Mobile Homes in Dover
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What you need to know before buying a mobile home in Dover, Delaware
There are as many good reasons to buy a mobile home in Dover, DE as there are homeowners there, I suppose. Dover is not a huge city like some of the behemoths you’ll find in New England. It is not Boston, but it has plenty of art and culture, and offers stable employment to its residents – something we can all appreciate these days.
Today we’ll look at some of the best places to buy a mobile home in Dover, compare some of the city’s best neighborhoods in terms of price and what they have to offer, and consider what it might be like to live in Dover. We’ll look at the city’s geography and climate, the demographics of its people, and even where you can spend a day out with the family.
History of Dover
History of Dover
Dover’s colonial history goes back to 1683, when it was selected to be the court town for Kent County. The city was formally laid out in 177, and the state capital was moved there in 1777 because the previous capital at New Castle was too vulnerable to British attack in the Revolutionary War. Dover was a stop on the famous Underground Railroad in the 19th century.
Things to do in Dover
Things to do in Dover
If live theater is not your cup of tea, you could enjoy cultural pillars like the Delaware State Museum, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art and more. The city of Dover maintains 30 parks, including the massive 182-acre silver lake park which offers jogging paths, a playground and a pavilion as well as fishing and boating amenities. Other options include the multipurpose athletic fields and other facilities at Schutte Park, the tennis courts and softball field at Dover Park and smaller neighborhood parks like Crossgates, City Hall Plaza and Mayfair Park. In fact, most Dover, DE land is near a park or recreation facility of one kind or another.
Before you explore all of the Dover mobile homes for sale, you should get to know the geography that underlies the city and how that affects the local weather. Dover was built on the St. Jones River, along the Delaware River coastal plain. This gives the city a Humid Subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and moderate winters with very light snowfall. Before you decide to buy a mobile home in Dover, DE, think about what kind of neighborhood you are really looking for. For example – what is more important to you and your family? A fast commute into the city’s downtown, or access to the best schools? Do you need a big, beautiful yard, or are you looking for something more urban? What is your budget, realistically? Each of the following neighborhoods brings something unique to the table, as we’ll see. Dover Neighborhoods Towne Point Towne Point is a long, thin neighborhood with more than a few of the manufactured and mobile homes in Dover, DE. Median land prices in Towne point are well below average for the US as a whole, but somewhat expensive for Dover at just under $234,000. This is a spacious suburban neighborhood, and most of the housing units are owner-occupied. Many of the buildings date from the 1970s to the turn of the century, but a few go back to the 40s, 50s and 60s. Demand for land in Towne Point is moderate to high, with a vacancy rate of around 5.5%. Woodcrest If you are looking for mobile homes in Dover, DE but want access to parks and Delaware state University, consider the neighborhood of Woodcrest. Median housing prices are below the average for the US at just under $218,000, but still high for the state of Delaware. Few of the buildings are more than 50 years old, but a few of the best preserved were built in the 1940s. The vacancy rate in Woodcrest is high, at around 14%. Even accounting for the seasonal nature of university accommodation, that means you’ll have a relatively easy time finding the perfect property, and are likely to have a while to make up your mind about it. Kent Acres Kent Acres is a wedge-shaped neighborhood in Dover with Moores Lake at its center. Median home values in Kent Acres are around $261,000. This puts it near the top 1/3 of Delaware neighborhoods for price, but middling for the US as a whole. It is a great place for buying a mobile home in Dover, with plenty of newer residences tucked in between older 20th century developments. The vacancy rate in Kent Acres is just over 7%, indicating moderate to high interest. Quails Nest The Quails Nest neighborhood of Dover is a wealthy area with median home prices exceeding $375,000. There are a few places to buy Dover, DE mobile homes tucked in amongst the single-family dwellings and townhomes, but not many. Most of the area was developed in the last 20 years or so, but a few of the residences were put up in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. vacancy rates are fairly high in the Quails Nest, at just above 12%. That should allow for a good selection of properties for sale at any one time. Capitol Park Median housing prices in the Capitol Park neighborhood exceed $360,000, so it is surprising how many Dover mobile homes for sale there are there. In addition to the mobile and manufactured home developments, most of the single-family units are quite large. You’ll find that most of the units were built after 1970, but there are plenty of 21st century units available as well. Vacancy rates are very low – 4.4% – so you might struggle to find just the right place.
Dover, Delaware’s population as of the 2020 census was 39,403, up more than 30000 (nearly 10%) from the prior census of 2010. Buying a mobile home in Dover is a popular choice because the steady rise in population can make finding a traditional single-family dwelling difficult. Also, the city’s mild winters are particularly suitable for manufactured homes.
Just under 88% of Dover residents over the age of 25 have high school diplomas, and just over 25% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $48,500 in 2020, and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was a relatively affordable $182,100 in the same year.
Arts in Dover
Arts in Dover
As might be expected of a state capital with more than 300 years of history, there are plenty of cultural institutions to choose from in Dover. These include the Schwartz Center for the Arts (formerly the Dover Opera House, built nearly 120 years ago), the Kent County Theatre Guild has been performing at the patchwork Playhouse and other venues for nearly 70 years, and the Children's Theatre, Inc. of Dover and Kent County puts on shows regularly. Anyone who chooses to buy land in Dover would have access to all of this, and more.
Schools in Dover
Schools in Dover
Dover has an excellent public school system, which includes Towne Point Elementary School, Henry (William) Middle School, Caesar Rodney High School, Polytech High School, Dover High School, Central Middle School, Booker T. Washington Elementary School and the Kent County Secondary Intensive Learning Center. Colleges and universities in and around Dover include Delaware State University, Campus Community School, the Terry Campus of the Delaware Technical Community College and satellite locations of both the University of Delaware and Wilmington University.
Buying a mobile home in Dover – buying property anywhere – is never a casual choice. Consider what you need from a home, and what you could afford if you did move to dover. Does it offer the kind of environment you want for yourself or for your family? Is your industry present, and are they hiring? Will your budget stretch to give you both the kind of home you need and the type of neighborhood in which you’ll be happy?
If the answers are “yes,” then you would likely be happy in Dover. Still, why not visit first, and see what life there is like for yourself?
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