Towns for First-Time Buyers


Trolley Square remains the happening place for nightlife in Wilmington, so that’s where 20- and 30-somethings want to buy. “Almost everybody buying here is a first-time buyer so there’s camaraderie among millenials,” says Michael Porro, a Realtor with Long & Foster in Greenville. “They like living around their own.”

There are places to party, but Trolley Square also has the necessities of daily living. There’s an Acme market, a Walgreen’s pharmacy and Vogue Cleaners, all accessible by foot. Perks include upscale hair salons and fashion-forward boutiques. Dining takes on an international flavor with establishments like El Diablo Burritos, Opa! Opa!, Café Verdi and others. Joggers, power-walkers and dog owners have a choice of two beautiful parks: Rockford or Brandywine. 

Housing styles range from small condos to meticulously maintained Queen Anne homes. Wrap all that up in a package that features plenty of mature trees and brick walkways, and you’ve got one of the most beautiful neighborhoods Wilmington has to offer.

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It’s not hard to see why CNN’s Money Magazine ranked Pike Creek Valley on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. It not only contains the most demographically diverse neighborhoods in Delaware, it boasts a rich variety of housing styles and prices. Pike Creek’s condos, townhomes and detached single-family homes meet the needs of both the newly minted and seasoned professional. Some communities, like North Pointe, offer both townhomes and twins. 

That range of choice allows first-time buyers and young families to step up and remain in the area as finances permit. And some communities are well-positioned near the open space of what once was the Pike Creek Golf Club. 

Pike Creek is ideally situated so that residents have quick access to employment centers, shopping and entertainment. Carousel Farm and Equestrian Center, White Clay Creek State Park and Middle Run Natural Resources Center provide convenient and ample outdoor recreation.


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The Magnolia area offers lots of opportunity when it comes to new and somewhat new homes. Homes in Chestnut Ridge start in the low $200s. Pinehurst offers prices a bit lower. Quail Landing, Laureltown and Riverside are other options, Outdoor recreation abounds. Nearby Milford, Camden and Dover provide shopping, dining and culture.

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