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Old 06-07-2010, 02:29 PM
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Hi there,

We will be passing through DE in our way back from NY and since we've considered a move there I wanted to ask you which areas has the following, so we can check them out in NEWARK or other nice cities around 95 (if any):
1. Family friendly, quiet/safe neighborehood
2. IN 9, 10 rated school district areas...with Autism support or ELP classes +speech therapy
3. Not too far from everything, but also not in bad downtown areas...?
4. maybe walkable to grocery store, or nice bakeries etc (mom & pop type shops)

Other things we might or should see?

Thank you much,
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:18 PM
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Main Street Newark is one of the only areas I know of near I-95 in Delaware that meets your requirements 1, 3 and 4. And it meets them very well. There are two non-student neighborhoods walkable to Main Street shops. The "Old Newark" area bound by S. College Ave and Apple Rd is comprised of some of the nicest older homes in Newark and is an easy 0.3 to 0.5 mile walk from Main Street shops. The "Oaklands" neighborhood bound by Elkton Rd, West Main Street, and Briar Lane, is about 0.5 to 0.75 mile from Main Street shops, somewhat less expensive than Old Newark, and has a lot of families. It's also in the John R Downes Elem school zone, which is one of the best schools in the district. Note that, availability permitting, you can 'choice' a child into any school in the district. There is a very good charter school (Newark Charter), but it's a lottery and very sought after. Several good K-8 private options, including the unique Newark Center for Creative Learning. I'm not sure about special needs accommodations. 6th-8th grade public schools are currently improving, so do your homework if middle school is a concern.

Main Street has dozens of independent shops and restaurants, plus a few chain stores. It's the center of the Univ of DE, which also offers several cultural, athletic, and community amenities of its own.

Currently, there are about five houses for sale in Oaklands in the $315k to $375k range, and two small ones in the south end of Old Newark ($300k range). Old Newark sales north of West Park Place (closer to Main Street) are more expensive but rare, and there are currently none on the market.

There are parts of downtown Wilmington near the Brandywine River that are safe and have good school districts, but I don't know them well enough to recommend.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:51 AM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I'm not sure about the district by district special ed services you are seeking, but to see a nice area in northern DE, I'd also suggest you exit 95 at downtown Wilmington/Pennsylavia Ave and turn back left, away from downtown and crossing over 95. Proceed up Penn. Ave. for the next several miles - as long as you feel you can spare time-wise - and drive straight on. Pennsylavia Ave. becomes Kennett Pike/Rt 52, ultimately taking you through north DE to the PA state line. This is also a nationally designated scenic by-way and is really pretty. You will on your way pass by nice, if pricey, neighborhoods within the city of Wilmington and then into the unincorporated area of Greenville, and if you continue on for just a very few miles, up past the estate of Winterthur and to the village of Centerville. DE actually ends very shortly after Centerville, so you might wish to turn around there and drive back to I-95.
This whole side-trip shouldn't take more than about 15 mins gong each direction, so no more than about half an hour in all. You will see some of the true loveliness of northern Delaware. It's a straight shot, so you can't get lost.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:10 AM
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Thank you very much, I will save this info...
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:39 PM
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I agree with the poster suggesting the area near Main Street in Newark, although I don't think you mentioned your price range. In addition to the neighborhoods mentioned, you may want to take a look at Fairfield and Nottingham Green. Nice family neighborhoods, short walks to many shops, restaurants & activities. Newark has plenty of things to do for all ages.
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