Simplify Your Home Search with Our Delaware Lifestyles Guide

Finally, this is it – your chance to find the perfect home and community for the lifestyle you’ve dreamed about all of those years on the job. Whether you’re retiring now or taking your final steps to do so soon, you have lots of smart financial reasons to choose Delaware

Our extremely low property taxes, for example, or the fact that you won’t pay taxes on your Social Security, VA Disability income or Railroad Retirement benefits. And in case you haven’t heard, there’s no sales tax in Delaware, which means you’re going to spend a lot less on that Viking stove and Sub Zero side-by-side refrigerator for the home you’re renovating, and all of the fresh seafood, meats and locally-farmed produce that are going to fill that custom kitchen.

But there’s another big benefit that’s well-known even if it isn’t always discussed: statewide, there are scores of new communities being built from the ground up, giving home buyers the chance to customize their residences in communities with lots of amenities on-site.

That’s the good news. The more complicated news is that it might feel like you’re getting overwhelmed by having too many choices. That’s one very good reason to work with a realtor who can save you lots of time and money. You can also simplify your search by visiting our Delaware Lifestyles link at the “Buy” section of our Web site. 

Brand new, waterside, poolside, golf course-adjacent and 55+ make up the mix.

If you’re super keen on having lots of choices when it comes to your brand new kitchen or the colors of your walls or just want to move into a space that’s completely fresh, check out the New Construction. You’ll see a handful of communities being developed right now in locations upstate, downstate and in central Delaware. In each case you can zero-in on floor plans, community amenities and precise locations to determine how close you’ll be to cultural attractions, state parks and beaches.

If you’ve been dreaming of easy strolls a riverfront or beach on the bay or ocean, check out Homes on the Water. Some are in relatively new communities where you still have a chance to customize. Others are in well-established communities near Indian River Bay, Delaware Bay, or the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also find lots of very special properties, including this week’s favorite, a custom Williamsburg reproduction near the Vines Creek Marina in Dagsboro

Do you expect to have a lot of family and friends visiting, or need extra space for your multi-generational household? Then check out our Homes with In-Law Suites. These are also located all across the state, and the section spotlights relatively new and brand new home communities as well as individual residences like this expansive and sturdy brick rancher in Newark for one-level living for your immediate family and a lovely lower level with all of the features you could want in a beautiful and comfortable home. 

Have you always dreamed of splashing around in your own backyard? Then take a look at this special section of Homes with Pools. These tend to be homes in well-established communities with varying price ranges, along with some that radiate pure luxury, including this new home in walking distance to the ocean in Dewey Beach. 

If low greens-fees and easy recreation are your thing, you’ll find lots of beautiful communities at the Golf Real Estate link. One thing you’ll notice right away is the large number of affordable communities right alongside the links, including many with homes well below $500k. 

Finally, you might have a chance to find almost all of these features in specific Active Adults Communities. Almost every one offers some combination of pools, club houses, pickleball and tennis courts, golf courses, or walking trails for resort living right outside your front door. Some are specifically geared to the 55+ lifestyle, with age-specific residency rules. Others will just make you glad you ARE 55+, and ready to have the time of your life.

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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