"I do believe I've got it made. I'm cooling off in the shade of the pine trees in your yard. The Delaware's-a-down the hill. The water there's a lonely thrill. You best not go it alone. You're living for that border town. So cry your tears tomorrow. Cause we're going down. We're going down." --Neal Casal, "Delaware Station."
All good things don't necessarily come in small packages -- witness items like jury duty notices and cable bills -- but Delaware does prove the old adage true. Delaware is the second smallest state in the U.S., but within its tightly drawn borders, Delaware boasts a number of historical, mid-sized cities, quaint coastal towns, shopping hubs and tourist destinations. With easy access to New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Delaware has become a gem of the mid-Atlantic, especially for those looking to flee the bustle of these metropolitan areas.
Legal Tax Evasion
Delaware is a choice destination for a number of major business due to the state's beneficial business tax laws. Homeowners see the same benefits. Delaware has some of the lowest real estate taxes in the U.S., and no private property tax. This allows Delaware residents to invest in rental homes without having to pay Uncle Sam huge taxes. Did we mention no sales tax or inheritance tax, as well?
A Little Something for Everyone
We all remember Wayne and Garth from _Wayne's World _taking a shot at Delaware. "Hi. I'm in Delaware," said Garth with a look of bored horror on his face. However, Delaware is actually a culturally and geographically diverse state for its size. When you're hoping to find an apartment in Delaware, you must consider what lifestyle suits you best. Are you more of a metropolitan urban dweller, a rural pioneer or an aspiring beach bum? Each region in Delaware has something to offer, and with only three counties, the state's geographic and cultural divides are pretty well-documented. In fact, most Delaware residents don't refer to what town they're from when asked. They answer by county: New Castle, Kent or Sussex.
New Castle County: Of Delaware's three counties, New Castle is the most affluent and metropolitan. It is home to Wilmington, Delaware's largest city, where you'll find the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. You can find an attractive house rental in New Castle. This area is also the most densely populated and smallest county of Delaware. The housing market here is a bit more competitive than in other counties. However, New Castle is beautiful in an old American kind of way, with ancient graveyards, traditional English gardens, town greens and Colonial-era homes dotting the county.
Kent County: Although less populated and industrialized than New Castle, Kent County offers residents both close access to the amenities of New Castle and proximity to Delaware's beaches. It's also home to Dover, Delaware's capital. If you're looking for an apartment rental that's close to both metro amenities and relaxing weekend getaways, Kent County may be for you. Dover is a highly livable city of 37,000 residents and houses a number of Delaware's destinations, such as the Delaware State Museum and the Dover International Speedway. Recently, Dover has also become the host city of the critically acclaimed FireFly Music and Arts Festival. Who says Delaware doesn't know how to rock 'n roll? Party on, Wayne.
Sussex County: Although the largest in size of the three counties, this is the most rural. All the same, Sussex County has seen a 25% population increase in the last decade. It seems the word is out about the beautiful beaches and rolling hills. The pristine sands of Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach are mid-Atlantic tourist hot spots. However, Sussex County beaches are also a great place to live, and finding three-bedroom houses for rent near the sound of crashing waves is not impossible.