Originally appeared in Northern Virginia magazine
Audrey McCarthy and her husband were not interested in becoming empty nesters. The parents of three college students, they were “Looking for a way to grab ’em and keep ’em back. We thought a beach house would be a really real way to stay connected to the kids as they were moving on with their independent lives,” she says. “It’s been fabulous for us.” They purchased a 3,500-square-foot home in quiet Bethany Beach, Del. Ideal for use in summer, the McCarthy’s use it year-round. McCarthy’s parents, in the 80s, come for frequent visits. An elevator makes negotiating the multi-level home easy—even McCarthy’s 12-year-old golden retriever is a frequent hitcher of rides. And while the kids might favor the nightlife of nearby Dewey Beach over sleepier Bethany, McCarthy hears no real complaints. It’s oceanfront: Perfect for taking morning jogs along the water, whiling away the days with a book or sipping cocktails from the decks above… Read the entire article online at: Northern Virginia Magazine
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