Hot Houses: Five beach cottages, each under a million, in the Historic District of Lewes, Delaware — a short walk to ocean beach, farmer’s market, and downtown. Some bigger than others.
329 Park Avenue Circa 1800, 3 bed, 3.5 baths. Large master suite, large screened-in porch, fireplace, original wide-plank wood floors. Driveway in rear, with in-ground pool, poolhouse, garden, pond. Central a/c. $995,000 (recently reduced)
113 E. 4th Street Circa 1901, 3 bed, 3 baths, studio. Skylights, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, private backyard garden and pond with ‘dipping pool’ and waterfall. Off street parking. Outdoor shower. Central a/c. $799,900
15 Church Street Circa 1857, 3 bed, 3 baths, detached office/studio. Fireplace, bookcases, hardwood floors, 9’ceilings, attic. Yard fully fenced, outdoor shower. Multi-zoned heat, central a/c. $795,000 (just taken off the market, so no photo – but try anyway)
304 Savannah Road Circa 1912, 3 bed, 2 baths, 2,200 sq. ft. Two story cottage with master bedroom on ground floor. Full attic, off street parking, hardwood floors, zoned heat, central a/c. Outdoor shower: $588,900
116 S. Washington Avenue Circa 1913. 4 bed, 3 baths. Wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors. Fenced back yard. Street parking only. Good potential, but no central a/c. $449,900
Where: About 110 miles, 2 ½ hours, from downtown Baltimore. Founded in 1631 by Dutch settlers, Lewes motto is “the first town, in the first state,” so they’re definitely, first. Location wise, it’s also the first ocean beach town you reach driving over from Baltimore — a little further south is Rehoboth, and then Ocean City. About 3,000 people live in Lewes year round, about 7,000 in summer. The Cape Henlopen State Park, with a seashore nature center, is very near town, and there’s a ferry going to-and-from Cape May every few hours in the summer. The Lewes Yacht Club is nice — private, but non-members can take sailing lessons. Tons of restaurants, popular favorites Agave and Buttery open all year round.
Why: You can drive on the beach with a surf fishing permit.
Why Not: Only big waves are around the point at the State Park beaches, Lewes Beach has no waves.
Would Suit: Social beachcombers
NB: Many people find Lewes to be a true “dream town.”
Hot House is sponsored by Towson-based American Land Title Corporation, commercial and residential settlement agents.