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Contained in an area of approximately 1.6 square miles is a little gem of a town called Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Fitted with a 1 mile wooden boardwalk and amusements, and recognized as a respected culinary destination, it’s a place full of small town charm, reasonable prices, and great beaches. It’s an area that Jim Pierce and his wife enjoy visiting when they are in the mood for the beach lifestyle.

Both Jim and his wife grew up in the Washington DC area, and spent a good 15 years living in Baltimore, Maryland. When it came time to look for a retirement destination, they explored many options from South Carolina to Delaware. They eventually decided on Delaware, and settled in at The Peninsula. They liked the fact that they were near the beaches and could choose when they wanted to live the beach lifestyle.

“We were familiar with the beaches in Delaware, and we had family in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and wanted to be close to them.” Jim said. “[The Peninsula] is also close to the cities we came from, and people we know.” And having one of the premier Delaware gated communities nearby is certainly a nice bonus.

Fall_PenninsulaProximity to family and friends was definitely a driving factor in the Pierce’s decision to make their home at The Peninsula, but Delaware’s other offerings made them want to stick around for their retirement years, too. It was things like getting away from traffic congestion, and a more favorable tax situation. (Delaware has modest tax rates (2.2-6.95%), and no sales tax! Social Security and inheritance are also tax exempt.) “It was the appeal of the community for what we like to do.” Jim said. Being an avid golfer, finding an area with a good golf game was important, and Delaware delivered. The Peninsula itself has its own 18-hole golf course, but there are at least 10-12 other courses easily accessible within an hour’s drive of the community. Two other Troon golf courses, Bayside and Bear Trap Dunes, are available at discounted rates to full golf members of The Peninsula. “It’s a good golfing destination,” Jim said. The community is also equipped with such amenities as pools, and a fitness center, along with much more. The Peninsula offers a wide variety of houses, which was another attractive feature. The Pierce’s live in a two-story villa-style home with the master suite on the first floor.

Amenities aside, the people are also a nice perk. “It was easy to meet people here.” Jim explained. “Everyone is accepting of the new people that move here. That’s a benefit of living in a planned community.”

As a note-worthy culinary destination, your appetite can easily be satisfied in Delaware, too. There are some great restaurants in Rehoboth Beach; Henlopen Oyster House and Salt Air are favorites of the Pierce’s, as well as Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes, DE, a small town not far from The Peninsula. A few other places to stop in would be Apple Dumplings Etc. (for sweet treats), Nicola Pizza (home to the famous Nic-o-boli—pizza wrapped into a calzone!), and the Cultured Pearl.

Between the beaches, water sports, golf, restaurants, festivals—there isn’t anything lacking in this town when it comes to being entertained. “If you look for it, you’ll probably find it,” Jim said in regards to finding things to do. “We’ve lived here 8 years and we’ve never felt bored, never felt like there was nothing to do.”

“People should definitely explore Delaware before making a decision,” Jim said. “It’s about the people, the communities, the town, the numerous things to do near the water.”

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