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18April

Warmer Weather, Hotter Market!

Finally - the weather is really warming up...and the real estate market is keeping pace with it! It's a great time to visit the Delaware Beaches and check out investment opportunities in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Angola by the Bay, Villages of Five Points, and more! Give us a call if you see something that sparks your interest!

Following are some of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's new listings this week:

 

30+ Acres, New Road
Just Outside The City Limits of Lewes

31.22 acres
MLS: 708624

$3,000,000

ATTENTION: INVESTORS – BUILDERS – DEVELOPERS

30+ Lewes acres now available! Optimal development potential – east of Route 1 and just outside City limits. Expansive property borders picturesque Canary Creek and sits just minutes to Downtown Historic Lewes, beaches, bay, shopping, dining and more. Call today for details!

 

1 Marshall Road
Old Landing

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Full
5,600 sq. ft. on 1.18 acres
Year Built: 1900

MLS: 708797

$1,499,900

PRIVATE BEACH ENCLAVE

Greet each new day with glistening sunshine and your own private, sandy beach on the Rehoboth Bay! Breathtaking water views capture the sun's rays and welcome you to every room of this waterfront estate. As the ultimate setting for entertaining, this home spans over an acre on the bay and delivers 200 feet of private beach. Enjoy 4BR, 5BA (including 3 Master suites); gorgeous gourmet kitchen; wraparound porch with 2nd floor deck/patio; and separate guest cottage. Life on the water is easy with your own boat dock with lights and water. This graciously planned, spacious enclave is perfect for year-round parties, reunions, or corporate retreats – start planning yours!

 

139 Franklin Avenue
In-Town Lewes

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
2,500 sq. ft. on 0.14 acres
Year Built: 1902

MLS: 708867

$699,900

DOUBLE LEWES INVESTMENT

Seize the opportunity for this ideal, in-town Lewes 3-bedroom Colonial farm house with an attached 2-bedroom, fully outfitted apartment. Live in one, and rent out the other! Features include hardwood floors, exposed brick accents, spacious rooms with high ceilings, and more. Traditional Lewes charm with modern comforts await - all within a few blocks of Downtown Lewes shopping, restaurants, library and recreation, and just minutes to the beach and Coastal Highway!

 

33638 E Hunters Run
Villages of Five Points - East

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
2,873 sq. ft. on 0.16 acres
Year Built: 2014

MLS: 708605

$529,900

UPGRADED AND UPLIFTING!

Step inside this amazingly bright, spacious East of Route 1 home! Convenient single-level living is yours in this gorgeous, practically new 4-bedroom come in well-located and amenity rich Villages of Five Points East. An open floor plan welcomes you with luxe hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings, a stunning chef’s kitchen with granite counters and top-of-the-line professional Wolf stainless steel appliances. The great room features built-in surround-sound for easy entertaining. Enjoy a private Master suite with generous walk-in closet and dual vanity bath, a bonus light-filled sunroom, and more! All of this is yours – just a short drive to Downtown Lewes and the beach, and an easy walk to community shopping, dining, tennis and pool!

 

65 Bay Breeze Drive
Bay Breeze Estates

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
1,471 sq. ft. on 0.18 acres
Year Built: 1991

MLS: 708760

$349,900

GREAT VALUE IN TOWN LEWES

Don’t miss the only home currently for sale in this sought-after in-town Lewes neighborhood! Perfectly maintained 3BR home in charming Bay Breeze Estates is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. Home home offers an open floor plan with generously sized rooms, tranquil rear screened porch, eat-in kitchen, bonus office space, and more! Walkable to Downtown Historic Lewes, it’s an even shorter bike ride to town, shopping, dining and the bay! Hop on the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Downtown Rehoboth Beach, too! Perfect size, location and price for a move to Lewes!

 

Lot 5 Ashwood Drive
Angola By The Bay

0.12 acres
MLS: 708802 

$59,900

BUILD BY THE BAY!

…in Angola by the Bay!  Don’t miss this beautiful wooded homesite in this established, relaxing community.  Popular Angola by the Bay features include water access, clubhouse, tennis, and a guarded entrance – and it’s only a short drive to Lewes/Rehoboth Beaches, shopping, and dining.  No builder tie-in means freedom to build your dream house now – or whenever you’re ready to bring your boat and enjoy!  Great opportunity! 

Posted in Local News and Information

08April

Rehoboth Beach Recognized for Happiness!

Congratulations to Delaware's own Rehoboth Beach for landing the #2 spot on Coastal Living Magazine’s "Happiest Seaside Towns 2016" list. Rehoboth was also the smallest town on the list.

Great things come in small packages! There's so much to be happy about at the beach!

THE FULL ARTICLE - 2016 HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWNS

Like Pharrell Williams says:

It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break
I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care, baby, by the way

Uh

Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

08April

Tulip Time!

Lewes is already blooming for its 7th Annual Lewes Tulip Celebration, which starts this weekend and runs through April 16, 2016.

Tip toe through town this weekend with the help of a “Tip Toe To The Tulips” Map, available at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. For more detailed information, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at (302) 645-8073.     

This year, the event spans two weekends to allow for ‘late bloomers.’ Miraculously (and thankfully!), Lewes in Bloom volunteers planted over 15,000 tulips of over 100 varieties throughout the City of Lewes! 

 

FYI:  Due to the weather forecast, Lewes in Bloom cancelled its booth for this weekend’s event and will bring its handcrafted items to the Lewes in Bloom Spring Plant Sale on May 7.

Posted in Lewes

05April

April Real Estate is ROARING!

April is roaring in like a lion, too - both in terms of weather and real estate market activity! The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group has had several new listings go under contract virtually immediately – and we’re happy to share several of the newest properties on the market.  Whether you’re searching for a home in town, a lot to build on, or country quiet near the beaches, we have you covered!

Just listed:

912 Savannah Rd
In-Town Lewes

16882 Yawl Court
Wolfe Runne

24854 Rivers Edge Road
Stonewater Creek

Just reduced:

334 Union Street
In-Town Milton

 

For more information about the Delaware Beaches, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by phone at (302) 645-6664, or visit our website at www.LeeAnnGroup.com.

As the top selling Realtor in Sussex County for 2015, and the #8 sales group for BHHS nationwide, we deliver "Superior Service, Outstanding Results," 7-days-a-week!

Posted in Local News and Information

05April

Fresh News!

Lots of excitement is blooming this spring at the beach! We’re watching the progress on a brand new boutique grocery store near Jungle Jim’s in Rehoboth Beach, which will create about 90 jobs and expand our fresh, healthy food options for residents and visitors to Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and surrounding areas. The Fresh Market is slated to open this summer and will hold a job fair April 26 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel.

Headquartered in North Carolina, The Fresh Market is predominantly a southern chain but does have stores in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

It’ll be a fresh experience for most of us – and a great option for folks living and visiting Rehoboth Beach especially. Check it out!

Here’s The Cape Gazette’s article about the store:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/fresh-market-set-to-open-in-rehoboth/1501877

And here’s a list of locations from The Fresh Market website:

http://careers.thefreshmarket.com/store-locations.php

Posted in Rehoboth

28March

NEW! Love Your Home $50,000 Sweepstakes!

 

We're excited to announce this year's Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sweepstakes with the show

"Love It or List It"!

Enter here for a chance to win $50,000 to update your home so you can "love it or list it"!

AND BHHS is giving away 12 weekly prizes of $2,500!

Enter between March 28, and June 17, 2016 here:

LoveYourHomeSweeps.com

 Good luck!

We'd love it if The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's home buyers and sellers win!

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

24March

You're Invited! Easter Weekend Open House Tour

Easter Weekend "Tour de Lewes"

Please join us!

This Saturday, March 26

Noon - 3 p.m.

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is hosting a perfect sampler of some of the best homes Lewes has to offer! They’re all for sale – in various landscapes and price ranges - so not all these eggs are in the same basket! Just 'hop' your way around town this Saturday and see if your dream home is on the list!

 From Gills Neck Road to Lewes Beach to Savannah Road!

Please contact us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group for directions

or any additional information:

302.645.6664 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – LeeAnnGroup.com

Happy Easter! 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

24March

It’s Spring and New Business Is in the Air!

As if we needed more incentive to come to the beach, the perks just keep coming!

In addition to the new businesses brewing on Kings Highway (from our last blog) the beach will soon have a few more awesome dining/entertainment venues:

 

  • Matt’s Fish Camp Coming to Route 1 in Lewes

If you have dined out at the beach, chances are you’ve eaten at a SoDel Concept restaurant! One of its favorites, Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany, is coming to the Tenley Court Shopping Center on Route 1.

Renovation has already begun on the site of the former Donut Connection (“the Old Lazy Susan’s” spot) and is possibly going to be finished for an early summer opening. According to a recent Cape Gazette article, the restaurant will be about 3,200 square feet, seat 90 people in the dining room, and feature a 12-seat bar and raw bar. To follow the progress of the new Matt's Fish Camp, go towww.facebook.com/MattsFishCampLewes. 

 Here’s the more detailed article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/sodel-to-open-matts-fish-camp-in-lewes/1482971

 

  • Lefty’s Alley and Eats Brings Bowling to Route 1

Another exciting addition to the Lewes/Route 1 area is a modern, first-of-its-kind on Delmarva entertainment center called Lefty’s Alley and Eats. The venue will be located adjacent to the Wawa property on Dartmouth Drive at Route 1 and will feature 16 bowling lanes, a 110-seat restaurant and bar, 4,500 square feet of arcade games, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot custom-themed laser tag arena and banquet rental options for special events. For more information, go to Lefty’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LeftysAlleyAndEats/Site work began for the project in October and they are planning a November 2016 opening.

 Here’s the article:

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lefty-s-alley-and-eats-names-lighthouse-construction-manager/1488860

 

  • Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House – Now Showing!

And yet another noteworthy addition to our beach arts and entertainment scene – also in Dartmouth Plaza behind Wawa - is the long-awaited Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art House, which went live on St. Patrick’s Day with a Jewish Film Festival.

The art house features two screening rooms – a 108-seat room with an elevated floor and one that sits 35 to 40 people for smaller screenings.

For more information on the art house, the film festival and how to donate, go to rehobothfilm.com.

 

To stay updated on progress, come visit! It’s an especially great time to consider a second home or a full relocation to the beach!

Posted in Local News and Information

20March

The Brew that Launched a Thousand Sips

...Well, probably more like many thousands of sips!

NEW brews in Lewes!

Summer 2016 will make a freshly brewed pint only a ‘hops’-skip-and-jump away from practically anywhere at the beach – including Downtown Lewes!

When Dogfish Head opened over 20 years ago in Rehoboth, they definitely tapped into a welcome local market: beer. They’re still at it and going strong, now with breweries in Rehoboth and Milton, distilled spirits and a fabulous new seafood restaurant next door to the Rehoboth Avenue location (called Chesapeake & Maine, but that’s another story). 

As often happens, business begets business - and beer begets another beer. Other locals have followed the Dogfish lead, creating a thriving brewing community in Southern Delaware, which only adds to our already fabulous local dining scene.

Consider this: (Not an all-inclusive list, sorry to leave anyone out!)

And Introducing New Brews in Lewes for Summer 2016

If you haven’t visited the beach since last summer, you’ll notice two NEW offerings east of Route 1 in Lewes.

Crooked Hammock Brewery is just east of Route 1 on Kings Highway and offers a selection of home brews as well as a great outdoor patio and kid-friendly hang out area. Perfect for summer!

Most recently, Fins Restaurant of Rehoboth and Route 1 announced its Big Oyster Brewery will open near the gateway to Downtown Historic Lewes – across from Mr. P’s Pizza and in the former Silk and Sands Florist location. Groundbreaking on a totally new building has already begun, adding yet another option for walkable dining and sipping.

So after a day of sun and fun in Lewes and Rehoboth Beaches this summer, you’ll have many options for winding down and beering up! (And walking distance makes it even betterJ - but we have Uber here now, too!) 

Posted in Local News and Information

19March

Free! Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo

 

 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is excited to sponsor the Delmarva Broadcasting Women's Expo 2016. It's a free event TODAY, March 19, 2016, showcasing many of our great local (many women-owned and run) businesses!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is a presenting sponsor of the wine glasses, which you can use on a tour/tasting of The Nassau Valley Vineyards - another successful woman-run business! 

As a woman-led business ourselves, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to help showcase and empower women in the Delaware Beach community!  

If you are out and about on Saturday, here are the details:

Delmarva Broadcasting 6th Annual Women's Expo!

Be Entertained • Be Educated • Be Informed

FREE Admission!   Win Cash!
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - Noon to 4pm
Nassau Valley Vineyards - 32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE
Shopping • Seminars • Prize Drawings • Food

Posted in Local News and Information

18March

March (Real Estate) Madness

Even if we do have another Winter Weather Advisory (say it isn’t so!), spring officially starts this Sunday, March 20. You know what they say about March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. Let’s hope so! 

 

At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we can back up that claim: we've had our own share of "March Madness" in real estate! It’s been a particularly busy March. We’ve listed several homes this month – throughout our Delaware Beach towns – that went under contract within days of hitting the market.

If you are thinking about buying OR selling, now is a great time. Our local real estate market is heating up with the weather.

 

Seller Tips:

If you are trying to sell your home, now’s also a great time to take an objective look at your home - inside and out - and get ready for this warming real estate interest. Daffodils are popping up! Still, winter makes ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior – a little bit of a challenge.

So whether you are a seller (or even a prospective buyer), here are a few details to notice and consider. Most of these tips are inexpensive but pay off big.

Outside: 

  • Clear up sticks in your yard
  • Make sure paths to the front door are clear
  • Clip back beach grass and shrubs – even leafless landscaping can look neat with a “fresh haircut”
  • Rake over flower beds
  • Power wash mildew on siding, fencing, outside showers, etc.
  • Replace mailbox and house numbers if yours are oxidized or dated
  • Consider replacing exterior storm doors if they are dated
  • Put a few potted plants at your entrance (tulips and daffodils are back!)
  • Make sure exterior lights are in good shape

Inside (in any season):

  • Declutter!  And when you think you are done, declutter again! Though it’s an expense, getting a storage unit to help you clear out extra belongings for a few months could pay off.  Consult your Realtor to see if it may be worth it.  (The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group provides free staging consultation!)
  • Freshen paint, including baseboards and doorway trim
  • Replace switch plates
  • Clean carpets
  • After the snow (hopefully no more!) - tackle everyone’s favorite: windows! 

Repurpose Your Spaces?

In addition to cleaning projects, you may want to consider your home’s layout and functionality. Many buyers today are not locked into a traditional floorplan.  If you have a ‘traditional’ home with a formal dining room, and you have other dining space in a kitchen or breakfast room, for example, consider transitioning that formal dining room to appeal to modern buyers. You can remove the dining table, chairs, buffet and chandelier – and stage the room with a desk, bookshelves, upholstered chairs, and a flush mounted light fixture, even a set of French doors, for a more useable home office space.  It’s an inexpensive way to freshen your space, if you are in an area that attracts a more modern buyer or if you have had feedback from prior showings. 

Spring into a New Home!

Warm weather, blooming landscaping, and lush lawns definitely increase curb appeal, but you can get a jump on those early bird homebuyers this season by making your home stand out as fresh and neat.

If you are interested in selling your home, please feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group any day of the week at (302) 645-6664, or any time of day at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

Happy Spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

16February

Beach Home Sellers: Check Your Homes Post-Storm

It’s been a crazy year of weather ups and downs throughout the country. Fortunately, homes in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach have not borne the worst of it; however, we’ve definitely had our share of fluctuating temperatures.

 

Now is a good time for local home sellers to take a close look at their properties for storm damage and make appropriate repairs. There are several key areas of concern:

 

Roof: After a powerful storm, check for damage. Ensure there are no missing shingles or cracks around skylights. Inspect the attic for discoloration of decking or plywood surfaces.

 

Flashing: Also look for light penetrating around plumbing vents or the chimney. Your roof’s flashing may need repair.

 

Rain gutters: Inspect for damage and clear leaves and debris. Holes, cracks or sags are easily fixed. For holes, clean the area and cut a piece of gutter material slightly larger than the hole. Use gutter-repair compound to affix the patch. Covering the patch with another layer of compound will ensure a good seal. For minor sags, add a new bracket to the sagging area.

 

Trees and shrubs: Limbs can wreak havoc with your roof, siding and stucco during heavy winds. They can also come crashing down under the weight of snow. Pruning can ensure their health and safeguard your home.

 

Windows: Inspect windows, fencing and decking. They all can take a beating in storms. Seal and repair any damage. Sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. But making quick repairs can help ensure your home is safe, sound and ready for sale.

 

If you would like more tips for preparing your home for sale or listing your home in the Lewes, Milton, Dewey or Rehoboth Beach areas, please give The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group a call at 302.645.6664.

 

Visit us online at LeeAnnGroup.com.

 

As the top selling real estate team in Sussex County Delaware for 2015*, and 15+ years running, we deliver “Superior Service, Outstanding Results” in real estate!

*According to sales data from the Sussex County Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service.

22January

Winter IS Coming

Protect Your Investment!

 

It’s not a TV foreshadowing…it looks like a stark reality that winter may actually pay us a longer visit this weekend. After a wonderfully mild fall and winter here at Delaware’s beaches, the forecast calls for high winds, coastal flooding, snow and rain. While we may (thankfully) not get as much snow as our DC and Northern neighbors, the wind and potential flooding are definitely causes to get prepared.

 

Here are a few tips for homeowners to try to prevent costly damage and keep you safe:

 

Gutters – make sure they’re clear so ice doesn’t back up under shingles and they don’t cave under the weight.

Trees – be watchful of stray branches that may fall on your house or car.

Roof – keep an eye on worn, missing or damaged siding and roof flashing so you can save yourself a leak.

Chimney – inspect for any cracks.

Attic – add to the insulation on your attic floor, both to keep heat in and let the area above the insulation stay cool enough so snow isn’t likely to melt and refreeze.

Exposed pipes - wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or 2 inches of Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed heat tape.

Cables – caulk cracks and holes around cable TV wires so interior pipes are not exposed.

“Trickle down” – allow a water trickle from any faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.

Get smart – make sure you know where your home's main water valve is (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts. Also, drain the water system to prevent pipes from freezing damage and bursting if you go away.

Keep warm – If you are leaving your home, lower the heat but don't turn it all the way off.

Prepare pets – In addition to your own provisions, make sure you have enough pet food. And if your pet doesn’t like going outside when there’s snow on the ground, proactively put down a secured tarp. Then, after the snow, fold it back and you have a cleared space for your pet’s necessities J

Post-snow - clear snow and ice from walkways, steps and driveways. Treat these areas with rock salt or deicing products. And if you haven’t been active lately, take it easy! Shoveling is hard work.

 

Above all, stay safe inside!

 

Tips adapted from USAA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

 

Posted in Local News and Information

21January

Celebrating the BHHS Gallo Realty Family

 

Celebrating 2015 with our BHHS Gallo Family

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is proud to be part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty family - both as a sales team and literally as “family” (Lee Ann’s parents, Bette and Sal Gallo founded Gallo Realty). We’re especially aware of this real estate family connection at our annual sales meeting, which was January 13, 2016 at the Baycenter in Dewey Beach. As we do each year, our entire team from Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach offices got together to celebrate the hard work of the prior year and recommit to our ultimate goal of being “community-minded and customer-focused.”

As our company Vice President and Rehoboth Beach broker, Andrew Ratner, shared at the meeting, BHHS Gallo Realty is now 120+ agents strong. This past year marked the highest total number of closed transactions in our company history – 852 – and $306 million in sales volume. Our company welcomed 13 new sales agents last year and celebrated individual and team accomplishments both in the sales and rental departments.


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group was honored to receive top award, The Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award, for over $100 million in sales volume.

On the national level, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network is composed of over 40,000 agents in 1,200 offices in 47 states. In 2016, BHHS will: launch a new television commercial; sponsor another sweepstakes program in conjunction with HGTV; participate in networking groups including ReThink Council, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, and Facebook groups; refine its Luxury Collection brand; and expand into an international franchise.

Read more about the meeting and awards here in The Cape Gazette article.

We thank all of our fellow team members and clients for an exceptional 2015!

 

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

03December

There's No Place Like a Beach Home for the Holidays

 

December at the beach is definitely not a time to slow down! The calendar is full of fun, festive events and it’s still a great time to walk around downtown shops and restaurants, walk the boardwalk and the beaches - even surf with the right gear!

 

 

 

Just this weekend alone in Downtown Historic Lewes:

 

Thursday, December 3

 

SHOP, DRINK & BE MERRY! Merchants Hospitality Night in commercial district, with live music on Second Street. Always lots of good cheer and fun. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, December 5

 

  • TOUR! Annual Lewes Historical Society House Tour (get your tickets first!) – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

One of our listings, 219 Grey Plover Court, The Historic Clare House, is on the tour!

 

  • OPEN HOUSE! Angler’s Nest, new community of single family homes on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

  • PARADE! Old Fashioned Christmas Parade (with a special guest at the end!) 5 p.m.

 

  • SING! Caroling and Tree Lighting in Zwaanendael Park

 

And Santa moves back into Second Street next week!

 

For these and so many other reasons, many seasonal residents and home owners have made celebrating holidays at the beach a tradition.

 

And why not? What’s better than walking the beach and getting fresh air on the water, or taking a bike ride on the trail, before or after a celebration with family and friends? Not much! Even better consider a home that's steps to the sand!  Lewes Beach has great opportunities right now. 

 


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can connect you to ocean, bay or lake/pond front properties all along Delaware’s beaches. Holidays at the beach are a breath of fresh air! 

 

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

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