Articles tagged with: Rehoboth

14November

Our Second Season

 

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." 

-          F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Welcome, fall! It truly is our “second season” at the beach. We hope you enjoy the still-sunny weather, amazing sunsets, festivals, and restaurant specials! While many of us love summer most of all, fall is a very close second. Historically, fall is also a very busy season in real estate – and this year is no exception.

Last year was our ‘best year yet’ in terms of the number of sales (369!), which was truly mind-boggling. So far, 2018 is shaping up to be on par/slightly more brisk than 2016, which was at that time our ‘best year yet.’ This year is more indicative of steady market growth based on 2016’s results, as 2017 was a (welcome) anomaly!

To give you an idea of current trends shaping this year’s results, which of course represent results for sellers and buyers, we have sold 251 properties so far this year. There is relatively low available inventory in downtown Lewes and on Lewes Beach, so well-priced properties sell quickly. We have also seen several multiple offer situations this summer and fall on desirable, in-town and Lewes Beach homes.

Also competing in the market mix is a new construction/new community boom. If buyers cannot find a move-in ready home, they often look to new construction – and they do not have to look far.

 

 

Here is a sample of what is available and on the horizon/still under review in and adjacent to Lewes:

Admirals ChaseThe Evergreene Companies has been approved for rezoning of a 7-acre parcel on Gills Neck Road to allow multi-family housing/24 duplexes in 12 buildings with a community pool and clubhouse.  The parcel is next to Breakwater and borders Showfield at the rear.

“The Brittingham Property” - A 30-acre field on New Road on the other side of Canary Creek is under consideration for annexation.  A public hearing was held October 30 and the City seems to be favorably considering annexation.

Fishers Cove – Proposed 18-home subdivision on 12 acres behind Rodney Avenue with lot sizes varying from 11,000 to 34,500 square feet (with most about one-third acre) as well as four open space areas totaling about 2.22 acres, including two wetland areas and one area fronting the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal available for use by community residents.

Governors – Currently Schell’s fastest-selling neighborhood will have 423 total homes, including 287 single-family homes and 136 townhomes on 118 acres with 76 acres of open space. Sales to date: 55 single-family and 29 townhomes.

Groome Church parcel on New Road – under consideration for 293 single-family lots on the 134 acres formerly owned by the Groome Church, however, there are historic/cultural considerations as well as DelDOT requirements still factoring into this plan.

Kings Highway senior-living facility - Yet to be named this 3-story, 220-000 square foot facility will be built by Ocean Atlantic Companies and Vantage Point Retirement Services LLC and will offer 80 independent-living units, 63 assisted-living units, and 63 memory care units on a 9.34-acre parcel. 

Mariners' RetreatCustom single family home community located along 4th Street in downtown Lewes. The community offers 34 homesites. Site work is being completed and home construction should start in early 2019.

Mitchell Farm - At the corner of Gills Neck Road and Kings Highway the developer plans 362 single family homes and medical buildings.  The medical buildings would be in addition to one already approved by the County.

Showfield II - The second phase of Showfield will have 129 single-family homes on 80.6 acres, divided into a west parcel of 86 units and an east parcel of 43, divided by wetlands and a different parcel. It is an expansion of the adjacent 166-lot development now under construction. 

If you have questions about what is coming on the market or if you are considering selling your home, please feel free to give us a call at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. While holidays are approaching, it is still a great time for beach real estate! The market starts all over again “when it gets crisp in the fall.”

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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!

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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

Creekside

 

 

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

9 Houston Avenue

Lewes Beach

Offered at $1,199,000

Houston 2

 

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!

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03July

Prices Bursting in Air on a Constellation of Stellar Properties!

 

 

 

 

 

Houston 2

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..

 

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25May

Tour Sawgrass at White Oak Creek!

The welcome mats are out!

Join us in beautiful, centrally located Sawgrass at White Oak Creek in Rehoboth Beach to tour two different, fabulous opportunities to live a coastal lifestyle!

 

Saturday, May 26, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

35553 Creekside Drive

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35613 Marabella Lane

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10May

Join us on Saturday, May 12!

Two gorgeous opportunities to live in one of the best-located communites at the beach!

 

Take a personal tour with us this Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

 

35613 Marabella Lane

MLS 731069

 

35553 Creekside Drive

MLS 730366

 

See you there!

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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

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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!

 

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08February

What Sold Last Year (and for how much?)

The start of every year is a clean slate of sorts for many people, and it's definitely a fresh start in real estate! One way we keep our market analyses and pricing recommendations current is to take a holistic look at the past year's market and see what sold, how long property stayed on the market, and what percentage of the list price sellers achieved. We are happy to share this data with you!

(If you own property in these areas, you may have received a printed copy of this information, too.)

 

Take a look at these links - one for Lewes east of Route 1, the other for select Rehoboth Beach neighborhoods - and of course, give us a call at 302.645.6664 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the market value of your home!

Lewes Sales 2017

Rehoboth Sales 2017

 

Happy 2018!

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18January

"FOR SALE BY OWNER"

 

Or as we say in the real estate business, “FSBO”

 

Wanting to sell your house on your own and take "the middle man" out of the equation is understandable, but does it work out?

 

 For Buyers:

According to the National Association of REALTORS®' 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, most buyers search for homes online – and most buyers also use a real estate agent. NAR based the data on random survey responses from a sample of last year’s homebuyers.

Not surprisingly, the 2017 data shows that the internet (95 percent) and real estate agents (89 percent) remain the top two information sources used during buyers' home search. Further, for the third straight year, for-sale-by-owner sales were their lowest share (8 percent) in the survey's history.

Overall, 87 percent of buyers ended up purchasing their home through a real estate agent, and finding the right property to buy and help negotiating the terms of the sale were the top two things buyers wanted most from their agent. Even for those who found the home they purchased online, nearly all still closed on it with the help of an agent (88 percent).

The main reasons buyers cited for using a real estate agent were to understand the buying process and to negotiate sales terms.

And for Sellers:

The National Association of REALTOR® data is helpful to understand buyer feelings about FSBOs, and at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we know and can share first-hand the advantages of working with an agent for sellers.


Wanting to sell a home on your own seems like it could save money and take out the administrative burden of working with a real estate office, but consider the facets of selling that cost you time and money.

Here’s what our office can take off your plate, aside from providing our high-exposure familiar Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices yard sign!

  • Pricing. We provide a free comparative market analysis to sellers. We do the research for you on how your home compares to others in value and recent sales data, so it can get priced right – right from the start. This is an enormous time-saver, and anecdotally, we have seen time and again how the right price up front can prove to save you money in the long run because you don’t waste time with an inappropriately priced home, and don’t have to negotiate as much.

  • Marketing. Our advertising budget is one of our largest expenses and we have a wide reach – print, broadcast, internet, and of course, the Multiple Listing Service (which is picked up by other sites like Zillow, in which we also have a sizeable investment). Most of all, we give sellers the largest local network of past and referral clients who are either looking to buy or know people who are.
  • Showings. Coordinating showings can be a significant administrative task. Inevitably, people want to see homes last-minute, then cancel last-minute. Further, working with a REALTOR® gives you some peace of mind in terms of screening – and buyers are accompanied by a licensed professional.

  • Contracts and Qualified Buyers. Contracts and negotiations are our specialty. Of course, foregoing commission is perhaps the chief reason you want to sell on your own, but the residential sales contract undergoes changes and has addendums, inspection forms, etc. And mortgage regulations and qualification criteria change all the time.  For the “fine print” and legal considerations alone, an experienced REALTOR® is invaluable.

In 2017, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group closed 463 transaction sides – which is a 17% increase in closed transactions over last year, and comprised 369 individual properties.

We sold more than one home per day!

Further, our average sales price increased by 15% compared to 2016. The overall market has shown a decrease in available inventory, and homes are selling more quickly. 

For sellers, these numbers indicate that it is a great time to sell – and using a REALTOR® can help you do it with minimum coordination and maximum return!

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31October

Treats? Price Reductions!

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group! We know buying and selling a home can sometimes be scary...but it doesn't have to be! Let our team of experienced mortals help you :)

 

What’s better than one treat? How about three!?

Take a look at new price improvements on three great beach-area properties – from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach!

16 Greystone Drive | Greystone Manor | MLS: 723570

CHARMING CAPE COD

Located in the established, east of Route 1 community of Greystone Manor! Surrounded by mature trees, this home offers plenty of space both inside & out, with country kitchen central to the 2 dining rooms, 1st floor den that doubles as the 4th bedroom, large 2nd floor master with spa-like bath & generously sized walk-in closets, and so much more!

$344,900

 

18614 Broadfield Drive | Plantations | MLS: 724266

SPACIOUS & ACCOMMODATING

Don’t miss this 4 bedroom single family Plantations home! Offers an open floor plan, light-filled rooms, master suite, and so much more situated on over a quarter of an acre on a quiet cul de sac street. Generously sized backyard is the perfect setting for summer entertaining. Plantations central location offers convenient access to Coastal Highway, and Lewes & Rehoboth Beaches! Motivated sellers!

$379,900

110 London Circle | RBYCC | MLS: 724281

CUSTOM-BUILT COASTAL RETREAT!

Beautiful lighthouse inspired home situated on a quiet, wooded, Cul de Sac street with sparkling glimpses of the Lewes Rehoboth Canal in RBYCC! Enjoy 3 levels of spacious interior and exterior living space from the top floor outfitted with an expansive & private master suite complete with loft, side deck with outdoor spa, & double vanity master bath; to the 2nd level main living area with open floor plan, secondary master, and side deck & screened porch; to the first floor that has 2 additional bedrooms, along with an office space that can double as a 5th bedroom, and a wrap-around porch, rear deck & patio! Serene setting that is an easy bike or drive from Coastal Highway and downtown Rehoboth Beach.

$499,900

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27October

"Sea Witch" New or Newly Priced Home Could Be Yours!

So much going on this weekend at the beach! Of course, one of the biggest events of the year is happening - The Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival. Here is a direct link to the official Sea Witch Program, giving you great information about the parades, parking tips, schedule of events, and more! Have a spooktacular weekend! 

 

If you become enchanted by the beach life while you are in town, check out these 'treats' - new listings and price reductions from The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group! "SEA WITCH" home is right for you!

 

NEW LISTINGS

103 Shipcarpenter Street

Historic Lewes

Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 2.5

2,500 sq. ft.

Year Built: 1870

MLS: 724783

$899,000

CORNERSTONE OF DOWNTOWN LEWES

Spacious and welcoming farmhouse-style home puts you in the heart of town, just steps to Second Street’s great dining and boutique shopping, overlooking the scenic Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. Welcome to the perfect mix of traditional craftsmanship, modern character, and coastal comfort! Enjoy a terrific floor plan framed by exposed wood beams, gallery lighting and extensive built-in bookcases and shelves; slate-backed wood burning stove; open concept kitchen with center island, farm sink, stainless appliances, even a kegerator for instant entertaining! Home’s 5BRs grant privacy and plenty of space to host family and friends at the beach – from this ideal location in the heart of it all.

 

Lot 147 Henlopen Shores Circle

Cape Shores

Single Family Building Lot

5,500 sq. ft. | 0.13 Acres

55 x 99 x 56 x 100

MLS: 725033

$599,900

CAPE SHORES IS CALLING...start planning for your dream beach house today. Great location within this amazing Lewes Beach community featuring outdoor pool, tennis, private fishing pier and sandy beach. Steps to Cape Henlopen State Park and its ocean beaches, trails, and preserved lands. Walk or bike into Downtown Lewes and all of its great shops and restaurants!

 

232 Ocean View Blvd

Pilottown Village

Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 2.5

1,672 sq. ft. on 0.23 acres

Year Built: 1993

MLS: 724957

$469,900

POPULAR PILOTTOWN

This well-located 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath charmer offers so many reasons to love living in downtown Lewes. On top of spacious rooms, high ceilings, and hardwood flooring, this home offers a formal dining room, three first-floor bedrooms, a second-floor bonus room accessible through the 2-car garage, and a bright sunroom with scenic views of the tastefully landscaped yard. Located only a short walk to Downtown Historic Lewes, dining, shopping, and the scenic waterways and natural beauty that set Lewes apart.

 

100 Cascade Lane, Unit 121

Creekwood

Bedrooms: 2 | Bathrooms: 2

940 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2013

MLS: 724888

$199,900

CUTE, QUIET, AND PICTURESQUE!

Move in ready and ideally located! Private top floor location backing to trees and overlooking community pool. East of Route 1 with easy access to beaches, shopping, and restaurants. This unit is being offed mostly furnished for a turn key opportunity. Custom paint throughout with new flooring and HVAC. Gently used as a 2nd home, but has great rental potential. Enjoy coffee and cocktails on the screened porch or swim in the community pool after a day at the beach. Step into the good life with this well-maintained condo in the one of the area's most affordable condo communities.

 

Lot 18 Loblolly Lane

Cinderberry Estates

Cul de sac, Wooded Residential Lot

10,890 sq. ft. | 0.25 acres

81 x 116 x 195 x 113 x 137

MLS: 725027

$49,900

VACANT LOT IN QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD

Enjoy custom designing and building the home of your dreams on this spacious lot! No builder tie-in, great location within the community, and in city limits.

 

NEW PRICES!

421 W. Third Street (Units A & B)

In-Town Lewes

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 3.5 (each)

2,400 sq. ft. (each unit)

Year Built: 2017

MLS: 717555 | 717558

$824,900 (each)

NEW IN-TOWN LEWES CONSTRUCTION PRESENTED BY RON COFFIN BUILDERS

This brand new 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath duplex is the perfect beach getaway or year-round home! Features a fantastic spacious floor plan with gas fireplace, oak hardwood flooring throughout, first & second floor masters, 2nd floor den, and plenty of options to customize! Exterior offers plenty of room for seasonal enjoyment with front porch, side screened porch, rear deck, outside shower and generously sized backyard! Walk or bike to the beach, and downtown Lewes shopping and dining.

 

32795 Mashie Way

Baywood

Bedrooms:3 | Bathrooms: 2

1,840 sq. ft.

Year Built: 2009

MLS: 724258

$169,900

BEAUTIFUL BAYWOOD

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is perfect for someone looking for one level living and a beautiful setting. Serenity surrounds you from the rear deck with views of the golf course & pond, and captivating award-winning community landscaping. Wonderful Baywood amenities include beach, boat ramp/slips, community center, dog park, fitness center, golf club, golf course, putting green, pool, tennis…don’t wait!

 

Lot 16 Mission Place

Indian Town Farms

Wooded Residential Building Lot

85,378 sq. ft. | 1.96 acres

146 x 454 x 212 x 460

MLS: 704406

$99,500

RECENTLY REDUCED $10,000

Now is the time to buy this secluded 1.96 wooded lot! Enjoy a country setting and a peaceful community. Lot is located on a cul de sac in the back of the community for extra privacy.  Close to shopping centers, restaurants, and boat marinas. Just a short drive to Millsboro, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Build your dream home! 

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