Delaware is home to many excellent retirement communities, but which ones are the best? Discover the top communities for retirees in the state.
Each retiree will want something slightly different from a retirement community, from miles of nature trails to golfing. Some top options include the Four Seasons at Belle Terre and Regal Builders Homes at Noble's Pond, among others.
Look at these and other Delaware retirement communities in more detail to figure out which one you want to spend your golden years in.
Your Guide To The Best Retirement Communities In Delaware
Choosing among the retirement communities in Delaware is no easy feat. Even with the state's small size, there are dozens of excellent options to choose from. We've gathered a list of the best options as well as guidance on how to choose one.
How To Choose Delaware Retirement Communities
Before looking at specific 55+ communities in Delaware, you should have a clear idea of how to choose the right one. Remember that your needs and retirement goals are unique, so there isn't a single best option for everyone. Instead, there is a group of best retirement communities in Delaware that includes something for everyone.
Some of the most important things to think about include:
- Level of care
- Amenities, such as golf, swimming, fitness centers, etc.
- Types of properties
- Home price
- Whether guests are welcome
- Age restrictions
- Medical care (on-site and nearby)
- Dining (on-site and nearby)
While aspects like access to medical care and dining are must-haves, others, such as amenities and age restrictions, are more of a personal preference. With that in mind, explore some of the best retirement communities in Delaware.
Cedar Bay (Ocean View, DE)
Cedar Bay sits along Route 1, making it very easy to access or for residents to take advantage of the area's amenities as well as the length of the state's coast. The over 70 homes in the community cost around $200,000 each. Homes are 1,000 to 1,500 square feet with two bathrooms and two or three bedrooms. Every house gets a porch or outdoor balcony, along with granite countertops, high ceilings, and gas fireplaces. Your homeowner's association fee gives you access to the community's gym, the pool, and a common area that frequently hosts community clubs and activities.
Crossings At Christiana (Bear, DE)
Every home in Crossings at Christiana sits along a tree-lined street or a cul-de-sac, giving you a sense of community. Choose a home with 1,575 to 1,925 square feet with two or three bathrooms and two bedrooms. You can opt for a house with a walk-in closet. When you are bored, you can head to the clubhouse to put the exercise room to good use or attend a meeting in the banquet room. You can also enjoy a nearby park, pond, and biking, and walking trails.
Heritage Shores (Bridgeville, DE)
Heritage Shores is a 55+ community offering a golf course designed by Arthur Hills. It also features a clubhouse, aquatic center, and fitness center. Swim in the indoor or outdoor pools. Play tennis or practice your swing at the driving range. You can choose to buy one of the low-maintenance homes for as little as the high $300,000s. If you prefer, you can also rent one of the homes in the community, with leases available for one to five years. As a bonus, this community is just minutes from the Delaware Shore, giving you easy access to beaches, festivals, bird watching, and more.
K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons At Baymont Farms (Middleton, DE)
This is a fun, active retirement community with low-maintenance living. Residents get single-family homes and resort-style amenities. Swim in the pool, walk along the trails, play bocce ball or pickleball, or work out in the fitness center. Before or after your swim, visit the tiki hut or cabanas by the pool. There is also an active clubhouse. You can even use the kayak launch to enjoy Drawyer's Creek. Homes start in the mid $400,000s and are between 1,780 and 2,462 square feet. They have granite countertops, 9-foot ceilings, marble vanity tops, and other designer upgrades.
K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons At Belle Terre (Lewes, DE)
Enjoy resort-style amenities at this Delaware retirement community. As a bonus, it is close to the cape region of the state, giving you access to plenty of attractions. The community itself includes a fire pit, walking trails, bocce ball court, pickleball courts, fitness center, clubhouse, and fitness center. That clubhouse also features billiards, a game room, and a lounge.
The community has a lifestyle director who coordinates activities all year round and hosts seasonal events. If you like the water, you can fish or put the kayak launch to good use. Homes start in the high $400,000s. Homes are 1,780 to 3,166 square feet and feature three bedrooms. Enjoy professional landscaping, 10-foot ceilings, and other upgrades.
Longacre Village (Dover, DE)
Longacre Village is surrounded by gorgeous woods and is minutes from parks, recreation, and medical facilities. There are 250 homes ranging from the low $200,000s to the mid $300,000s. Choose a home with 1,200 to 3,000 square feet, and don't worry about outdoor maintenance. Relax in or next to the resort-style outdoor pool and deck. Sit by the pond or use the grilling area. Stay in shape with the exercise room, complete with lockers. You can also attend activities or play cards in the community room.
Regal Builders Homes At Noble's Pond (Dover, DE)
Like the other retirement communities in Delaware, residents get a maintenance-free lifestyle in this one. It also has a very active social calendar, so there is always something to do. You can relax in the pool or play bocce ball or pickleball. Or make use of the community gardens, clubhouse, or fitness center. The clubhouse, called The Point, also features an arts and crafts room, ballroom, game room, and library. Noble's Pond features 293 acres of wooded land for residents to enjoy, complete with planned events and happy hours. You can buy a home for the mid-$400,000s and up.
Spring Meadow (Smyrna, DE)
The 250 homes in Spring Meadow range from the mid-$200,000s to the mid-$300,000s and have eight floor plans to choose from. The community gives you easy access to Garrison Lake Golf Course, which is just three minutes away on foot. You will also get easy access to mountain resorts and beaches.
Within Spring Meadow, you can use the fitness center or yoga studio, and juice bar. Attend events at the amphitheater, play in the billiards lounge or card rooms, or visit the arts and crafts studio. When you want to head outside, visit the putting green shuffleboard tables, bocce courts, or heated pool. Or use the walking and biking trails.
Southern Meadow (Magnolia, DE)
This community's location in Magnolia means that it is just ten minutes from Dover or a half hour from the beach. You can choose from one of 120 homes, most of which are in the $100,000s and come in six layouts. The full-time activities director is always planning activities. Or you can enjoy a card game, dominoes, hobby rooms, the pool, the TV room, or exercise equipment. You can go fishing in the community's stocked pond. If you want to keep your mind active, Southern Meadow can even arrange for you to take college classes. You also get peace of mind from the on-site medical facilities.
The Villages at Red Mill Pond (Lewes, DE)
This community doesn't have an age restriction, but it is still ideal for retirees. The over 500 homes range from the mid-$300,000s to the low $600,000s. The lack of age restriction means that the community has plenty of activities and truly feels like a resort area. It is centered on a lake, giving you easy access to water activities like kayaking and boating. Or you can walk along the trail that circles the shore. Head to the 6,000-square-foot clubhouse to use the hobby or game room, play billiards, or exercise in the pool or fitness center. When you host events, the catering kitchen will come in handy. Or host an outdoor gathering at the gazebo by the boat launch.
Other Great 55+ Communities in Delaware
While all of the above are excellent retirement communities in Delaware, they are far from the only ones. The following are also well worth your consideration:
- Bay Crossing (Lewes, DE)
- Bishop's Landing (Millville, DE)
- Champion's Club (Magnolia, DE)
- Columbia Place (Wilmington, DE)
- Four Seasons at Silver Maple (Middletown, DE)
- Heritage Shores (Bridgeville, DE)
- Independence (Millsboro, DE)
- Nassau Grove (Lewes, DE)
- Noble's Pond (Dover, DE)
- The Ponds at Bayberry (Middletown, DE)
- Silver Woods (Ocean View, DE)
- Spring Arbor (Middletown, DE)
- Traditions at Whitehall (Middletown, DE)
- The Villas at The Preserve at Robinson Farms (Townsend, DE)
- Village of Eastridge (Smyrna, DE)
- The Village of Cinderberry (Georgetown, DE)
With so many amazing retirement communities in Delaware, you should have no issue finding the ideal place to spend your retirement. You just have to decide if you prefer a certain part of the state, your budget, what amenities you want, and the type of home you would prefer to live in.
Shawn Manaher is a former financial advisor, has founded 5 online businesses, and is a coach, speaker, podcast host, and author. He's been featured on Forbes, The Consults Corner on TAE Radio, The Writing Biz, What's Your Story, and more.