Mediterranean Villa on Seaspray Beach in Ocean City

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The sun is shining and the early spring breezes are plentiful. It is the kind of day where reasonable people begin thinking about summertime shore trips. It is also when reasonable people reel at hotel prices and think “wouldn’t it just be better if we owned our own shore house?” This Ocean City property is a good place to start if you’re looking in the $3 million-plus range.

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Manco and Manco Owners Arrested on Tax Charges

mack-manco-sliceCharles and Mary Bangle of Manco and Manco pizza fame have been arrested on tax charges.

The couple will appear in court today. Manco and Manco, formerly Mac and Manco, has four locations including three in Ocean City, New Jersey. Their pizza has been a Jersey shore tradition for 57 years.

UPDATE: Additional details, including the court documents are available here.

Morning Headlines: Winter Keeps Homebuyers Away From South Jersey

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Cold bursts may be a tiresome frustration for Philadelphians longing for spring, but in South Jersey the implications of cold weather are more concerning: The real estate market there is taking quite a hit.

The problem is that when it snows, potential homebuyers are less likely to go house-hunting at the shore. Other factors are at play as well, according to CBS Philly: “New Jersey’s job growth is behind the national average and mortgage rates have gone up.”

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Nantucket-Style Grandeur Tucked Into Margate

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This home is a symphony in wood, and not just its cedar-shingle exterior. Indoors, the Arts & Crafts-influenced home has rooms entirely of wood — walls, ceilings, every inch of built-ins as well as the custom-designed freestanding furniture, which is included with the house. One such room has board and batten-style cherry paneling with a vaguely Oriental flair, as well as the tongue and groove paneled ceilings you’ll see throughout the home. Fresh white wainscoting on virtually every wall and on large interior doors with black accents serve as a sunny backdrop; bathrooms echo the bright feeling with glass-enclosed showers or black and white tile floors. One entirely paneled ceiling is painted a pale yellow — which I didn’t know could be so delightful until I saw it here.

All the windows –minus the Arts & Crafts stained glass, which there’s plenty of — are covered with custom-made wood plantation shutters. The kitchen’s got yer Sub Zero, Miele, Wolf and a rather unique pot hanger.

Outside, the courtyard has a wood-burning stone fireplace and a working oven. Gallery and details below:

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Shore Trip Confessional: Peeing on the Garden State Parkway

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Last week I played hooky from my day job and drove to Cape May. The goal: Lock myself into a hotel room facing the ocean and work on a possible book project while enjoying what I consider a profound luxury — room service.

I was more than halfway there, on the Garden State Parkway just over the bridge between Ocean City and Sea Isle, when the front passenger tire blew. I pulled off to the side of the road, and after the shaking in my hands stopped, reached into my wallet to pull out my AAA card.

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And Now it’s Time for Some Group Escapism

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The best way to deal with yet another snow day is obviously denial. With that in mind, here are some jaw-dropping shore rentals. It’s only February, so that gives you plenty of time to convince your friends they should go in on them with you.

5792 Ocean Drive, Avalon, NJ
This seven-bedroom home sleeps 20 (good luck finding that many friends) and has almost as many bathrooms as beds. Bay views get you a steal for $15,000 for the week.



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Queen Latifah Puts NJ House Up for Sale

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The Real Estalker reports that Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens, has listed her New Jersey home, which is about an hour and a half from Philly (and close to Asbury Park). It has a total of 23 rooms, including seven bedrooms, a sun room, an exercise room, and a home theater. There’s an Olympic-size heated Infinity pool on the nine-plus landscaped acres.

The Real Estalker is not much impressed, however, by the home’s overall “murky vernacular,” “wonky ceiling and wall angles that we can’t understand or intellectually support,” “a soul-sucking office-like dropped ceiling treatment,” and “inelegant and sorta janky looking—open-air tented pavilion along one of the long sides of the rectangular pool.”

Frank, as always. Gallery below.

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Charming Cape May B&B Gets National Attention

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Popular with tourists, this Victorian inn was built in 1905 on one of Cape May’s oldest streets and boasts 30-plus years in the hospitality business. Now that it’s on the market, Curbed National has taken note of the merits of this long-established bed & breakfast.

The aptly named Windward House Inn, in Cape May’s historic district, could become a private residence or remain an inn, though Cape May B&Bs are still struggling in Sandy’s wake. Could this account for the property’s $90K price cut of four days ago?

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