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Most Awesome Boardwalk Smackdown Has People Talking Smack and–Possibly–Taking Smack?

Photo of Ocean City Boardwalk by Laura Kicey

Photo of Ocean City Boardwalk by Laura Kicey

Okay, we’re fairly certain that even those who didn’t make the list of Budget Travel Magazine’s Most Awesome Boardwalks have not reached a pit of despair so deep that they’ve been reduced to pursuing drug addiction. But these debates can get passionate, that’s for sure, when the stakes are high.

Everyone at the Jersey Shore is looking for tourism this summer, worried that Sandy, or national perceptions of Sandy, will keep people away. Budget Travel included area boardwalks at Atlantic City, Point Pleasant, Wildwood and Rehoboth–but did not mention Ocean City, NJ, which does, indeed, seem odd. But Ocean City, Maryland, got a strong mention, and perhaps the writers felt it would be too clunky to have two Ocean Cities on the list (far-fetched, we realize).

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Gorgeous Haddonfield Victorian Goes Under Contract in Less Than One Month

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It’s no surprise this 19th-century beauty went under contract so quickly: It has scads of period details, both outside and in, including pine floors, fireplaces, woodwork, built-ins, wooden doors and stained glass. Much has been modernized, including the all important kitchen, which has Thermadore appliances. The property has six bedrooms, a den, four bathrooms and a basement in the main house; there is a carriage house as well.

It was listed for $890,000 and got an offer in less than 30 days.

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Morning Headlines, Closing Time Edition: Shampoo, Italiano’s, Pathmark

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Photo of Shampoo via Shampoo's Facebook page.

• Three Pathmarks in South Jersey will close [philly.com] • Italiano’s Water Ice Is Closed, Long Live Italiano’s [Philly Post] • Shampoo Nightclub Disappears Into Blur(r) [philebrity] • Update: Agent denies vandalizing neighbor’s yard [Inquirer] • Paesano’s Is Now Open at Woody’s [foobooz] • The Real Story of the Gayborhood Revival [Philly Post]

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Developer Beats Union League and Cherry Hill in Battle Over Woodcrest Country Club

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The contested Woodcrest Country Club was won at auction this morning by Cherry Hill Land Associates, which prevented Philadelphia’s Union League–as well as Camden County–from acquiring the land. The Union League had pledged to keep Woodcrest as a golf course, while the mayor and county officials were interested in preserving the land as green space.

This is a terrible blow for Cherry Hill’s mayor, who launched a fierce campaign to raise enough money for the bid. It’s unknown what the developer, a subsidiary of First Montgomery Group AMO, plans to do with the land, though they have said it won’t be golf-related.

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Ultramodern “Logan’s Run” House With Bidet and a Bathroom Land Line

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The 1976 futuristic thriller Logan’s Run is known mainly for two things: miraculously bad acting, including that of Farrah Fawcett, and an ultramodern set that was miraculously not bad. In fact it was even, dare we say it, almost Kubrick-esque.

Of course, it hit all the right notes: all-white interiors; mirrors and metallics; perfectly symmetrical edges, whether rounded or flat; and the ridiculous one-piece clothing we’ll apparently all be wearing in the future. But it was also a product of its time, with some deliciously 1970s-era design motifs–including Michael York, who was a design motif of his own.

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Barn With Passing Resemblance to Vanna Venturi House, Plus Spotless Farm With Suburban Tract House

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farmhouse friday iconThough the barn can’t be put in the same category as the Venturi house, it’s without question the most interesting building on this property. The other two residences could be in any Philly or New Jersey suburb–and they’re entirely different than any farmhouses we’ve featured so far. There’s an in-ground pool and hot tub here, a heated garage and one has a truly pedestrian ranch design.

Yet this is indeed a farm, and a serious one at that: It’s 107 acres of workable land. The Vanna Venturi-lite barn is one of two luxurious equestrian residences–with seven matted 14×14 stalls, hot/cold wash stall, a full kitchen and bath, and a hay loft with a deck; the other with four stalls, electric and water.
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Now That’s Chutzpah! Failing Atlantic Club Shoots Down Offer From PokerStars

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Atlantic Club visitors enjoy the casino-hotel's outdoor dining--where no one wants online poker anyway.

It might be on life support, but the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City has rejected a purchase bid from the unsavory online gambling giant PokerStars. It’s a bold move not only because the Club is in free-fall–having been counted out by virtually everyone except its ownership–but also because Gov. Chris Christie signed Internet gambling legislation this year in anticipation of this deal. That wasn’t his only motivation, of course, but suffice to say he probably didn’t see this breakup coming. Nor did the industry watchers who were counting on the British company’s invasion to jumpstart a gaming recovery.

Politicians who have been on opposite sides of the deal all along had similarly contrasting reactions to the news of the broken engagement.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak said: “That’s not good news for Atlantic City for sure. Unless the Atlantic Club can find a white knight to invest in its operations, they’re going to be a couple thousand people out of work, which will also have a broader impact on Atlantic City’s recovery. I hope there’s a Plan B.”

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NJ Home Still on the Market After a Staggering $1.75 Million Price Cut

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In the picture above, the landscaping makes part of this estate look like a mini-golf course. But there’s nothing mini about 108 Raven Court in Berlin, NJ. The listing says it’s “like nothing you’ve ever seen,” and that’s no exaggeration–especially when it comes to the 2.5 acres of land outside. The grounds include a vineyard; that octagonal structure which is a 2,500-square-foot barroom; an in-ground pool with jacuzzi; a cabana; a potting shed; 160 outdoor lights; a little bridge over a rock stream; topiary; and all that greenery–including rose gardens.

Inside the six-bedroom, 15,000-square-foot home, the vast kitchen has a clutch of Bertazzoni and Viking ranges; a media room; colored, leaded glass topping a turret; wine storage and wine refrigerators; four laundry rooms; and 13 separate entrances. There are a total of 8 fireplaces, both inside and outside, and a five-care garage.

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Hottest Suburban Philadelphia Neighborhoods: East Greenwich! Who Knew?

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Here it is: the first suburban entry in Philadelphia Magazine’s April 2013 Real Estate issue “The New Hot Neighborhoods.” East Greenwich certainly isn’t new to East Greenwich, but while Graduate Hospital feels like an inevitability in terms of real estate hotness, this pastoral New Jersey township is a bit of a surprise.

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