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  • Heritage Creek, Milton, Delaware Active Adult

    Posted Under: General Area in Milton, Home Buying in Milton  |  January 15, 2012 6:33 PM  |  2,843 views  |  No comments
    Heritage Creek, Milton, DelawareThe tax-friendly state of Delaware is ideal for retirement living and offers a wide variety of communities perfect for active adult living. Heritage Creek Delaware is a popular community among active adults yet it is open to residents of all ages. Schell Brothers opened this community of beautifully designed homes in 2008. Today interested homebuyers can select from new construction or resale homes priced from the mid $200’s to the mid $300’s.

    Heritage Creek is located within the town of Milton in Sussex County, Delaware. The charming historic district is just a short walk from the community as are plenty of parks ideal for quiet walks or leisure bike rides. Popular area attractions include the Milton Historical Society, the Milton Theatre, the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and many more. The area offers fantastic fishing on Wagamon’s Pond and the Broadkill River. There are plenty of sandy beaches to discover and wonderful golf courses as well. The town of Dover is just 25 miles away where visitors come for shopping, dining and entertainment.

    With just 400 homes, Heritage Creek is a nice size where neighbors get to know each other and take pride in their small-scale community.  The homes feature beautiful curb appeal with Craftsman and Victorian designs adding to the charming and quaint feel of the community.  Tree lined streets, lush landscaping and wide boulevards add to the beauty of this elegant Delaware retirement destination. 

    Amenities within the community will consist of a 5,000 square foot clubhouse. Plans call for an outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a playgroup perfect for grandkids.  A main attraction of this community over other more traditional age-restricted active adult communities is the opportunity to live among a younger crowd and potentially even share a neighborhood with grown children and grand children as well.

    Homes at Heritage Creek are available as either traditional single-family style or attached duplexes. Sizes range from nearly 1,500 to 2,700 square feet. The home designs feature meticulous attention to detail and offer a wide variety of upgrades. A low monthly association fee covers grass cutting and lawn maintenance, snow removal and garbage collection. Exterior designs of the homes in either Craftsman or Victorian styles add to the beautiful curb appeal of the community. Many of the homes boast exterior details such as wide front porches, brick accented beams and overflowing window boxes.

    There are many attractions drawing Delaware retirees to this friendly, tight-knit community. Charming curb appeal and quality built homes combine with the ideal location to create a wonderful destination for the Delaware retiree. Another bonus is the low property taxes and tax free shopping!

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  • Nassau Grove, Lewes, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Lewes  |  October 9, 2011 12:10 PM  |  3,034 views  |  No comments
    Nassau Grove, Delaware active adultNassau Grove is an age-targeted community in Lewes, Delaware offering a private, gated entry, quality-built homes and a nice collection of amenities. The community opened in 2006 and is being built by K. Hovnanian. Today, interested home buyers can select from resale or new construction homes priced from the high $200’s to the mid $400’s.  The community is planned to have 244 homes upon completion.

    Set in the town of Lewes, Delaware, this community is similar to other active adult communities in Delaware in that is offers a nice lineup of amenities plus an exciting social lifestyle, yet there is no age-restriction to live here. The area offers convenient access to retail, dining and entertainment all just minutes from the community. The charming Lewes historic district is just a short drive away where residents will find charming shops, quaint neighborhood restaurants, interesting museums and relaxing inns. Outdoor enthusiasts have lots of options to stay busy in the great outdoors whether playing a round of golf, taking a relaxing walk, bird watching or even boating.

    The homes of Nassau Grove Delaware are available in seven different floor plans, all of which are single-family ranch style with a condo type form of ownership. The sizes range from 1,300 to 4,000 square feet. All of the standard floor plans offer a first floor master suite. Additional bedroom space is either on the main level or can be created in an optional finished basement or optional loft space. Residents enjoy low maintenance living with all exterior maintenance of the home and grounds included in the monthly homeowner association dues.

    Curb appeal abounds throughout the community with gorgeous walking trails and scenic ponds throughout. There are soaring fountains and cascading waterfalls dotting the community landscape as well as lovely landscaped boulevards.  There is a beautiful 6,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a wonderful collection of amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby rooms, library and billiards area, plus a convenient computer center with Internet access. Outdoors there are sports courts for bocce ball, tennis, volleyball and horseshoes plus a children’s playground and a sparkling outdoor swimming pool.

    Residents of Nassau Grove enjoy scheduled activities such as game night, poker night, book club, happy hour, aerobics classes and much more. Even though this is not an age-restricted active adult community, the amenities and lifestyle still offer a wealth of opportunity to enjoy an exciting lifestyle in an ideal Delaware location.

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  • Independence, Millsboro, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Millsboro  |  August 2, 2011 11:51 AM  |  3,106 views  |  No comments
    Independence, Delaware active adultIndependence in Millsboro, Delaware is a charming 55+ community with elegant homes, world-class amenities and a scenic costal Delaware location. Set in the Long Neck area of Delaware, Independence Millsboro is just minutes from stunning ocean beaches, beautiful inland bays and wonderful area attractions. Residents enjoy a wide variety of area events such as the popular film and music festivals as well as unique area attractions such as the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Shopping, dining and outdoor recreation are just minutes away while a short 45-minute drive leads residents to the historic town of Dover. Major cities only 2 hours from Millsboro include Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

    The intimate Delaware active adult community of Independence is being built by Schell Brothers and is planned to have 450 homes upon completion. Home buyers today can choose from new construction or resale homes priced from the high $200’s to the high $400’s. There are eight Energy Star certified single-family homes to choose from featuring three to five bedrooms and two to five baths. All of the homes feature first floor master suites, even the two-story designs.

    Set on 330 acres, the Independence community was designed with energy-conservation in mind. The homes feature lots of Green and energy-efficient options. Green options include solar panels, geothermal heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, closed cell spray foam insulation, upgraded insulation and high-efficiency HVAC systems. High performance windows are also included. The Green features in the homes make them 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes which offers homeowners some nice financial savings.

    Amenities at Independence in Millsboro are situated around the spacious community clubhouse of 24,000 square feet. This award-winning facility, known as Independence Hall, offers a fantastic line-up of world-class amenities. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center with aerobics studio, an indoor swimming pool with sauna, grand ballroom, conference room and lounge plus computer and hobby rooms. There are numerous sports courts for tennis, horseshoes and volleyball as well as a convenient putting green to prefect ones short game. Also outdoors is another swimming pool with a whirlpool, an outdoor theater with barbecue area and numerous parks throughout the scenic landscape.

    Independence residents enjoy numerous special interest clubs and activities such as poker and game nights, morning coffee, walking club, book club, art club and more. A full-time Activities Director encourages resident participation in these and other special interest clubs. There are also numerous special events, daytrips, classes and more every single week.

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  • Bay Crossing, Lewes, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Lewes  |  July 1, 2011 8:40 PM  |  3,048 views  |  No comments
    Bay Crossing, Delaware active adultIdeally located less than five miles from Rehoboth Beach in Lewes, Delaware, is the active adult community of Bay Crossing. Bay Crossing is an age-restricted community for adults age 55 and better being built by Pulte Homes and Blenheim Homes. It boasts a highly sought after location east of Route 1 in coastal Delaware.

    The town of Lewes offers everyday conveniences including major retailers, home improvement stores, movie theaters, shops, restaurants and more all within minutes of the community. The historic district of Lewes features unique boutique shops and popular local restaurants as well as interesting museums and charming inns. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the Cape Henlopen State Park offering nature trails, bird sanctuaries and beautiful beaches. The surrounding areas are perfect for fishing, boating, bike riding and hiking.

    Bay Crossing Delaware opened in 2005 by Pulte Homes. The first phase of the community built by Pulte Homes included 160 homes of which 80 are attached style and 80 are detached single-family homes. The current phase of the community is being built by Blenheim Homes and will feature 88 detached single family homes, many of which offer basements. The Blenheim Homes are available in six floor plans with a wide variety of options to customize the home both inside and out. Pricing for either the resale Pulte homes or the new construction Blenheim Homes range from the high $200’s to the high $500’s. Upon completion the community will have a total of 248 homes.

    Amenities at this intimate sized Delaware active adult community are located at the 5,000 square foot community clubhouse. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center with aerobics studio, multi-purpose room for cards, arts or club meetings, billiard table and a library. Outdoors there are lovely nature trails, tennis courts and bocce ball courts plus a relaxing outdoor swimming pool.

    While Bay Crossing is a smaller-sized 55+ community, residents here still enjoy an exciting lifestyle with a busy social calendar. There are numerous special events throughout the year, classes and regular meeting of special interest clubs. Some of the popular resident clubs include golf club, bocce ball, walking, movie group, billiards and Mexican dominos. It’s easy to meet new people and make meaningful friendships at this quaint active adult community.

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  • Village of Cinderberry, Georgetown, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Georgetown  |  June 13, 2011 12:26 PM  |  3,200 views  |  No comments
    Village of Cinderberry, Delaware active adultWhile some Delaware retirees enjoy sprawling resort-style communities, many others prefer smaller, more intimate neighborhoods such as the Village of Cinderberry in Georgetown, Delaware. This small-scale active adult community features just 170 homes and a charming clubhouse. The cozy surroundings offer a friendly atmosphere where it’s easy to meet all your neighbors and make meaningful friendships.

    The Village of Cinderberry opened in 2003 and is being built by Circle J Developers. The homes in this 50+ community are available as either single-family or attached ranch style and are priced from the high $100’s to the low $300’s. The attached style homes are situated as two homes joined together at the garage. In total there are five floor plans to choose from sized from nearly 1,500 to 1,760 square feet. All of the homes include either two or three-bedrooms, lots of closets and storage plus spacious garages. Some of the floor plans offer second-story loft options and there are numerous choices available to customize the homes. Circle J Developers offers high-quality construction and a nice package of standard features included in the base price of the homes.

    Amenities at this friendly Delaware active adult community include a convenient exercise room, an indoor swimming pool, billiards and card room, a library plus a multi-purpose room for larger community gatherings, clubs meetings, holiday get-togethers and more. Other features include shuffleboard, horseshoes and winding sidewalks with charming street lamps perfect for an evening stroll.

    Although the community is smaller in scale, residents still enjoy an exciting social lifestyle. There are monthly events such as potluck dinners, weekly game nights, aerobics and exercise classes plus annual events such as the annual community garage sale. Residents have plenty of extra time to socialize since the homes are maintenance-free meaning all exterior maintenance such as grass care and landscaping is included in the monthly homeowner association dues. Also included are basic phone service, Internet and basic cable.

    The ideal location of this 50+ community offers easy access to local highlights such as the Possum Point Playhouse and the Delaware Technical and Community College. Great shopping is just minutes away and Delaware’s coastal resorts are also easily accessible. With attractive homes, a friendly neighborhood feel and wonderful location, The Village of Cinderberry is a unique Delaware active adult destination.

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  • Heritage Shores, Bridgeville, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Bridgeville  |  March 19, 2011 8:11 PM  |  3,935 views  |  No comments

    Heritage Shores, Bridgeville, DelawareHeritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE is an elegant active adult community centrally located just a half hour from Rehoboth Beach, 90 minutes from the Chesapeake Bay and about two hours from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The community is just minutes from major expressways ensuring convenient access to neighboring amenities. The area is rich in history, close to scenic beaches and fantastic outdoor recreation.

    Planned for nearly 2,000 homes upon completion, Heritage Shores will be one of the largest active adult communities in Delaware. Residents enjoy a fabulous clubhouse of 28,000 square feet. There are numerous multi-purpose rooms for arts & crafts, games & hobbies, group meetings and social gatherings. There is also a woodworking shop, library, media center with computers and a billiards room. The state-of-the-art fitness includes a world-class gym, aerobics rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Throughout the community there are over 20 ponds, impeccable landscaping and manicured paths for walking, jogging or bike riding. Heritage Shores also features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arthur Hills. There is a full-service pro-shop and driving range plus a full-service restaurant and tavern offering beautiful views from the outdoor terraces.

    In addition to the fabulous line-up of amenities, the finely crafted homes and the premier location there is also a wonderful full-time Lifestyle Director on-staff to ensure residents always have something fun to do! There are numerous clubs to join such as book club, ceramics, cards, computers, poker, cycling, walking and many more. The social calendar is always full of entertaining special events and group outings to local and far-away destinations.

    The homes of this luxurious Delaware active adult community are all low-maintenance and energy efficient. Styles available include the traditional single-family ranch home or attached duplex designs. Prices begin in the low $200’s and go up through the high $300’s. The community was started in 2004 by Lennar and is now operated by Ryan Homes and Providence of Brookfield Homes. New construction homes are available in eight single-family floor plans ranging in size from 1,297 to 3,000 square feet and two attached duplex floor plans ranging from 1,403 to 1,665 square feet. There are also resale homes available in many of the prior Lennar home designs as well. Another very unique opportunity available in this Delaware retirement community is the option to purchase a custom home site allowing for the buyer to use their own builder to construct the custom home of their dreams.

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  • Heritage Creek, Milton, Delaware

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Milton  |  January 16, 2011 8:37 PM  |  3,382 views  |  No comments
    Heritage Creek, Milton, DelawareDelaware active adults in search of a lovely community brimming with neighborhood charm will love Heritage Creek in Milton, Delaware. The homes of Heritage Creek feature unique architectural details ranging from Victorian moldings and turrets to wide Craftsman porches. Open to residents of all ages, Heritage Creek appeals to active adults in search of meticulous attention-to-detail. The community features beautiful curb appeal, lush landscaping and tree lined streets all of which add to the neighborhood charm.

    Delaware is a tax-friendly state for retirement and Milton is especially attractive thanks to its charming historic district and recreational opportunities all within walking distance of Heritage Creek. The local historical society, a museum and theatre are all just a short walk from the community while numerous other attractions await just a short drive away. The area is popular for its outdoor recreation such as golf and fishing as well as wonderful shopping and dining.

    Heritage Creek opened in 2008 and is planned for 400 homes upon completion. The community is being developed by Schell Brothers who offers new construction options including single-family style homes and attached duplexes. Sizes range from nearly 1,500 square feet to almost 2,700 square feet and pricing begins in the low $300’s. The homes of Heritage Creek are very unique and beautifully designed to incorporate traditional touches from past eras such as Victorian, Craftsman and Farm House styles. All of the homes include a full basement and garage plus there are numerous options available to personalize the home. Residents enjoy low-maintenance living with grass cutting, lawn maintenance and snow removal all provided by the homeowners association. Future plans call for a 5,000 square foot clubhouse to be built at the center of the community. It will feature a fantastic outdoor swimming pool with an adult side perfect for laps and a children’s side complete with games and slides, perfect for the grandkids.

    Heritage Creek is ideal for retirees and families alike making this community perfect for active adults hoping to find a neighborhood where they can live very close to grown children and grand children. With amazing details, friendly charm and finely crafted homes, Heritage Creek is the perfect place to call home.

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