Mermaid Haven in Bethany Beach

Eubank House

It would have been easier to start with nothing, but we had an architect willing to draw it all together — blend the new with the old. The memories are everywhere, and it makes me happy.”

Sue Eubank

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Location: Bethany Beach

Year built: 1981, extension added 1985, final renovation 2018

Bedrooms: 6

Baths: 5.5

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What Makes It Home – The Details.

Eubank House
From the moment the Eubank home is glimpsed from the street, it’s evident that thoughtful and dedicated hands tend the property. The slate-blue siding is immaculate against the white trim and screened-in sunroom. From the birdbaths and colorful chairs in the front garden to the custom mermaid weathervane on the cupola, this house feels grounded in family and the beach. Walking up the stairs on the front deck, Sue Eubank greets guests and points out the first of many family touches on the property: a small, yellow chair-turned-planter with a plaque that reads “In memory of John, June, and Linda Dunn, who loved this place.”

The home began as a three-bedroom, single-story home, but the family quickly grew beyond what the original house could accommodate. An addition was added in 1985 to the back of the house, which included stairs to a second story. The final touches were made in 2018 and included many custom designs that help tie in modern comforts with the family’s nearly 70-year history in and around Bethany Beach.

The front door opens into the open-concept kitchen, dining and living room. The whole space is tied together with LVT wood flooring and soft greens and blues. Everything about the space feels like a spa, with creative focal points throughout. In the dining area, the table and chairs easily command sole attention. The custom-made table features the Eubank family story in the center, with a different family moment at each place setting. Around the edge of the table, carved in perfect block lettering, is everything about Bethany Beach that the Eubank family holds dear: “Family fun at Bethany since 1949”; “Walking the boardwalk”; “Watching dolphins”; “4th of July fireworks and parade.” Different words etched on the back of each chair make this a unified set that captures the nostalgic and soothing energy of the place.

“What makes me happy about this,” Sue Eubank states, “is that a lot of folks will buy a home for the location and then tear down whatever existed before. But I couldn’t do that. I felt too connected to the existing house and the memories we had growing up.”

Leaving the dining area and entering the kitchen, the white cabinetry and brushed-nickel drawer pulls and knobs create a clean and polished space. Occasional glass-front cabinets showcase creative pottery or vases in pastel corals and yellows. The island, of course, dominates this family-friendly gathering place with cool blue, sparkling granite countertops and a deep-blue base to contrast with the white cabinetry in the rest of the kitchen. An additional sink in the island makes it an ideal prep space for large family dinners. Wood-backed barstools invite visitors to stay and relax, while a custom backsplash interspersed with tile starfish and seashells remind guests that the beach is, indeed, just around the corner. Pendant lights hanging over the island’s sink provide ample lighting for this serene space.

In the living room, there are yet more custom touches to enjoy. The slate fireplace is original to the house, though it has been shortened from its initial floor-to-ceiling height in order to accommodate a custom-crafted mantle. The mantle is a portion cut from a live-edge piece of dawn redwood so large, the designers were able to craft a matching sofa table and coffee table from the same piece of wood. On either side of the TV and entertainment center are two narrow windows, above which are handcrafted stained-glass windows. The stained glass depicts mermaids — a man to the right and a woman to the left — reaching toward each other in a way reminiscent of Michelangelo’s fresco painting The Creation of Adam. According to the homeowners, these east-facing stained-glass windows catch the morning sun and positively glow. It’s the unique touches such as this that really cement Mermaid Haven as a one-of-a-kind home. Designer Joyce Galello states about her approach to designing the home that “you want the house to have personality and memories; it’s like puzzle pieces and finding the right fit.”

Down the hallway, past the well-organized laundry and mudroom, is the first of six bedrooms. Simply but tastefully appointed, this room boasts a mermaid-print quilt and matching wicker furniture. Across from it, and through a study/craft space, is the master bedroom. The master bedroom sports a beautiful, white-shiplap ceiling and a deeper-blue paint (After the Rain, by Sherwin Williams). The entire room, according to designer Joyce Galello, was crafted around the handcrafted headboard, distressed with crackle paint and fitted with an antique mirror. The en-suite bathroom was created around the chandelier and features a double-sink vanity and walk-in luxurious shower.

Back out in the hallway and to the stairs leading to the second floor, the LVP flooring gives way to carpet. On the second floor landing, visitors have their pick of bedrooms. At the top of the stairs, to the left, are two more bedrooms — one affectionately dubbed The Bunk Room, which is fitted with the perfect-sized bunk beds for young guests; the other is a modestly appointed queen-sized bed for adult guests.

Down the hallway, to the right of the stairs, is another immaculate bedroom, with a small balcony attached and an en-suite bathroom in the calming shades of green, blue and gray, like the rest of the home. At the end of the hall may well be the most charming children’s bedroom ever created, endearingly dubbed The Boat Room. Painted in a cool gray (Star Dew by Sherwin Williams), the central feature is two sets of bunk beds framed by a custom-built boat prow. The bottom bunks are two double beds, the ladder to the top bunks situated between them. The two lofted beds are on either side of a helm’s wheel hanging on the wall. Porthole window accents, white shiplap, decorative oars and life preservers hanging on the walls, and boat lights complete the motif in the room, making it an ideal space for fantasy and play. The most sentimental aspect in the room, however, is the to-scale dollhouse of Mrs. Eubank’s childhood home. The dollhouse sits on a wheeled table, making it easy for guests to spin it around to reveal immaculately reconstructed rooms. If there were any doubt to the fidelity of the dollhouse construction, a framed photo of the actual childhood house hangs on the wall behind it.

Completing the tour of the Eubank home leaves little doubt about the homeowners’ priorities. Beach fun and a celebration of family history are married seamlessly in each room to create a tranquil space for generations to share. Many more years of amazing memories are sure to be made in gorgeous Mermaid Haven, reaffirming that life truly is better at the beach.

Our Home Team:

Builder: Hugh Hickman & Sons

Designer: Joyce G Designs

Lighting: Denny’s Lighting

Furnishings: Bethany Resort Furnishings

Home Portrait: Gerilyn Gaskill

Florist: Bethany Florist

Writer: Tarah Threadgill