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2. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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2. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

List price: $1.798 million

This charming, 2,800-square-foot seaside cottage may be new to town, but its design fits perfectly into the old-fashioned, mid-Atlantic beach town vibe of Rehoboth Beach, a favorite summer getaway for urban dwellers from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

The recently completed 5-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath downtown home -- with hardwood floors, granite countertops and custom cabinetry -- is situated just a block from the beach, its popular mile-long boardwalk and Rehoboth Avenue's shopping and fine dining.

"Rehoboth is the perfect blend of coastal charm and urban sophistication," says listing agent Debbie Reed, founder of the Debbie Reed Team with RE/MAX Realty Group Rehoboth. "The town boasts gorgeous natural resources at every turn, boutique eateries and world-class tax-free shopping!" puts the average home price in Rehoboth Beach at $476,950.

What makes Rehoboth Beach special?

Reed says Rehoboth's unique mix of attractions and incentives help keep her inbox full with buyer inquiries.

"Rehoboth is within hours of many major metro areas, making it the perfect place for either a primary residence or a vacation home. Plus, you can always expect low property taxes in Delaware, a novelty for residents of surrounding states," she says. "If you plan to buy a vacation home, new construction is a good way to go, with very little upkeep."

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