Delaware Retirement Communities (42)

Find Delaware 55+ communities in the North, Central, and Southern areas.  The state has no state sales or state social security taxes.  Many outlet malls located here.


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New Communities for 55+ in New Castle County - Northern

Composed of New Castle County in the Northern part of the state.  This is the most affluent county with the most population but with the smallest area.  Wilmington is only 32 miles to Philadelphia, Pa.


Area:      Middletown

Type:      Twin and carriage homes

Contact:  McKee Builders 215-600-4871

Single, twin and carriage homes from $200's now open. 24 miles south of Wilmington. 

Area:      Middletown

Type:      Single homes

Contact:  706 Vance Neck Rd. - 800-260-7164 - Open Daily

Khovnanian Homes - Resort living with clubhouse, pool, recreation and more. From $300's.

  • The Ponds at Bayberry

Area:  Middletown
Gated: No
Type:  Single Homes

The Ponds at Bayberry - Middletown - South of C&D Canal -  55+ maintenance-free community within Bayberry master by Blenheim Homes that also includes neighborhoods for all ages.  Planned town center reminiscent of small towns for shops, etc.  The Ponds, in Bayberry South section, now offers 2 and 3-bedroom energy-efficient small, medium and large single homes with full basements from $300's.  Planned clubhouse, pool and recreation.
605 Vivaldi Dr., Middletown - 302-378-5072 - Open Daily

Resales in New Castle County (Northern)

  •  Meridian Crossing by CalAtlantic Homes

Area:      Bear
Type:      Twin Homes
Contact:  102 Time Circle, Bear  

Twin homes from low $300's - First floor owners suite - Clubhouse, pool, dog park. 

  • Steeple Glen 

Area:  Newark 
Gated:  No

Type: Condominiums and carriage homes

Steeple Glen - Newark - 2 BR/2 Bath carriage homes were priced in upper $100's and 2 or 3-bedroom condos priced in $100's.  Resales only.
4 Grand National Lane, Newark  

  •  Village of Fountainview Garden Villas

Area:  Newark
Gated:  No
Type: Villas 

Minutes to downtown Newark - Wilkinson Builders - Community size-Small Price-$$ - 2 and 3-bedroom homes with garages and community amenities including pool. Near Senior Center.  Energy Features  - 4 Grand National Lane, Newark - Resales

  • Legacy at Odessa National
    Area:   Townsend
    Gated:  No

Townsend, Del. by Ryan Homes - Price-$$-$$$ - single family homes golf course community - part of master community Odessa National  519 Stone Haven Dr., Townsend

  • The Courtyards at Brandywine
  • Area:   New Castle
    Gated:  No
    Type:   Attached

New Castle, north of Wilmington - By McKee Builders - Luxury carriage home community started mid-$300's. attached 2-car garages and full basements.  Energy Star Partner - 300 Cassell Court  Resales 

  • Four Seasons at Silver Maple
  • Area:  Middletown
    Gated: No
    Type:   Detached

By K Hovnanian - Middletown off Rt 1 - Price: $$ - From high $280's - 299 single level homes with active adult amenities including 6000 SF clubhouse.  Low maintenance.  600 Red Maple Rd., Middletown

  • Spring Arbor at South Ridge

Area:  Middletown
Gated:  No
Type: Ranch Homes and Carriage Homes

By McKee Builders  at Middletown - Price $$ - By McKee Builders - Carriage and Ranch Homes - Clubhouse - Energy Star Program. Singles available.  Ranch homes from low $300's.  106 Gazebo Lane, Middletown 

  • Spring Mill

Area:    Middletown
Gated: No
Type:    Single-Family Homes

By McKee Homes - Middletown - resort-styled - 376 homes.  Spring Mill Drive.  See local Realtors.  Resales

  • Legacy at The Preserve at Deep Creek 

Area:    Middletown
Gated:  No
Type:    Ranch

This is the 55+ community at Deep Creek - 2 and 3+ bedroom single homes were from $290's.  By Ryan Homes. Clubhouse, pool and low maintenance.  329 St. Anne's Church Rd., Middleton

  •   Legacy at the Preserve at Robinson Farms - Sold

Area:  Townsend in Middletown area 

Type:  Single homes (some with basements)

Ryan Homes started from $280's with medium to large floor plans.  Good location and low homeowners says the marketing.
910 Robinson Road  

  • LaGrange Carriage Homes

Area:    Newark
Gated:  No
Type:   Carriage homes

Targeting 55+ but not restricted - Large 3+
bedroom homes were from Upper $290's - first floor owners suites - Also single family and townhomes.  By Ryan Homes.  Good commute location.
119 E. General Grey Court, Newark  

  • Traditions at Christiana

Area:    Newark 
Gated:  No
Type:    Detached Homes

Price-$$ - Size-Small - By Pulte at Newark, Delaware - 191 single family homes on Chapman Road    Resales 

  • Village of Fox Meadow

Area:    Newark
Gated:  No
Type:    Single Homes, Townhomes, Carriage Homes 

Newark - Price $$ - Singles, townhomes, twins and carriage homes - By Gemcraft Homes -  Energy saving features  - 2 Vaughn Lane, Newark  Resales

  • Village of Long Creek

Area:    Newark
Gated:  No
Type:    Single Homes

Small community by Benchmark Builders. 2-3 bedroom single semi-custom homes.  Some standard features include full basements, hardwood entries, 9 foot first floor ceilings, and oversized closets.   Village-style with clubhouse.  Started very low $300's. 17 Devalinder Dr. Newark 

  • Hearthstone at Brandywine Village

Area:   Wilmington
Gated:  No
Type:   Detached

By Ryan Homes in Wilmington - closed out - See local Realtors  Resales

  • Milltown Village

Area:    Pike Creek
Gated:  No
Type:    Detached Singles and Attached Villas

By Benchmark Builders - Pike Creek southwest of Wilmington - Price-$$$-$$$$ - Community size is small - Classic design with European influences. Clubhouse - walking trails - village-like and more.  Singles and carriage homes with 2nd floors were from low $400's. 207 Carlow Drive, Wilmington 

  • Hearthstone at Meridian Crossing

Area:   Bear
Gated:  No
Type:   Detached

By Ryan Homes at Bear - closed out - See local Realtors  Resales

Kent County - Central

Towns Within 15 Miles of Dover: 

  • Bowers
  • Camden
  • Clayton
  • Felton
  • Frederica
  • Highland Acres
  • Kent Acres
  • Magnolia
  • Riverview
  • Rodney Village
  • Smyrna
  • Woodside East
  • Wyoming


The McKee Group. Resort-style community of single-family ranch homes. Adjacent to Jonathan's Landing golf course. Clubhouse, pool, bocce, tennis, billiards, library, billiards.  Energy star certified.  From $200's.  326 homes at completion.
Energy Star Partner  Ph: 302-698-5601 - 488 Augusta National Dr., Magnolia, DE - Open Daily    

  • Southern Meadow
    Area:  Magnolia
    Gated:  No
    Type: Ranch Homes (Manufactured)

Magnolia - Single manufactured ranch homes starting in low $100's.  New and resale.
Ph: 302-677-0800 - 104 Bluebell Dr., Magnolia, DE 


Nobles Pond 55+ Community clubhouse, pool and tennis courtsNobles Pond "The Point" clubhouse and amenities
  • Noble's Pond
    Area:    Dover
    Gated:  No
    Type:    Natural setting in Dover

Noble's Pond - Price from upper $200's - Size-Small to large.  Resort-style clubhouse "The Point" - Miles of walking trails and wooded. - Outdoor pool - 1 or 2-story Cottage or Manor Collections.  Basic style is Americana. 
19 Skipping Stone Lane, Dover - 
Ph: 1-888-222-0030 - Welcome Center Open Daily

Nobles Pond 55+ Community clubhouse, pool and tennis courtsNoble's Pond "The Point" clubhouse with pool and tennis. - Photo by Noble's Pond
  • Noble's Pond
    Area:    Dover
    Gated:  No
    Type:     Natural Setting in Dover

Noble's Pond - Price from upper $200's - Size-Small to large.  Resort-style clubhouse "The Point" - Miles of walking trails and wooded areas. - Outdoor pool - 1- or 2-story Americana style.  The Cottage and Manor Collections. 
19 Skipping Stone Lane, Dover - 
Ph: 1-888-222-0030 - Welcome Center Open Daily  New

  • Seskinore
    Area: Dover
    Gated: No
    Type: Single homes  

Seskinore - 14 home sites on cul-de-sac in low maintenance community.  By Wilkinson.  Pricing starts high $100's.
Visit Ashland Information Center for questions about these homes at 684 Sunnyside Rd., Smyrna or call 302-218-7241 - Almost sold out.


  • Village of Eastridge
    Area:  Smyrna
    Gated:  No
    Type: Single Homes  

Village of Eastridge - By Benchmark Builders - Kent County - north of Dover by Benchmark Builders Price-$$ - Community size-Small - Village-style - Single homes with luxury clubhouse, walking trails and more. Green building.  Optional 2nd stories.  From mid-$200's.

Energy efficient features--see website for information  -  2104 Brenford Rd., Smyrna - Ph: 302-995-6945 - Open Daily

  • New Bergmont Woods  
    Area:  Smyrna
    Type:  Large duplex ranch homes

By Freedom Homes - focus on active adult lifestyle - Prices start mid-$200's.
30 Sedmont Circle, Smyrna - Shown by appointment daily. 302-653-4173

  • Hickory Hollow Ranch Homes
    Area:     Smyrna
    Gated:   No
    Type:     Single Ranch Home
    Hickory Hollow by Ryan Homes -  2 and 3-bedroom homes from mid-$200's. 7 Tumbleroc Court, Smyrna - Open Daily       
  • Ashland by Wilkinson
    Area: Smyrna
    Gated: No
    Type:  Single Homes

2-bedroom 55+ single homes from mid-$200's.  Low maintenance community.  Approx. 150 homes (verify)  New 
684 Sunnyside Rd., Smyrna - 302-218-7241 - Open Daily from noon  

Resales in Kent County 

  • Longacre Village
    Area:  Camden
    Gated:  No
    Type: Detached Singles and Attached Townhomes

By KHovnanian in Camden - near Dover by KHovnanian.  - wooded homesites and 6 styles started mid $100's. Basements on selected homesites.  Also town homes and condos. Amenities include clubhouse and pool.  Longacre Village Townhomes 
30 Cresthaven Lane, Dover

  • Longacre Village Villas - 2 bedroom/2 bath attached homes with 1-car garage from mid-$100's.  Ph: 302-697-2747 - 470 Winesap Lane, Dover   
  • The Woods at Longacre Village
    Area:  Camden
    Gated:  No
    Type:  Single Homes and Duplexes

Camden - Price-$$-$$$ - Village-styled with its own shopping center at Longacre Village. You own your land. Single-family and duplexes. 45 minutes to Rehoboth. Community maintained lawns and snow removal.  Energy-saving features - Amenities include bocce, putting green, clubhouse. 

  • Roesville

Area:  Felton
Gated:  No
Type:  Ranch Homes

Roesville by JS Hovnanian - Frederica Del - between Milford and Dover - Price $$ - J.S. Hovnanian Homes - This quality builder's first community in Delaware and now winner of awards. 2 and 3-bedroom ranch style homes - 55 minutes to Rehoboth and Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Start low $200's.Ph:  900 Roesville Rd., Felton, DE    Resales

  • Spring Meadow

Area:  Smyrna
Gated:  No
Type:Carriage Homes

Smyrna north of Dover - Wilkinson Builders - Price-$$ - Small community - Clubhouse - heated outdoor pool, bocce, putting green, fitness center, juice bar - Carriage homes. Energy saving features. (See similar community with new homes: Steeple Glen)
116 Sorrell Circle, Smyrna  

  • Willowwood Ranch Homes
    Area:  Smyrna
    Gated:  No
    Type:Single Homes

By Ryan Homes - Smyrna - North of Dover - Not Age-restricted but good for retirement (age-targeted) due to first floor bedrooms and activities and amenities - large single family homes. Started low $200's. 
20 Red Maple Rd., Smyrna

Sussex County - Southern Delaware

Rehoboth Beach dunes and boardwalkThe Boardwalk

Sussex County.  Southern Delaware has a milder climate compared to the northern part of the state.  It is predominantly agricultural.  This part of the state is well known for its ocean beaches and is popular for tourism and retirement.

Towns Within 15 Miles of Lewes:

  • Georgetown
  • Rehoboth
  • Dewey Beach
  • Milton
  • Millsboro (16 mi.)
  • Adjacent to Cape Henlopen State Park


  • Providence at Heritage Shores
  • Area:  Bridgeville
    Gated:  No
    Type:Detached Singles and Attached Homes

Bridgeville - Size of Community-Large - By Providence of Brookfield Homes - From low $200's - I reviewed this community and loved it.  Providence at HS is also an Energy Star Partner.  See the review.  Ph: 866-684-3348 - 23 White Pelican Court, Bridgeville - Open Daily 

 Review of Providence at Heritage Shores

  • Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

Area:  Bridgeville
Gated: No
Type:  Detached singles

Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores By Brookfield.  Part of the Heritage Shores master community with Arthur Hills golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, social activities and more. Medium to large homes start $200's. 23 White Pelican Ct. - 302-337-1040   

Fenwick Island

Area:    Fenwick Island

Type:    Carriage Homes

By McKee Homes from upper $200's. Check with community if age-restricted.   


Area:  Millsboro
Type:  Detached singles

By Ryan Homes - From $200's - single homes on large lots - clubhouse, pool, more - some lawn maintenance (verify) - Not specified as 55+ but has features for retirement living and first floor living.  Downtown Lewes is twelve miles.
21864 Surf Board Blvd., Millsboro - Open daily - Call 302-947-4024

Area:  Millsboro
Gated:  No
Type: Detached

By Schell Brothers. Approximately 15 minutes to Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Single Family Homes.  Start low $300's.  Ph: 302-278-0550 - 30174 Ethan Allen Court, Millsboro - Open Daily  


Area:    Lewes

Gated:  No

Type:   Large 3-bedroom detached singles

By K Hovnanian - Starting high $300's - Resort amenities - a traditional style with some European-like design touches - active lifestyle clubhouse, pool, fitness center, firepit and more. 
Dorman Farm Lane, Lewes - 302-223-0130 - Open Daily

Area:   Lewes

Gated:  No

Type:  Large 3-BR Villas and Single homes from mid-$300's

By Lennar - Tulip Dr. and Taramino Place, Lewes - 4 miles to downtown.  888-214-4320 - Open Daily

Area:    Lewes

Gated:  No

Type:    Detached singles

Resort community good for second or permanent home.  Not mentioned as age-restricted but geared toward.  Check with community.  Clubhouse and pool.  Starts $300's.  A few miles to ocean beach. 
32057 Dean St., Lewes - 302-966-0013 - Open daily


  • Windstone - By Freedom Homes - Medium to spacious single ranch homes from upper $200's  |   Small community with active adult focus (verify). |  Selling now from clubhouse.  Amenities include pool  |  1/4 acre homesites with lawn maintenance (verify)  |  Near golf  | This area is close but away from busy resort areas  |   29735 Riverstone Dr., Milton  |  Open Tues-Sun (Mondays by appt) |  302-604-2226 (agent)   

Resales in Sussex County


  • Legacy at Heritage Shores by Ryan
    Area:  Bridgeville
    Gated:  No
    Type: Detached

Bridgeville - Southern Delaware golf course community by Ryan Homes. Homes started $200's.  An hour to Rehoboth beaches.


  • Village of Cinderberry
    Area:  Georgetown
    Gated:  No
    Type:  Single Homes (resale)

Georgetown - single homes with amenities for 50+ - Frankenberry Dr. - Resales as low as mid-$100's.  Resales

Lewes 55+ Resales

  • Coastal Club Villas  

Lewes - Not over 55 but listed due to being in very popular retirement area.  Spacious 3-bedroom villas have first-level living, gated, resort lifestyle and low maintenance.  Start upper $200's.  3-mile scenic trail surrounds community.  Ryan Homes - 31309 Falmouth Way, Lewes  

  • Bay Crossing by Blenheim (4 miles to ocean)
    Area:   Lewes
    Gated:  No
    Type:   Single homes

Blenheim Builders - Low maintenance community of a variety of sizes of homes started in low $300's. Basement and 2-car garage.  Clubhouse, pool, bocce, tennis and more.  34899 Bay Crossing Blvd., Lewes 

  • Angola By The Bay
    Area: Lewes 
    Gated: Yes 
    Type: Detached homes

Not designated over 55 but a gated single-family home community with a senior population.  Excellent location and quiet with pool, lake and dock.

Check local Realtors for other similar communities in the area good for seniors that may not be over 55 but geared to retirement living.  Angola Rd south of Rte 24.  Good for Seniors/Resales 


  • Plantation Lakes
    Area:  Millsboro
    Gated:  No
    Type: Detached Singles and Attached Homes

Millsboro - not over 55 but good for senior living - golf country club life near the beach.  Homes from Lennar and Gemcraft. Lennar started low $100's.  Also, 3 and 4-bedroom single homes by K Hovnanian.  27539 Belmont Blvd, Millsboro  Resales 


  • Bay Crossing by Pulte Homes

Area:  Rehoboth 
Gated:  No
Type:   Detached and Attached Homes

Rehoboth Beach area near Lewes - Villa homes and single-family homes 4 miles from the beach.  Community is closed.  Resales may be available. 34806 Capstan Lane  Resales


Newest 55+ Communities in Delaware:

Newest 55+ Communities in Delaware Chart

NAMELocation/Starting Price
1. Whispering WoodsMiddletown/$200's
2. Covered Bridge TrailsLewes/mid-$300's
3. The Grove at FenwickFenwick Island/$200's
4. Meridian CrossingBear/low $300's
5. Four Seasons at Belle TerreLewes/high $300's
6. Four Seasons Baymont FarmsMiddletown/mid-$300's

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couple in retirement

#1  Whispering Woods, Middletown

#2  4 Seasons at Baymont Farm, Middletown  

#3  Legacy at the Preserve, Middletown

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There is a nice senior facility in Dover for activities and support: Modern Maturity Center with services and programs for seniors.