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Trolley Square, New Castle County

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Trolley Square is the epicenter of nightlife in Wilmington, so that’s where young people want to buy—still—says Pettit. With lively places like Kelly’s Logan House, Scratch Magoo’s, Catherine Rooney’s, Kid Shelleen’s and Piccolina Toscana within easy walking distance of each other, “it has that evening vibe,” Pettit says. An Acme market, Walgreen’s pharmacy and Vogue Cleaners cover day-to-day needs. Count high-end hair salons and boutiques among the bonuses. Dining options abound. In addition to the aforementioned nightspots, there are four good Italian restaurants and pizza places, the El Diablo California-style burrito stand, fro-yo and a Brew HaHa! café. Choose a park: Rockford or Brandywine. Both are full of walkers, joggers and dog owners year round. Housing styles span the gamut, and most of it has the character and charm that only century-old buildings can offer. That’s not to mention plenty of mature trees and brick walks, which make Trolley Square one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Wilmington, if not the state. And home prices remain among the most stable in the state, despite the real estate crash of five years ago. See also Pike Creek Valley for its range of housing styles and prices

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