Breakwater median real estate price is $623,294, which is more expensive than 78.6% of the neighborhoods in Delaware and 74.7% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.
The average rental price in Breakwater is currently $1,357, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 94.4% of Delaware neighborhoods.
Breakwater is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Lewes, Delaware.
Breakwater real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) single-family homes and apartment complexes/high-rise apartments. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Breakwater neighborhood are newer, built in 2000 or more recently. A number of residences were also built between 1970 and 1999.
Vacant apartments or homes are a major fact of life in Breakwater. The current real estate vacancy rate here is 21.1%. This is higher than the rate of vacancies in 87.4% of all U.S. neighborhoods. In addition, most vacant housing here is vacant year round. This can sometimes be the case in neighborhoods dominated by new construction that is not yet occupied. But often neighborhoods with vacancy rates this high are places that can be plagued by a protracted vacancy problem. If you live here, you may find that a number of buildings in your neighborhood are actually empty.
When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.
If you are planning to retire in Delaware, this neighborhood should be on your must-see list. For many reasons, Breakwater may be considered a retiree's dream neighborhood. According to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis and metrics, it's peaceful and quiet, has above average safety from crime compared to other neighborhoods in Delaware, while also offering a diverse range of housing options. This, along with the vibrant mix of very educated seniors and other age groups who choose to live here, makes the neighborhood more retiree-friendly than 98.5% of neighborhoods in DE. If a Delaware retirement is in your future, this neighborhood should be one of the places you visit.
In addition, the types of households in a neighborhood can tell a lot about the character and lifestyle of those living here. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood, above nearly every neighborhood in America, has a greater percentage of its residents living alone: 49.2%. This is a higher percent living alone than we found in 95.2% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Often residents who live alone are new arrivals to an area who are single, and often senior citizens who have lost a spouse.
If your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no further than this unique neighborhood. With 4.0% of residents in the Breakwater neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than 97.2% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.
Did you know that the Breakwater neighborhood has more Irish and Eastern European ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 28.2% of this neighborhood's residents have Irish ancestry and 2.7% have Eastern European ancestry.
Breakwater is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 0.7% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Japanese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 95.8% of the neighborhoods in America.
How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.
The neighbors in the Breakwater neighborhood in Lewes are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 60.1% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 11.8% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 52.7% of U.S. neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the Breakwater neighborhood, 39.5% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants, with 34.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (14.5%), and 11.7% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The most common language spoken in the Breakwater neighborhood is English, spoken by 98.0% of households.
Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.
In the Breakwater neighborhood in Lewes, DE, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (28.2%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (20.9%), and residents who report German roots (13.5%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (11.7%), along with some Scottish ancestry residents (4.5%), among others.
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in Breakwater neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (53.7% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.
Here most residents (73.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (5.4%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.