Gazebo at Heritage Shores

Heritage Shores, the biggest 55+ community in Delaware, is also the state's most popular.

Delaware is a small state, almost entirely located on the Delmarva Peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and the Delaware River. The state is also an attractive location for active adults who want to live in an age-restricted community. The landscapes and beaches offer places to enjoy nature and stay active, while lower taxes and more tax benefits for those 55+ provide a financial incentive for living in the First State.

And for such a small state, Delaware is home to a surprising number of active adult communities. Out of the 32, here are the top five communities in Delaware based on pageviews to in 2018.

1. Heritage Shores - Bridgeville

Mid $200s - Low $400s

Heritage Shores is the largest active adult community in Delaware with over 1,800 homes. Multiple builders developed the property, and currently Ryan Homes and Providence of Brookfield offer new homes and models for resale. The single-family and attached homes from Lennar are only offered for resale.

Prospective residents can choose from models that range from 1,300 to 2,900 square feet, all with open floor plans and attached garages. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness and aquatic center, 18-hole golf course and driving range, and multiple dining options. The full-time activities director helps facilitate the nearly 50 groups, clubs, and activities that keep residents busy.

2. The Villages at Red Mill Pond - Lewes

Mid $200s - Low $400s

The Villages at Red Mill Pond is a mid-sized community of 520 homes in Southern Delaware. Situated nicely between the beaches and the Delaware Bay in Lewes, this community is great for active adults who want to live near the water. This unique neighborhood of single-family homes is not age-restricted, but is designed for active adults. Floor plans range from two to four bedrooms.

The best amenity of the community might be the Red Mill Pond, a small scenic body of water right in the heart of the neighborhood. Residents can enjoy walks and biking riding in the area, or launch a boat into the water for an afternoon paddle. At the clubhouse, residents can enjoy activities like swimming, water aerobics, club meetings, and socializing with neighbors.

3. Spring Arbor - Middletown

Low $300s - Mid $300s

Located in north-central Delaware, Spring Arbor is a community of about 300 homes developed by McKee builders. The homes are split almost evenly between single-family and attached models. The models come in an array of sizes and price points. They range from two to four bedrooms and 1,200 to 2,200 square feet.

The clubhouse at Spring Arbor includes a fitness center, spaces for socializing, a catering kitchen, and library. Outside, residents can stay active in the pool, on the tennis courts, or in the green spaces surrounding the neighborhood.

4. The Ponds at Bayberry - Middletown

High $200s - High $300s

Like Spring Arbor, The Ponds at Bayberry is located in Middletown. Blenheim Homes is developing this active adult community, located within the planned community of Bayberry. The age-restricted community will include up to 489 single-family homes upon completion. The home models are varied and can be customized from between two to five bedrooms.

The clubhouse in The Ponds at Bayberry will include a ballroom, fitness center, and social spaces. The community as a whole will have a town center and lake house.

5. Cedar Bay

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Cedar Bay is the smallest community in Delaware. While only made up of 72 condo units, it’s not hard to see why the community is popular. The homes are affordable and include two or three bedrooms and range from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet.. The location is great for the sun-lovers as the building is less than a two-mile walk to the beach. Residents can also pop down to the outdoor pool and patio. Residents also have easy access to restaurants and shops in the towns of Rehoboth and Bethany.