Whether you’re looking to retire in an all-inclusive community or purchase a vacation home, Sussex County in southern Delaware is the place to be. Here’s why.
Delaware has no sales tax, no vehicle taxes, 2.2-6.6% income tax rates, and one of the lowest real estate tax rates in the United States, which makes it the perfect place to build your next home.
Home builders in Sussex County provide some of the best amenities in southern Delaware. From swimming pools and fitness centers to dog parks and walking trails, home builders there are pulling out all the stops.
And that’s as it should be because Sussex County is home to some of the best beaches, shopping, and dining around. And, in 2018, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Sussex County number one in Delaware for overall health, which makes it a great place to spend a lot of time in.
Permanent residents and visitors alike enjoy Delaware’s famous beaches, including Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island. Delaware has 26 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline to sail, kayak, canoe or swim.
Delaware’s sandy beaches are rated the cleanest in the nation, and the waterways are ranked number two in the nation for water quality, which is probably why there has been such a boom in new construction there. In 2017, 36% of vacation home buyers decided to purchase property in a beach community.
Home builders are also paying attention to non-beach goers by providing refined living within Sussex County and elegant amenities on-site that include wine making, stargazing, and yoga.
Off-site, Sussex County is home to some of the best shopping and dining around. Stroll the wooden boardwalk or visit the outlet mall or eclectic beach shops. Sample the craft beer at the Dogfish Head Brewery or Pickled Pig Pub where local craft beers are on tap. Indulge in amazing local cuisine from Fork and Flask, Grotto Pizza or Bluecoast Seafood Grill.
Residents can also enjoy annual events, like the Great Delaware Kite Festival or the Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest. There are even off-season activities, like the Sea Witch Halloween or the Apple Scrapple Festival when vacation homeowners and retirees can enjoy the smaller crowds.
Home builders in Sussex County are also trying to mimic and provide access to some of the area’s most beautiful parks and historic sites in their new custom homes. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse has stood sentinel for more than 150 years along Delaware’s coast. The lighthouse stands 87 feet tall and offers sweeping vistas of the barrier island and beyond. You can see bald cypress trees at Trap Pond State Park or golf at Baywood Greens. You can tour the salt marshes of Assawoman Bay by kayak.
For a little more excitement, get a season pass to Delaware’s largest waterpark: Jungle Jim’s. The Rehoboth Beach boardwalk has arcade games and live entertainment. Or become a regular at Funland, an amusement park with thrill rides on the boardwalk.
Whether you’re looking for a vacation home or retirement community to enjoy beaches, events, fine dining or breathtaking views, southern Delaware could offer you just what you’re looking for.