Dreaming Big in Delaware
Delaware proves that big things come in small packages. A mere 2,488 square miles makes it one of America's smallest states, but don't let its small stature fool you. Delaware is a haven for retirees with options for city living, or charming coastal locations. Bordering the Atlantic with Pennsylvania to the north, and Maryland to the south, this beautiful state features 132 55+, and active lifestyle communities. Thomas Jefferson referred to Delaware as a "jewel among states" hence its appropriate nickname the Diamond State
According to Kiplinger, Delaware is in the top ten most tax friendly states. There is no sales or social security tax, and property taxes are some of the nation's lowest making this an affordable destination for retirees. Realtor.com lists an average home price of $245,900, and active adults can expect to find communities across the state to meet their needs with varied options for amenities.
The climate in Delaware is moderate with generally mild temperatures, and snowfall in various parts of the state. Whatever the season, residents can enjoy stunning beaches, state parks, and outdoor recreation.
The geographic star of Delaware is its miles of shoreline providing visitors, and residents alike spectacular views, and plentiful tax-free shopping, and dining. Rehobath Beach is the most popular of Delaware's coastal villages, along with Bethany Beach offering 55+ retirees a day trip destination or place to call home.
Delaware, and an active lifestyle go hand in hand. from fishing, and boating, to golf at one of the many championship courses all over the state. Bayside Resort Golf in the south is the perfect spot for tee time offering a truly professional experience. Another outdoor must see is the 10,144 acre Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge located in Milton, with a habitat of grasslands, marshes, and swamps with 308 bird species.
For retirees preferring city living, the capital city of Dover offers a plethora of activities, and sightseeing. This historic city is an art lovers playground featuring ten museums, and inspriing architectural interest. Try your luck at Dover Downs casino resort or visit the largest cargo plane at Dover's Air Force Base. Wilmington is Delaware's largest city, and an urban infrastructure of banking, major corporations, as well as arts, and entertainment. The Brandywine Valley to the north is Wilmington's country neighbor where active adults can experience glorious natural surroundings. This region is home to miles of hiking trails, botanical gardens, and features the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region with over 50 spectacular wineries. The area is perfect for weekend getaways whether its to shop, and enjoy the finest restaurants, or getting out on the water for fishing, boating, or swimming.
Delaware is truly an East Coast "diamond" offering retirees, and baby boomers the opportunity to live where history, and nature flourish, and activities are endless. Active Adult Living's website provides an in depth directory of Delaware's 55+, and active lifestyle communities some of which offer world class amenities, and options for single family homes, town homes, or apartments. Visit http://activeadultliving.com/DE/delaware for more information.
Ashland by Wilkinson Homes
Coastal Club by Schell Brothers
Millville by the Sea
Longacre Village Villas