Living in Delaware
Are you thinking about buying a home in the amazingly unique state of Delaware?
Delaware is known as the Diamond state because, even with its small size, its location and diverse amenities are so valuable. Delaware is known worldwide as the home of most of the largest corporations in the U S and the finest business courts in the world. It has something to offer residents of all ages. With its charming ambience, rich history, beach resorts, and collection of unique towns, residents are met with endless opportunities to enjoy their surroundings, including historic landmarks, museums, festivals and fairs, sporting events, farmers markets, dining, tax-free shopping.
Kent County, the central of Delaware’s three counties, offers an abundance of homes for sale in a variety of settings from well-established neighborhoods to newly constructed developments to rural opportunities with acreage. Whether you are looking to settle in a serene, small-town environment or prefer a bustling downtown with modern amenities, you will find plenty of opportunities to find the perfect home in a place that fits your lifestyle. Many of the towns in Kent County boast historic districts, with colonial and Victorian homes on tree-lined streets, while others are situated in more rural areas that offer wide open spaces and privacy. From young professionals to families to retirees looking to settle somewhere new, central Delaware may just be the perfect place to call home.
Delaware is located on the Delmarva peninsula and Kent County is the heartland of Delaware and sits between New Castle County to the north and Sussex County to the south. Delaware’s location in the Mid Atlantic is a major advantage for those who love to travel. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York are all within drivable distances. Central Kent County is just over an hour's drive to Philadelphia International Airport and only 90 minutes from BWI, while New York City is less than a 3-hour drive. Kent County’s convenient location also makes it easy to reach attractions like resort beaches (Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are less than an hour away), the Chesapeake Bay, Washington DC, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and historical sites in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Greater Dover also offers several colleges and universities, including extensions of the University of Delaware.
Dover Air Force Base
The renowned Dover Air Force Base, home of the colossal C-5 cargo aircraft accompanied by the smaller but speedier C-17 cargo aircraft, is located in Delaware's state capital and serves as the primary point of entry and exit for military operations around the world. Dover's AFB and state capital operations has a significant impact on the thriving regional economy and professional service sector. Military personnel are deployed to Dover Air Force Base from all around the world. Recognizing that it can be difficult for military families to move to a new state and find housing in an unfamiliar area, Burns & Ellis has developed effective strategies to ensure a smooth, hassle-free transition for all military clients.
Bayhealth Kent General in Dover is part of the Bayhealth Regional Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility in central Delaware. Greater Dover is also within 1-2 hours of the world-famous teaching hospitals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The primary Veterans Administration Hospital is located in Wilmington with a branch facility available near Dover.
Central Delaware welcomes retirees with open arms and takes great pride in making sure its 55+ residents feel welcome and secure. The area abounds in senior housing, ranging from developments restricted to residents 55 or older, small towns where the population skews older, or simply areas of Greater Dover with an older population. Property taxes, which are astonishingly low compared to many areas in the Northeast, as well as more affordable home values and the reasonably mild winters are all significant reasons for calling Delaware home.
Designated developments are often appealing to retirees because they are specifically designed for their age group. In addition, many offer amenities such as pools, tennis courts, gyms, clubhouses, and dining facilities. Retirement communities also make it easy to form new friendships by offering a range of activities meant to entertain and bring residents together.
If you are considering a move to make your retirement more affordable, Delaware should be at the top of your list! In fact, Kiplinger Magazine ranks the state as its first choice for retirees, and its ratings are based primarily on preserving and stretching your retirement income. Delaware offers several resources to assist the area’s retired community including free continued education through the University of Delaware. UD offers a Higher Education for Senior Citizens program through which residents ages 60 or older can enroll in a formal degree program tuition-free.