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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Neighborhood traffic is local only, hence the quiet. The most noise you’ll hear is the beginning and end of the school day at Salesianum and Warner Elementary. Diversion? Take a walk, or satisfy your jones for Friday night lights at Baynard Stadium. Access center city via the Washington Street Bridge.

Tom Baker has lived in The Triangle since 1975. “Our children were 2 and 6 years old when we moved here,” he says. “I worked downtown, so I walked to work for many years. Having bus transportation as an option in bad weather was great, too.

“We liked the diversity of the neighborhood, and the kids grew up with a mix of friends. Our kids went to Wilmington Friends. Our daughter had started there before we even thought of moving here. I think one real advantage of living here is that our kids grew up colorblind.”

One more key point: You’ll be involved with an active, tight-knit, totally wired civic association that counts a few key city officials among its membership. Triangle Neighborhood Association president Howard Sholl describes the place this way: “Beautiful, well-built homes that actually have some character and great neighbors you actually get to meet and know.”

Shannon and Lisa Stevens have lived in The Triangle for three years. They cherish the fact that their two small children can play with several other kids on their block. “They play out front and go to each other’s houses,” says Shannon, a marketing consultant. “We can even hear the marching bands and the games at Baynard Stadium. 

“The interesting thing about The Triangle is that you live in the city, yet you have the feeling that you’re outside the city, largely because we’re so close to Brandywine Park,” says Stevens. “It’s just a nice little pocket.”

Hop across Pennsylvania Avenue from Trolley Square to find another neighborhood that rivals The Triangle for novelty and tranquility. Cool Spring-Tilton Park is chock-a-block with beautiful Queen Anne homes and other beautiful options in the vicinity of the renovated Cool Spring Reservoir—now a giant urban park—to be had at prices from $100,000 to $650,000.

“I bought a 2,800-square foot home here in Cool Spring for the same amount of money that would have purchased about 1,500-square feet in Trolley,” says Ed Weirauch, vice president of the Cool Spring-Tilton Park Neighborhood Association. “We have plenty of green space to go along with the reservoir. And many of our homes feature large backyards, by urban standards.”

Sending your daughter to Padua or Ursuline Academy? She can walk. Dinner out on the neighborhood? You’ll have to join the swanky University and Whist Club. Best party in the neighborhood? The annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Weirauch points out that about 100 homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “We’re a diverse community of artists, musicians as well as craftsmen,” says Weirauch, “all of whom are within easy walking distance of downtown.”


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