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Luxurious Modern Rehoboth Beach Retreat with Pool by an Award-Winning Architect

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Vacation retreat 4 BR, 3 FB, with pool in Rehoboth close to the beach

Private Rehoboth vacation oasis exquisitely furnished - not your typical rental. Sunny, airy, spacious floor plan all opens to pool and terrace, and garden. Think white and South Beach - designed by award-winning architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. He is an architect and designer, and his surprises, incorporated into the more than 400 houses he has designed in the course of a long career, are all a result of ingeniously arranged spaces and perspectives. “A house promises things to the viewer,” he says, “and it must fulfill that promise. So many houses oversell, and you wonder why you came in. I want people to enter one of my houses and say, ‘Wow!’”

Well-equipped kitchen with two wine coolers, large refrigerator, six-burner gas cook-top, wall oven, warming drawer, built-in microwave, two dishwashers, coffee and espresso maker and everything else you need to enjoy your vacation if you choose to cook at home. Large island with Carrara marble and plentiful storage.

It is ideally sited on a half acre corner lot and extensively landscaper to provide privacy.

Technology - the home has wireless internet, fully wired throughout for music, televisions and cable in living room and all bedrooms.

The basics - four bedrooms, three full baths, stone floors and soaring ceilings. The master bedroom has a king bed and opens to a wonderful screened porch. Two of the guest rooms open to side terraces and the fourth bedroom has a queen bed but is a bit smaller than the other two. Slate floors throughout.

Multiple private terraces with gorgeous furniture around the house and pool for relaxing and dining. Two large porches, one off the master bedroom and the other off the dining room.

The home is equipped with everything you need to enjoy your vacation – gas grill, beach chairs, an expansive book collection and much more.

UPDATE - the home is featured in the June 2014 issue of Delaware Today.

Ken Sugarman and Tommy Llewellyn know that great architecture is the ultimate geometry lesson, a pursuit that combines lines, surfaces and dimensions.

Both partners are design pros. Sugarman builds and renovates high-end homes in the Washington, D.C., area and at the Delaware beaches. Llewellyn is an architect for the World Bank.

When they built their own retreat in Rehoboth Beach, the couple turned to Hugh Newell Jacobsen, an architect who is known internationally for his modern, pavilion-style residences, including the home on Martha’s Vineyard he designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 1980s. Every year, the professional journal Architectural Record chooses the 15 best new houses in the United States. Jacobsen has won the honor 20 times.

“We knew that he would design a wonderful, one-of-a-kind home for us—and he has,” Llewellyn says.

Essentially, the house is designed on a geometric grid in which architectural elements add up to the number 16. The stone pavers on the floors are 16 inches square. The large windows and doors on the back of the house are eight feet wide, which is 16 divided in half.

The result is harmonious flow free of friction, a subliminal invitation to relax.

“It’s pleasing,” Sugarman says. “You don’t know quite why, but everything works together.”
Whiter Shades of Pale

Like their house, the homeowners are blissfully compatible in their design aesthetic. Both partners envisioned a sanctuary with spare surfaces, crisp angles and a monochromatic palette of various shades of white.

“We are very simpatico,” Sugarman says.

“We don’t have arguments,” Llewellyn adds. “If I say ‘I want that,’ he usually says, ‘I want that, too.’”

To make clean-lined white cupboards in the kitchen, the couple commissioned Oceanic Ventures, a cabinetmaker in Lewes. Custom storage enables the homeowners to corral clutter and keep the kitchen sleek. A washer and dryer are hidden behind doors under the counter.

The couple chose Carrera marble for the countertops in the kitchen and baths. The stone’s milky tones and silvery veining are a subtle complement to stainless steel appliances and chrome fixtures. “Repeating materials helps to make a home feel cohesive,” Sugarman says.

White stone floors laid throughout the house are elegant yet practical. “Stone is impervious to everything,” Sugarman says. “Wet feet, sandy feet, high heels.”

Vintage waterman buoys are mounted on walls to add rustic pops of color. The couple discovered the bright turquoise and red sign advertising Esther Williams swimming pools at Pelican Loft, a shop in Rehoboth that specializes in salvaged furnishings and architectural elements.

Left: The master bedroom, like the rest of the house, is done in various shades of white.
Right: A pair of pavilions are transformed into open-air bars when the couple entertains.
Arranging the Furniture

In the gathering area, furniture is placed away from the walls, creating an aura of breathing room, a feeling of spaciousness.

A large sectional sofa in the center of the room provides lots of seating. It’s a classic piece the partners have used in several homes. “It’s 20 years old,” Llewellyn says. “We’ve had it re-covered three times.”

In a previous, more traditional incarnation, the sofa was upholstered in a floral print. This time around, it’s covered in soft white, with tailored gray piping. To give the piece more contemporary lines, the couple replaced small, multiple back cushions with long, linear cushions.

The seating area is anchored by a shag rug in a large block pattern of white and pale gray, a cozy counterpoint to the stone floor. “Shag is a more casual kind of rug, something people enjoy walking on in bare feet,” Llewellyn says.

A wall of glass sliders that forms the back of the room visually expands the space, as well. The glass also ushers in serene views of the pool and gardens.
A Midcentury Master

The master suite is hip and spare, with a midcentury modern sensibility.

A pair of clean-lined, cream-colored chairs that flank a low and lean circa 1950 chest also are midcentury originals, rescued from the trash during an office remodeling project. Llewellyn recognized the chairs as the work of Jens Risom, a Danish designer who brought Scandinavian interiors to the United States. Lyndon B. Johnson, intent on giving the Oval Office a touch of youthful hipness, installed a Risom chair there in the 1960s. Today, you’ll find Risom pieces in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “What a waste to throw them away,” Llewellyn says. “It was our duty to salvage them.”

Sugarman and Llewellyn employed the time-honored design tip of combining vintage and designer pieces with furniture of more humble origin. They bought the bed from IKEA. The streamlined side tables are from West Elm.

The total effect looks hip, relaxed—and expensive. “Good design is good design, whether it comes from Target or New York City,” Sugarman says.

The master bedroom adjoins a private screened porch furnished with a large daybed that can be wheeled outdoors to provide extra seating during large gatherings. In day-to-day life, the porch is a tranquil retreat that offers an intimate connection with the outdoors.

Sugarman and Llewellyn envisioned the grounds surrounding the house as a series of open-air rooms. Paxton Holt Jordan, a landscape architecture firm in Milton, designed a California chic setting with an East Coast twist. Flowering crape myrtle and hydrangeas, all in white, mirror the pale palette inside the house.

If the oversized settees, chaises and market umbrella on the patio look as if they might be at a resort it’s because they were designed for use at high-end hotels.

“Commercial furniture costs a little more going in but it will last much longer because it is made to stand up to constant use,” Sugarman says.

A tall hedge buffers the yard from neighbors. A dining table and chairs are stationed in a small grove in the side garden. A hammock is tucked away in a stand of trees in the far corner of the property.

A pair of pavilions are stationed at either end of the yard. On most days, they serve as massive garden sculptures. When the couple entertains, the structures are transformed into open-air bars. A shimmering Roman-style pool is ideal for swimming laps, or, Llewellyn notes, “getting your feet wet while you’re enjoying a cocktail.”

Left: The living room doors open to create a seamless connection with the outdoors.
Right: The Roman-style pool is ideal for swimming laps.
Super Space Planning

There are pocket-sized patios outside each guest room, allowing visitors to enjoy morning coffee or a nightcap without disturbing others in the house.

Each guest room is furnished simply, with a bed, a pair of nightstands and a chair. Flat-screen TVs are mounted on the wall. Storage is provided by built-in cupboards. To keep the tops of the nightstands clear for a book or a drink, pendant lamps are suspended from the ceiling.

The architect designed window seats in the foyer, ideal for quiet reading. Beneath the seat, there are drawers for storage.

“He made every square foot count, without making the house feel crowded,” Sugarman says. “That’s the genius of his design.”


Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Rehoboth Beach is a welcoming, friendly community. One mile square, the seaside town has all of the modern amenities. It is a place where people can stroll down tree-lined streets, neighbors know one another, children play outside and a diverse community comes together to preserve the city’s charm and unique character. The town has much to offer, namely an energetic day and nightlife in a progressive, year-round resort. Here is a link to the top restaurants in town


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Television in the living room and each bedroom has a television with cable....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

    Side driveway...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee and espresso maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Well-equipped open plan kitchen. Custom white cabinetry with carrara marble counters and stainless steel appliances. Wine coolers in addition to normal appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Gorgeous private pool with comfortable lounge chairs. Spacious outdoor shower....moreless



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7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Tuesday

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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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Rehoboth Beach is a beautiful small town on the East Coast featuring enjoyable year round weather, great restaurants, and tax free shopping - all just two hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. Rehoboth Beach offers plenty for the whole family to do, including its one mile Boardwalk, its beautiful clean beaches and water, and its many other recreational activities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: I am a Washingtonian who has been going to Rehoboth my entire life. Owning a home in this special town has been a life-long dream. This property was a unique opportunity and I am thrilled to have taken possession the end of June 2014. I hope you will love it as much as I do - it is truly a happy place for all who visit.

Why the Owner Chose Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA:
There is nothing else like this in Rehoboth - it is an exceptional property by an award-winning architect with outstanding design, comfort, luxury and privacy.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The light, the open space, the floor plan, the garden and the private pool and terrace.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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  • Rear view of home and terrace

    Rear view of home and terrace

  • Terrace and pool

    Terrace and pool

  • Great Room

    Great Room

  • Front hall

    Front hall

  • Porch off dining room

    Porch off dining room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • private side terrace off of guest rooms.

    private side terrace off of guest rooms.

  • Third Bedroom with doors to terrace.  Queen bed.

    Third Bedroom with doors to terrace. Queen bed.

  • Second Bathroom

    Second Bathroom

  • Front view of the home

    Front view of the home

  • Beautiful living room with all new furniture January 2016

    Beautiful living room with all new furniture January 2016

  • The porch off the dining room is a perfect place for morning coffee.

    The porch off the dining room is a perfect place for morning coffee.

  • View from master to porch and pool.

    View from master to porch and pool.

  • King bed in second guest room opens to private terrace

    King bed in second guest room opens to private terrace

  • Fourth Bedroom with Queen sized bed.

    Fourth Bedroom with Queen sized bed.

  • Outdoor Shower

    Outdoor Shower

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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