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.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Luxurious Ocean City Home
Luxury living down the shore! This spacious house is dripping with the finest finishings, including five bedrooms and bathrooms, four Jacuzzi soaking tubs, four fireplaces and a top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen. And after a relaxing day at the beach, you can continue the entertainment indoors in the private movie theater or game room.
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67 Spruce Rd., Ocean City
6,000 sq. ft.
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).
In the wake of Ocean City’s ranking as No. 1 for vacation home buying, Cape May gets in on the action as the No. 1 shore destination for renters. The rankings were released by FlipKey, a TripAdvisor product that serves as a HomeAway-style portal for users who want to rent vacation homes.
However, as Jen Miller points out on the Philly Post, the results–derived from reservation requests made through FlipKey–are probably not as scientifically reliable as a study from Johns Hopkins, say.
Ocean City, NJ, got quite a bit of attention when it was recently ranked No. 1 on the list of The Most Popular Towns to Buy a Vacation Home. That ranking was determined by the online real-estate listings service Trulia, which based its results on the number of searches users made on its site for the months of March 2013 and April 2012. North Wildwood came in at No. 2, but Ocean City real estate had higher median home prices at $525,000.
Such popularity had tongues wagging about a possible home shortage and even a rental shortage. We were there this weekend and saw plenty of signs advertising rentals near the beach, and there are absolutely homes available–depending, of course, how much you’d like to spend.
Let’s break it down by price range.
Pure Tacos at 1935 Chestnut Street is closing on Tuesday, May 7th after ten months in business. The gluten-free taqueria also had a seasonal location in Ocean City, New Jersey that will not be returning this year.
Chestnut Street has not been kind to Mexican spots as El Fuego, Moe’s Southwestern and now Pure Tacos have all closed. Of course there are still south-of-the-border options in Qdoba and El Rey.
SPOTLIGHT LISTING: A view from the top at this Ocean City NJ condo for sale
One of the perks of being at the shore is the relaxing calm that comes with an ocean view. Enjoy 270-degree views from above in this Ocean City NJ condo for sale, which includes a 400-square-foot rooftop deck, from which you can see Atlantic City on a clear day, as well a wraparound deck that faces south. Just off the boardwalk, the building also boasts 24-hour security, fitness center, heated pool and two parking spots. The condo itself also has a recently remodeled kitchen—but with proximity to Mack & Manco pizza, who wants to cook!
921 Park Place, 1517, Ocean City
Spotlight Listing: Ocean City House with Pool
Spending a sunny summer afternoon taking in the views of the lovely lagoon from the back deck sounds like the ideal afternoon, right? However, wouldn’t it be even better if you could hop into the swimming pool when it started to get a little too hot in the Adirondack chair? This Ocean City house with pool offers just that, with a lovely two-floor deck and an in-ground heated pool on the lower level. This home is on the lagoon and includes a bulkhead with floating docks and deep water slips, putting any summer outdoor activity at your fingertips. And for when you’re hanging indoors, it has two spacious master suites, hardwood floors, and granite countertops in the kitchen to make it the perfect summer getaway destination or year-round dwelling.
4 Tobago Lane, Ocean City, NJ
Whether you’re looking for your next vacation home or a full-time residence at the beach, this custom-built single-family home in Ocean City is hard to pass up with its five large bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and a large kitchen with Corian counters and a tile backsplash. It includes an elevator, three large decks and hot tub (perfect for chillier end-of-season nights). Plus, it sits on one of the highest elevations on the island.
2411 Wesley Ave, Ocean City 08226
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Ocean City is known as a family-friendly oceanside resort, with its motto as “America’s greatest family resort!” It continues to attract many partial residents during the summer months, with its miles of guarded beaches, boardwalk and downtown shopping and dining district. Full-time residents, of course, often prefer the sleepy calm that comes over the town between tourist seasons.
Ocean City was first known as Peck’s Beach, likely named for whaler John Peck who used the island as a staging spot for his whaling operation. In 1879, four Methodist ministers sought it out as a good place for a Christian retreat and camp, and chose the name “Ocean City.” The group established the Ocean City Association and began planning the resort town we know today. By 1883 the first bridge was built to the island, and a railroad soon followed as the town began to flourish and grow into the city it is today.
The boardwalk in Ocean City is perhaps one of the most well-known on the East Coast. It runs for two and half miles and includes two family amusement parks with rides and carnival games. Bike and surrey rentals are available for families who want to cruise the boardwalk on wheels and check attractions like the water park, mini-golf, arcades or Music Pier. There are also plenty of favorite spots to grab a bite to eat, including Mack & Manco’s Pizza, Johnson’s Popcorn and Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard.
Ocean City is great for families as well as couples looking to live right on the beautiful New Jersey coast and enjoy its beaches all year round. It’s also a popular place for a second residence, as its summer activities attract many.
117 Anchor Rd., Ocean City, NJ
This home on the bay has 80 feet of bulkhead and an in-ground swimming pool.
Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half