Great Places to Live

There’s more to a great neighborhood than great homes. Include top-notch schools, easy transportation, stellar shopping, cultural and recreational diversions, and a palpable pride of place. Here are 11 areas that stand out.

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Good Living at its Best

Still the most desirable address in all of Delaware, Greenville and Centreville—situated nicely between the Brandywine and Red Clay valleys—did not happen by accident. “The early residents here took pains to protect open spaces through their own initiatives,” says resident Charlie Copeland.

It no doubt helped that many of those early residents—can you say du Pont?—developed into major political and commercial power brokers. Greenville soon became a most convenient and leafy bedroom community to those executives who commute to and from Wilmington each day.

Copeland moved back to the area after the birth of his son in 2000. He found a home in the same community he and his wife grew up in. “If you drew a line from Governor Markell’s home to Joe Biden’s, it would cut straight across my neighborhood,” says Copeland, former leader of the state’s House Republicans. The list of other neighbors is equally illustrious.

But power resides very comfortably among the common folk. “During any happy hour, you might find the prosperous owner of a local horse farm sitting shoulder to shoulder at the bar with someone who works as a laborer on one of those farms,” says David Weir, owner and operator of the well-known Buckley’s Tavern for the past 22 years. Weir’s menus have been illustrated with drawings depicting Rolls-Royces parked next to pickup trucks in his parking lot. Other local hangouts include Cromwell’s Tavern, the ever-popular Pizza by Elizabeths, and the resurrected BBC Tavern and Grill.

They’re housed in two shopping plazas that are among the most exclusive in the state. On the southbound side of Kennett Pike is Powdermill Square, which includes Chico’s, Somethings Unique, A.R. Morris Jewelers, Houppette and more. Headed north are Greenville Center, Two Greenville Crossing and One Greenville Crossing. You’ll find fitness gear at Delaware Running Company, clothing at Ellie Boutique and Wilmington Country Store, Carl Doubét Jr. Jewelers, and gifts, stationery, and more at Apropos, The Enchanted Owl and Social Butterfly. Sherif Zaki Salon & The Oasis Day Spa, Elayne James Salon and Covet Day Spa keep the locals looking good.

Of the beauty of the area, Weir only has to point to the trip his wife made daily to Arden to drop off their child at the Montessori school there. “She told me how much driving past the herds of Belted Galways and covered bridges along Center Meeting Road made the commute most enjoyable.”

And good schools abound. Red Clay District’s A.I. duPont High School and its middle schools are top public performers. The Tatnall School on Barley Mill Road is an institution. Good schools such as Wilmington Charter sit on Dupont Road, just across from Greenville proper.

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