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What You Need to Know: Ocean Block, Bayside, and Bayfront in Ocean City

Buyers tend to be confused when it comes to location terminologies for Ocean City property listings. Ryan Haley, broker and owner of Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty, explains often-misunderstood and confusing terms, particularly, “ocean block,” “bayside,” and “bayfront.” 

What Is Oceanblock in Ocean City?

Oceanblock refers to properties on the side streets and not on the oceanfront. These are listings located on the east of Coastal Highway but not on the oceanfront. This section is sometimes also called “oceanside.”

What Is Bayside Ocean City?

Bayside refers to listings on the west of Coastal Highway. This covers every property from Coastal Highway to the water, but not on the water or does not touch the bay or canal. 

What Is Bayfront Ocean City?

On the same west side of Coastal Highway, any property on the canal or bayfront is classified by the multiple listing service (MLS) as bayside waterfront. To distinguish from bayside, the property has to be touching some sort of water on the west side of Coastal Highway. 

Properties that are direct bayfront are also referred to as bayfront. These could be sitting on the water with a sunset view and looking out of the bay. 

When looking for properties, the MLS could say “bayside waterfront,” but buyers are not totally sure if it is on the canal or if it is bayfront. This is where a local realtor comes in to give you a bit of knowledge on where a particular property sits or what the view is going to be like. 

It is truly important to talk to a local realtor if you are searching for a property from afar. 

For any questions that you may have regarding this topic or any other topics regarding Ocean City, Maryland, or Delaware real estate, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by phone and we will be happy to answer these questions for you. 

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