark
http://www.septa.org/maps/click_map.html
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-29-2007, 11:46 AM
 
4,589 posts, read 5,881,186 times
Reputation: 7411
On the other hand, Kent and Sussex County (Delaware) populations are dramatically rising because of so many transits moving from Philadelphia, NY, NJ and Wilmington. Many love mid and lower Delaware and would rather do a 2 hour commute to either Baltimore, Philadelphia, and an additional hour or so to New York. The bypass (SR1) has ensured quick access to the northern hub of Delaware allowing the best of both worlds. The Philadelphia/NY arts scene, concerts, and sporting events are always on our calendar, and we are in Kent County, Delaware. It's so easy to get up there and back to our more calm setting.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-01-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Delaware
902 posts, read 2,485,692 times
Reputation: 348
Not being a native NY'er, but married to one, and having lived on Long Island almost 2 yrs (several years ago, I will admit), AND being a recent transplant to DE (central Kent Co), I believe I can safely post something useful on this topic. That said, I agree with the previous poster regarding the consideration of how much of a social life you and your gal want to have.... I assume you are 20-something or early 30's based on your original posting.

What I will recommend from past experience from moving MANY times in my life, is that you continue asking these nice folk on this board, and visit the area several times and check out the area for yourselves. We did just that about 10 times from NC prior to our move here, and are very content with our choice so far. I believe a lot of people across our nation have gypsy blood right about now, for very individual reasons based on their personal life goals and needs, as well as the adventure of trying a new life in a different place. Only you will know what is right for you and your gal at this moment in your lives.

Good luck, and let us know your progress... both pros and cons. There are a lot of newcomers to the forum, and a good mix of regular posters. For such a small state, I have been very impressed with the vast amount of information posted here in the year or so I have been a member of the forum.

Mary
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-07-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: wilmington delaware
20 posts, read 64,169 times
Reputation: 24
Wilmington would be a great for you depending on what your looking for. They just built new houses and condos on the riverfront which is right next to the train station so easy access to philly, or Union park gardens which is also a nice area or Northwest Wilmington(Trolly Square)which where the night life is. Newark is nice but not if you wanna hangout with College kids. The crime in wilmington is high for a small city but the areas I'm telling you about are nice, crime really only happens in certin parts just like New York.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-09-2008, 07:55 AM
 
32 posts, read 109,558 times
Reputation: 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delly View Post
On the other hand, Kent and Sussex County (Delaware) populations are dramatically rising because of so many transits moving from Philadelphia, NY, NJ and Wilmington. Many love mid and lower Delaware and would rather do a 2 hour commute to either Baltimore, Philadelphia, and an additional hour or so to New York.
Delly,

We are currently in Pennsauken, NJ and are looking to make a move due to ever rising NJ real estate taxes, and to find a better public school system for our children. We currently send them to catholic grade school but between tuition and taxes we are paying almost $11,000.

We both work in Philly, my wife in Center City and myself in West Philly.

a few questions

What is the median home type and price in Kent and Sussex ?

How are the public school systems ?

How far would the drive be to the closest SEPTA train to the city, which I guess would be Newark)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Delaware

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top