Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / by Jay Lesko
Located on the Delaware Shores the gem known as Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach Resort Area stuns visitors and spoils residents with an award-winning boardwalk, specialty stores, delectable eats, tasteful homes and tax-free shopping.
The Nation’s Summer Capital entices visitors with 30 miles of unspoiled Delaware coastline and many park areas. Nature based activities ranks high on the to-do list and ranges from nature cruises, paddleboarding, ferry rides, surfing and a host of other water-inspired activities. Historical ventures and live performing arts bestows a unique, nautical charm on the Rehoboth Beach area.
A short walk away, Dewey Beach offers some of the best nightlife activities around. Summer months see bonfires and movies on the beach while the famous Tanger Outlet Center offers a “mile of style” to residents and visitors alike.
As an extremely popular vacation destination Rehoboth Beach offers a variety of family-style homes to choose from. Subsequently a large number of the population is seasonal, as the city experiences an impressive influx of people who take up residence in their second homes during the vacation season. The small coastal area is the 29th largest community in Delaware, but it is worth noting that real estate in Rehoboth Beach consistently ranks as among the most expensive in America.
Home to white-collar workers, quite a large number of the population can be found working in management occupations, office and administrative support and sales. Telecommuters make up a large percentage of the workforce.
The nautical nature of Rehoboth Beach entices visitors and locals to explore the inlets and bays and enjoy the scenery. The greater majority of the population hold a 4-year degree or graduate degree and the average per capita income was pegged at $135,271 during 2018, which is wealthy relative to Delaware and the US. A family of four has an average annual income of just over $541,000. The median home value rests at just over $1,287,000, while the average monthly rental will have one $1,532 out of pocket.
One slight downside to living in Rehoboth Beach is that residents have to contend with a slightly longer commute.
Not far from the beach and the bay, tucked back off Old Landing Road, this unique neighborhood imparts a luxurious sense of sophistication on all who pass through. Located a few minutes from the heart of Lewes and Rehoboth this community has many secluded, wooded and pond-view homesites and luxury homes to choose from. Homes here come standard with a first-floor owner’s suite and an included morning room.
Wellesley provides the perfect excuse for individuals and families to become residents of the Rehoboth Beach area, as it is ideally located to afford exploration of all the beaches have to offer. With so many options in a 3.5 mile radius, this hidden gem is ideal for those who love boating, hiking and golfing. The pristine Baywood Golf Course will provide plenty of opportunity to improve your handicap or opt to explore Bear Trappe Dunes and the Rookery instead.
Heading out of town is quite convenient as well. With Route 1 closeby, access to Wilmington, Philadelphia, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C. is as easy as driving on the highway. For those who don’t feel like taking a drive, a scenic trip to New Jersey with the Cape-May Lewes Ferry is a great alternative.
A Place of Tradition and History
The century old Rehoboth Beach Patrol recently acquired a new tradition. Mayor Stan Mills kicked off the summer at 09:30 on Saturday, 29 May, by becoming the first person to ring the Rehoboth Beach Patrol bell. The season officially begins with the 09:30 AM bell ringing and the brass bell will be used throughout the season to indicate the start of a new day.
History buffs do particularly well in Rehoboth as the area is saturated in history. One great place to learn about the area is the Anna Hazzard Museum. The pioneer whom the museum took its name from, was the secretary of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. More interestingly, Anna Hazzard was the first woman to receive a real estate broker’s license in Delaware. To top it off she was president of the Rehoboth Art League as well. Living to the glorious age of 90, this lady forever changed Rehoboth history.
At the museum exhibits display with early camp life as well as the general history of the area. Some photographs from the time period will transport you back to the era in question. The museum ensures that exhibits will not become stale, by rotating exhibits and lectures throughout the year. Being in operation for more than 35 years the museum ensures that Anna Hazzard’s wholesome influence over Rehoboth lives on as it continues to draw visitors from near and far.
An Origin Story
The origins of Rehoboth Beach as a seaside resort dates back to 1873. This was quite a busy year for the community as the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church” was founded here. Using that same name and some clever marketing the area became known as a “Christian seaside resort.” Still in that same year, 1873, the Camp Meeting Association oversaw the construction of Encampment Grounds and several small wooden structures that are known as “Tents”. One such “Tent” can be seen on Christian Street in modern day Rehoboth and the structure serves as a museum of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.
Pretty soon a post office, several hotels and the original Rehoboth Boardwalk followed. In 1878 the railroad was extended from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach and the community continued to grow and develop into the modern Rehoboth Beach we know and love today.
Something for Everyone
Rehoboth is an interesting vacation destination for the entire family. Apart from the beaches and family-friendly atmosphere, locals and visitors take full advantage of the numerous tax perks present in Delaware. Whether you choose to dive into the rich history of the area or into the pristine coastal waters, Rehoboth Beach has a special quality that leaves visitors and residents craving more.