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Old 11-18-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Kent County Delaware
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We visited Independence (and other 55+ communities in DE) a few times before making our final decision. We were very impressed with the homes, the clubhouses and the general area, but like you, we found the fees, etc. a bit over of our budget at the time. As we took tours of some of the prettiest clubhouses, we couldn't help but notice that there were few, if any, residents anywhere to be seen. Why were the exercise rooms not in use? Where were the shuffleboarders, card players, swimmers? Why were these people paying $200-$300 a month and not taking advantage of the facilities? I still can't answer those questions.

The questions that we had asked ourselves are "Is the need for a fancy clubhouse high on our priority list? Will we personally use it enough to get our money's worth?" We decided that "no" was the answer to both questions. I play golf, and hubby likes to bass fish from his canoe. We walk, ride our bikes, socialize with our new friends, take day trips, and when it's rainy/snowy we watch movies or read books. What we really wanted was to live peacefully in a nice home, in a quiet area with other 55+ neighbors nearby.

My advice? Make your priority list, find the community that fits your needs, and then go for it. Don't pay for something you won't use. And keep in mind that worrying too much about a future that you can't control is bad for your blood pressure!!

Goin'2 - You do realize what you bought into at Roesville - very similiar to Independence except Schell built their amenities. You mention no residents around but when I visited Roesville there were no homes around. I checked the tax records and there are very few settlements since they opened. I am willing to bet that your fees will be well over 250/month when you get your clubhouse - indoor/outdoor pool and all the other goodies.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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Goin'2 - You do realize what you bought into at Roesville - very similiar to Independence except Schell built their amenities. You mention no residents around but when I visited Roesville there were no homes around. I checked the tax records and there are very few settlements since they opened. I am willing to bet that your fees will be well over 250/month when you get your clubhouse - indoor/outdoor pool and all the other goodies.
Not sure when you last visited Roesville, but there are certainly homes here now! I counted 20 occupied. Plus there are 3 to settle in Nov (2 more on our street) and another in early Dec. Another lot has sold across from us (construction to begin soon) and three additional under "Gold Key" deposit. Seems like "growth" by my definition. Our contract states that HOA fees will rise initially to $110 once the clubhouse has been completed. Yes, we expect the fees to rise in the future...so what? We're not stupid! We know exactly what we "bought into". For our personal needs everything here is absolutely perfect. (Of course we could use some rain for the lawn...we winterized the sprinkler system this week.)
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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So I'm think of visiting Southern meadows. I saw I can stay the night in one of their models. Has anyone else done this?
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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Sounds like a good way to get a feel for the community (am assuming you know the area pretty well, being from DE), I vaguely remember someone stayed there not long ago but I can't recall who, it's prob. in the archives if you do a search, we stayed in a community in another state and it helped us make a decision, keep us posted.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Pardon my interruption. Having been on this board previously when we were considering Delaware as our future home, I often read this thread to keep up with some wonderful people we have met during our visits. HI EVERYONE! Been to "Pigs" lately????

I am just curious as to the progress of Longacre Village. Have they started to build their clubhouse yet? I can't remember the last time I read anything about the community.

We are in Tennessee and love it very much! We live in a community where the average age is 62. Although it is not a 55+ community, there are very few young families here. You just never know where you will end up! We NEVER considered TN until my brother mentioned that he planned on retiring here. We came for a visit and knew we had found home.

The people here are correct, though, when they say to make a list of things that are important to you. Having a Wellness Center and activities were at the top of our list. We did not want to wait until those things were built. Our centers are quite active.

In the end, you have to find what is the best fit for you. I wish you all well in your searches!

Joyce
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Magnolia
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Default Southern Meadow Overnight

Yes, these overnight visits are still in effect. Not only will you spend the night in one of the models, you will be treated to a dinner out with one of our volunteer host couples. That will give you an opportunity to have an extended conversation with a resident of the community.

We didn't take advantage of the "sleepover" since we stayed with family nearby, but I'd recommend it for those who need a home base from which to explore the area.

It's been two months since we moved in, and we are doing fine.
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. All's well here. The kids love the new house!
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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Pardon my interruption. Having been on this board previously when we were considering Delaware as our future home, I often read this thread to keep up with some wonderful people we have met during our visits. HI EVERYONE! Been to "Pigs" lately????

I am just curious as to the progress of Longacre Village. Have they started to build their clubhouse yet? I can't remember the last time I read anything about the community.

We are in Tennessee and love it very much!
In the end, you have to find what is the best fit for you. I wish you all well in your searches!

Joyce
I was driving on Rt 13 the other day towards Dover. I passed Longacre Village and it looks like a nice place. I like the shops close by. I did notice a sign out front that says it's a K. Hovnanian community. Wasn't there a different developer before?
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:10 PM
 
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Back in 2007 Elizmary put a list of plus 55 communities on this forum. It is excellent. I'm looking for a more current list, particularly of communities in New Castle County. I moved to Middletown, DE in January (Spring Arbor) and we could not be happier. I have friends coming down next weekend and they want to look around. I've looked around the internet but I cannot find a current list that includes communities in the northern part of the state. Any ideas? If so, I would really appreciate an email at drnorman123@gmail.com. Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Felton, DE
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Knock, knock. Is anybody home? Where is everybody?
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