Inside a Celebrity Designer’s Bethany Beach Retreat


ADDRESS: 809 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach | YEAR BUILT: 2007 | BEDROOMS AND BATHS: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms | SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,000 |  LOT SIZE: 0.31 acres | SCHOOL DISTRICT: Indian River

Celebrated designer Arlene Critzos has created notable interiors around the world. Most recently, Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, chose her to decorate the second family’s official residence in Washington, D.C.

In designing a getaway in Bethany Beach for herself and her husband, Annapolis attorney John Critzos, Arlene focused on relaxed and elegant décor with upscale and inviting finishes and furnishings that are also inviting.

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From the slipcovered sectional sofa in front of the fireplace to the rattan high-back dining chairs, all the furniture is included in the sale of the home, located a short bike ride from the boardwalk.

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“It’s a stunning home that is great for entertaining, located on a lovely parcel adjacent to a nature center and wetlands,” says David T. King, the home’s listing agent. “The owner has exquisite taste, which you can see in the furnishings she chose.”

The first floor features an open plan with architectural elements like high ceilings, crown molding and wainscoting. It’s a smart house with a Sonos surround-sound system, central vacuum and a high-tech security system. It’s efficient, too, with five zoned areas for heating and cooling.

Designed with friends and family in mind, all five bedrooms are outfitted with en suite bathrooms. The master-bedroom balcony overlooks the scenic wetlands. That connection with nature is enhanced with a private paved patio and wraparound porch that has a unique eco-friendly feature: a cutout in the deck that accommodates a mature tree.

Listed by David T. King of Berkshire Hathaway Gallo Realty. Photos courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway Gallo Realty.

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