Fieldstone Village was originally planned to be developed as a community of doublewide trailers for residents 55 and older. When the economy tanked so did progress on Fieldstone Village.

Fieldstone Village was originally planned to be developed as a community of doublewide trailers for residents 55 and older. When the economy tanked so did progress on Fieldstone Village. 

After five years of inactivity in the subdivision, the property has now been taken over by The Onix Group, which acquired the subdivision when it purchased and developed the land to build The Shoppes at Fieldstone Village, located in North Dover.

The subdivision was rezoned so that instead of trailers and 99-year leases the neighborhood can now offer one story, open-concept houses under a traditional financing model. The Onix Group decided to build traditional homes rather than continuing with manufactured homes because houses offered fewer obstacles in moving the neighborhood forward, said Marisa Erdman, vice president of marketing for The Onix Group.

“It was decided that in addition to being able to qualify for traditional financing, stick-built homes offered the quality and speed of construction that was desired at a price point that would allow the new homes to remain as affordable,” she said.

The 25 or so residents who called Fieldstone Village home under the 99-year lease model were given the opportunity to stay in the neighborhood and now own their lots rather than renting them. These residents have also been given a chance to speak their mind, Erdman said.

“The entity that controls the site, The Residences of Fieldstone Village LLC, has worked hard to create an open line of communication with the current homeowners and has held a series of ongoing community meetings with open forums,” she said.

Three model homes are currently being built in the neighborhood. The model homes are slated to be complete and ready for tours by the end of August, said Scott Creech, of Dream Werks LLC, the company charged with building the new homes.

“Our main thing is to get the three models up so that potential buyers have something they can look at and inspect,” Creech said.  “We want them to see the quality that group is willing to provide at a reasonable price.”

No final price has been established for the homes, but the price range seems to be sticking between $180,000 and $225,000, Creech said. ME Real Estate in Dover is handling the sale of properties in the Fieldstone neighborhood.

The ranch-style homes will have features such a double-sided fire places, sun porches, vaulted and tray ceilings and garages.

One of the major selling points that the community has is its convenience. Residents have access to a grocery store, a hair salon, a Chinese restaurant, a pet clinic, a gas station, a dry cleaner and a dollar store, all just outside of the neighborhood. Residents don’t have to worry about battling traffic on U.S. Route 13 in order to run to the store to buy milk, Creech said.

This isn’t the first time that Creech has worked as the builder on a strategically located 55-plus community. He worked as a builder on Planters Run, a 55-plus community located behind the Wawa on Del. Route 10. This type of conveniently located housing is becoming popular, he said.

“This is going to be along the lines of Planters Run,” Creech said. “In Planters Run anytime a house becomes available it doesn’t stay on the market long. It’s a nice quiet community that has amenities like the Wawa where someone can go and get their paper.”

Active adult communities are sprouting up around Dover more frequency these days. Communities like The Grande on Forest Avenue and Noble’s Pond attract retirees from far and wide, in part because of Delaware’s low cost of living, he said.

“We are one of the cheapest states around when you look at the cost of housing and property tax versus New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Maryland,” Creech said. “The cost savings to somebody retiring on limited income is huge.”