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Coastal Delaware: A Bit of Everything for Everyone

Located in southern Delaware, the coastal region of Sussex County represents one of the fastest-growing coastal areas on the east coast. The area has long been a vacation destination for professionals in Washington and Philadelphia, but it has begun to grow independent of the seasonal influx of travelers and tourists. With a thriving nightlife, scenic natural vistas, and close proximity to attractions in neighboring New Jersey and Maryland, Coastal Delaware represents one of the best places for people to relocate when they're in the market for a large, convenient, coastal home.

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Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach: The Capital of Coastal Delaware

Without a doubt, the nerve center of coastal Delaware is located in Rehoboth Beach. Long known as a destination for vacationers from parts of Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Pennsylvania & Ohio, Rehoboth Beach is a family-friendly destination. Rehoboth Beach real estate includes a mixture of elegant oceanfront homes,  to beautiful homes, stunning coastline, and a boardwalk that gives locals & visitors easy access to dining, entertainment, and seasonal attractions.

Rehoboth Beach is served by a thriving downtown, as well, with a number of restaurants and bars located along Rehoboth Avenue and neighboring side streets. This year-round beach town offers some of the most unique dining experiences and nightlife spots on Delmarva, with plenty of attractions for people of all ages

Dewey Beach real estate is an excellent choice for those with an interest in investment property. This coastal town is a major destination for younger vacationers and those who are looking for a good combination of quiet coastline and active nightlife...weekly & seasonal rentals are in high demand. The area is a bit further south than Rehoboth, but contains stunning coastal homes built in eras from the early 20th century to present day. 

Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island: The Quiet Spots for Coastal Living

Of course, not everyone wants to be near the hub of Delaware's beach entertainment and attractions. That peace and quiet can be found in two communities located further south than Rehoboth and Dewey. Often called the "quiet beaches," Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are prime spots for retirees in Delaware.

Indeed, Bethany Beach real estate and Fenwick Island real estate are ideally suited for those seeking a quieter beach resort. A number of excellent homes exist in the region, with new developments and historic houses throughout both communities. Both Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are located right along Delaware Route 1, giving them convenient access to Rehoboth to the north and Ocean City to the south. Both communities are well served by local amenities, including year-round shopping and dining.

Lewes and Cape Henlopen State Park Highlight the Delaware Bay

Of course, Coastal Delaware is not all about the Atlantic Ocean beaches. The area is also home to the state's premier Bay town, called Lewes. Real estate in Lewes Delaware includes everything from the contemporary condo to centuries-old historic homes. Lewes..."The First Town in The First State"...sits on the Delaware Bay and is the hub for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry that shuttles automobiles & pedestrians across the bay to New Jersey all year long.

Lewes is also close to Cape Henlopen State Park. The park features a much more quiet beach, with a year-round fishing pier and stunning camping areas. The park is free during the off-season, and costs just $4 for Delaware residents during the peak time of the year. Those from other states pay a slightly higher rate of $8 for admission during peak season.

Local Amenities Operate Year-Round for Residents

Rehoboth Beach is primarily known as a summer destination, but the city is open for business all year round. Along Delaware Route 1A, you will find excellent shopping opportunities at the numerous Tanger Outlets complexes that line the road. A number of other major retailers, from Wal-Mart to HomeGoods, line the strip.

Restaurants on the Boardwalk typically operate either year-round or between March and October. Restaurants along the highway are open year-round in almost all cases, and offer great options for everything from Italian food to seafood and locally prepared organic dishes. The same is true of restaurants and other amenities in neighboring Dewey Beach. Bethany, Fenwick Island, and Lewes, all have thriving communities that offer year-round shopping and dining to locals. 

A Prime Destination for Families and Retirees Alike

Coastal Delaware is growing faster than virtually any other area of Delaware outside of the Dover metropolitan area, and that's for good reason. The real estate in the area is more affordable than other popular east coast beach destinations. For retirees 60 years and older have a pension exclusion plus social security and railroad retirement benefits are not taxable in Delaware.  The local amenities are abundant and year-round. Attractions are family-friendly, affordably priced, and available to those who want them. Finally, the coast offers a number of towns with different vibes that will meet all tastes.

Based on information from Sussex County Association of REALTORS®, Inc which neither guarantees nor is in any way responsible for it's accuracy. All data is provided "AS IS" and with all it's faults. Data maintained by Sussex County Association of REALTORS®, Inc. may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Mann & Sons, Inc. REALTORS® is a Real Estate licensee in the State of Delaware. SCAOR DE License Number: SCAOR 08098.

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