Lewes, DE is the first town in the first state, and a great choice for building your first custom beach home. When inquiring about Lewes make sure to pronounce the name correctly – it’s LOO-IS, not LOOZ.
Whether building a vacation-rental home as an investment, living your lifelong dream of waking up to the sunrise over the beach each morning, or desiring a quiet coastal getaway that is within easy reach for weekend retreats, Lewes is hard to beat.
Lewes is located in Delaware’s fast growing Sussex County. Just minutes north of Rehoboth Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park new residents will find they are within easy reach of all the tourist attractions, but nestled in the harmony of a quieter beachside town. Just to the north, past Great Marsh Preserve is Broadkill Beach, which is currently undergoing millions in beach widening.
By land Lewes is connected to Delaware Route 1, by Route 9. It is also the south terminal for crossing to New Jersey via the Cape May – Lewes Ferry.
Spectacular sunrises, rich history, and tax free shopping are just the beginning of the perks of living in Lewes, DE. More than any other Delaware beach community, Lewes has the look and feel of a small New England port town.
Families with young children love the slower pace and gentler waves of Lewes. The beach is technically on the Delaware Bay, not the Atlantic Ocean, making surf conditions much more predictable. Retirees also love Lewes which is definitely quieter compared to nearby Rehoboth and Dewey. It is not at all uncommon to see multiple generations enjoying the town and beach together.
There is so much to do and explore in Lewes. Discover four nearby golf courses, Fort Miles, historic buildings and boat tours, homemade ice cream straight from the dairy farm, farmers markets, walking and bike trails, and of course the beach.
Spend afternoons visiting local boutiques and bistros, or out on the water fishing. Lewes is also the home of the University of Delaware, College of Marine Studies, and is frequently chosen as a new home by those seeking to escape the city and to enjoy a more relaxed (tax free) way of life.
The above has all evolved from Lewes first being established back in 1631 by Dutch colonists who prized its location. Today it continues to draw discerning home buyers from all over. Inland homes are more modestly priced, while luxury buyers commissioning new custom homes tend to trend towards the beach.