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Bayside community in Delaware

Old 08-21-2018, 03:04 PM
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Is anyone familiar with the community Bayside in Selbyville, Delaware? It's a few miles from Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD. The amenities are amazing and the neighborhood is really nice. Any opinions both good and bad are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:39 PM
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I am quite familiar, both from being a Realtor in the area, and my close friend being a golf pro at its sister-club and development,Bear Trap, so I golf there every now and then. What would you like to know specifically, I'd be glad to speak with you. HOA fees are as high as they get in the area, some townhomes get up to $5k a year, which for here is astronomical when you can get similar amenities in similar developments for half that. Still a lot of the land to be developed, so different phases will be under construction for a few years to come. What are you interested in, single family or townhome? Strict HOA and the lots are small, but that isn't uncommon any more unfortunately. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to PM me.

I am in Schell Bros. homes multiple times a week. Generally my opinion of them in the Bayside price range is the first 5 years they look great, but by 10 years old they have an abnormal amount of wear (look 20-30 years old on the finishes) unless top of the line upgrades were chosen in the options with construction. Personally, I would probably not buy a Schell home unless I had a budget of $550-600+ where these issues are less common. Their high end custom build company (Echelon) are good, though. Only issue with them is they will gladly assist you in overbuilding a home that won't sell for half what you paid for it.

What beach of the DE beaches do you prefer to go to? Each area has similar developments with similar amenities 5-20 min in from the beaches.

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Rented a townhouse there for a week this summer. Amenities are amazing so I am not surprised HOA fees are high. Water access was closed when we were there due to construction. Pool and bar under construction near the water looked nice. They had a Chris Janson concert when we were there - great show but loud music from the concert pavilion might be annoying if you lived there full time and close to the concert pavilion. To their credit the show was done by 10pm and folks exiting the show were quiet. The Peninsula in Millsboro felt less developed and might be worth a look too.
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My wife refers to the entire place as "the Truman show".
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
My wife refers to the entire place as "the Truman show".
Lol, I can see that. It is definitely not for everyone. Not for me. That said, there are a lot of people who not only find it and similar developments convenient, but I am also finding the similarity in homes and properties settles a lot of people's minds and gives them a comfort in the neighborhood. And at the end of the day, we all want to be comfortable where we live, even though we all have a different criteria for that.
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I live about 5 .minutes down the road in cape windsor. Bayside is okay but I absolutely would not want to live within the community. As stated previously they are very strict and charge astronomical amounts in regard to their HOA fees. Cape windsor does not have the higher end amenities but if you are looking for a community on the bay with decent amenities like pool and boat ramp cape Windsor is absolutely the way to go. If you want bars and the craziness, it's a short boat ride to seacrets in OC but you still have the quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors at home if you like it that way. I looked at bayside when I purchased my home and said absolutely not after being there for 5 minutes.
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We have a crew that works in lower Delaware 1 to 2x a week. We deal with all the builders in the area. Based on where we go to work at, is how we base SOME of the homes and developments in the areas. We are a concrete repair company. Peninsula is one we do not spend a lot of time in.
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Wow. Iím so glad that I am getting opinions from you guys. Thank you.
What neighborhoods would you suggest in that Fenwick Island area? I see the cape Windsor place as a suggestion. What about Bayville Shores?

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I have a second home in Bayside for about five years. Pretty much everything you hear above is accurate. HOA is a bit high. Amenities are great! Iím sure you can find something less expensive. Itís really hard for me to explain it but I wouldnít buy any where else. In fact Iím looking at buying a little bit larger home in Bayside and plan to live there when we finally retire. I love the Freeman Stage, Cove, indoor pool and now the pool at the point. My wife and I bike everywhere. Itís a great place to disconnect and recharge but thatís true about the entire eastern shore. You canít go wrong anywhere down there.
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
Wow. Iím so glad that I am getting opinions from you guys. Thank you.
What neighborhoods would you suggest in that Fenwick Island area? I see the cape Windsor place as a suggestion. What about Bayville Shores?

thanks
Sorry I missed the follow up on this. I am actually listing a bay view townhouse in Bayville Shores next week. A fair amount of inventory in there means you could get a decent deal. Different animal than Bayside, but also more modest fees. Down here, you are going to get what you pay for when it comes to fees/amenities/ and the overlooked quality of management.
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Isn't one of those 2 developments condo or coop ownership vs fee simple? We looked at both when they were still in the planning process.
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Isn't one of those 2 developments condo or coop ownership vs fee simple? We looked at both when they were still in the planning process.
Condo and co-op are two very different things with very different guidelines and processes, though the current mls we use now forces us to use the option "condo/co-op" there is no longer just a condo option. We don't have many (I can only think of maybe one or two) co-ops here. Cape Windsor is fee simple. Bayville Shores is indeed condo ownership, the townhomes in Bayside are also condo ownership, but the single family are HOA. Most townhouse communities in Sussex are condo ownership.
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Thanks. For some reason I thought the singles were condo as well.
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Thanks. For some reason I thought the singles were condo as well.
I don't believe they are in Bayside, but many developments down here that have multiple stages and mixed home types (condos, townhomes and single families) have them. It is easier for them to break down varied community fees through different phases. They will be on an HOA and a Condo. Whole development will often have one set HOA fee, but condo fee vary per phase/area.
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