The Wilmington area in Northern Delaware is a great place for active adults to live. The immediate area has cultural attractions and great tax-free shopping, and the location also offers easy access to Interstate 95, cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and some of the best beaches and oceanside recreation areas in the mid-Atlantic region. There are just fourteen 55+ communities in the area, and most of them are smaller, with under 200 homes. Here are the three best small communities in Wilmington.
Located in Middletown, DE, Whispering Woods is the community for those looking for new homes. Construction on the new 55+ community started in 2017 and will include 178 homes, ranging from two- to four bedrooms in a variety of styles. Starting in the mid $200s, these homes include garages, luxury options, and maintenance-free living. Although small, the residents will be able to enjoy a clubhouse, fitness area, swimming pool, and tennis courts, among other amenities. Residents will also enjoy nearby wildlife areas and parks.
Milltown Village is a small 55+ community of just 115 homes in Wilmington, the largest city in the state. The community offers detached and single-family homes that range from two to three bedrooms in the $400s. Even in this small neighborhood, there is a clubhouse with catering kitchen and fitness room, with plenty of places to socialize with other residents.
But the location also makes it easy to get out and explore the region. Bordering the more rural areas of the state and the city itself, the area around Milltown Village is home to varied places for entertainment, from the Delaware Park Racetrack and Casino to the Middle Run 55Valley Natural Area, to the Christiana Shopping Mall.
The Courtyards at Brandywine
Located in the scenic Brandywine Valley on the border to Pennsylvania, the Courtyards at Brandywine is a small community that feels rural, but close to the city. Residents have easy access to the Brandywine Wine Trail, the historic home and museum at Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, and the Hagley Museum. The active adult community also offers amenities including a clubhouse and a gathering room. The carriage home models have two to three bedrooms and have all been built to Energy Star and Green specifications.