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South Dover, Kent County


At the nebulous convergence of Dover, Magnolia and Camden-Wyoming, active adults will find several 55-plus communities that suit a range of incomes. Homes in Longacre Village, just off U.S. 13, range from $175,000 to $300,000, a price that buys you the expected amenities for similar communities: a nicely appointed, energy-efficient home—some on small ponds or a creek—a clubhouse with a fitness center, a pool (under construction) and recreation programs. Homes in Magnolia’s Southern Meadow, also with a clubhouse and pool, start in the $120s. Detached homes in Wild Meadows are similarly priced. Nearby restaurants like Piazza Mia on U.S. 13 keep residents in the area, but Dover dining and shopping is minutes away. Golfers will find existing homes and some unbuilt lots in the subdivisions of Wild Quail, the Estates of Wild Quail and the Village of Wild Quail in Camden-Wyoming, Stonesifer points out, though, they are not age-qualified communities, and they come at a price. A bonus: living in central Kent County means equally easy access to the beaches and to northern Delaware. See also Nobles Pond in Cheswold for affordable age-qualified single family homes and carriage houses in a club-like setting