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Old 09-29-2019, 04:15 PM
Location: Mount Pleasant
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We are looking at potentially relocating in 5 years or so from Charleston, SC for a number of reasons. We are native New Englanders, born and raised in MA and NH, and lived most of our married life in Newburyport, MA.

In short we've grown tired of the heat and humidity, venomous snakes and spiders, flying roaches, traffic, and hurricanes. It's also getting increasingly expensive to live here, and wages are very, very low.

We came across Delaware on the recommendation of a friend. We prefer towns @ 15K-20K pop, that have a core downtown area, and the basic necessities - bank, library, fire, police, vet, etc. Low crime is important to us, as is friendliness of the people and acceptance of newcomers. We have no children, and will be retired, so schools are not important. We also need to be near a good hospital and a good vet, and @ 30 min from a 24hr ER vet.

Middletown seems to fit this criteria, although information on Delaware is a bit limited. Does it sound like a fit for us? Right now the Ponds at Bayberry look interesting to us, especially if they do build the town center. We're a big fan of walkable communities with central gathering spots, and combining retail with residential. It makes aging in place much easier.

Are there other places we should look at? We will come for a visit, just trying to gather info. beforehand so we can limit our search. Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2019, 04:49 PM
Location: delaware
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I've lived in Middletown for 13 years, and have seen tremendous growth of the town during that time. Some of the growth , in my opinion, has not been especially positive, but a lot of it has been. It is definitely still growing with plans for a large county library as well as a new "Y" next to each other , on Main St. Medical care in this area is a plus, as Christiana Health Services- always rated in the top tier of greater Philadelphia hospitals, has a main hospital in Newark, about 18-20 miles away, with an emergency room dept. annex in Middletown. This will be expanding in coming years. There are good vets in the area- I have several cats-, and a very good specialty/emergency vet about 20 miles away. I have used it often with animals in the past.

I live about 2 miles from Main St.and am very conveniently located near stores, restaurants, shopping, banks, movie theatre, etc. Personally, I would not be interested in moving as far removed from center of town as Bayberry is,but others are interested in that location. Crime is still not a major problem, except in specific areas, but as the town grows, my guess is there will be more of it.

I am a senior , and ,at least at this point, will probably remain in this area. If you are coming as a newcomer, you might find that 55+ communities- there are many- might offer more opportunities for friendship, activities, etc. and other people who are new also.

Let me know if I can be of any help, and good luck. Charleston, though I haven't visited in 20 years, might be a hard act to follow.

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Old 09-30-2019, 07:34 PM
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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Best to visit the area. Missing the charm you are accustomed to.

Lancaster, York PA.

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Old 10-05-2019, 12:51 AM
Location: Conn.
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I don't know much about Middletown, but if you like good food, check out Dutch Country Farmers Market - open Thursday-Saturday. I go now and then and end up buying and eating too much.
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