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Old 06-19-2016, 06:05 PM
 
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Looking at Bear as a possible retirement option. Like its proximity to Philly and NY and the beaches 2 hours away when I need to get there. However, how is health care and upscale grocery and mall shopping. Budget is $250,000 for either small home, townhouse or condo.

Please advise - thanks!
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:20 PM
 
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I am not too keen on Bear, giving that the rush hour traffic on Route 40 is horrendous. Plus trying to get from People's Plaza to Governer's Square can take forever. If your budget is $250,000 and commuting to a job is not a factor, there are a lot of nice condos and town homes in Pike Creek that could work for you. I would also look into Londonderry townhomes near the Concord Mall in North Wilmington. There three bedroom, two baths sells for $175k-$250k. Plus, you would be close to the Trader Joe's, which can be considered an upscale grocery.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:30 AM
 
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There are plenty of places to shop in New Castle County, but I don't think of Bear as being upscale. There are places in northern Delaware within driving distance, maybe 20-30 minutes depending on traffic & what part of Bear you would live.
I grew up in Newark which is near there, but no recent experience with the health care system there.
You will need a car, Bear is not a very walkable area.

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Old 06-20-2016, 09:30 AM
 
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With a budget of $250,000 you'll do fine buying a brand new townhome or a 55+ community, new single family homes usually start around $300,00+, of course you can find a newer used home within your budget. Rt 40 traffic is not horrendous during rush hour, yes it is heavy but it moves, the road to shy away from would be I-95 cause all it takes is 1 accident & traffic comes to a complete stop which can last for quite some time.
Healthcare in the Bear area is great, Christiana Hospital has grown to a enormous size, for your PCP there is the Glasgow Medical Center which is great cause it's like 1 stop shopping with many specialist within, there's also the Glasgow Medical Aid unit there which staff doctors for those off peak hours & weekends when your PCP is not available, I have used them on occasion & found them to be as good as my own PCP.
Shopping.....the Christiana Mall which keeps growing & growing. Major dept stores & chain stores & of course the state of DE is tax free. As far as I know Bear doesn't have any upscale food markets but the markets they do have are well stocked, clean & attractive. Markets are: Acme, Shop Rite, Giant, Food Lion, & Super G. There are several strip malls with all types of stores & the area has plenty of restaurants.
Bear is a great place to retire since it will meet all your immediate needs, the only thing lacking there is entertainment, other than multi-complex movie theaters there's nothing else to do, that's when center city Phila comes into play.
Good luck with your decision.
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Old 02-02-2017, 04:51 PM
 
Location: bear (glasgow) de
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Default Glasgow may not be perfect for young singles or gays, but

it is a good place to retire or raise a family. Shopping and medical care is nearby. Snowfall is only about 11.5 inches. What Glasgow does offer is Glasgow Park, with miles of pet-friendly walking. Glasgow is a racially diverse suburb of Newark. There are many houses of worship, the largest is St. Margaret of Scotland RC Church. Glasgow is the northernmost location for loblolly pine, willow oaks,cottonmouth snakes, and ABC stores.
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Old 02-17-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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I agree regarding Pike Creek. At least take a look at that area.
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