Jawdropper of the Week: A Summer Palace in Longport for $6.999M

“Fortress Point,” 117 S. 17th Ave., Longport, N.J. 08403 | Images via Dorothy & Company – BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

And here we’d thought we’d seen everything when we came across the tale of the “Little Marble House” in Avalon.

Now comes this absolutely spectacular sprawling home in Longport to show us that we haven’t seen anything yet.

Like that Avalon home, this one uses a most un-Jersey-Shore architectural vocabulary, clad as it is in brick and brownstone and festooned with pediments and carvings, a bit of the Gilded Age transported to our time.

And yet…its layout and massing bespeak a certain Jerseyness. (Don’t see it? Close your eyes and imagine this home with wood railings and trim and way more shingles.) Read more »

14 Must-Try Donuts At the Jersey Shore

14 Must-Try Donuts At the Jersey Shore | Frog Hollow Bakery in Greenfield

Frog Hollow Bakery in Greenfield | Photograph by Jason Varney

Whether you like your donuts cake-y or light as air, tossed simply in sugar or smothered in a candy-colored glaze, everyone pretty much agrees that hot donuts during a weekend at the shore are one of life’s little pleasures.

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A.C., Ocean City Beaches Among 31 Flagged by N.J. DEP

Wildwood beach

Photo | Dan McQuade

Elevated bacteria levels have prompted the Department of Environmental Protection to close three New Jersey beaches and issue a water quality advisory at 31 others.

The N.J. DEP closed Beachwood Beach West, Summit Beach and West Beach in Toms River. Advisories are issued at more than two dozen beaches stretching from Monmouth to Cape May counties, including at beaches in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties. Read more »

Requiem for a “Little Marble House”

The Kantors’ summer home in Avalon, as it appeared in the summer of 2013… | Photo: Jim Meehan via Jack Vizzard, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Jersey Shore homes tend to stick to a fairly modest architectural language of wood shingles and beams, following a traditional architectural vocabulary with some connections to the New England shingle style.

Which is why, when a Main Line matron with a passion for the art of 18th- and 19th-century Europe imported a different New England tradition to the dunes of Avalon, heads turned.

And now they’re turning again as the magnificent marble edifice she built with her husband is being disassembled piece by piece for distribution to architectural salvage buffs across the country. Read more »

Check Out These Dogs Surfing in Ocean City for a Good Cause

A New Jersey-based nonprofit that offers free surfing and skateboarding lessons to families affected by autism and/or other special needs received some help this past weekend from a couple of unlikely volunteers.

Two registered surf dogs caught some waves on Ocean City’s 57th Street Beach on Saturday to help kick off Heart of Surfing’s fourth summer in operation and bring some joy to people in need. With paws planted firmly on their boards, Booker D. Surfdog and Onyx Shorepound Surfdog helped participants learn how to surf and feel at ease while hanging ten: Read more »

North Wildwood Joins “Other Top Boardwalks” With Smoking Ban

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

Taking a cue from its neighbor directly to the south, North Wildwood city council recently adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking on the Jersey Shore town’s own boardwalk – including all stairs and ramps. The ban, which passed unanimously and has since received final approval, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.

North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello tells Philly Mag that the legislation was drafted in response a request from the Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District to improve both public safety and health. Read more »

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