Slaughter Beach Real Estate

Located in Sussex County, just a short drive away from Milford, Slaughter Beach is a tranquil getaway for those looking to escape the rush of city life. Founded in 1681, this area sits right on Delaware Bay, and is home to beautiful waterfront properties. Proudly a horseshoe crab sanctuary, Slaughter Beach attracts tourists because of its ecological importance, while also being a popular escape for residents in neighboring towns and cities during the warmer months. Read more about Slaughter Beach, Delaware

Crab on sunny, rocky beach at Slaughter Beach, Delaware

Slaughter Beach Real Estate Stats

Average Price $786K
Lowest Price $219K
Highest Price $2.7M
Total Listings 17
Avg. Days On Market 110
Avg. Price/SQFT $468

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Slaughter Beach Properties & Real Estate

Slaughter Beach is part of Sussex County, with the city of Milford less than a twenty-minute drive west. The town of Lewes, now home to the Mispillion Lighthouse, is to the south, while the town of Bowers is to the north. To the east is Delaware Bay.


The town is surrounded by rivers and nature preserves, most notably the Mispillion River, Cedar Creek, and DuPont Nature Center to the north, Slaughter Creek to the east, and Fowler Beach to the south.


As of 2022, the population of Slaughter Beach was estimated to be 253, climbing steadily over the years.  


Slaughter Beach is best accessed by Slaughter Beach Road or Cedar Beach Road, both of which connect to the Coastal Highway. The town is not too far from main roads, which allows easy travel to nearby areas, such as Dover, Milford, Georgetown, and Lewes.

Real Estate in Slaughter Beach

Homes in Slaughter Beach are often categorized by generous lot sizes and water views, often with homes being just steps from the beach—if not almost right on the sand!


Common features include multiple stories and multiple garages, often with space for a boat or yacht, with architecture fitting the coastal style categorized by light colors, siding, and homes sometimes raised on stilts if very close to the water.

Slaughter Beach History

The name, Slaughter Beach, can certainly be a bit strange at first. There are a few stories to how the area got its name, although none are confirmed. One possibility is that it was named after a small creek (“Slaughter Creek”) which had appeared on maps during the town’s early years, although why this creek would have its name is also unconfirmed. 


Others have theorized that the town was named after a man named William Slaughter, who was said to have been the first postmaster of this region. Another popular theory has to do with the horseshoe crabs that settle on the beach, are flipped over by waves, and then left to pass away in the heat and the sun. The final theory involves the slaughtering of the Indigenous people in the area by early settlers.


Slaughter Beach was also the former home of the last wooden frame lighthouse, which has now been moved to Lewes, a neighboring town to the south. 

Slaughter Beach: Highlights & Attractions

Because Slaughter Beach is known as a wildlife sanctuary, there is much to see all year round. This includes the Diamondback Terrapin babies hatching during the spring, horseshoe crabs coming ashore during the summer, as well as shore bird and Monarch butterfly migrations during the fall. Those who visit are asked not to disturb the wildlife, as this can cause unintended harm. 


Of course, Slaughter Beach is known for its coastline, which attracts fishermen and general tourists. Nature-lovers will find much to do, including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and more. 


There are also many areas surrounding Slaughter Beach that may be of interest, including Milford Neck Wildlife Area, Milford Museum, and the Club Milton Speedway. The town is not far from larger cities, so there’s always something to do in the area for those looking to branch out and explore! 

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