Hear that? It’s silence. And to think that you’re right in the middle of Wilmington …
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.
One of them is The Triangle. In the area bounded by 18th Street, Broom Street-Miller Road and Baynard Boulevard, house-hunters can find 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 Steve Mottola of the Mottola Group. “The Triangle is very attractive for professionals willing to sacrifice square-footage for location.”
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.
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, a past 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.”