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Old 08-02-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Queens, New York
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Oh, are these two different communities?
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Queens, New York
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I’m wondering, can anyone tell me if power outages in their communities is a concern?
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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Iím wondering, can anyone tell me if power outages in their communities is a concern?
I've been in email contact with a few of our neighbors-to-be at Roesville. They have not lost power...not even during the big snowstorms in February.
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Old 08-06-2010, 05:04 AM
 
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My friend has put in a contingent contract at Longacre Village. They have a very nice 3 bedroom, single family home starting at $189,000 (on a slab). The price is $204,000 on a crawl space. Lots of home for the $$. On top of that they were offering 50% off incentives (up to a certain dollar amount). This community is located pretty close to Rt. 13 but you can walk to the library!
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
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Default Champions' Club

A quick hello to everyone on this thread. I apologize in advance if I ask something that has been discussed in the past. However, in my defense, I haven't had time to go through the 168 pages of information . Briefly, we are retired teachers living in CA wanting to get away from the quakes and the cars! Always thought we would end up in Cape Cod but decided to look for a place where the weather is a bit milder. We have three conditions for our retirement home: 55+, all/most outside maintenance is covered under the HOA fee, new. I spent about 8 hours in DE on Monday...definitely not enough time. The realtor I was working with just could not understand why I wanted a 55+ and no maintenance. She kept taking me to places around Lewes and Rehoboth. If nothing else, it was good to get a brief feel for the area. I liked it. DE reminds me of OH...where we grew up and taught for our entire careers. I left Monday evening a little depressed because I really liked DE, but I didn't think there was any development that fit my criteria. Then I got back to CA and did a little more digging. We discovered Champions' Club in Magnolia! So far, we like everything we see and hear about the place. I am glad that a golf course is nearby...not for me...but a draw for my family. I am just a little concerned about the DAFB noise. If anyone on this thread wants to share their thoughts, it would be appreciated...not just about DAFB but the area and builder in general. Finally, can one assume that doctors, dentists, specialist (pain management) are to be found in Dover. Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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CC is quite a popular place, we've been there (and to Roesville, about 10 min. away, try to see both to get a feel for them) several times and there's quite a few buyers from CC who are on this list and also some planning to purchase there and in Roesville. We visited each several times and liked both a lot, CC is a bit closer to shopping which IMO is a plus (other than that, I don't know much about the area as we've just been there briefly). There was some concern about planes from DAFB flying over CC but in short, apparently it's not often and not loud (nothing when we were visiting). The builder got high marks too. CC also has a beautiful clubhouse you'll enjoy touring. Anyway, it's definitely worth reading thru all the posts for more info, I'm sure in the meantime, others will chime in w/ their thoughts and experiences. Keep us posted.

PS We and many others here can relate to not wanting any maintenance either, we've done enough of that over the years, would like to relax, socialize w/ peers and have some R&R!
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
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Thanks, Honeycrisp! I want this move to be the last so I really want to make sure it is to the right location. I will start working through this thread tomorrow and Sunday.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:29 AM
 
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If I'm not mistaken, CC (and Roesville) come up toward the middle of it but overall, it's pretty helpful, it's just too bad you're so far away now - but sometimes (thx to computers) you can get a kind of feel for the community even being so far away so that should help a bit. In the meantime, happy reading!
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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A quick hello to everyone on this thread. I apologize in advance if I ask something that has been discussed in the past. However, in my defense, I haven't had time to go through the 168 pages of information . Briefly, we are retired teachers living in CA wanting to get away from the quakes and the cars! Always thought we would end up in Cape Cod but decided to look for a place where the weather is a bit milder. We have three conditions for our retirement home: 55+, all/most outside maintenance is covered under the HOA fee, new. I spent about 8 hours in DE on Monday...definitely not enough time. The realtor I was working with just could not understand why I wanted a 55+ and no maintenance. She kept taking me to places around Lewes and Rehoboth. If nothing else, it was good to get a brief feel for the area. I liked it. DE reminds me of OH...where we grew up and taught for our entire careers. I left Monday evening a little depressed because I really liked DE, but I didn't think there was any development that fit my criteria. Then I got back to CA and did a little more digging. We discovered Champions' Club in Magnolia! So far, we like everything we see and hear about the place. I am glad that a golf course is nearby...not for me...but a draw for my family. I am just a little concerned about the DAFB noise. If anyone on this thread wants to share their thoughts, it would be appreciated...not just about DAFB but the area and builder in general. Finally, can one assume that doctors, dentists, specialist (pain management) are to be found in Dover. Thanks!
Good morning Dick1953 (and all). You will indeed learn quite a bit from the friends you will make on this forum. I agree that CC is a lovely community, however, hubby and I have chosen Roesville. Like you, we were a bit concerned about the jet noise as we recently sold our home here in VA for that very reason...the jets from the nearby (8 miles away) Naval air station became more and more intolerable as the newer, faster F18s moved in. The flight path, although no where near our home when we purchased in 1985, grew wider to the point the jets were flying almost directly over our home on approach.

I know that the type of aircraft typically flying into and out of Dover AFB is quite different and somewhat quieter (mostly transport -vs- fighters), we were unwilling to take the chance and purchase at CC. For that reason plus we like the style, builder, price, and more rural location...Roesville is our choice. Construction of our new home is well underway (as Charley can attest) and we expect to be moving in late Sept/early Oct. There are several golf courses within 15-20 minutes, too. As a matter of fact, I plan on joining the club Jonathan's Landing

Quaint, historic Delaware is quite different from California. I wish you all the best as you learn more and, hopefully, join us in "The First State". Each member on this forum has opinions and recommendations, and I urge you to read carefully and keep in mind that each of us has specific requirements and needs. Use your brain and follow your heart...you will find the home that is perfect for you.
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Old 08-07-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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dick1953,

There are many 55+ communities in DE, but, your budget as to how much you are willing to spend on the intial purchase of your home and the yearly maintenace fees you are willing to pay will narrow your search considerably.

I love the Lewes area, but, the 55+ Bay Crossing community in the $300 - $400K range is not within my budget. As a single person I am looking at condos in the Lewes area that are more in my price range and the condo fees will cover all of the outside maintenace. My criteria includes no outside maintenance, handicapped accessible and it must be walkable to grocery stores etc. To me it is very important to be able to "age in place" particularly when I eventually give up driving. I need to know that I can walk, bike or take a bus to stores, doctor's officies etc. Being within 5 miles of the ocean is icing on the cake.

So, as you can see the perfect place to retire is unique to each of us. Once you determine your budget and your list of must haves you may be able to narrow your search to three or four locations within DE.

Once you have some "possible" 55+ communities on your list, I recommend you and your wife consider renting a condo in DE to call home for a week (I can recommend one in the Lewes area if you are looking for a home base). From a home base you can take short trips around DE to visit many of the 55+ communities in middle and southern DE. Since Lewes is a beach community you can find several weekly condo rentals in the off season at a reasonable price. (Renting a condo for a week is cheaper than staying in a hotel when you factor in all the extra costs of eating out 3 meals a day when you stay at a hotel.)

No matter how nice a 55+ community looks on a WEB page - nothing beats an actual visit to view the community and having time to familiarize yourself with the surrounding area.

I think most of us on this thread have already or plan to take several trips to DE at different times of the year before they make their final selection. Since you are already retired and a long way away it might be more practical for you to consider fewer trips, but, visit for a longer period of time. In the off season you may be able to get a great deal on renting a condo for a month - if you have that kind of time to visit the state.

Mary2014
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