Delaware is a small state of less than a million people! We have only 3 counties in Delaware! If you are trying to decide where you might want to find that perfect retirement community in Delaware, start here:
- New Castle County is the northernmost county and includes Wilmington, Newark and Middletown to name a few of the largest cities and towns. This is the most developed part of the state and has the fewest new home communities to offer. The existing active adult communities tend to be smaller and a bit more expensive but they are convenient to Philadelphia, to the airport, the Amtrak station and more of a city lifestyle. There is one new active adult community that has yet to build a model home, but they have begun to sell from floor plans. Preconstruction pricing ranges from $219,990 to $309,990 for the BASE MODELS with a host of options. Typically, you should estimate an additional $40,000 or more in options and upgrades.
- Kent County takes up the central part of Delaware and Dover, the State Capital, is the major city in Kent County. Several new home communities, including several popular active adult communities are being built in and around Dover. Home prices tend to more moderate in Central Delaware and communities here are close to the Dover Mall, Dover Downs and the State House. Being centrally located makes it easy to get to the Wilmington area and the beach resorts. It is possible to find a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home in one or two popular active adult communities between $200,000 and $250,000.
- Sussex County is the lower part of Delaware or what we call Coastal Delaware. From the Atlantic Ocean to the western part of the county which borders the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this is the fastest growing county in Delaware. It is home to several of Delaware’s most luxurious and best known active adult communities. There is also a wide range of other housing choices, from elegant beach homes selling for Millions to affordable homes, townhouses and condos.
The lower taxes in Delaware do make it possible for many retirees to buy the home of their dreams. Can you find yours? It all depends on what you have pictured in your mind when you think about retiring to Delaware and living the good life. To start, you can preview some of the most popular active adult communities, starting here.