Beach House: Cool And Contemporary in Rehoboth, 1 1/2 Blocks From Ocean
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.
Where: A short walk to the pounding surf and salt spray of the great Atlantic Ocean, 112 Norfolk is also just a walk into town. Around the corner in the opposite direction is Silver Lake, a 40-acre fresh water lake and wildfowl preserve with fishing and kayaking. The town of Rehoboth began life in 1873 as a Methodist camp, and it has managed to keep that family-friendly aspect through it all. Driving into Rehoboth on the Coastal Highway, turn left on to Robinson Drive. Go about a third of a mile and turn left onto Silver Lake Drive. Norfolk Street is on your right.
Why: Walking out the door with your towel and book, sniffing the breeze, smiling kindly at the poor day trippers desperately trying to find parking. Surprisingly, this thrill never gets old ….
Why Not: No pool, and not really any room for one.
Would Suit: Beachcomber/tycoon. Similar houses rent for at least $4,000 a week. Do the math — you could be sitting on a gold mine, and still enjoy your beach house.
NB: Bikes are allowed on boardwalk before 10am. But May-October, no dogs.