Active Adults Agents Close to Home: Spotlight on Audrey Hammond in Milford

Active Adults Agent Audrey Hammond

If you’re thinking about buying a house in a certain neighborhood, wouldn’t it be great to talk with a neighbor first?

That’s the spirit of our new series: Active Adults Agents Close to Home.

Over the next few weeks we’ll profile several who will tell us what they love most about the homes and communities where they live. While we can’t be completely sure of what they’ll tell us, we expect to hear about their favorite restaurants and leisure spots, proximity to cultural and natural attractions, and architectural aspects that they find especially appealing.

Meet Agent Audrey Hammond

This week we talked with agent Audrey Hammond, who’s lived in her ranch-style home in Milford, Delaware for more than 30 years.

What’s unique about your particular home and community?

Milford is one of the more affordable areas, with some houses still selling for under $300,000 – even new construction. Most of our communities don’t offer community pools and clubhouses but the region itself offers all kinds of attractions. 

I have Killens Pond State Park nearby. It has a water park, kayaking and walking trails. We’re also close to Abbott’s Mill Nature Center.

We also have downtown Milford with the Riverwalk, dog parks and events such as the Ladybug Festival, farmer’s market, the Winter Festival, art shows, music festivals and more. It even has its own movie theatre – Milford Movies 9 – with reclining chairs.

What do you do those nights when you don’t feel like cooking?

Some of my favorite local restaurants are La Hacienda for authentic Mexican food, My Sister’s Fault for empanadas and sweets, BenVenuto for wonderful Italian right downtown on Front Street, Surf and Turf, with great food and atmosphere, and easySpeak Spirits with fun cocktails, small plate food, and an ax throwing room next door. You can also sit outside on nice days and play cornhole.

Milford is near the center of the state but not too far from downstate. What’s so great about that?

The Mispillion River that runs through Milford divides Sussex County to the South and Kent County to the North. It brought us the shipbuilding industry as far back as the 1700s. Downtown Milford also shows off large historic homes, some of which overlook our lakes. 

I’ve lived here in the same house for over 30 years and love the location so much I’ll probably never leave. I feel like I’m out in the country but am only 10 minutes to shopping, restaurants and the new Bayhealth Hospital, 30 minutes to the beach, and 30 minutes to Dover.

My advice to anyone who wants to buy in the region is to recognize that you’ll be in an area with farms, woods and lakes. You won’t get stuck in beach traffic, and you’ll have the peace and quiet of country living. 

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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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