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Thinking about moving to Selbyville

new jersey
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Thinking about moving to Selbyville

We are thinking about moving to Selbyville.

We have two children. Trying to gather all the info we can. Please give us your thoughts. Thank you....

Maryland
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1. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

I'd take a look at the current "Living in Delaware" post for good general information which may help with your relocation decision.

Selbyville itself is a relatively small town fairly close to the beach. The area is attracting a fair number of development geared towards retirees.

Not sure exactly what you're looking for in considering a move--maybe you are looking for a less urbanized setting for your life. If you're looking for a heavy-duty white-collar career opportunity, you probably won't find it here.

Lewes,De
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2. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

Selbyville is a relatively quiet small town .You would have easy access to Ocean City Md. or Bethany Beach. There is a Food Lion but no other easy large shopping places close. Indian River School District has a brand new High School , VERY old Middle School. Not sure of the elementary school in Selbyville . There are not a lot of well paying jobs in the area ,A skilled tradesman or professional would have no trouble otherwise job search first. Do to the chicken plants in the area if would help if you understand Spanish.

new jersey
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3. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

Thanks for the replies. Any info on shopping, entertainment? Actually there is a fairly new middle school on rt. 17. We are planning another trip down to meet with the schools. I really appreciate any suggestions or info you can share : )

Maryland
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4. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

Selbyville itself may be rural, but the highway (US 113) is right nearby, with the aforementioned Food Lion grocery store and other businesses for necessities.

Otherwise, the best shopping and entertainment is to be found at the beaches--Rehoboth, DE and Ocean City, MD primarily. There are smaller beach towns in between (Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach, DE) which are fine, but largely shut down in the off-season.

Rehoboth has a large number of outlet stores and a Wal-Mart (all tax-free) and is about 40 minutes away. There is closer shopping in Berlin, MD (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, outlets) but you will pay sales tax.

Ocean City is about 20 minutes away and is larger than Rehoboth--a ten-mile stretch of fully-developed highway. The shopping in Ocean City you won't find close to Selbyville is largely tourist-oriented.

The nearest shopping mall with major chains is in Salisbury, MD (40 minutes). Salisbury also has a minor-league baseball team and a big hospital.

Many of the entertainment options associated with both Rehoboth and Ocean City are seasonal, but you will be able to find movies, live music and a lot of restaurants open in both year-round.

NJ
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5. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

I can't believe I found this post as we are also thinking of moving to Selbyville. We'll be taking early retirement in 2008. I'm posting this as a bump. If anyone has any other comments on selbyville or other small towns that are not too far from the beach. We also heard there are some lakes in the area. I'd be interested in knowing more about that too.

Thanks!

Delaware
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6. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

It does seem that everything about Selbyville and the area has been pretty much covered here. Very good job, by the way!

We live in Selbyville, have lived right in town for the past 13 years, having moved from Ocean City. We wanted a bigger house, more room, and out of the tourist traffic, but still close to OC. That is exactly what we found in Selbyville. We have a nice sized lot, and a lot of privacy, so we have been lucky.

If you are not interested in the older houses in town, there are now three new developments, one in town, and two, as you head out of town.

Rehoboth Beach...
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7. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

Not Selbyville sepecific, but just wanted to mention that almost everything is cheaper in DE, even before the no sales tax is factored in.

Insurance, auto registrations (inspections are included), alcohol, etc... food & gas are about the same as neighboring states.

If still shopping around I would also look at Milton and Milford.

NJ
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8. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

Thank you all! I keep checking back to this website to see if anyone added anything. I have visited Delaware twice since the spring. I have a few specific questions for the locals...

I was checking the crime rate as it compares to cities near where I live (http://www.areaconnect.com) I was surprised at the relatively high crime rate in Delaware! For example the very high rate of rape in Selbyville vs Somerville, NJ. I checked other towns in Delaware too and found overall that the crime rate was often higher than the national average. Any thoughts on that?

We traveled around Milford, Milton, Lewes, Seaford, Georgetown and a few other areas. Here is my observation: There are a lot of small "shacks" or mobile homes, a lot of minorities and/or immigrants living in these areas and then down the street is a McMansion. I'm sure a lot of these high-priced developments have cropped up in the past 5 years.... Do you think that's leading to a lot of the crime in the area? General resentment over the changes taking place?

Can we talk honestly about the changes taking place in Delaware without offending anyone? I honestly don't want to get into a political debate over illegal immigrants, etc. but only asking whether it is the cause of the high crime and whether there is general unrest in the state as a result. Or even if us yankees coming into Delaware is being met with resentment.

9. Re: Thinking about moving to Selbyville

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