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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Residents live among the town’s historic courthouse (the state’s original capitol building), beautiful Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green (with a cemetery full of Revolutionary War patriots), the octagonal Old Library (designed by the famed Frank Furness), and more significant structures than any town in the state. The Strand, a street that runs along the Delaware River shoreline, is home to the famous George Read House and museum, as well as the Gunning-Bedford house, a circa 1730 artifact.

New Castle is, naturally, home to proud families who trace their roots back generation after generation. They display their pride through such celebrations as A Day in Old New Castle, when visitors can tour many of the homes and gardens, and Separation Day, when the state won independence from Pennsylvania. When you’re invited to join the planning committee, you’ve arrived—no easy feat in so traditional a place.

New Castle is the place where William Penn “bought” the lands that would become Penn’s Woods from the Lenape Indians. How much history can a person stand?

The Bakers moved into their home in Wilmington’s Triangle neighborhood in 1975. Photograph by Jared CastaldiTHE OTHER WILMINGTON

Laid-back Living in the City

Hear that? It’s silence. To think that you’re right in the middle of Wilmington.

So even if Trolley Square still gets all the buzz, young urban professionals have alternatives that are every bit as gentrified, every bit as convenient and much, much quieter.

“I’m assisting lawyers moving to Wilmington coming to work for the big law firms, and it seems all of them are saying, ‘I want to live in the Triangle,’” says Steve Mottola of the Mottola Group.

It’s not hard to see why. In the area bounded by 18th Street, Broom Street-Miller Road and Baynard Boulevard, house-hunters can find quaint turn-of-the-century housing stock for up to $100,000 less than that in Trolley Square, yet with all of Trolley’s charm—lots of mature trees, brick sidewalks, classic homes, and the neighboring Brandywine Park and Brandywine Zoo. Trolley Square restaurants are a mere 15-minute walk, as is your office downtown.

“You can find vintage 1920s homes with fireplaces and off-street parking,” says Mottola. “The Triangle is very attractive for professionals willing to sacrifice square-footage for location.”

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