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Old 01-26-2008, 11:07 AM
 
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From NY myself I would suggest looking from Middletown and north within the state. You can easily get a nice house with property for 300-400k. Middletown is growing like crazy, but from once a rural area to now a suburban area. Traffic is nothing compared to any metro area. In Middletown you are about 20 mins from I95 access - if you move closer to newark you can be right off 95 which is nice for access to wilmington and philly. There is great parks for hiking /biking in Newark and in the Brandywine area (Also a beautiful- more expensive area). Again, relative to any metro area the whole area is very safe especially Middletown. The only downside is that there really isn't a nice downtown area in middletown to walk and spend the day.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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We are looking for a lot 1/2 an acre or larger so 350k is lowest before the houses are crap. We are looking for a change so we wouldn't mind rural. Is Newark and New Castle nice?
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:59 PM
 
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I believe the further north you go in DE, the less rural areas you find. And from what I have been able to see, once you go "north of the canal" the development has grown even more. Part of why we focused south of Dover... to stay away from the urban sprawl.

As I have seen referenced many times on this forum alone, you will find you get more bang for your buck south of the canal. The opportunity to find acreage at a more reasonable price will be greater "down south" as well. If you want more urban area, I've seen and read of many areas of Newark and New Castle are very nice.

I know you are trying to stay within a reasonable commute for hubby, and you will experience what I refer to when you are able to visit the area. When we were visiting DE prior to our move, we stayed at AmericInn... sometimes the location in Harrington, sometimes the one in Bear. Both very nice rooms, and pretty accessible to explore the greater Dover area (which, as you know we were targeting). From what we saw of Bear, it seems like a nice pocket in New Castle County but still a bit away from the I-95 madness.

Hope that helps!

Mary
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:02 PM
 
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I think once we find out more of what hubbys job entails we will have a better idea of where we should live. If he has to drive a lot from the airport or upper PA than we might have to live higher up in DE. I don't want to live in Wilmington. I hear to many bad things and it's what I'm trying to get away from.
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