ABOUT BLACKWATER VILLAGE
Nestled in a mostly wooded setting west of Rt. 26 and about five miles from Bethany Beach and the ocean, Blackwater Village enjoys the best of two worlds. It’s quiet and peaceful – a great community for dog walkers and bicyclists, close enough to the beaches and Indian River Bay for those drawn to the area’s many leisure-time activities, and it includes a large expanse of Blackwater Creek and tidal saltwater marshes lauded by environmentalists and genuinely appreciated by Village residents and visitors alike.
Through an agreement with Delaware’s Division of Natural Resources, a dedicated Nature Preserve has been established and is monitored to preserve rich diversity of marsh and river. There are two piers offering residents access to the area. Birdwatching, crabbing, occasional fishing and kayaking and canoeing are favorite pastimes of some; most simply enjoy the scenic beauty.
Incorporated in 1973, present-day Blackwater Village consists of 281 lots with 200-plus homes enjoyed by year-round residents and property owners maintaining second homes. There are still lots for sale, but with its wooded, meandering streets and blend of new and older homes, the community gives every sense of permanence.
Amenities include a rec area with a children’s playground and pavilion and the Shawnee Drive and Moccasin Lane piers. The latter includes a raised boardwalk connecting roadway and pier and a recently installed floating kayak launch deck at pier's end. All community streets are owned and maintained by DelDOT and include association-paid street lighting. The association also contracts for snow plowing as necessary.
The above, of course, come at a cost but Blackwater Village has long prided itself on strong association financial management. Annual dues – currently just $120 – are traditionally among the lowest HOA dues in the area. The community association also maintains an active social program which includes community dinners, picnics and other functions; encourages member involvement in committees and on volunteer projects; and keeps residents informed and involved through Spring and Fall membership meetings, a quarterly newsletter and social media like Facebook, this website and an e-blast version of the Village Voice.
Over the years, Blackwater Village has transitioned from a mostly retirement, second-home community to one that finds more retirees as well as younger families residing here fulltime. It’s an exciting blend and one that bodes well for the future of Blackwater Village.