Articles tagged with: Lewes

31August

Make Labor Day the Beginning!

Labor Day is usually considered a bookend to summer, but it doesn’t have to be. (For the record, summer technically lasts through Friday, September 21!) Plus, fall really is a great time of year to explore your options for living at ‘the beach’ – which is a broad umbrella term for living where you can easily enjoy access to the perks of beach life. Summer rentals can sometimes make showings challenging to see investment homes and condos for sale, so fall is a bit more flexible all around. 

Locals generally do not want to give away our secrets, but I will tell you that fall is absolutely the best time of year at the beach for so many reasons. Restaurants offer specials and the weather is still great.

Whether you want to sell it all and move from the city to the beach year-round, or if you want to explore a second home for your own getaway or to use as an investment property, there is overwhelming opportunity to do so. And with Maryland’s recent expansion of Route 404 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway from US 50 to the Denton Bypass, your “road not taken” for fear of traffic just opened up to you!

While traditionally Route 50 led you to Rehoboth Beach as the main destination in “Our Nation’s Summer Capital,” we now actually cast a wide net to include Dewey, the Indian River Inlet area and Bethany to the south, and increasingly Lewes and Milton to the north. Rehoboth Beach has the envious draw of the Atlantic Ocean, boardwalk, beautiful beaches, shopping, dining, and nightlife. But these amenities are accessible from several different communities. When you are searching online for “Rehoboth Beach,” consider broadening your search to include Lewes and Milton.

Both historic towns, Lewes and Milton have been around – well, since the beginning of Delaware! – and have hosted generations of beach lovers. Increasingly, both towns are expanding culinary and shopping options to rival Rehoboth’s great restaurants. At least so far, home prices in these areas have not caught up to Rehoboth Beach. Simply put, you can get more for your money while still enjoying the array of beautiful natural destinations like Cape Henlopen State Park, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean and which is now connected to Gordon’s Pond in Rehoboth Beach via a five-mile scenic bike trail; Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton; Lewes Beach on the Delaware Bay; the scenic Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and Broadkill River. The season is unbelievably long here for biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, bird watching, surfing, crabbing, fishing, and basking in the serenity of beach life.

The appeal of Coastal Delaware is undeniable – but what about the prices? I’ll leave DC real estate to the DC experts, but it is fair to say that house for house, living at the beach is less expensive, especially when you factor in our low property taxes, and investing here is definitely something to consider with your financial adviser. Our clients are a mix of retirees who are moving here full-time or selling a current house here for another (either smaller or closer to downtown); second home buyers who plan to retire here in the future; and increasingly families and couples who look at newer construction neighborhoods in and around Lewes, Milton, and Rehoboth.

As a point of comparison, beachfront property in Rehoboth Beach, depending on the home, is typically in the $4M+ range. We listed an unprecedentedly priced home in Lewes this year for $4.5M; however, we also have beachfront homes in the $2.5M range and one block off the beach can go for $1.5M and less. Lewes is home to several new construction communities which will offer homes in the $500-600Ks. And Milton, just a few miles north, features communities from the high $200Ks to $400Ks. 

Medical facilities and specialties continue to expand here to include a cardiovascular specialty at Beebe Medical Center and a brand new hospital north of Milton in Milford. Our school district is booming and has updated the high school, is replacing the outdated elementary schools and has added an additional one, and is adding a new middle school. The longtime question of “will I be able to live year round at the beach?” can be answered with a resounding “yes,” and you can even still enjoy an often solitary walk on Lewes Beach in the morning. 

Labor Day doesn’t have to be the end of summer!

Posted in Local News and Information

22August

Fit for Kings: The Renovation Continues!

Homeowners Karen and Guy Buttaro stand before the Italianate home they purchased on Kings Highway last year, and before a monumental historic renovation in Historic Lewes! 

 

Weather has been kind to the updates at 401 Kings Highway lately, shining some gorgeous sunlight and powering the progress.

Here's a look at the status as of today, Wednesday, August 22.

Some of the porch detail work is being done off-site and will be installed next week...stay tuned!

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A view from across the street gives the scope and magnitude of the renovation!

 

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Photos posted around the exterior are a road map for renovation

 

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View of the original main entrance for the prior doctor's office

 

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Painstaking care is taken for window replacement

 

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Wow! Look at the chimney! 

 

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Blue sky background and a view from below the porch - which is scheduled to get closer to completion next Wednesday.

 

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New view from Washington Street!

Posted in Local News and Information

17August

Weekend Open Houses, August 18 & 19

 
 
 
 
 
 

Visiting or Looking for a Local Move? 

 

Join us to tour THREE unique properties this weekend - one on Saturday; two on Sunday! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Saturday, August 18, 12 - 2 p.m. 

104 Breakwater Reach

Cape Shores

Offered at $2,995,000

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Open Sunday, August 19, Noon - 4 p.m. 

35553 Creekside Drive

Sawgrass at White Oak Creek

Offered at $579,900

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Open Sunday, August 19, Noon - 2 p.m. 

9 Houston Avenue

Lewes Beach

Offered at $1,199,000

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We hope you enjoy the weekend and join us at one - or all - of these great homes to see what Coastal Delaware has to offer!

Posted in Local News and Information

04August

Open House Sunday in Cape Shores!

Join us for a personal tour of this fantastic BEACH FRONT home in Cape Shores!

Room for the whole family, friends, epic clambakes, happy hours, family reunions, weddings, birthdays, holidays...you get the idea!

 

Open Sunday, August 5

12 - 2 p.m.

104 Breakwater Reach, Cape Shores

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Posted in Local News and Information

10July

Fit for Kings: More Progress on Kings Highway

 

 

 

If you have not driven, biked, or walked down Kings Highway in awhile, here's a look at the continued progress as the massive renovation takes shape at 401 Kings Highway. This local example of Italianate architecture has undergone a dramatic transformation so far - and there is more in store! It is truly a sight to behold:

(Left: Owners Karen and Guy Buttaro stand on the precipice of renovation!) 

 

 

 

 

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 Windows have been added, the covered porch was reclaimed and new porch is taking shape.

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The full 360-degree renovation has some great weather in store for the next week or so to continue the progress!

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Update: What a difference a day (or two) makes! Just drove by and saw the new porch and chimney are on!

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Stay tuned for more updates! Enjoy the weekend.

Posted in Local News and Information

05July

We Mean Business

Hello, Entrepreneurs and Business Owners!

 

Coastal Delaware is a gorgeous place to live and work - and we have plenty of existing properties to house your next business venture. Take a look at a few, and let us know if you mean business!

 

 

Bed & Breakfast, Event Venue Destination, More...

WillowCreek

16239 Willow Creek Road

$1,895,000

Connoisseurs, Investors, Aspiring Innkeepers!

Unmatched in style and now rich in potential, this coastal Delaware design sanctuary recently earned approval for operation as a B&B. "Peaceable: The Millman Homestead" is an incomparable setting in coastal Delaware, now offering unique opportunity. Minutes to dining, nightlife, shopping, beaches, entertainment and natural beauty of our beach resorts, this idyllic property is impeccably curated with a remarkable 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath main home, sprawling manicured grounds, in-ground pool, and 2 guest cottages (a pool house & a log cabin) each with full baths - and now both can be rented. Event-worthy setting with fabulous pool/patio and entertaining areas for gatherings that deserve the perfect venue.

 

Retail Investment, Condos, Eclectic Opportunity

ThirdStreet 

116 W. Third Street

$1,499,000

Iconic Lewes Landmark

…with visions for the future! Original “Lewes Firehouse & Lock Up" is a rare opportunity to be part of history, complete with retail and living space. Historic significance and modern opportunity await in the true center of Historic Lewes! Ask about plans for a proposed 2 unit condo and retail space, approved by the City of Lewes but never constructed. Condos would sell for approximately $700K each.

 

Restaurant, Residential Apartment Income...

 GateHouse

109 Market Street

$1,499,900

Valuable Commercial Property In-town Lewes

Impressive turnkey property with a completely equipped restaurant on the first level, and two gorgeously remodeled vacation rental spaces on the second. Unbeatable location in the heart of popular Downtown Lewes where people arrive by foot, bike, car, or boat! Projected 2018 AirBnB income of $40K from two second floor apartments.

 

Commerical, Warehouse, Great Exposure on Busy Road

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26850 Lewes Georgetown Highway

$1,995,000

Georgetown-Lewes Highway Commercial Gem 

Attention investors and commercial property seekers: Opportunity is knocking at this 6-acre property with 7,000 square feet of commercial space. Great location on busy Lewes-Georgetown Highway (also known as Route 9) is ready for your venture!

Posted in Local News and Information

05July

Make Your Move: Summer Market Update

Hooray for Summer! 

 

It's finally here! This year, summer 'officially started' with a bang and the spectacular inaugural Lewes fireworks display brought to us by the "Go Fourth Lewes" commmittee and local residents and businesses, including Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty. Following the Old Fashioned games on Second Street, BBQs, the Boat Parade on the Canal, and Doo Dah Parade, the fireworks capped off another amazing Fourth of July in our small town.

 

If you are interested in what's happening in town with regard to the real estate market, check out our latest edition of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's newsletter! And if you have any questions about it or any of the properties featured, please always feel free to give us a call at 302.645.6664 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

We hope you have a safe and happy summer at the beach!

Posted in Local News and Information

03July

Prices Bursting in Air on a Constellation of Stellar Properties!

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Houston Avenue | Lewes Beach | MLS:1001569458 | $1,199,000

 

Hedgerow

35522 Hedgerow Lane|Sawgrass|MLS: 1001574298|$629,900


Creekside 

35553 Creekside Drive | Sawgrass  | MLS:1001572116 | $579,900

 

Ames

19909 Ames Drive | Rehoboth Crossing | MLS:100151728 | $359,900

 

Eaton

110 Eaton Lane | Cannery Village | MLS: 1001572424 | $359,900

 

Ashwood

32771 Ashwood Drive | Angola By The Bay | MLS: 1001843600 | $229,900

 

Let us know if you would like to tour any of these gorgeous homes in person! Call us at 302.645.6664 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Posted in Local News and Information

29June

Open on Sunday!

Join us on Sunday!

OPEN HOUSE at 419 Burton Avenue

Sunday, July 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Offered at $759,900

ENJOY OR INVEST

Join us for a personal tour of this lovely home with a potential investment opportunity! Seize the in-town Lewes rental market as an investment, or enjoy the location and benefits of this beauty yourself. See it in person and imagine the possibilities!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

25May

Tour Lewes Homes Saturday, May 26!

Tour Lewes Homes Saturday, May 26!

 

Lettuce Show You Around!

While you are out and about at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market this Saturday morning, May 26, take a stroll through these open houses to see how great it is to live in town!

Visit all four and get a special in-season "fresh and local" treat!

 

 

 

JOIN US!

Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

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425 Paynter Avenue

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407 Burton Avenue

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Posted in Local News and Information

03May

Farmers Markets Have Begun!

Fresh & Local!

 

Summertime in Sussex County means more than days on the beach – it’s an amazing time for our “Delmarvalous” local produce!

A few markets have already started, some start in May, and a few will begin in June. Here's a list of where you can find the freshest produce and locally made goodies in our local area:

SATURDAYS:

Historic Lewes Farmers Market

8 a.m. - Noon

George H.P. Smith Park

At the corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues, near Block House Pond

Riverwalk Farmers Market - Downtown Milford

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

South Walnut Street and Mispillion Riverwalk

 

SUNDAYS:

Bethany Beach Farmers Market (starts June 3)

8 a.m. - Noon 

Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue

 

The Nassau Valley Vineyard Farmers Market (starts May 29)

12 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 

MONDAYS:

Fenwick Island Farmers Market (starting in June)

Mondays and Fridays

8 a.m. - Noon

1406 Coastal Highway (Bayside) at Warren's Station

 

TUESDAYS:

Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market

12 - 4 p.m.

Grove Park

 

WEDNESDAYS:

Georgetown Farmers Market

3 – 6 p.m.

16 Mile Brewery, South Bedford Street

 

THURSDAYS:

Garden Shack Farm Farmers Market

2 - 6 p.m.

19884 Beaver Dam Road

 

FRIDAYS:

Milton Farmers Market

3 - 6 p.m.

6 Village Center, Milton

 

Fenwick Island Farmers Market (starting in June)

Mondays and Fridays

8 a.m. - Noon

1406 Coastal Highway (Bayside) at Warren's Station

Posted in Local News and Information

11April

Open House Saturday, April 14!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun will be shining, so take a stroll to one of the most interesting homes in Downtown Historic Lewes!

Public Open House

Saturday, April 14

Noon - 2 p.m.

15 Church Street

Historic Lewes

 Offered at $1,200,000

Updated Colonial Home is the perfect combination of modern eclecticism and historic charm! Come see the soaring ceilings, trademark architecture, and fashionable updates. Bonus detached cottage, too!

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Posted in Local News and Information

30March

Did Somebunny Say Open Houses?

Hunting for a perfect home at the beach? 

Always wanted to live in Lewes?

WELL...HOP TO IT!

Join The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at our Open House Eggstravaganza!

Saturday, March 31

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

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420 Kings Highway

 

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15 Church Street

 

425Paynter

425 Paynter Avenue

 

407Burton

407 Burton Avenue

 

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420 Burton Avenue

 

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421 Third Street 

Visit one - or all six – and enjoy Springtime at the Beach!

Call us at (302) 645-6664 for more information!

Posted in Local News and Information

13March

Timing Is Everything!

Our local real estate market is definitely ‘springing forward’ this month! Since our local inventory is relatively low, and since we have had a handful of properties go under contract within the first few days of listing, we want to share the news with you!

If you are thinking of buying or selling this spring, it’s the perfect time to consider it.

Of course, in addition to limited properties for sale in these areas, these homes were priced well to ignite a quick sale.

 Take a look at hot market activity in just the past few weeks!

 

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Feel free to give us a call at 302.645.6664 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. anytime to discuss your home's market value!

 

Posted in Local News and Information

16February

Fit for Kings: Part III

Progress on Kings

The transformation at 401 Kings Highway is happening! In the last update, homeowners Karen and Guy Buttaro were awaiting another meeting of the Historic Lewes Architectural Review Commission for final approval of their renovation plans.

Fortunately, this time, the plans were approved as presented! You may recall, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its contribution to our town. It is a unique example of Italianate architecture in the Picturesque Movement style.

So, what’s happening now? Exciting updates include some historic discoveries and painstaking extra care:

 

An addition was approved to mirror the existing turn-of-the century addition (now on the left) on the right sideKings8

Restoration of the wraparound porch was approved. In the architectural ‘excavation’ above the porch, they uncovered an original yellow ceiling Kings6

All windows have been/will be restored. They will use all of them and add some additional windows in the back of the house; all windows facing Kings Highway will be originalKings4

Floors throughout the house will be original and where new floor needs to be added, the Buttaros will use wood from the attic (floor boards and beams) to be milled into floors

 

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Work continues on the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, too.

Stay tuned for even more progress throughout the Spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

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