Every year, the Natural Resources Defense Council looks at beaches across the United States, measuring whether their water quality is safe for swimmers. Maryland beaches usually measure up… okay, with about 6 percent of water samples exceeding the NRDC’s limits for, um, acceptable contamination. (Want to know more about what “contamination” consists of? No, you don’t. But if you really do, check out the full report here.)
Planning to go to the beach this weekend? Maybe you shouldn’t read on any farther. Because Rehoboth just recorded its first-ever shark attack (don’t worry, the kid who got bit is okay), and a shark-tracker has spotted a great white traveling between Virginia Beach and Ocean City. But shark attacks are really rare, and you probably shouldn’t let that stop you from getting in the water. Right? RIGHT?
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460 Carvel Beach Road, Anne Arundel County
There’s a whole lot that’s fishy about the fire that destroyed an Episcopal church in Ocean City last week. If you haven’t heard, the church caught on fire when a man who was himself on fire (!?) ran into the rectory of St. Paul’s by the Sea last Tuesday morning. It only gets stranger from there.
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Hot House: 112 Norfolk Street, Rehoboth, Delaware 19971
Wood frame, two-story, detached beach house with vinyl siding, built in 2005. Six bedrooms and seven baths, 3,500 sq. feet. Full finished basement, sunroom, outdoor deck and .13 acre lot. Central air, outdoor shower, off street parking: $1,599,000
What: In July, we dream of beach houses. Number 112 Norfolk Street in Rehoboth is an airy, open-plan house, built in 2005, that’s been gently used and still feels like new. There’s nothing amazing or remarkable about it – kitchen is smallish, there are no awesome views — but this close to the beach, where every square foot counts, houses can be a little claustrophobic, and 112 is not. The interior photos here don’t really do it justice. There are hardwood and tile floors, hallways are wide, ceilings are high. It’s all light and clean, and because the bones are good, a little decorating would go a long way. Several of the six bedrooms are quite small, but with some bunk beds, there is plenty of room for your whole family. Most important, especially for teenagers and grandparents, lots of bathrooms. The walk to the beach is pleasant, with no busy streets to cross. Read More →
“Second homes are a luxury,” according to Jed Kolko, chief economist of the real estate website Trulia.com. But if you could afford them, where would you buy one?
Using data provided by Trulia, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 most searched places for vacation homes between April 2012 and March 2013.
North Wildwood and Ocean City, both in N.J., emerged the top two vacation-home towns. The towns are popular among residents of Philadelphia and New York areas, probably even more after Hurricane Sandy led to a big slump in the prices. Read More →
I am known to get a little white-knuckled and superstitious when driving across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The rails are low, the shore seems distant, and it’s easy to imagine my car careening off the side and landing with a splash in the waters below. But the idea of paying someone $25 to shuttle me across — as several thousand people apparently do every year, according to the New York Times — never once occurred to me.
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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. Read More →
Um, eeek: Yahoo News is reporting that Hurricane Sandy-related flooding caused a casket to float out of its grave in a Crisfield (Eastern Shore) cemetery. Happy Halloween, everybody.
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