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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach median real estate price is $598,605, which is more expensive than 87.4% of the neighborhoods in Delaware and 78.7% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach is currently $2,064, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 56.8% of Delaware neighborhoods.

Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Ocean View, Delaware. This is a coastal neighborhood (i.e., is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet).

Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach real estate is primarily made up of medium sized (three or four bedroom) to large (four, five or more bedroom) single-family homes and townhomes. Most of the residential real estate is owner occupied. Many of the residences in the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach 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 Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach. The current real estate vacancy rate here is 75.7%. This is higher than the rate of vacancies in 99.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods. A relatively large percentage of housing here is seasonally occupied (70.2%). This can occur in vacation areas, and occasionally it is also found in neighborhoods that are primarily filled with college students, as some apartments could be vacant when school is not in session. If you live here year round, you may find that a number of buildings in your neighborhood are actually empty.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

The way a neighborhood looks and feels when you walk or drive around it, from its setting, its buildings, and its flavor, can make all the difference. This neighborhood has some really cool things about the way it looks and feels as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research. This might include anything from the housing stock to the types of households living here to how people get around.

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Do you like a coastal setting? If so, this neighborhood may be to your liking. The Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood is on the ocean, a bay, or inlet. Often such coastal places have amenities and recreational activities on the waterfront that are attractive to residents and visitors alike. In addition to being coastal, Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights and sounds of.

In addition, despite all of the residential real estate here in the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood, NeighborhoodScout has discovered that much of it is vacant. In resort or second-home vacation areas, this naturally occurs because homes and apartments are seasonally occupied, and empty for a portion of the year. In non-vacation or resort areas, however, this can be an indicator of property abandonment or a weak real estate market. The vacancy rate here is 75.7%, which is higher than 99.8% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

Furthermore, many people dream of living along a street lined with row houses or other attached homes. Such places do often have an abundance of charm. If you are one of these people, the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood could be your paradise. With 27.1% of the homes and real estate here classified as rowhouses or other attached homes, this neighborhood brims with opportunity to find the right place for you. Only 3.9% of U.S. neighborhoods have more row houses than this neighborhood, making it one of the most interesting things about this special neighborhood.

People

If you are planning to retire in Delaware, this neighborhood should be on your must-see list. For many reasons, Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach 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 95.0% of neighborhoods in DE. If a Delaware retirement is in your future, this neighborhood should be one of the places you visit.

Diversity

Did you know that the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood has more Ukrainian and Native American ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.0% of this neighborhood's residents have Ukrainian ancestry and 2.9% have Native American ancestry.

Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 12.1% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Italian at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.6% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.

The neighbors in the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood in Ocean View are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 70.7% of the neighborhoods in America. With 19.7% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 67.3% of U.S. neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood, 46.6% 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 30.6% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations (14.4%), and 8.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood is English, spoken by 94.7% of households. Some people also speak Italian (12.1%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.

In the Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood in Ocean View, DE, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Irish (21.5%). There are also a number of people of English ancestry (18.8%), and residents who report German roots (18.6%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (10.8%), along with some Polish ancestry residents (3.7%), among others.

Getting to Work

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 Cotton Patch Hills / Breakwater Beach neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (32.6% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (74.8%) 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 (9.7%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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