The City of Wilmington is home to diverse, unique neighborhoods that blend culture, heritage and contemporary flair. Historic buildings renovated into apartments; new townhomes with city charm; condos with riverfront views; whatever housing style you are looking for, Wilmington has it! Take a look at some of the wonderful places to live! Click below for more information.
The Village of Arden is on the National Register of Historical Places, and was founded in 1900 as a utopian, single-tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. The village occupies about 160 mostly tree-covered acres in three areas: The Village of Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft.
Most activities within Arden occur at the Gild Hall, and include concerts / performances, dances, private events, and more. In recent years, the Buzz Ware Village Center has also become a gathering place for art, tai chi, and giqong classes, as well as a monthly free family movie night and coffee house. Arden is also home to the Candlelight Theatre - a dinner playhouse that has produced five shows annually for the past 31 years.
Arden is also home to the annual Arden Fair, held on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. The Fair features children's games and rides, handmade crafts by over 100 vendors (many of whom are local), an Antiques Market, used books (inside Gild Hall), plants, live music, delicious food and drink, an art exhibit, and more.
Bellefonte is a town northeast of downtown Wilmington, located near and between Bellevue State Park, New Castle County River Rd. Park, and Fox Point State Park. A lively community of just under 1,200 people, Bellefonte is home to Bellefonte Arts, a unique gift shop featuring the handcrafted artwork of local artists in a quaint storefront, and the Bellefonte Cafe, a quaint eatery with a lively local acoustic music scene.
The historic neighborhood of Brandywine Village began as a milling town with a dozen water-powered flour mills operated aliong the Brandywine at the height of the community.
Today, the residents are a close knit group committed to the vitality of the area which include many unique shops and services.
The neighborhood has an active community organization called the Greater Brandywine Village Revitalization.
The organization's mission is to improve the quality of life in the greater Brandywine Village area by developing and implementing a Comprehensive Master Plan for the improvement of safety, housing conditions, transportation, economic development, and historic preservation and to coordinate the effort of various civic and governmental organizations in revitalizing North Market Street and the Greater Brandywine Village area.
Centreville is an 18th Century Delaware Village listed in the National Register of Historic Places and surrounded by superb Country Estates, world-renowned Museums and the beautiful Brandywine Valley. Antiques and Art abound, displayed in the buildings that once served the needs of farmers, drovers and millers.
Attractions in or near Centerville include Brandywine Creek State Park, Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate.
Claymont is home to several historic places, including the Claymont Stone School (which may have been the state's first racially integrated public school), Archmere Academy (in the former home of industrialist John J. Raskob), the Darley House (former home of illustrator F. O. C. Darley), and the Robinson House (with a Block House believed to be the only structure remaining of the original Naaman's Creek settlement).
Concord Pike / US Route 202 is a major thoroughfare heading North from downtown Wilmington and into PA, along the way passing through small communities like Fairfax, Talleyville, and Brandywine. Numerous shopping and dining options line the 202 corridor, including the Concord Mall (Delaware’s second-largest shopping mall), and Brandywine Town Center. The area is also close to outdoor adventure, with Alapocas Woods / Alapocas Woods State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, and the First State National Historical Park nearby.
The brick sidewalks of Cool Spring border large homes with wraparound porches and tree-lined streets, the close-knit community is within walking distance of downtown Wilmington as well as many area schools and churches, the beautiful Cool Spring Park is always filled with the sounds of children's laughter and the sights of families spending time together... Why wouldn't you want to be a part of the Cool Spring community?!
Downtown Wilmington offers urban living at its finest. The high-rise condos, apartments and homes give residents a luxurious setting in the heart of the Central Business District. Major employers are right down the street, with fine restaurants, shops, theaters, concert halls, art galleries and more are only steps away from the front door.
Greenville, just Northwest of downtown Wilmington along Kennett Pike / Rt. 52 offers lush landscapes, many winding back roads, and beautiful undeveloped countryside. It is home to many taverns and restaurants, including Buckley’s Tavern, BBC Tavern and Grill, Pizza By Elizabeth’s, Cromwell’s American Tavern & Taqueria, and others. Greenville is also a boutique shopping destination inside tax-free Delaware, with several shopping centers offering high-end fashion, accessories, shoes and gifts for both men and women.
Hockessin located West of downtown Wilmington along Delaware Route 41 near the PA border. With a town center nestled in a scenic valley and surrounded / crossed by a number of picturesque streams, Hockessin is a highly desireable and growing suburban residential community.
Residents and visitors can enjoy numerous eateries and shops, as well as attractions in or near the Hockessin area including Ashland Nature Center, Mt. Cuba Center, Marhsall Steam Museum, and the Wooddale Covered Bridge.
The Italian heritage of this area is still alive and well in the residents, restaurants and shops that line its streets. The row homes, cultural festival and events, flags hanging on the light posts and archway that welcomes you to the area are tributes to the immigrant families who left their homeland of Italy to live in Wilmington. St. Anthony of Padua Church and its community buildings are the anchor for the neighborhood which has fine restaurants, Italian specialty shops, a bakery and bars all within walking distance.
With its charming homes and beautiful streetscapes, Mid-Town Brandywine is quickly becoming one of the hottest places to live in downtown Wilmington.
The quaint rowhomes are situated within walking distance of many fine restaurants, the downtown business district, neighborhood bars and Wilmington Hospital.
Located right outside of downtown Wilmington, Quaker Hill's atmosphere and history has been compared to the historical Georgetown and Society Hill areas.
The neighborhood has ties to the Revolutionary War era, with original homes, office and churches still standing. The cemetery at the Wilmington Friends House is the burial site of one of America's founding fathers John Dickinson as well as the celebrated abolitionist Thomas Garrett.
Although the community has a strong sense of history, it is a forward-thinking neighborhood with an active historic preservation organization and neighborhood association.
Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation
521 N. West St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
After a long history of industrial and practical use, the Wilmington Riverfront has come to life with stores, restaurants, bars, and many living options.
Take your choice of a beautiful townhome, luxury apartment or upscale condo in one of the towers.
The 1.5 mile Riverwalk takes you along the Christina River and passed shops, restaurants, the Riverfront Market and lush parks.
The Triangle Neighborhood is a community of city homes built in the 1920's. The area is known for its beautifully landscaped gardens, proximity to the city, and friendly neighbors, making it one of Wilmington's most desirable neighborhoods to live in. An easy walk from the community takes you to Brandywine Park. The park stretches along the Brandywine Creek with swing sets, a dog park, a rose garden, fountains, a swinging bridge and walking trails. The Triangle Neighborhood Association (TNA) works actively to preserve the character and beauty of the neighborhood and to provide a sense of community and tradition to its residents. As a committed neighborhood association, the TNA routinely sponsors a variety of neighborhood beautification projects and social events.
The Trinity Vicinity neighborhood is full of beautiful Victorian homes built between the years 1884 to 1905.
The fine detail, craftsmanship, and architectural design of the homes make them appealing to many demographics.
More than 20 homes in Trinity Vicinity are called "Painted Ladies," a term that typically depicts the multi-colored houses in San Francisco, CA and Cape May, NJ.
Trolley Square is the hip and trendy area that attracts young professionals for a place to live as well as a place to shop, dine and play.
The community is comprised of townhomes, condos, apartments and rooms for rent in historical homes. The unique shops offer everything from that special gift for that hard-to-shop for relative to your everyday gotta-have-it purchases.
When the sun goes down, the night heats up as the bar scene features local music, DJs and that great neighborhood bar feeling.
Although the quaint, historic neighborhood of Union Park Gardens is bound by main arteries of the city, the community is quiet. The tree-lined streets have sidewalks perfect for taking a stroll and the neighborhood has plenty of open space, including a central park, for enjoying the outdoors.
Living in Union Park Gardens puts you in walking distance of neighborhood bars, restaurants, bakeries and more.
With its large homes, lush yards and sweeping trees, it's hard to believe Wawaset Park is part of a city.
The majority of the neighborhood is detached homes with some semi-attached properties.
The peaceful setting of the community is perfect for families and those looking to take quiet strolls along the sidewalks and pathways.
Wawaset Park Maintenance Corporation