Increasingly active adults are looking to the state of Delaware when it comes to planning for their leisure years. And one of the premier communities is Heritage Shores, developed by Providence of Brookfield Homes. “Providence is the active adult arm of Brookfield Homes and part of Brookfield Properties Corp., which are based in Fairfax, VA,” says Dottie Harper, vice president in charge of active adult communities for Brookfield and the president of Providence. “A number of communities say that when another 100 homes are sold, for instance, it will build a club house, tennis courts and other amenities.
“Although we are continuing to build, 100 percent of our amenities are already complete.”
A few of those amenities include fitness and aquatic center featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center, both indoor and outdoor pools, a dance and exercise studio and four tennis courts. Providence’s 28,000 square foot clubhouse has a billiards and card room, library, ballroom, woodworking shop, arts and crafts room, and a full-time activities director.
Anyone wanting to relax and socialize will enjoy the clubhouse’s 1730 Tavern and its Passwater's Restaurant.
For golfers, there is an 18-hole Arthur Hills that unfolds over 7,000 yards, a links-style design, practice areas, three putting greens, as well as a pro shop and a snack bar.
And do not forget, some of the most pristine beaches anywhere are a short drive away.
Harper points out that just over 300 units are completed, and there are plans for a total of 1,800 homes. “It could take as many as another eight to nine years, depending on the market,” she says. “With the expected improvement of the economy, we could complete the development sooner.”
And for those living on a fixed income, Delaware offers more tax advantages than any other state on the East Coast. “Delaware has the lowest real estate taxes and no sales tax, as well as numerous tax advantages once one reaches age 65,” continues Harper. “This state is a huge advantage for our buyers from New Jersey and New York, as well as Maryland. Every tax increase that comes along makes Delaware more and more desirable.”
Furthermore, those relocating from New Jersey, New York or Maryland are still within a couple of hours drive to their family and friends in those states.
Providence of Brookfield Homes has eight models from which to choose: Kincaid, Lewis, Newlyn, Quincy, Redmund, Stanwyck, Taylor and Turner.
The Kincaid begins at $234,990 and has 1,297 square feet of space. There is an owner’s suite with linen closet and the option of a coffered ceiling, a great room/dining room with the option of a bay window and a kitchen with pantry. Also on this floor is the laundry room, a second bedroom and second full-bath, a den and a patio. The patio comes with the option of a 2’ extension.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun