Bear is a sprawling area known for family-oriented subdivisions and affordable homes. Neighbors are known to have block parties, and some of them hang the best holiday light displays around. Bear offers ample shopping centers, but some of it remains agricultural, so there’s still plenty of open space. Near Del. 1 and Del. 896, it’s a snap to reach nearby Christiana Mall, travel south to the beaches or nearby Lums Pond State Park, or commute to work. Bear is home to the Summit North Marina on an inlet of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.