Bay Pointe, Sussex County

Bay Pointe: One of the best places to live in Delaware in 2013.

Jeff Fowler of The Jeffrey Fowler Group in Rehoboth Beach describes this new Ryan Homes community in the growing Long Neck area as one for upscale families. With prices in the mid-$200s, it’s affordable and beautiful. Off Angola Beach Road, Bay Pointe is solidly in the excellent Cape Henlopen School District. It offers wooded homesites, as well as sites with views of beautiful Herring Creek. Six models range in size from 1,300 square feet to 4,300 square feet, with two-car garages and, in some cases, basements—a rarity in the area. And all homes are built to Energy Star standards, which means your heating and cooling bills won’t be outrageous. At five miles from Del. 1, the ocean beaches are still easy to reach, but the community offers its own water recreation via a kayak launch and community pool. The Movies at Midway, good restaurants and interesting shopping in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach are within easy striking distance. Fairly new satellite offices for Beebe Medical Center bring quality health care close to home. Families love it, Fowler says, but so do empty-nesters who aren’t ready to move into an over-55 community. See also Bayfront at Rehoboth.

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