Retirement Living at Heritage Shores

Drive down past Heritage Shores Circle to see the golf greens, tennis courts and Heritage Shores Clubhouse, surrounded by homes and the beauty of Sussex County, Delaware. Photo by Alan Goldstein
August 1, 2016

Heritage Shores is a premier community of homeowners, paired with an award-winning public golf course, casual dining, event and shopping venues, all right here in Bridgeville, Delaware. The signs are visible from US 13, but what is life really like down Heritage Shores Drive? Is this local Active Adult community really active? Is 55 and better actually better here?
Heritage Shores’ homeowners are quick to praise the 55+ lifestyle offered at this resort-style community. Eager to share reasons why they’ve chosen to live here, they explain just how easy it is to enjoy daily life at Heritage Shores.
After working in NYC for more than 25 years, Bob and Pat Sweet were the first residents to settle with developer Brookfield Homes in 2005, when Heritage Shores was still under construction. “When we first moved in, there was not a tree, not even a shrub. It’s been so neat to see it all come together,” they recall. “Brookfield has delivered everything they promised, back when all we could see were blueprints and 3-D models,” they confide.
After looking in several states, one big selling point for the Sweets was Heritage Shores’ location, which they describe as the “crossroads to the East Coast.” Pat explains, “We can visit family in Long Island, take an easy ride to the beach, or get to Florida without getting caught up in the crazy DC traffic.”
For Tina Hill, a major highlight of living here is Heritage Shores’ commitment to resident activities. “This place was intentionally designed to encourage socialization. Every community has a clubhouse, but ours has two dining venues: Passwaters Restaurant and the 1730 Tavern, which gives you choice and the opportunity to socialize as you like. The Sugar Beet Market is wonderful, too – another low-key venue to meet for lunch, grab a glass of wine and pick up something fun from one of the local vendors,” she explains.
With fabulous meals as a regular option, keeping active becomes an important consideration. Fortunately, Heritage Shores offers residents their choice of sport and wellness activities throughout the year. The newly renovated state-of-the-art Wellness Center houses fitness rooms and an indoor pool.
Outdoors, you can play tennis or pickleball, swim, walk the property or, of course, golf. The Arthur Hills designed course was voted “Best in DE” for 2015-16 by Golf Digest. Many homes throughout the community have golf course views, and visitors and homeowners alike can enjoy the lush landscapes. Bob Sweet jokes that his backyard, viewing the greens and a pond, is “like our own little nature preserve.”
Not a golfer? Neither was Phil Clark, until he moved here. He encourages non-golfers to join one of the community’s golf leagues; there are 9-hole and 18-hole leagues for both men and women. “If you do great, everybody cheers. If you mess up, they say, ‘Good practice shot,’” he laughs.
Community Manager Scott Diamond says, “Living here, you have an opportunity to have fun and try something new almost on a daily basis. You can explore new personal interests and goals with the many programs that are offered.”  The Activity Center staff plans a full calendar of events and activities for the residents, from new homeowner orientation to concerts and entertainment.
 Tina Hill enjoys the variety of activities available. “There are physical activities like golf and bocce, which are as much social as physical. You are instantly welcomed into a group activity.” She continues, “There are just as many quiet activities, like cards, table games, crafting and quilting, pool leagues and woodworking. The options cover the gamut for men, women, singles, and couples.” The first floor of the Clubhouse houses a pool room, craft rooms and a full woodshop for resident use.
The Sweets sum up their thoughts on living in Heritage Shores after more than ten years, “We enjoy it just as much now as did when we moved in.”
For more information on Heritage Shores community, golf, dining and shopping, please visit us at One Heritage Shores Dr., Bridgeville, DE, just south of Rt. 404 on US 13, or online at
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