Prices tick up, sales quicken as the coastal real estate market continues its four-year rebound

By Larry Nagengast | Photograph by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the October 2018 issue

feature-real-estateWith fewer homes on the market in the most desired locations, coastal Delaware real estate prices are continuing their upward surge in 2018. That tight inventory also means homes are selling faster, pushing buyers into making quick decisions when they see a place they want.

The market’s recovery, now in its fourth year, shows no sign of abating soon. Sales data for the first half of 2018 in the 11 coastal ZIP codes monitored by Delaware Beach Life closely parallel 2017’s statistics. (For a list of those ZIP codes, see the bottom of this page.) Total single-family sales dropped slightly, from 1,160 to 1,145, but the average selling price jumped 6 percent, to $503,904, piercing the half-million-dollar ceiling for the first time since 2008, the year of the infamous bursting of the housing bubble. Average “days on the market” — a measure of how long it took properties to sell — dropped significantly, from 128 to 103, showing that buyers moved more quickly.

I’m glad there are things like goat yoga to make me laugh

By Fay Jacobs  |  Illustration by Rob Waters
From the September 2018 issue

goatyoga Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #36In the midst of bad news, political ads, and all manner of offensive public discourse, oddly, and luckily, there are still things that make me laugh out loud. Such as:

Goat Yoga — Hard as it is to believe, Goat Yoga is a thing. Picture a small goat nuzzling you, then hopping up to stand on your back. You giggle and try to remember the mindfulness you are supposed to be practicing. Seriously, people are doing yoga with goats these days.

The Latin name for domestic goats is Capra Aegagrus Hircus, but goat yoga is more like Whata Egregious Circus. What if you got a Billy Goat Gruff? Imagine a goat posing on your gluteus maximus or gnawing at your yoga pants? If you lie facing upward in the bridge pose, you’re apt to suffer mouth-to-snout resuscitation. I kissed a goat and I liked it?
Apparently, a couple of years ago goat yoga started as a birthday party joke on an Oregon farm — and has since become a global phenomenon. Taking on a life of its own, one Oregon studio has a 1,200-person waiting list for a goat to pose on applicants’ posteriors.

The Delaware Bay seafood industry’s once-bustling days are long gone, but hardy men still work the water with grit and dedication

Photographs and Text By Jay Fleming
From the September 2018 issue

feature-fleming-fisheriesSmall coastal towns like Little Creek, Port Mahon and Bowers Beach were built upon the Delaware Bay seafood industry that flourished amid bountiful oyster harvests in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

During that time, on the northern shore of the bay, New Jersey towns such as Bivalve, Money Island and Port Norris were home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country — their wealth derived from the humble oyster.