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Living In Lewes, DE

The quaint town of Lewes, DE, is nestled along the banks of the Delaware Bay between Cape Henlopen State Park and the Great Marsh Preserve. Although the town is not directly on the Atlantic coast, it's still recognized as a beach community, since it's right at the mouth of the Delaware River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The city attracts thousands of visitors and part-time residents during the summer months, while residency during the colder months is rather sparse.

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Housing in Lewes

You'll find numerous homes for sale in Lewes, Delaware. Vacation homes, condominiums, and apartments are primarily located close to the waterfront. As you travel further away from the beaches, however, you'll find more single-family homes and duplexes. As for the residents, there's a good mix of homeowners who purchase Lewes real estate to serve as permanent residences and people who purchase rental and vacation properties. In addition to more traditional and modern construction, the city's historic district and adjacent to Shipcarpenter Square, there are numerous Victorian homes and even older houses and buildings, some from the early 1700s. Many commercial properties and hotels are located along the town's main thoroughfare, Route 9.

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Traveling in Lewes, Delaware

Those living close to the beachfront Lewes neighborhood often walk or cycle to most of the city's main attractions. In addition, DART, a public bus system, services the Lewes area along with nearby cities such as Wilmington, Rehoboth and Dover. The Jolley Trolley also makes round trips from Lewes, Delaware to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware every 30 minutes. Despite public transportation options, however, many residents opt for their personal vehicle to get around.

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Things to Do

If you enjoy having fun in the sun and easy beach access then Lewes, DE, is the perfect place to call home. Living here will give you full access to an array of outdoor activities, such as sunbathing, swimming, fishing, sailing, jet skiing and kayaking. The adjacent Cape Henlopen State Park also provides miles of beaches along with hiking trails, ball fields, and picnic areas. You can explore the history of the Lewes area with a trip to the Zwaanendael Museum, Lewes Historical Society, or the Cannonball House. As for shopping and dining, some of the city's best restaurants are located along Fisherman's Wharf, and you'll find plenty of retail stores along Main Street, Front Street, Second Street, and Savannah Street.



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  • Recognized as a beach community, Lewes features miles of beaches to lay out in the sun or participate in watersport recreational activities including fishing, sailing, jet skiing, and kayaking.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf provides the neighborhood’s best restaurants, shops, and bars.
  • The Jolly Trolley offers residents and guests a convenient way to travel to and from Rehoboth Beach, adding even more options for wining and dining.


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