The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down the ongoing construction boom in the Cape Region. By all indications, 2020 may be a record year for building.
Sussex County government is coming off a near-record fiscal year for building-related revenue and realty transfer taxes, the best indicators of the health of the residential construction industry.
The county approved 10,700 building permits in fiscal year 2020, an increase of 300 from fiscal 2019. The county collected $13 million in building-related revenue, up 2 percent from the previous year. The $35.6 million collected in realty transfer taxes was one of the highest levels since a record amount of $36.3 in 2005. It was an increase of 6 percent from $33.5 million in fiscal 2019.
However, the fiscal 2021 county budget reflects a projected decrease in building-related revenue.
Housing data show increases in sales and selling prices throughout most of Sussex County, while the number of days houses are on the market is decreasing.
As of September, county officials have approved 10,000 residential units – mostly on single-family lots.
As land close to resort towns becomes scarce, the trend is to build on outlying roads such as Beaver Dam, Robinsonville, Warrington and Hudson roads, and in the Route 24 area near Angola and Long Neck.
The discrepancy between home prices in the Cape Region and the rest of Sussex County continues to grow. Homes cost more than three times as much in the Lewes-Rehoboth Beach area as they do in western Sussex County.
The average sales price of a home in the Lewes-Rehoboth area is $760,573 (a 2 percent increase from last year) compared to $220,558 in western Sussex County, a 14 percent increase. In other locales, the average sales price is $384,168 in the Angola-Long Neck-Millsboro area, an increase of 14 percent from last year; $357,972 in the Milton-Harbeson-Broadkill area, an increase of 10 percent; and $278,905 in the Georgetown area, an increase of 25 percent.
As of the end of September, home sales in Sussex are up 15 percent from last year with 3,451 homes sold, compared to 3,009 in 2019. That's an average of 383 sales per month.
Home sales in the Lewes-Rehoboth-Dewey area are up 33 percent from last year.
The average home price in the county is $450,103, a 10 percent increase from 2019. Pending sales are up 25 percent, and the days-on-market average is down 8 percent to 96 days.
Hailey's Glen, Angola Road – 68 single-family lots on 32 acres
**Headwater Cove, Angola Road – 163 single-family lots on 82 acres
Acadia, Conley's Chapel Road and Dorman Road – 234 single-family lots on 117 acres
Windswept Meadows, Angola Road – 201 single-family lots on 61 acres
Tower Hill, New Road – 293 single-family lots on 134 acres
Fieldstone, Cedar Grove Road – 247 single-family lots on 201 acres
Chase Oaks, Robinsonville Road – 253 single-family lots on 145 acres
Tanager Woods, Wil King Road – 173 single-family lots on 103 acres
Beach Tree Preserve, Robinsonville Road and Route 24 – 155 single-family lots on 78 acres
Lovett's Reserve, Camp Arrowhead Road – 31 single-family lots on 14 acres
**Headwater Cove, Dorman Road near Route 24 – 163 single-family lots on 82 acres
The Grove at Love Creek, Ward and Cedar Grove roads – 247 single-family lots on 201 acres
Estates at Cedar Grove, Beaver Dam Road – 136 single-family lots on 70 acres
Mitchell Farm, Kings Highway – mix of 209 units, single-family, town homes, apartments
Dutchman's Harvest, Savannah Road – 140 multifamily units on 9 acres, approved by Lewes officials
OA Vantage Point, Kings Highway and Savannah Road, Lewes – 175 senior-living units, approved by Lewes officials
Reed property, Savannah Road – 24 multifamily units on 6 acres
Long Neck area:
Keastone Bay – Baywood LLC, Green Road – 675 single-family lots on 311 acres
Oak Landing, Oak Orchard Road – 163 single-family lots on 60 acres
Lewes Shores Estates, Hudson Road – 61 single-family lots on 81 acres
Overbrook Meadows, Route 1 and Beaver Dam Road – 135 single-family lots on 64 acres
River Rock Glen, Hudson Road – 26 single-family lots
Estates at Milton Crossing, Reynolds Road – 87 single-family lots on 102 acres
Seaglass at Rehoboth Beach, Route 24 east of Beebe facility – 224 apartments
Other major subdivisions:
Azalea Woods, Shingle Point and Gravel Hill roads, Georgetown – 610 single-family lots on 316 acres
Old Mill Landing South and North, Millers Neck Road near Fenwick Island – 227 single-family lots on 283 acres
Mitchell Farm, Kings Highway, Lewes – 209 multifamily units on 30 acres
Fusco Properties, Stockley Road near Cool Spring Road, Milton – 266 single-family lots on 188 acres
Overbrook Meadows West, Route 1 and Cave Neck Road, Milton – 82 single-family lots on 43 acres
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Long Neck area:
Walden, Hollymount Road and Route 24 – 265 single-family lots on 159 acres
Walden Villas, Route 24 and Sloan Road – 100 town homes on 53 acres
Pelican Point, six phases, Indian Mission Road – total 452 single-family lots
Baylis Estates, Mount Joy Road – 37 additional single-family lots
Seabrook, Route 24 and Autumn Road – 120 single-family lots
Liberty East and Liberty West, Harmons Hill Road – 296 single-family lots
Stonewater Creek, Phase 7, Indian Mission Road – 100 single-family lots
Pelican Point, Indian Mission Road, Long Neck – 365 single-family lots on 200 acres
Middle Creek Preserve, Angola Road – 314 single-family lots on 147 acres
Outer Banks North and South, Jimtown and Robinsonville roads – 49 single-family lots on 33 acres.
Sunset Glen, Shady Road – 53 town homes on 6 acres
Vineyards at Nassau Valley Phase 3, Route 9 – 108 apartments, 56 condominiums and 25 single-family lots
Four Seasons at Belle Terre, Mulberry Knoll Road – 269 single-family lots on 124 acres
Lewes Crossing Phase 8, Beaver Dam Road – 42 single-family lots on 19 acres
Kindleton, Cedar Grove Road – 90 single-family lots on 49 acres
Stonewater Creek Phase 7, Indian Mission Road – 100 single-family lots
Ocean Meadows, Beaver Dam Road – 136 single-family lots on 70 acres
Anchors Run, Beaver Dam Road – 265 single-family lots on 133 acres
Marsh Farm Estates, Camp Arrowhead Road – 134 single-family lots
Marsh Island, Camp Arrowhead Road – 152 units
Showfield, Gills Neck Road – 166 single-family lots on 132 acres
Tidewater Landing, Robinsonville Road – 213 single-family lots on 163 acres
Saddle Ridge, Route 24 – 81 single-family lots on 37 acres
Governors, Gills Neck Road – 423 units, 287 single-family lots and 136 town homes
Coastal Tide Apartments, Plantation Road – 168 units
Covered Bridge Trails, Tulip Place – 134 units, 43 single-family lots and mix of 91 units of duplexes and town homes
Spring Breeze, Hollymount Road – 235 single-family lots on 140 acres
Woods at Burton Pond, Conley's Chapel Road – 167 single-family lots on 114 acres
Old Orchard Ventures, Old Orchard Road – 104-bed assisted- and skilled-living facility
Admirals Chase, Gills Neck Road – 24 multifamily units on 7 acres
Compass Point, Hudson and Sweetbriar roads – 277 single-family lots on 135 acres
Vines at Sand Hill, Sand Hill Road – 393 lots on 266 acres
Woodfield Preserve, Broadkill Road east of Route 1 – 253 single-family lots on 196 acres
Wellesley at Hidden Meadow, Warrington Road – 132 single-family lots on 73 acres
Osprey Point, Old Landing Road – 217 single-family lots on 132 acres
Arbor-Lyn, Warrington Road – 142 multifamily units on 35 acres
The Farm at Truitt Homestead, Shuttle Road – 90 single-family lots and 88 senior apartments on 23 acres
Under state agency review
Cardinal Grove, Beaver Dam Road/Kendale Road, Lewes – 98 units on 49 acres
Adkins Novosel-Gray, Robinsonville Road/Webbs Landing Road, Lewes – 304 units on 152 acres
Wil King Station, Wil King Road, Lewes – 75 units on 29 acres
Fairmont, Hollyville Road – 104 units on 74 acres
Unity Branch, Hollyville Road – 195 units on 145 acres
Vincent Overlook, Cave Neck Road, Milton
Windstone, Cave Neck Road, Milton
Coastal Club, Beaver Dam Road, Lewes
Red Mill Pond South, Route 9, Lewes
Sawgrass South, Old Landing Road, Rehoboth
List of projects includes those approved or under construction over the past three years in the areas of Long Neck, Angola, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Milton.