The rise of e-commerce has created a raft of cultural shifts that are ongoing and profound—South Bethany, DE real estate is certainly one of them. One ripple effect may be expected from an industry that touches us all: the restaurants. It’s a ripple that’s just beginning to be felt in some areas—but may ultimately touch South Bethany, DE real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, “as e-commerce expands into food delivery, new bets are being made on real estate.”

How so?

Traditionally, except in the most heavily-populated urban areas, regular restauranteurs have put little to no emphasis on food delivery. Although more common in Manhattan, Chicago or San Francisco, in most places, offering a delivery option was at best a financially break-even proposition. But e-commerce has begun to change that.

As mobile apps and one-click delivery options have skyrocketed in popularity, the revenue potential has become ever clearer. But more than that, now a growing number of restaurants are seeing a new possibility. Why pay for an expensive street-facing retail space in a trendy neighborhood if you could avoid it? Couldn’t you operate your kitchen from a less expensive warehouse district? In other words, if the demand is great enough, why not go all-delivery? The economies are undeniable—especially since it involves dispensing with the payrolls of greeters, servers, and a good deal of associated support staff.

The phenomenon has yet to displace restaurants in a major way—and it certainly will never compete with the entertainment value that an evening out at a fine restaurant will always provide. But just as e-commerce has turned the taxicab business upside down, it might not be surprising if the e-commercial revolution winds up allowing a significant number of restauranteurs to focus their efforts toward out-serving their loyal followers. The Journal even reports the advent of startup companies opening shared kitchen in industrial buildings devoted to “liberating” restaurants from their storefronts.

For local homeowners, the effect on their own South Bethany, DE real estate might not be affected by this particular cultural shift—except for the possibility of having a variety of delicious restaurant meals available at our doorstep for a reasonable price.

South Bethany, DE real estate is changing fast, too. I hope you’ll give me a call with any and all of your real estate queries! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

 Buying Delaware homes takes some degree of organization no matter what. Especially when time is a screaming imperative, it can make or break whether you land a home that’s right—or one you ultimately determine isn’t adequate over the long haul. Whether the time pressure is due to a sudden job transfer, family emergency, or the unexpectedly rapid sale of an existing Delaware residence (that can happen when I’m your selling agent!). Finding your next home in a hurry calls for no-nonsense organization.

The precise path to your house-hunting success is bound to include some unexpected elements, but having a step-by-step plan in mind will provide a useful template:

1.      Get pre-approved. This comes first, rather than determining how much you can (or want to) afford because it will reveal the lending world’s opinion, which—if you are other than an all-cash buyer—will preclude wasting time chasing just-out-of-reach properties.

2.      Set your budget. This may not be all you can borrow: it should be what you can comfortably afford.

3.      Hunt online. This is where today’s shoppers can cut to the chase way more efficiently than previous generations.

4.      Find a real estate agent who is highly experienced in the Delaware market (highly recommended: me!).

5.      Tour a variety of candidate properties. Your agent will manage this process to save time. Don’t be afraid to visit open houses if they pop up (but be sure to tell the showing agent you are represented).

6.      Revisit the finalist properties. Experience dictates that first impressions are not trustworthy.

7.      Discuss the terms of an offer; have your agent prepare and submit.

Once sale terms have been negotiated, your agent will keep the ensuing provisions on track and on schedule (including the professional inspection, which is always a prudent step no matter how pressing the timetable). At some point in the process, it’s likely you will revise what you thought you wanted: selecting the home that “feels right” can’t be done without walking through the non-virtual space—and that more than once.

Whether or not time is a key issue, I hope you’ll remember to include me when you are interviewing for your Delaware agent. I’ll return your call promptly! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

If you page through this month’s South Bethany, DE listings, you’ll find a collection of homes that embody all kinds of structural styles. There is no single “South Bethany, DE architecture”—although some homeowner associations are aimed at preserving a pleasantly homogeneous neighborhood look.

Now, from out in Southern California, comes word of a small but impressive architecturally conscious project—one noteworthy on a number of fronts. Appropriately, last week’s national rollout came from the Business Insider magazine. That’s appropriate when you consider that the price tags attached to residences in the project—“The Case”—will prohibit buyer interest from all but heavyweight business titans.

At $40 million - $100 million per, the five houses being built by developer Scott Gillen easily fall into the self-described “super-luxe” category. Once completed, the five will find themselves nestled within one of the few gated communities in Malibu. Since it took Gillen eleven years to get his 24-acre project approved by the notoriously fussy California Coastal Commission, it’s a good bet that “The Case” may be the last.

The astronomical price tags are easy to understand when you consider the exclusivity of the enclave, its security provisions, and its architectural bona fides:

Exclusivity. Not debatable. Come on! The humblest neighbor’s house costs $40,000,000.

Security. Since The Case is sited atop a 200’ bluff with a 360-degree outlook, the place is strategically similar to what ancient kings demanded when deciding where to build their castles. No moat, maybe, but the head of security is Gavin deBecker, who will be in charge of keeping everything “paparazzi-proof.” He’s the fellow Jeff Bezos tapped to find out who leaked his text messages. As a final measure of security, each house is fitted with a water cannon “that rises from the ground to fight fires.” Private firefighting personnel are also envisioned. Security: check!

Architectural pedigree: “The Case” development is to be an homage to the famous “Case Study” houses—iconic experimental homes designed by Eames, Neutra, and Saarinen in mid-20th century. The first six of those houses were recognized as “Blueprints for Modern Living”—visionary examples of modern design and efficiency. They attracted more than 350,000 visitors to Los Angeles.

“The Case” houses are promoted as updated versions of the Case Study’s mid-century modern architecture—but with at least one notable difference. The Getty Research Institute says that the originals “promoted economical construction concepts.” That feature is clearly missing from these updates. Today’s typical South Bethany, DE architecture is most definitely more economically grounded. To scrutinize some notable examples for yourself—call me! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com

Last week, word arrived about a newly constructed luxury home that sold for an “undisclosed” multi-million-dollar sum. Since the closing was an ocean away, that news would normally not have been of special interest here in South Bethany, DE. But the Australian mansion’s sale was noteworthy not only because of how quickly it was snatched up (only three days after listing) but because of the breadth of advanced electronics it included.

The Aussie web site news.com reported that the seven-bedroom tri-level luxury home had been listed for auction in March (that’s how homes are sold Down Under) with the public invited for a 30-day inspection period. To the surprise of all, “within hours” after the well-heeled buyer took a single tour of the place, he snapped it up. The home’s noteworthy attributes were its abundance of “new-age” features—an abundance of built-in electronics that were, as its builders modestly described, “tech-savvy.” To promote the property, appropriate electronic media were engaged—including an outdoor electronic signboard announcing the sale and playing videos of the property.

 It’s a long-standing trend for South Bethany, DE luxury homes to increasingly incorporate advanced electronic features, yet this property’s remote-controlled toilets and bidets in the guest rooms, as well as the master, reflected an unmistakable “all-in” approach. A partial list of some of the other features included keyless entry and lift access, a full house air conditioning system allowing individual room settings, remote controlled motorized blinds, and a driveway with undisclosed security features, among others. The home theatre was iPad-controlled, as was the outdoor entertainment terrace. All-in-all, it made for one serious tech-savvy home.

Although there is no doubt at all that today’s South Bethany, DE luxury market is headed in the same direction, I have to suspect that there were some less-publicized features that factored into the speedy sale. Italian porcelain tiles, state-of-the-art finishes, “custom joinery” and an overall “meticulous attention to detail” were all evident from the photos accompanying the news story. It concluded with the agent granting that overall, the high-tech inclusions were only part of “a well-built masterpiece.”

South Bethany, DE luxury homes increasingly include electronic features that are part of 21st-century life—but it’s the underlying quality of any property that sets it apart. I hope you’ll call me when thinking about buying or selling one of our own local South Bethany, DE masterpieces! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com