Spotlight on Kent County for Festivals, Nature and Fine Housing Choices

Last week I wrote the first of three features describing the unique offerings of each of Delaware’s three counties. If you check out these details on New Castle County, you’ll see how wonderful it is if you’re commuting to your job in Wilmington, and if you want to be near numerous cultural and recreational offerings.

This week I’m spotlighting Kent County, which is in the middle of the state, a great place for cultural and recreational attractions and more affordable homes within an hour’s drive of Wilmington to the north or the beaches in Sussex County to the south.

The Delaware State Capitol Building in Dover, Delaware. Adobe Stock Photo

A Military Hub . . . the Seat of Government . . . and Festival Central

If you’ve served in the military or are a big follower of current events, you’ve probably heard of Dover Air Force Base. 

As a USAF veteran, I’m proud to know it’s the U.S. Department of Defense’s largest aerial port, and home to the 436th Airlift Wing and 512th Airlift Wing, which fly hundreds of missions around the world, moving outsized cargo and personnel on schedules and special assignments and exercise and contingency airlift missions. 

As noted in this description, the base is crucial to our national security and provides critical links to more than 100 countries. And if you’re interested in aviation or history you’ll probably enjoy visiting the Air Mobility Command Museum

Kent County also hosts our state capital, Dover, which has a lovely downtown with many beautifully preserved and historic municipal buildings, and is surrounded by attractions such as the Dover Motor Speedway and Bally’s Dover Casino Resort and pristine natural areas such as Hunn Nature Park, the St. Jones Reserve and the Little Creek Wildlife area.

Kent County also hosts fun special events like the Dover Days Festival, which happens every year on the first Saturday of May and features all kinds of family-friendly activities . . . 

The Firefly Music Festival, which returns this year from September 22nd through the 25th with some of the world’s most well-loved performers . . . 

And the Delaware State Fair in Harrington which showcases Delaware’s wonderful agricultural heritage and brings acts including ZZ Top, Nelly, Hank Williams, Jr. and others to Harrington this year from July 21st through the 30th. 

You can learn about these events at others at this link.

So Many Beautiful Homes . . . in Beautiful Settings Too!

Neighborhoods around Dover also offer a wide variety of housing options, with prices ranging from $150,000 to more than $500,000. .

Champions Club is especially nice if you’re looking for multiple amenities, including a club house and lots of planned activities, a large pool, tennis courts and walking trails. 

You’ll also find multiple amenities and large, lovely homes at Four Seasons at Hatteras Hills.

If you’re looking for minimal maintenance and affordability, check out Southern Meadow, and active community in Magnolia.

One of our favorite places for home shoppers who love the beaches of the middle Delaware Bay and quaint downtown districts is Milford, which straddles both Kent and Sussex Counties. The historic center of the area is particularly lovely, with fine and casual restaurants, boutiques and galleries and a picturesque setting alongside the Mispillion River. Here’s a link to some of the best Milford attractions.

As you’ll see from this link, there are many new communities offering a variety of homes from less than $200,000 to larger single family homes approaching $700,000. 

Next week we’ll spotlight Sussex County and the surprising array of options beyond the beach!

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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