Coastal Highway Route 1 S Route 88 lewes, DE, 19958View Listing
The city of Lewes' biggest claim to fame is its assertion to being the first city in the first state - meaning it was the first city to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Rightly or wrongly, this strong assertion demonstrates Lewes’ long history and the strong connection its residents feel for this heritage. Lewes was first established way back in 1631. A key setting throughout the history of the United States, the region played a pivotal role from the American Revolution, the war of 1812 to the underground railway and even World War II.
Today, Lewes has a new life a supremely popular resort community, in a fast growing part of the state. Along with many other fantastic communities that makes up this corner of Delaware, Lewes has gained a strong reputation for its beautiful natural setting and affordable real estate.
Lewes is part of one of the fastest growing areas anywhere in the state of Delaware, and the real estate market is doing what it can to keep up. The city of Lewes itself is quite contained, and is made up of primarily single family homes. The homes found closer to the core of the city tend to be older and exude a wonderful historic charm. Many of these fantastic character homes have been artfully renovated, so they feature a richly historic exterior with modern conveniences available inside.
The coastal area of the community is dominated by Lewes Beach and the many absolutely stunning Lewes oceanfront and ocean view homes. These incredible properties are absolutely gorgeous and offer owners direct access to the beach, often just outside the front door.
Outside the city of Lewes is where the bulk of new development is currently taking place. Offering interested home buyer an opportunity to own acreage or farmland, these wide open spaces are quickly being taking up by brand new developments. These appealing suburban communities are semi-gated and offer the opportunity to own a brand-new home. This available Lewes real estate is being constructed by several of South Delaware’s top builders, using new building materials and exciting new designs. It offers a great avenue for entering the local market!
The star and biggest selling feature of the Lewes community is without a doubt the beach. A wonderful sandy beach takes up the majority of Lewes oceanfront, from Cape Henlopen and the pier to Beach Plum Island. Lewes has a long history as a fishing village, and the community’s position at the edge of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean makes it an ideal jumping off point for many deep-sea fishing excursions.
On land, Lewes enjoys prime real estate amid an awe-inspiring natural landscape, made up of wonderful nature preserves and stunning state parks. Once the home to a popular military base set up to protect the coast during World War II, the land has now been purchased by the state to create the Fort Miles Historical Area. Alongside Cape Henlopen State Park, the two make up an expansive natural area just waiting to be explored. Interested residents will find miles and miles of scenic hiking trails as well as a campsite.
The core of the city of Lewes itself is also refreshingly quaint. The main part of the city is actually quite contained and extremely walkable, as many more established towns are. Within a single square mile, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a beautiful historic district featuring a selection of locally owned restaurants and quaint shops in addition to the myriad of fascinating museums celebrating the city’s long history.
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Listing information last updated on July 30th, 2021 at 8:04pm EDT.