Independence and Heritage Shores, Sussex County

Independence and Heritage Shores: One of the best places to live in Delaware in 2013

Fowler points out that Independence in the Long Neck area gets retirees, especially active retirees, near enough to the beach to enjoy them without paying beach prices. You’ll have a choice of nine floor plans in a community that provides walking trails, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a community garden, a barbecue area, horseshoe pits, putting greens and volleyball courts. The clubhouse, Independence Hall, is a throwback to the golden age of country clubs. That’s not to mention active social programming such as gardening classes and movie nights for residents. Homes start in the low $200s. One need not be a golfer to enjoy golf-course living. Sprawling Heritage Shores offers much of the same in Bridgeville, plus plenty of open space. Homes are designed for one-floor living, with options for second floors. The aquatic-fitness center houses indoor and outdoor pools, workout machines, an aerobics room and tennis courts. The clubhouse is also a throwback. U.S. 13 speeds you north and south, and the beaches are still 45 minutes away—if you don’t venture out at peak travel times. See also The Peninsula, a golf-course community in Long Neck where prices have dropped dramatically—sometimes close to 30 percent—since it opened in 2005

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