Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7 — Century-old Bethany cottage

Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had vacationed with their four children at her parents’ Ocean City, Md., condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler cottage in Bethany Beach, they were intrigued by its history.

The house had been owned for generations by the family of former state Sen. Louis Drexler and had operated as a bed-and-breakfast for some time. Despite the heavy toll the years had taken on the home, they saw great potential, and jumped at the chance to buy and restore the diamond-in-the-rough to its original charm.

Beginning in March 2016, the wife, acting as the general contractor, worked with their builder to complete the exterior and interior transformation in just six months. The goal throughout the process was to retain as much of the five-bedroom home’s original character and to enhance its charm with appropriate upgrades and cosmetic improvements.

The original dark cherry tongue-and-groove walls and ceilings now shine with multiple coats of white paint that highlight architectural details, as well as their quirky imperfections. The choice of a bold navy exterior paint led to a subtle Americana décor and a new name for the house: “Blue Haven.”

The home was originally oceanfront but has been moved three times over the years, now resting just 80 steps from the ocean. The owners said they enjoy watching the daily parade of summer visitors passing their front porch and love experiencing small-town living. The warm and inviting home reflects a new generation who cherish its history and are committed to preserving it for the future.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Tickets, priced at $30, may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.