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Old 06-01-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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I'm looking for some advice..if anyone could help, I would really appreciate it!
I am going to be working in Wilmington, DE (right along Market St) but I am having trouble deciding on where I should live.
I'm young, so I'd like to live close to somewhat of a night-life. (I've heard that Wilmington doesn't have much to do.) I would like to live in an apartment/condo, something thats nice and fairly new.
I'm considering living really anywhere outside of Wilmington, just as long as it's not that bad of a commute to the city. I've heard that outside Philly around Media, PA is a nice place that doesn't have a bad commute to Wilmington.
I'm really not that familiar with the area, so if anyone could give me some ideas on fun places to live that would be great. Thanks!
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Hockessin
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It really depends on what you're looking for. Not sure about how far away Media is, but if you wanted to stay in Delaware, you could look into Newark. Can find some cheap housing there (especially this time of year with all the students moving out) and it has a good, busy scene since it is a college town. Once you jump on I-95, it is only about a 20 minute drive.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: New Castle, DE
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If you're hearing that Wilmington doesn't have much of a nightlife, I'm not sure Newark would be much better (unless you like the college student night life). Newark to Wilmington is 20 minutes without traffic, no idea what rush hour would look like.

When I moved here, all my colleagues said that you have to go to Philadelphia for any decent nightlife, and they're right! With Philly so close, Wilmington isn't going to be a place that attracts a lot of young professionals, so there isn't going to be much nightlife.

On the other hand, there's plenty of nature, so consider taking up hiking, fishing and mountain biking. That's what I've ended up doing.

I'm not sure Media, PA would have the nightlife you're looking for so I would say just stay in Wilmington to be close to city life. You'll appreciate the short commute with gas prices heading up.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Downtown Wilmington
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I live in downtown Wilmington and am pleasantly surprised. It is not Philly or New York but then again neither are the rents like in Philly or NYC. I am 10 mins from the train station and riverfront. It works for me.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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The classic place in Wilmington for persons in your age bracket to live is Trolley Square, just on north side of I-95, opposite downtown. There are a few youthful hangouts that are especially busy late at night and the area is somewhat safer probably than downtown and Christina Landing. I'd suggest checking that out. Where are you living at present? You really need to make a trip here to see things for yourself.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Villanova Pa.
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Media is a nice small family town with emphasis on small. If you are young and considering a Pa town you are better off in West Chester due to the college and it has a bit more to offer for the younger crowd. WC is a fabulous small town.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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I'm looking for some advice..if anyone could help, I would really appreciate it!
I am going to be working in Wilmington, DE (right along Market St) but I am having trouble deciding on where I should live.
I'm young, so I'd like to live close to somewhat of a night-life. (I've heard that Wilmington doesn't have much to do.) I would like to live in an apartment/condo, something thats nice and fairly new.
I'm considering living really anywhere outside of Wilmington, just as long as it's not that bad of a commute to the city. I've heard that outside Philly around Media, PA is a nice place that doesn't have a bad commute to Wilmington.
I'm really not that familiar with the area, so if anyone could give me some ideas on fun places to live that would be great. Thanks!
Why you are thinking of Media BAFFLES me. It's not right outside of Philadelphia either, babe.

Here are your options:

Wilmington: Trolley Square
West Chester, PA
Center City, Phila (commute by car, or train)
Newark is all college kids. Useless after you're 23 really.
Manayunk, Philadelphia is also a nice option.
Personally, I wouldn't live downtown yet. Maybe in 10 years, but not yet.

Again, MEDIA? really?

What might look close in proximity on a map, with traffic, can take you longer than Wilmington.

Example:

Media/Swarthmore to Philly, Blue Route to 76 to Philly - 30 mins
Wilmington to Philly, I95 - 30-35 mins

Anything along 476/76 is a nightmare between 7-10AM and 3-7PM. I-95 is much more stable. A little slowdown around the 322 merge, but otherwise smooth sailing, and I mean rush hour.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Media has a reputation for being one of the most liberal communities in the US, though that really stems from the 70's I think. It's probably better for nice middle aged liberals like me.

Trolley Square here in Wilmington really is pleasant. I actually know quite a few 20-somethings, almost all of whom live in Trolley Sq. They're mostly natives -- very nice people who generally haven't lived much of anywhere else.

It might be a better strategy to try living here initially and getting to know what the whole Northern DE/Greater Philly area has to offer and then make a decision about longer term digs in 6 mos to a year.

If you enjoy commuting in a lot of traffic, by all means move to Philly; even Newark.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:24 AM
 
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The poster hasn't been back on this forum since she made the OP in June. Personally, I think she would have been fine in Newark or Wilmington. At her age, it's not as if she was deciding where to live for life and both would have been fine for a year or so. jmho.
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