Fenwick Island Real Estate Analysis

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In the 1700s, the Calverts of Maryland and the Penns of Pennsylvania disagreed over the boundary that separated the three lower counties of Pennsylvania (Delaware) from Maryland. The Calverts contended that the border should be near Lewes, while the Penns felt it should be near Fenwick Island. The matter was settled in 1751 when John Watson and William Parsons of Pennsylvania and John Emory and Thomas Jones of Maryland surveyed the dividing Transpeninsular Line and marked its eastern end on April 26 with a stone monument in Fenwick Island. The stone bears the coat of arms of the Penns on its north face and that of the Calverts on its south face. The border was accepted in 1760 and ratified by King George III in 1769. This monument remains standing today just a few feet south of another enduring white monument, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. The 1855 Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board contained the following appeal for a lighthouse on Fenwick Island: A light-house in the vicinity of Fenwick’s island will serve to guide vessels from the southern ports, bound into the Delaware, and also the great coasting trade with the same or a more northern destination. Fenwick’s Island shoal is a very dangerous one for those, and also in some degree for the European trade of Philadelphia. It is very common for ships coming from the eastward to fall in with the coast considerably to the southward of Cape Henlopen, and in thick weather a light on Fenwick’s island would serve to ascertain their position when the Henlopen light was invisible.  As there was a sixty-mile gap between Cape Henlopen, the lighthouse at the southern entrance to Delaware Bay, and the next lighthouse to the south on Assateague Island, a beacon somewhere between the two was certainly justified. Congress appropriated $25,000 for Fenwick Island Lighthouse in 1856, and on January 11, 1858 a ten-acre tract for the station was obtained from Mary C. Hall for a mere $50. The tower, built of brick, stood seventy-five feet, six inches from its base to the gallery that encircled the watchroom. The inside diameter at the base of the double-walled tower was eight and a half feet, and a central cast-iron spiral stairway provided access to the lantern, where a third-order L. Sautter & Cie Fresnel lens was installed.  A two-story, frame keeper’s dwelling was built just east of the tower atop a brick cellar. Housed in the cellar was a 2,500-gallon cistern for storing rainwater captured from the dwelling’s roof. The buildings at the station were constructed under the direction of Captain William F. Raynolds of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a total cost of $23,749. According to Notice to Mariners, No. 284, dated December 29, 1858, work on the Fenwick Island Lighthouse was complete, but for some reason not given, the light would not be exhibited until August 1 of the following year. John Smith was the first keeper at the lighthouse.  Originally, the lighthouse was kept by just one keeper, but later an assistant keeper was assigned to the station, and in 1878 the Lighthouse Board began annual petitions for funds for a second dwelling. Bids for the dwelling were opened on June 8, 1881, and the winning contractor, Thomas W. Ferree & Brother, of Yorklyn, Delaware had the structure ready for its formal acceptance on November 12, 1881. Assistant Keeper William F. Pepper remained in the original dwelling with his family, while Keeper John D. Bennett took up residence in the new structure with his family.

Fenwick Island Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Fenwick Island

40101 Oceanside , Unit 30 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40101 Oceanside , Unit 30, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 712604)
3 beds 3 baths 1,960 sqft $1,199,000
54 Kings Grant , Unit 54 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 54 Kings Grant , Unit 54, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 703078)
4 beds 4 baths 1,760 sqft $529,900
37576 Lighthouse RD Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 37576 Lighthouse RD, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 712077)
7 beds 4 baths 3,631 sqft $1,368,000
37574 Lighthouse RD Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 37574 Lighthouse RD, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 712074)
4 beds 5 baths 2,639 sqft $759,000
40126 COASTAL HIGHWAY , Unit 304 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40126 COASTAL HIGHWAY , Unit 304, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711521)
1 bed 1 bath 1,000 sqft $349,900
1706 Bunting Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1706 Bunting Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711529)
5 beds 5 baths 2,800 sqft $2,290,000
1503 Bunting Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1503 Bunting Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711254)
4 beds 3 baths 2,000 sqft $2,490,000
606 Coastal , Unit 19 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 606 Coastal , Unit 19, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711188)
2 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $325,999
16 Kings Grant , Unit 16 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 16 Kings Grant , Unit 16, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711146)
4 beds 4 baths 2,100 sqft $1,099,000
40123 West Virginia Ave, unit 2 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40123 West Virginia Ave, unit 2, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711118)
4 beds 5 baths 1,800 sqft $574,900
21 W South Carolina St Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 21 W South Carolina St, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711058)
4 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $549,900
805 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 805 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711110)
3 beds 2 baths 1,600 sqft $470,000
40142 Bunting , Unit 21 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40142 Bunting , Unit 21, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711094)
3 beds 4 baths 1,435 sqft $625,000
8 King Street Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 8 King Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711029)
5 beds 3 baths 3,750 sqft $2,099,999
703 South Schulz Road Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 703 South Schulz Road, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 711009)
4 beds 4 baths 2,140 sqft $994,500
40026 E Sun Dr , Unit 627 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40026 E Sun Dr , Unit 627, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710885)
3 beds 2 baths 1,230 sqft $289,500
1004 North Schulz Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1004 North Schulz, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710864)
5 beds 3 baths 1,680 sqft $1,499,990
40084 Kings Grant , Unit 69 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40084 Kings Grant , Unit 69, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710652)
3 beds 4 baths 1,760 sqft $459,900
35 OYSTER BAY DR , Unit 176 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 35 OYSTER BAY DR , Unit 176, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710407)
0 beds 0 baths $415,000
1509 Bunting Ave. Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 1509 Bunting Ave., Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710036)
6 beds 7 baths 4,500 sqft $3,350,000
2 Kings Grant , Unit 2 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 2 Kings Grant , Unit 2, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 710006)
4 beds 4 baths 2,900 sqft $1,249,000
10 W Bayard Street Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 10 W Bayard Street, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 709805)
5 beds 4 baths 2,900 sqft $780,000
10 E ESSEX ST Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 10 E ESSEX ST, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 709737)
6 beds 5 baths 3,100 sqft $1,899,999
40125 WEST VIRGINIA AVE. , Unit 2 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40125 WEST VIRGINIA AVE. , Unit 2, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 622789)
5 beds 5 baths $629,900
36899 Bayside Dr. Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 36899 Bayside Dr., Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 708575)
6 beds 4 baths 2,716 sqft $795,000
709 Coastal Highway Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 709 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 708385)
5 beds 4 baths 3,500 sqft $895,000
40118 North Carolina Ave , Unit 7 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 40118 North Carolina Ave , Unit 7, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 708328)
3 beds 4 baths 1,435 sqft $560,000
38869 Bunting Avenue Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 38869 Bunting Avenue, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 708023)
8 beds 5 baths 4,000 sqft $2,395,000
39724 E Sun Dr , Unit 221 Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 39724 E Sun Dr , Unit 221, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 707996)
3 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $284,900
4 E. Houston Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Photo of 4 E. Houston, Fenwick Island, DE 19944 (MLS # 707805)
3 beds 2 baths 1,296 sqft $900,000

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 12:08 am by Bill Cullin