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Home to Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware has many of the characteristics of an American college town. Here, tree-lined sidewalks with historic homes and buildings, as well as the vibrant array of boutiques, bookstores, antique shops, art studios, and variety of restaurants that make up downtown create a picture-perfect place to settle down. Let's take a look around!

– Sandy Raines

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Bun's Restaurant

Bun's has been a Delaware staple since 1864, and one visit is all it takes to understand why! Bring a friend and stop by for lunch, dinner, or cocktails—their menu offers everything from Greek salad to fresh-caught fish sandwiches.

Downtown Delaware

Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect gift, a new outfit, or just want to shop the day away, you'll never have a shortage of retail opportunities in Downtown Delaware. Start by exploring the massive Delaware Antique Mall, then pick up a unique find at Stone & Sparrow!

Olentangy Indian Caverns

This series of caves, secret rooms, and passages spans for three stories throughout limestone rock. Visitors can come explore this spectacular destination, which was once used as shelter by the Wyandotte Native Americans.

Delaware at a Glance

Quick Facts

Population: 41,283
County: Delaware
Percent Growth: +18.8%
Median Home Value: $300,000

Travel & Commute

Columbus Int'l Airport: 35 min
Columbus: 37 min
Westerville: 30 min
Major Roads: US-42, US-36, US-23

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Local Events

Every year, Delaware hosts The Little Brown Jug, a famous horse race that's part of the Triple Crown for Pacers. Residents also take part in a year-round farmers market, the Olentangy River Festival, and various events at Ohio Wesleyan University. Don't forget to catch a show at the iconic Strand Theatre, which opened its doors in 1916.

Shopping & Dining

Historic shops and decadent restaurants await in Delaware. Most of the community's old standbys can be found throughout downtown—highlights include 1808 American Bistro, Son of Thurman Delaware, and Opa Grill & Tavern. Delaware is also known for its sprawling antique market and nearby shopping centers with tons of everyday conveniences.

Parks & Rec

Aside from the Olentangy Caverns, Delaware features well over a dozen parks, trails, and green spaces. Plan your next outdoor adventure at Blue Limestone Park, where you'll find everything from a playground to a fishing pond. Veterans Park Splash Pad is the perfect place to take the kids on a hot summer day, while Mingo Park offers activities for all ages.

Schools & Jobs

Students in the area attend Delaware City Schools, which enrolls a little over 5,700 students across seven institutions. After graduation, many go on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University, a private institution that's been ranked as one of the top 80 liberal arts colleges in the state. Delaware is also home to the Delaware Area Career Center, where students can train for the workplace. 

Beautiful Homes

Whether you're searching for a historic home, a property with ample acreage, or a newer home featuring tons of upgrades, you'll surely find what you're looking for here in Delaware. The average Delaware home costs around $300,000 and $149 per square foot, and prices have climbed by more than 10% in the last year. This means that buyers should expect a fairly competitive market!

Your Delaware Home Search Begins Here

Ready to make your move to Delaware? Nobody knows Central Ohio like the Raines Group, and we'd love to help you track down the perfect home or condo. To learn more about life and real estate in Delaware, feel free to contact us at 614-924-9000, or take a look at our featured listings.

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