Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 4

The ‘Beach Box’ is a compact Bethany Beach gem

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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 24-25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)


Being a military family that moved every three years, the owners of this house had no permanent place to call home until they purchased their Bethany West vacation retreat in 1984. They lovingly referred to their one-story modular Nanticoke home as the “Beach Box,” not really knowing at the time just how much they would fall in love with it or with Bethany Beach.

During the 35 years they have owned the home, it has undergone three major exterior and interior renovations, expanding to accommodate family and friends with an indoor hot tub and a dedicated guest wing with its own master suite.

The central living area is capped by a private master suite addition that opens out onto the heated saltwater swimming pool on the rear deck. Craftsman doors and shiplap walls throughout the home bring added character and warmth.

The home has also offered the owners a palette upon which to showcase a wide variety of local artists, as well as the homeowner’s prized collection of hand-carved duck decoys and shorebirds of the Eastern Shore.

The owners have now settled down as full-time residents to enjoy their expanded Beach Box that began simply so many years ago and now has far surpassed its origins to maximize every opportunity for a full retirement and lots of family vacation fun.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which are available for $35 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.