Retirement Living Made Easy at the Delaware Beaches

If you live and work in southern Delaware, you’ve no doubt noticed that the coastal region has become extremely popular with an older demographic in recent years, particularly retirees.

In fact, Sussex County’s retiree population has grown many fold over the last two decades. The area has grown in general and continues to be the fastest growing county in Delaware – and retirees are the largest part of that population growth.

We’ve even heard the term “Florida of the North” mentioned from time to time when discussing the retirement living options available here at the Delaware beaches.

The reasons for this growth are many, from the small town beach communities to the lower tax rates to the favorable location in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

And then, there’s the housing, which is what we’re going to focus on here today.

When southern Delaware’s retiree population began exploding, developers stood up and took notice. As a result, there are several communities in the area today that cater exclusively to this ever-growing demographic.

There are many communities today marketing to seniors, and some that are exclusive only to residents who are 50/55 and older.

This “senior living” lifestyle has become very popular in southern Delaware, as retirees embrace the idea of living in a community filled with like-minded friends and neighbors. There are many free home repair assistance for seniors resources that can help as well as retirees get older. 

Today here on, we’re going to detail six local communities that cater exclusively to the senior set. They’re located throughout the county and offer a wide range of amenities and senior living options.

Heritage Shores

This community in Bridgeville is one of the area’s largest senior communities and is defined by a beautiful Arthur Hills-designed championship golf course, and an equally beautiful clubhouse.

The 28,000-square-foot clubhouse is the unquestioned focal point of the community, as well as the social hub. It includes a golf shop, three popular restaurants and a state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as indoor and outdoor pools and tennis courts.

If you’re looking for a showcase senior property that’s near the beach, but offers lower price points due to it’s inland location, then Heritage Shores is one you definitely want to check out.

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One of Delaware’s premier retirement communities is located in Millsboro, just a short drive from the Atlantic coastline.

Independence, built for vibrant members of the 55 and over set, was developed and built by Rehoboth Beach’s Schell Brothers Co., and consists of more than 400 single family homes with first floor owner’s suites. The heart of the community is the award-winning 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, Independence Hall, where neighbors gather to play, work out and relax.

Independence Hall boasts a large meeting space, a bar, a yoga studio, a grand ballroom and much more, and has been honored with the Regal Award for “Best Clubhouse in Delaware” by the Delaware Association of Homebuilders.

Homes in the Independence community are specifically designed for buyers who are 55 years of age and older and there are many hobbies and activities for residents to enjoy, including the Garden Club, the Art Club, movies and a popular Book Club.

There are also several group activities, including walking, billiards, ballroom dancing, poker, yoga and tai chi.


The Village of Cinderberry is an active adult community located near the Possum Point Players facility in Georgetown. It’s exclusively for residents who fall into the 50 and over age category, and much of the maintenance for the duplex-style homes is provided by the community.

Cinderberry includes 170 homes and features a community center for residents’ use, complete with an indoor pool and fitness center. All exterior maintenance, including lawn care and snow removal, is provided by the community.

For more information on the Village of Cinderberry, call 302-854-9060 or visit

Bay Crossing

Established in 2005, Bay Crossing is a premier "55 and Better" Active Adult Community located in Lewes and just minutes from Rehoboth Beach.

This serene community is comprised of 256 homes that offer mature landscaping and open spaces, as well as scenic ponds and fountains.

Whether your preference is relief from a hectic lifestyle or more time for cultural activities and/or travel, Bay Crossing will match your lifestyle, especially if you want to live close to the sights and sounds of the Delaware beaches.

Bay Crossing offers 256 homes, with a mix of 84 attached homes and 172 single-family homes. These homes are perfectly sized and designed to offer well thought-out living spaces, low maintenance and accessibility to countless entertainment, shopping and restaurant options.

The centerpiece of Bay Crossing is the 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, a multi-purpose room and tennis and bocce ball courts. Walking and biking trails are also nearby.

Cedar Bay

Located in Ocean View, Cedar Bay features 72 condominiums and is exclusively for the 55 and over demographic.

Amenities at the community include an outdoor swimming pool, an exercise room and an outdoor patio area.

Condominiums in the community were built in 2005 and 2006 and are generally in the 1,000 to 1,500-square-foot range. Most feature granite countertops, gas fireplaces and high ceilings.

Residents pay homeowners association fees that cover common area maintenance and building and lawn upkeep.

Sussex West

Located near Lewes, Sussex West is exclusively for the 55 and over community and features manufactured homes constructed by Bayside Homes.

Amenities in the community include the “Manor House,” which features an indoor swimming pool, lounge areas, a card room and a meeting/activity room.

Sussex West, as well as it’s appropriately named neighbor Sussex East, is located near all of the fun and excitement of the Delaware beaches, with shopping, dining and entertainment options just a short drive away.

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To learn more about these local retirement communities, as well as all of the other advantages to living at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. call the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000 and schedule a private tour with one of the coastal region's top real estate agents.

We'd love to introduce you to some of our favorite spots in the coastal region and welcome you into the Oldfather Group family!

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