18 South Shore Drive, North Bethany, De 19930 | $1,350,000

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Property Details

Extraordinary home with unmatched views of the wide open bay and private community marina. Ideally designed with an inverted floorplan to capture breathtaking vistas from the main living areas and every spacious bedroom has it’s own full bathroom.
  • MLS Number: 730595
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $1,350,000
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Baltimore Hundred
  • Community: South Shore
  • School District: Indian River
  • Square Footage: 4,105
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Full Bathrooms: 5
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 3
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $3,561
  • Association Fee: $1,950
  • Water Fee: $393
  • Sewer Fee: $286
  • Waterfront: Bay
  • Water View: Bay
  • Furnished: Yes
  • Lot Dimensions: 80x125
  • Lot Square Feet: 9,583
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.22
  • Lot Description: Cleared, Landscaped, Water Access
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer
  • Community Amenities: Boat Slips, Gated Community, Marina, Pier/Dock, Pool-Outdoor, Tennis - Indoor, Water/Lake Privilege

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Countertops - Solid Surface, Island, Kitchen/Dining Room Combo
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Heating: Forced Air, Heat Pump(s), Multi Zone
  • Cooling: Central A/C, Heat Pump(s), Zoned A/C
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood
  • Security: Gated Community, Security System, Video Surveillance
  • Appliances: Central Vacuum, Dishwasher, Disposal, Extra Fridge/Freezer, Fridge w/Ice Maker, Garage Door Opener, Intercom, Microwave, Oven/Range Electric, Oven-Self Cleaning, Range Hood, Washer, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Broadband Access, Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Elevator, Fireplace-Gas, Insulated Door(s), Insulation, MBED-Separate Shower and Tub, Tub-Soaking/Whirlpool, Two Master Bedrooms, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets, Window Treatments

Exterior Features

  • Style: Coastal,Contemporary
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Concrete Plank
  • Roofing: Architectural Shingle
  • Foundation: Pilings
  • Garage: Attached
  • Garage Size: 2
  • Parking: Driveway/Off Street, Garage
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Deck - Front, Deck - Rear, Deck - Side, Deck - Wrap Around, Porch - Wrap Around
  • Exterior Features: Irrigation System, Outside Shower, Solar Panels

Listing Courtesy of LONG AND FOSTER-BETHANY

Remodel or New Home? The Pros and Cons are Significant

Last week’s Rasmussen Reports survey reported that the majority (52%) of Americans consider their home to be a family’s best investment at the same time that the number of people who are choosing to remodel their home is on the rise. According to the Houzz & Home survey, the number of people who planned improvement projects rose a dynamic 12 % last year. Of those, 40% wanted to remodel their home or build an addition.  

While remodeling may be becoming more popular, there are still plenty of advantages to the alternative route: purchasing a new home in Bethany Beach. Here are some of the pros and cons of each route:

  • Before you start your remodeling project you should take a personal inventory. Do you have the experience and skills to manage the project…and is the prospect appealing? Remodeling your home will require that you deal directly either with tradesmen, contractors, architects— or the whole bunch! It may be the greatest advantage to purchasing a new Bethany Beach home: getting the additional space and amenities without the work.
  • The loss of privacy during a remodeling project is not something to be underestimated. Depending upon the scope of the project, it may be months before the dust settles and you have the house to yourself again. There is also the inconvenience of not having access to multiple areas of your home while work is proceeding
  • For most of us, there really is no place like home. If you’re like me, even when you’ve been on a terrific vacation, eventually you begin to yearn for the comfort and familiarity of your good old home base. Although one or two irksome features of your current house make moving seem like a no-brainer…before you commit to a move, be sure that you really want to leave. History, a sense of community, and the roots you’ve established in your current neighborhood are all reasons to opt for a remodel rather than a new home.
  • Selling your existing home and buying a new Bethany Beach home is a sizable financial commitment. Moving costs, transaction fees, commissions and taxes are part of the equation to weigh against remodeling costs. A sharp pencil is definitely in order before the dollars and cents can be realistically reckoned—particularly if your finances have improved, and the remodel is meant to bring your home up to an improved standard of living.

The danger lies in overcapitalizing a property in a location where the resale won’t support the expense. Even a great home will still fetch a price that’s relative to other properties in the neighborhood, obliterating the wished-for ‘investment’ value of extensive remodeling.

While it’s important to be informed about the factual tradeoffs of your decision, it’s likely the end choice will also be influenced by what just feels right—as it should be. Whether you’re considering a remodel or a purchase, if you’d like to run some numbers, call me today for a confidential price evaluation!

On the Hunt for an “Average House Price” in North Bethany

When you do a web search for “average house price in North Bethany,” you come up with a lot of good, not-so-good, and just plain lame information. If you were looking for a general idea of what the current market says that homes like yours in your neighborhood are worth, the results are likely to be more amusing than anything else.
You always come up with the national sites’ average listing price for homes for sale in North Bethany. Depending upon how recently their data engine found and tossed out duplicates and errors, and that can be an interesting number. You will also get state real estate trends, a list of average sold prices (this one seems to be subject to error); an instant, somewhat dubious calculation for the average price per square foot of a house in North Bethany; and ads. Lots and lots of ads. But almost all of the “averages” are affected by listings and/or sale prices for “lot/land for sale” and the like…hardly useful unless your own house has recently disappeared. Likewise, unless your property is a weekend getaway chalet, any “charming, quiet cabin” listings will send the “average house price in North Bethany” calculation seriously awry.
On a recent web excursion, I did stumble across a great cartoon presentation at the CNN.com site. It was an animation that showed how the average American home has changed over the past 40 years. The graphics show a typical house as it expands, contracts, adds features and loses them (the fireplace disappeared about 10 years ago: who knew that?).
With a tip of the hat to creator Bard Edlund, here’s a synopsis of the highlights:
1973 found the median new single family residence at 1,525 square feet.
A mere seven years later, air conditioning and a fireplace had appeared…anyone familiar with the era might be forgiven for retrieving the mental image of President Nixon’s Oval Office fireplace roaring while the air conditioning blasts away…
In 1984, George Orwell’s’ predictions aren’t totally in place, but the square footage has stretched to 1,605, and the average house price is $79,900. Ten years later, the house has expanded to 1,940 square feet, average house price is $130,000.
That “average house price” growth is pretty convincing: the narrator backtracks to point out that “the median sales price has gone from $64,600 in 1980 to $169,000 just 20 years later.” Alas, even though the cartoon doesn’t show a wrecking crew tearing it out, “the fireplace disappears in 2007” (there’s still one in the White House, though); “right before the house contracts during the economic crisis.” Then the recovery: by 2013, the average price of $268,900 supports a house having 2,384 square feet of space: 56% larger than the house of 40 years ago.
The animations and commentaries are diverting—and asking Bing or Google for the average North Bethany house price does get you a raft of information—but if you are seriously pricing our current North Bethany market, a specific detailed search right here on my site will get you a lot closer to the information you need. And if you are considering the sale of your own home, you deserve a professionally researched comparable analysis—the kind performed by an experienced, licensed area Realtor®. That’s me, and I’d be pleased to perform exactly that kind of thorough-going ‘comp’ for your property, with no obligation attached. And you don’t have to search further: I’m just a phone call away! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestate.com