Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3

Casual oceanfront retreat features seaside views

(Editor’s note:  This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After enjoying two previous vacation homes in the area while raising their kids, the owners of this home said they knew they were ready to graduate to an oceanfront property that would give them beautiful waterfront views and easier access to the beach.

They found the spot they were looking for in a development just north of the town of Bethany Beach, and built their 4,700-square-foot home in 2017. Their laid-back style called for a casual beach retreat that would comfortably accommodate multigenerational enjoyment.

A spacious kitchen anchored by an 11-foot island is central to the open floor plan that leads to the main dining and living area. From there, an expansive deck beckons, equipped with a full kitchen, fire pit and handcrafted swing.

Two guest rooms flank the central core, with three oceanfront bedrooms filling the third floor. The lower level is devoted to relaxed family recreation. A 100-inch projection TV dominates the family room, nestled between a game room and gym on one side, and a snack kitchen and laundry on the other. Returning beachgoers conveniently enter through that area, thus confining wet, sandy towels and bathing suits to the lower level.

The family’s love of shiplap is evident throughout the home, even appearing in some ceilings.  Whitewashed oak floors and a neutral palette are designed to provide a soothing backdrop for the ocean views that dominate almost every room in the house.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Tickets cost $35 and may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.