Make Yourself at Home in Delaware
What do you need to know about Delaware? In Delaware, you’ll get luxurious coastal charm, and a smattering of the Appalachian foothills upstate. Within its borders you’ll find natural beauty and rich history, and a selection of vacation resorts and 55+ or gated communities that will give you access to it all, every day.
It’s a place where, whether you’re looking to retire or looking for a second home, you can expect nothing less than endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation and the ideal lifestyle....
Life by the Beach
One of the most well-known characteristics of the state is its beaches. Oceanside or bayside, you’re guaranteed fun, sun-filled days on sandy shores. Water sports dominate in Dewey, so grab a paddle and go kayaking or hop on a jet ski and zip across the water for the day. You’ve also got Fenwick Island and its state park, where activities like fishing and taking in the stunning scenery—while you sunbath—can be a part of your daily routine. And these are just two of the many beaches that make up Delaware’s coastline, all of them offering different beach experiences.
The First State
For history buffs, Delaware, known as the First State, is a well-preserved gem of the nation’s past. With house tours, gardens and architecture tours, you can glimpse what the state was like in its early days. Other landmarks include Civil War-era Fort Delaware, and in Chateau Country, the grand mansions of the DuPont family.
City Mouse, Country Mouse
Peaceful communities are scattered throughout the state, providing the relaxing lifestyle you want for your home. But when you need a night out on the town or top-notch shopping, Wilmington is close by and ready to offer those big-city attractions you sometimes crave.
Beyond the beaches and the city, you can get in tune with nature at one of the various preserves and parks, including Fenwick Island State Park and others, like Redden State Forest, Delaware’s largest one. Here you can take to trails, enjoy horseback riding or go bird watching all surrounded by a forest of beautiful mixed hardwoods.
Living in DE
The beaches, the proximity to big city life, the beautiful history; these are all important factors when considering where you want to move. Also top of mind is how it will treat your finances. Delaware has a reputation for being a tax friendly state for retirees, with the state income tax allowing for a $12,500 exclusion from retirement income including IRAs, 401(k)s and pensions. Property taxes are low and there’s also no sales tax, ensuring you have more disposable income to spend the way you want.
If you’re looking for comfortable weather throughout the year and a distinct four seasons, Delaware’s the perfect destination. Summer temperatures average in the eighties, providing the hot, humid weather—yet still comfortable—that goes hand-in-hand with beach life. Winters are cold but mild, and springtime brings showers and beautiful blooms. But the showstopper is autumn, where you can sightsee gorgeous fall foliage in the northern part of the state and enjoy temperatures that are comfortably crisp—and perfect for being outdoors.
It’s hard not to be enchanted by Delaware. So, if this is a place you know you want to settle, browse the communities below and make a list of the ones that fit your lifestyle. Once you’ve chosen, take the next step and venture out. It’s the best way to truly know if this destination can become your home. So, book a discovery tour and come visit for yourself.