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Top 5 Reasons to Live in Delaware, OH

  • Delaware City lies 30 miles north of the capital and serves as the seat of the Delaware County. Residents in this part of the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Area love to horse around -- and they consider it a serious business. Every year, they descend to the Delaware County Fairgrounds to witness hoof-pounding action at the most prestigious harnessed race for three-year pacers in America. The Little Brown Jug has also been billed by Sports Illustrated as the biggest cocktail party in the state.

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  • Live in the past! If you fancy coming home to a Queen Anne or a Colonial Revival, then Delaware's Northwest District is the perfect place to begin your search. It has more than 500 houses listed in the National Register of Historic Places, some dating as far back as the 1800s. The top-ranking Ohio Wesleyan University belongs to this idyllic community, where former U.S. President Rutherford Hayes and legendary director Vincente Minnelli once lived.
  • It's a buyer's market! Delaware has enjoyed a 4.4 percent climb in home values the past year, and the upward trend is predicted to continue in the next 12 months. Expect to land some sweet deals in a market where the median price of homes sold is 27 percent below the national median. That's why it's a great time to look for rent to own houses and homes for sale in popular residential neighborhoods around Merrick Boulevard and along Seatrain and Timbersmith Drives, where Westfield Hills boasts new homes with three-car garages.
  • Life is a scream, just like the big screen! Watch new and classic films in the longest-running movie theater in Ohio, The Strand. Built in 1916, the majestic cinema also happens to be the haunting grounds of a spirit known as the woman in red. You might just catch a glimpse of her during one of the city's ghost walk tours, which often include a visit to the Victorian jail and the eerie tunnel at Blue Limestone Park.
  • Hot rods go bumper to bumper! Between 500 to 700 antique autos, trucks, and motorcycles cruise down Sandusky Street at the Blast from the Past Car Show, a 21-year tradition spearheaded by Delaware's Vintage Auto Club. Take your own wheels for a spin, or just enjoy the parade and live music. Then fuel up at the famous diner, The Hamburger Inn.
  • Fun-tastic first Fridays! Every first Friday of the month, Downtown Delaware is buzzing with themed activities from art tours to a chocolate walk. Galleries, shops and businesses stay open longer, including local watering holes like Staas Brewing Company and Barley Hopsters.