Dream real estate: These are the 7 most expensive homes for sale near Ocean City – Delmarva Now


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COVID-19 managed to make a quiet beachside home look even more appealing than before.Especially if it has multiple floors and an ocean view.  The coronavirus pandemic came with an increased trend of families and individuals moving away from large urban centers, when able, while real estate in typical summer getaways like the Eastern Shore or southern Delaware kept buzzing. The market's stock, however, continues to lag behind its growing demand. Coastal Association of Realtors says a healthy market has eight to 12 months of inventory available — active homes for sale, divided by the average number of homes sold in either the last 12 months or last month. About 1.6 months of inventory were available on the Lower Shore, in February's statistics, and it continues to drop.New listings in January were down 9.7% compared to the same time last year in all three counties, and down 11.6% in Worcester, 1.4% in Wicomico, and 28.1% in Somerset from February 2020. New settlements up 43.6% compared to the same period.This low inventory causes prices to rise. More for subscribers: Housing boom 'extra crazy' on Shore. Salisbury metro, Ocean City among hottest marketsMore for subscribers: Why Maryland counties want Airbnb, VRBO to pay 'their fair share' of local room taxFebruary 2020 came with 1,353 active listings, while this year notched 418. The median home price in February was $256,500, up from $255,000 in January, and up $31,500 from February of 2020. “Homes are not sitting on the market,” said CAR President Joni Martin Williamson in a statement March 22. “Buyers are competing for homes on the first day they land on the MLS, and sometimes even before they hit the market."So in this seller's market — whether you're ready to get away or just gazing at your dream home — here are the most expensive, luxurious beach homes on the Shore over $2 million as of April 7.No. 7 — $2,150,00012938 Sunset Ave., West Ocean CityImagine soaking up open vistas of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean from all three levels of your coastal home — while one leisured stroll down a spiral staircase may lead to your nearly 100 feet of private waterfront.Listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeService PenFed Realty, this 6,300-square-foot, six-bedroom home boasts a four-car garage and an in-home elevator. The second floor's large kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a butler's pantry and a gathering area that leads to exposed waterfront decks. From a formal dining room, to a billiard and game room, and various suite bedrooms, the list continues. The first floor not only has two more bedrooms but a second kitchen, living area and access to the garages and rear, covered patio are also just within reach. Two laundry rooms on different floors, three natural gas furnaces, a sound speaker system throughout the house and a gated driveway also add to the luxury. The property is situated directly across from Sunset Marina — but it has its own watermen features. Built on a deep water bulkhead within eyesight of both the ocean and inlet, the waterfront will support dockage up to an 80-foot sport fishing yacht, according to the listing.Hangout, watch boats go by, entertain or just enjoy a sunrise. Entertainment: Jake Owen, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Earth, Wind & Fire: Freeman Arts 2021 season announcedNo. 6 — $2,299,900310 S. Heron Gull Court, Ocean CityColdwell Banker Realty says this six-bed, six-bathroom home is sure to stun from the moment you walk up to custom landscaping and unique design. If that doesn't do it, the elevator or a family room and dining area overlooking the water might help as well. A kitchen with a center island, breakfast bar, quartz and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, beverage center and wet bar area joins the space. And a low-maintenance deck offers a great spot to relax with a drink, when you're done remote working from the first-floor office. Heated tile floors and walk-in closets join large bathrooms and master suites in the home. The second floor comes with the largest bedroom, plus another three more, and a second family room. The third floor, also accessible by elevator or stairs, boasts another guest bedroom, exercise room with balcony and a second home office.Heron Harbour Isle is also an amenity-rich community, according to the listing, with two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a kiddie pool, fitness center, social room, sauna, locker room, two Har-Tru tennis courts, sidewalks and piers.Imagine having all things boating, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding — directly outside your backdoor. No. 5 — $2,490,00012546 Ocean Reef Drive, BerlinSoak up panoramic views of Sinepuxent Bay, the wild ponies on Assateague Island and the ocean beyond, says Coastal Realty LLC, in this four-bedroom home situated on roughly 2.5 acres in the Ocean Reef community. The large saltwater pool, patio, Ipe wood decks, custom wet bars and billiard room could be perfect for your entertaining. Bamboo flooring, ship lap and custom wainscoting, and plantation shutters throughout the home add to the details making this house stand out. Admiring these details is easy too, with a top-floor loft overlooking the great room and sunroom. The home is also equipped with a new Geothermal HeatPump system, and plenty of large windows to surrender to the natural light.Realtors also note it's a quiet neighborhood, though not far from West Ocean City Harbor. No. 4 — $2,625,00012547 Ocean Reef, BerlinTake a deep breath. That might prepare you to take in this 7,500-plus square feet of "luxury coast oasis," listed with Keller Williams Reality. Stunning views of Sinepuxtent Bay and Assateague National Park reflect off a circular wall of windows overlooking the water. Pushing past colossal wooden doors, you'll see columns framing a great room, cathedral ceiling and out-stretched Brazilian cherry wood floors. If you don't use the formal dining room, the island alone in the massive kitchen could entertain guests while you grab more food from the walk-in butler's pantry or double built-in convection ovens. Turn a different direction, and the home theater room sits adjacent to the foyer. Second-level suites have private balconies, the master or the rear bedroom, when you're done with entertaining others. All bedrooms come with more windows than one would dream. Back to the ground level mudroom — say you left one of the adjoining one- or two-car garages, or you used the elevator — if you didn't head into the over-sized game room, second kitchen or gym, you might venture outside. There you'd also find a stone, partially covered patio, hot tub and heated in-ground pool, sharing a white, picket fence with another neighbor. There's an outdoor shower, if you need it. A long walk down the pier leaves you with two boat slips and up to 10,000 pounds of boat lift. Just watch out for the in-ground sprinkler system, outdoor cameras and motion lights on your way back.COVID-19: All Maryland adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting TuesdayWicomico County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 19% people fully vaccinatedNo. 3 — $3,900,00012933 Old Bridge Road, West Ocean CityFive bedrooms, koi pond, saltwater swimming pool, glass tiles imported from Italy, putting green, floors heated by piping-hot water — all of it can be yours if you're the highest bidder.The asking price is just a cool $3.9 million, as previously reported by Delmarva Now. A quick list of some of the add-ons: pressure-sensor floors that turn on lights when a person's weight is detected, bamboo flooring, blue LED lights that light up the garage floor like an airport runway, kitchen fixtures crafted in Italy, custom-made handrails, decking constructed out of ultra-hard South American wood.A skywalk connection enclosed with glass and marble tile can also take you to an "architectural masterpiece" living space complete with fitness center, lounge area, guest suites with soaring ceilings and multiple decks, according to the Meredith Fine Properties listing.Outside you'll gaze at the black-bottom saltwater pool, private dock, hot tub, fire pit, fitness center and custom waterfall with a koi pond. The previous owner actually got an exception to the county's 100-foot limit on docks, so his could reach navigable water, after some challenge, as also previously reported in 2016.As of 2020, the home got outfitted with some $150,000 in upgrades — including an all-new Elan Smart Home Technology System and Lutron Integrated lighting. STORY: This is what a $3.9 million house looks like2016 Gallery: West OC house may break recordsNo. 2 — $5,750,0009802 Marthas Landing Road, Ocean CityThink bright. Think big. This 6,700-square-foot work of art, located in the Martha's Landing community, captures views of the bay, Atlantic Ocean and even Ocean City skyline from nearly every room, while natural light pours inside. Designed by Chris Pattey of Becker Morgan, the property touts six bedrooms, 12-foot ceilings, Amish-crafted wood work, multi-step moldings, vantage control lighting system, geothermal heating and "all the other extraordinary features one would expect from a home of this stature," according to Holiday Real Estate.You also can't miss the home theater, personal library and previous owner's bedroom in a separate wing of the home. There is also an additional apartment in the home, as well as an over-sized, three-car garage.Don't forget to look outside. There's an infinity pool, a remote-resort-quality patio, imported sandstone, Ipe decking, private dock and two boat slips with over 12 feet of depth. The listing actually stops describing upgrades and amenities in the home because "there are too many to list." So I will too. No. 1 — $12,900,0009750 Marthas Landing Road, Ocean CityNow just hop a few doors down.Seeing White Marlin Manor Estate might change you, as a person. Tracing up a red-brick drive, you might set your eyes on this six-bedroom spectacle with Meredith Fine Properties. It has both bay and oceanfront access, perched within eyesight of Ocean City's inlet. Oh, there's also an elevator and home theater. But the list of unique features doesn't stop. The custom-build Southern Living Style Coastal home has seven full baths with custom tile showers, two half baths, two gas fireplaces, a 12-seat luxury theater, a wine cellar, heated kitchen floor tiles, teak floors throughout, a commercial ice machine — and more details "reminiscent of the Eastern Shore of Maryland."The etched-glass elevator is fit with a custom-painted underwater scene — among many one-of-its-kind elements seen in the space. Outside, if not having cocktails on the porch or pool patio, you can also find an outdoor kitchen, bar, personal dock and 12,000-pound boat lift, surrounded by more features.So if you're thinking of paying a visit, know all buyers must be qualified with all documentation presented to listing agent prior to any showings, according to realtors.Looking online is free, though.Still haven't found your home? Bonus: $3,499,0008 Inlet Isle Lane, Lot 8, Ocean CityThis listing from Coldwell Banker Realty remains more mysterious. Descriptions show the six bedroom vision is still in construction, though private consultations are available with the builder. Renderings show the plan for not only three floors but multiple methods of roof access for lounging or entertaining. A roof-top perch looks set to offer 360-degree views of the waterfront and surrounding area. Down below a pool area and patio is planned, featuring an outdoor fireplace and long-stretched wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. Imagine getting a third-floor, balcony seat to watch this dream home come together. Bonus: $3,500,000137th St., Ocean CityTired of searching for Ocean City parking to head to the beach? Well, this $3.5 million double lot could solve all your problems. It's all about location — but these paired lots don't have a home on them, yet. Just seconds' stroll from world-famous beach, this lot is the fourth-highest listing on the market in Worcester County, according to Bright Homes MLS, directly fed from the MLS of other organizations like the Coastal Association of Realtors. With 3,500 square feet to spare for building on less than one-tenth of an acre, it could be the perfect spot for building a rental — on one of the last undeveloped pieces of oceanfront property in North Ocean City. Both lots are zoned for multiple dwellings, up to six between the two, according to Keller Williams Realty. 
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