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Old 12-04-2019, 09:10 PM
 
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My husband is taking a job in Wilmington, DE and I would really love some advice on where we should look at living. I’ve spent some time reading on this forum but haven’t found quite what I’m looking for yet, so I really appreciate any recommendations! We’re in our early 40’s, and our kids are in college so no worries about school districts. We definitely want something with an easy commute and great restaurants. I really want something picturesque, cute downtown, nice landscape, just something pretty to look at. I also really want a place with a sense of community. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, CO
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I'd say it depends on the money you are spending. Bear, Newark, North Star and Hockessin are nice but I will defer to our more experienced members.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:59 PM
 
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I'd say it depends on the money you are spending. Bear, Newark, North Star and Hockessin are nice but I will defer to our more experienced members.
Of these, the only one with an actual downtown is Newark. It is a college town, which might be a plus or a minus, depending on your interests. I would also investigate the Trolley Square neighborhood in Wilmington. People will comment that Wilmington has a high crime rate, which it does, but crime is concentrated in the rougher areas. There are plenty of rich people living in the city. The Arden communities are a bit of a hangover from the hippie days, but I have friends who love it there: http://arden.delaware.gov

There are many cute towns across the border in PA. Investigate West Chester, Kennett Square, and Media. Property taxes are noticeably higher in PA, but depending on your income, state income tax will likely be lower and will offset that a bit.
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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My husband is taking a job in Wilmington, DE and I would really love some advice on where we should look at living. I’ve spent sometime reading on this forum but haven’t found quite what I’m looking for yet, so I really appreciate any recommendations! We’re in our early 40’s, and our kids are in college so no worries about school districts. We definitely want something with an easy commute and great restaurants. I really want something picturesque, cute downtown, nice landscape, just something pretty to look at. I also really want a place with a sense of community. Any suggestions?
Yes, I do. And, Doolish hit on it! Pike Creek Area! (Link Below)

In Delaware? Check!
Easy Commute? Check!
Great Restaurants? Check!
Picturesque? Check!
Cute Downtown? Newark - Incorporated Area Check!
Nice Landscape, Something Pretty to Look At? Check, Check!!!
Sense of Community? Check!

I work in the Pike Creek area a couple times a week, and travel the State of Delaware, north to south and, east to west daily. As a professional working in a branch of real estate, I've lived and worked in Delaware my entire life. (I'm not a Realtor). Hands town, I believe the Pike Creek area would work for your. Regarding "Cute Downtown".... there are few actual walkable, small towns (Incorporated) in northern New Castle County (Many in Kent County). But, there are many "villages" in the Pike Creek area.

Delaware has much to offer, and I hope you find your home and join us.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pi...1!4d-75.704099
Click the picture in the link for other photos!

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