12 Vandyke Street, Dewey Beach, De 19971 | $799,900

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Property Details

Location, Location, Location!! This three-level townhome is in the third building from the beach and is being sold furnished and turnkey. Drop your bags and start making those summer memories. There are two large bedrooms and a full bath with laund
  • MLS Number: 726575
  • Status: Active
  • Price: $799,900
  • Property Type:
  • Area: Dewey To Lewes East Of Canal
  • School District: Cape Henlopen
  • Square Footage: 2,000
  • Year Built: 1984
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Bathrooms: 3
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Stories: 3
  • Unit Floor Number: 1
  • New Construction: No
  • County Taxes: $1,892
  • City Taxes: $180
  • Association Fee: $950
  • Trash Fee: $450
  • Furnished: Yes
  • Lot Square Feet: 2,178
  • Lot Size Acres: 0.05
  • Water: Public Central Water
  • Sewer: Public Central Sewer

Interior Features

  • Kitchen: Breakfast Bar, Countertops - Granite, Pantry
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Heating: Forced Air, Heat Pump(s)
  • Cooling: Central A/C, Heat Pump(s)
  • Flooring: Carpet, Synthetic Hardwood, Tile
  • Basement: Crawl Space
  • Attic: Access Only
  • Appliances: Cable TV Pre Wired, Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer-Electric, Exhaust Fan, Fridge w/Ice Maker, Microwave, Oven/Range Electric, Oven-Self Cleaning, Washer/Dryer Stack, Water Heater Electric
  • Interior Features: Bedroom-Entry Level, Cable TV Prewired, Ceiling Fan(s), Fireplace-Gas, MBED-Full Bath, Screen(s), Skylight(s), Storm Door(s), Storm Window(s), Two Master Bedrooms, Vaulted Ceilings, Walk-In Closets, Wet Bar, Window Treatments

Exterior Features

  • Style: Contemporary
  • Construction Type: Stick/Frame
  • Exterior Type: Wood
  • Roofing: Asphalt Shingle
  • Foundation: Concrete Block
  • Parking: Assigned
  • Porch/Deck/Patio: Balcony(s), Deck - Front, Patio - Front

Listing Courtesy of RE/MAX REALTY GROUP REHOBOTH

Homeowners in Dewey Beach get the El Niño Heads-Up

With fall newly arrived, it’s a time of year when Dewey Beachhomeowners can breathe a sigh of relief; relax and take it easy. With summer behind us, most gardens require less attention. The demands harsh winter weather will make are off in the distant future— or are they?

This year it might be prudent for Dewey Beachhomeowners to mentally remove a month or two from their home maintenance timetables. The reason comes in two familiar words (and they aren’t English): El Niño.

According to the government’s NOAA climate forecasters, there is “an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-2016…” Since that is definitely our area’s hemisphere, they’re speaking to us.  They answer the question, “How strong is this El Niño now?” with, “it’s pretty strong.”  In August, it ranked second all-time (behind August 1997) in the Equatorial Southern Oscillation Index, which is one way of measuring its power. El Niño is the condition where weather shifts occur due to a change in warm ocean currents in the Pacific.

What this means to Dewey Beachhomeowners is as unpredictable as…well, as the weather! What is acknowledged is that normal patterns can be disrupted to varying degrees. The reason we can never get much clarity about how it’s going to affect us is that (unsatisfying though this answer may be), winter could be markedly more—or markedly less—stormy than usual. Since the maximum effect is expected in late fall through December (hence the Christmas allusion of the ‘El Niño’ name), Dewey Beachhomeowners might consider getting on with their winter maintenance preparations earlier rather than later.

So here—a bit earlier than usual—are some regular fall maintenance heads-ups:

  • Check and fill the exterior gaps where critters, bugs, and cold air might enter
  • Chimney maintenance: if you sweep once a year, schedule now
  • Rain gutter check: even though leaves haven’t begun to fall in earnest, cleaning out the mucky old debris now will make later leaf removal a breeze
  • Inspect the roof: if damage has happened, now is the time to schedule repair
  • Ditto the driveway: fill cracks before winter
  • Now is the perfect time to clean and stain the deck. Depending on how much sunlight it gets, it may need to be renewed annually (no matter what the stain can says!)
  • Replace worn weather stripping around doors and windows—your winter heating bills will reward the effort.

As a check of comments on the weather sites confirms, local homeowners have differing memories of how previous El Niños have affected them. But since we are now officially in an El Niño year—it can’t be a bad idea to prepare ahead of time (and if you have Dewey Beachreal estate plans in the offing, now would also be a good time to give me a call)! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

A Non-Subjective Element for Choosing a Sussex County Home for S

If you are among this August's consumers who are actively shopping for a home for sale in Sussex County, you have probably already taken a look at the Sussex County listings and most likely jotted down some addresses you’d like to examine in detail. Then, if you find yourself in the happy situation of finding more than one Sussex County home for sale that passes your first in-person tour visit, the tough question arises about how to pick between two or more quality homes. Should you depend upon your emotional leanings—even if a few practical details seem to point you in the opposite direction? Or should you simply let price be the determining factor? Or is there some other criterion the most experienced house hunters rely on?
Of all the factors that could go into that decision, truthfully, pointing out which are the most important is always a subjective exercise (all except for one I’ll bring up last). Here are some of the most useful ones:
o Compare the neighborhoods, and take a close look the adjacent streets. Drive by the properties at different times of the day and at least once on a weekend. See how the neighbors keep their homes. Neglected lawns (or bars on too many windows) are not signs you may want to ignore—just as uniformly well-kept landscaping should count on the positive side.
o Next visit to the candidates, do a consciously thorough walk-over. Pace the perimeter of the home and lot. Look for fencing issues you might need to address, or even how intrusive neighbors’ windows might be. Check for signs of water pooling anywhere on the lot with an eye to whether drainage problems could become an issue when the rains come.
o If there is another home for sale on the street, drive the immediate area looking for more. If there is more than one home for sale, check the web to see if there are too many—or enough that it indicates that values are in flux. If it appears there are many—but no reason other than chance—it could be a good sign that your offer will be very welcome!
What is that less subjective factor (the one I said I’d bring up last)? It’s one that calls for becoming more skeptical than you really are: one that has you pretending to be a member of the public at large who doesn’t feel particularly drawn to either of the homes for sale you are comparing.
Put yourself into that mindset—then judge which of the homes will be easier to sell in a future where you have decided to move on. Deep-six your idiosyncratic leanings, and concentrate on elements that the majority of people would agree are those that add or subtract resale value. Experienced house hunters have bought and sold often enough that they are keenly aware of how much easier it is to sell a home that has universal appeal—even over one that’s more personally attractive. Keeping aware of the personal factors that may make you comfortable but which could adversely affect resaleability will help you determine a property’s future value to others (and, many would argue, that is the real value!)…
This summer, we’re fortunate to have a market that offers many Sussex County homes for sale offering exceptional value. I hope you’ll give me a call to help find your family’s next home! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at russellstucki@remax.net, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.