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Old 12-05-2019, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I suspect we are talking about this Peaches- - The Presidents of the United States of America. I may be old (61) but I know my music, and that's a good one.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvAnQqVJ3XQ
LOL And I really love peaches and never want to live in a city again. It's very fitting.
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:02 PM
 
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We came very close to moving to Wilmington but changed our minds. What happened was that after we sold our house, we signed a 6 month lease on a one bedroom apartment that was near public transportation thus making it easier to go to Wilmington and condo hunt. A friend even gave us the name of a good realtor in the area. When we did this, we weren't expecting to fall in love with the apartment building we were in. It turned out that there were many other retirees who had downsized, like us. We actually now have a social life, of sorts. So...after telling everybody we were going to move to Wilmington, we ended up telling them "Oops! Change of plans".

If not for that twist of fate, we would now be in Wilmington. We had made a couple of trips there and talked to many people who lived there. What we noticed was that there were lots of friendly people from all walks of life who took the time to tell us how much they liked living there. Many of them, without our asking, told us that they wanted us to know that all the crime reports were overblown. Even the Wilmington police captain we chatted with told us the exact same thing. We had an area where we wanted to live, down to a specific building, all picked out. It was in an area with very little crime.

Wilmington isn't a big city so it doesn't have all the amenities and activities of a bigger place. However, there are events, like their yearly jazz festival plus many other things happening that are worthwhile. The place we had picked out was within walking distance from many restaurants. If we had wanted more, we could take the SEPTA train to Philadelphia.

All the time we went for walks (even at night) no one bothered us. The worst thing we dealt with was the occasional homeless person who was panhandling (but that happens in every city). All that said, we didn't wander into any bad areas (all cities have bad areas).
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Old 12-05-2019, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, CO
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Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Old 12-28-2019, 08:59 AM
 
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I admittedly don't know a lot about Wilmington, but I have a 20-something relative who relocated there and loves it and recently bought a home there - with great difficulty due to the extremely competitive housing market. There were some areas she didn't want to live and others that were more appealing and she rented for over a year to get acclimated - as well as save more. She seems to feel there are a ton of great places to eat and she loves the proximity to so many retailers just a few miles away in Christiana, where there are even more restaurants. Sure, many of them are chains, but many offer a good meal and fun atmosphere. I'd suggest you explore a bit more and in a larger area. It could be you'll find another section of Wilmington or even the surrounding area where you may be happier and find something you like more - sometimes you have to dig deeper.

As an aside and an example - friends had a vacation trailer home for decades and had it demolished when two blizzards in 2 weeks collapsed the flat roof and they sold the property. We bought our retirement home in Sussex County about the same time they sold the property and it turned out that it was 1-2 miles from where our new home was going to be built. They're surprised we moved here because they think there is nothing to do here and they would be bored living here. We lived in a relatively big city before relocating here and are probably busier now than when we worked, with a lot to do. Aside from the beach, there are a ton of state parks, many places to explore, events, etc. When we've talked to them since moving, they have never heard of many places, exhibits, etc., that we talk about having seen or been. They obviously didn't scratch the surface with things to do. Sometimes things to do and places to go are obvious and sometimes you have to be looking for them. If you have to live in Wilmington, I'd suggest making an effort to explore - and connect with other people. Sometimes what you're doing and where you're doing it is incidental if you're with friends and having fun. Good luck!
Great reply and very helpful to newcomers.
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:03 AM
 
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We came very close to moving to Wilmington but changed our minds. What happened was that after we sold our house, we signed a 6 month lease on a one bedroom apartment that was near public transportation thus making it easier to go to Wilmington and condo hunt. A friend even gave us the name of a good realtor in the area. When we did this, we weren't expecting to fall in love with the apartment building we were in. It turned out that there were many other retirees who had downsized, like us. We actually now have a social life, of sorts. So...after telling everybody we were going to move to Wilmington, we ended up telling them "Oops! Change of plans".

If not for that twist of fate, we would now be in Wilmington. We had made a couple of trips there and talked to many people who lived there. What we noticed was that there were lots of friendly people from all walks of life who took the time to tell us how much they liked living there. Many of them, without our asking, told us that they wanted us to know that all the crime reports were overblown. Even the Wilmington police captain we chatted with told us the exact same thing. We had an area where we wanted to live, down to a specific building, all picked out. It was in an area with very little crime.

Wilmington isn't a big city so it doesn't have all the amenities and activities of a bigger place. However, there are events, like their yearly jazz festival plus many other things happening that are worthwhile. The place we had picked out was within walking distance from many restaurants. If we had wanted more, we could take the SEPTA train to Philadelphia.

All the time we went for walks (even at night) no one bothered us. The worst thing we dealt with was the occasional homeless person who was panhandling (but that happens in every city). All that said, we didn't wander into any bad areas (all cities have bad areas).
Good to know.
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Old 03-17-2020, 08:02 PM
 
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A lot of people do this:
1. Get a new job
2. Decide to move closer to new job
3. Go on the internet to find a place to live
4. Read about how great the area is
5. Move there before asking questions about area at City-Data forum
6. Find only 2 halfway decent restaurants and half a dozen ultra generic and highly mediocre bars
7. Decide they don't like the area they moved to
8. Go on City-Data forum to complain about it.


That or the OP is a 1-post drive-by troll. Or was really frustrated about something else and wanted to vent.

I hope it's neither and they come back and explain further.
Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think you have the right to tell people how they do things.
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