Sales in the coastal real estate market are up and prices are holding steady, as a wealth of new construction competes with existing home offerings

By Pam George  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the October 2015 issue

realestatephoto Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #117In March 2014, Mike and Kate Dickinson decided to stop renting and buy a new home. They visited existing townhouses in Sawgrass South at White Oak Creek, located off Old Landing Road near Rehoboth, but the properties came with homeowner association fees the couple didn’t want to pay. They moved on to Breakwater, a new community off Gills Neck Road, outside Lewes. Worried about all the construction in that area — Gills Neck Road also is home to Senators, another new development, and the up-and-coming Showfield — they crossed that one off the list too.

They also toured existing homes that needed renovations to modernize the floor plan. But with a 7-month-old son and full-time jobs, they didn’t want that burden. Then they saw a house in Nassau Station, an established Lewes-area community with a mix of residents, from young families to seniors. The Dickinsons, who were married at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church downtown and have family in Lewes, decided that Nassau Station was the ideal neighborhood in which to raise a family. What’s more, the house had all the right stuff: an open floor plan, three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a fenced, landscaped backyard. 

Unfortunately, another buyer felt the same way; the Dickinsons were outbid. As a result, they decided to build a custom home on a for-sale-by-owner lot in the same community. “We said: ‘Let’s get exactly what we want,’ ” Mike Dickinson says.

Created at a time when the town was divided, CAMP Rehoboth marks 25 years as an integral — and edifying — part of the community

By Pam George  |  Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the October 2015 issue

camprehophoto Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #117The summer of 2015 started with a bang. Police issued citations for public alcohol consumption on Poodle Beach, a longtime gathering spot for gays, prompting some to claim that they were being unfairly targeted. There was also an unsuccessful attempt to restrict swimming pool use on rental properties, mostly due to noise concerns.

In cases like those, Steve Elkins would like to see all concerned parties “brought to the table” to discuss the issues and suggest solutions. Twenty-five years ago, however, he wouldn’t have received an invitation to enter the meeting room, let alone be offered a seat at any such table. 

Elkins is the co-founder of CAMP Rehoboth, founded back then to bring gay and straight community stakeholders together to create a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who appreciates the area. “I always found that you could accomplish much more when you look at what you have in common rather than look at your differences,” he says. 

The Coastal Camera Club is enhancing photographers’ skills — and growing by leaps and bounds

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Kathryn Harris
From the October 2015 issue

cameraclubphoto Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #117Bob Bachand has been taking photographs for nearly 50 years, since he joined the camera club at the University of Rochester while in grad school there. His pictures of birds, lighthouses and undersea creatures have been featured in books published by the Audubon Society and by the Cousteau Society, as well as in Connecticut Magazine and Underwater Naturalist (the bulletin of the American Littoral Society). They are also available for sale through his Internet company, SeaSports Images.

Even with all that experience, Bachand still learns new tricks of the trade from other members of the Coastal Camera Club. 

“It is a wonderful organization,” says the retired biology professor, a resident of Milton. “And there’s always something to learn. You can have two photographs taken at the same time of the same subject, but one, if done a little differently, could be much better.”

Bachand is especially interested in learning more about using the computer to alter pictures: To place a submarine off the coast of New London, Conn., against the setting sun, for example, or to put a sailboat in a bottle. “There are so many editing techniques available today,” he says.