Jawdropper of the Week

Ready for Summer in Avalon for $8.9M

A little bit of New England - no, make that a huge bit of New England - has settled in at the Jersey shore with gables for days and a sunset view to die for.


174 Pelican Dr., Avalon, N.J. 08202 | Photos: Jim Meehan, Shore Virtual Tours, via Jack Vizzard, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors, unless otherwise noted

Yes, it’s still winter, but we’re betting Punxsutawney Phil will get our minds off the cold tomorrow, so we figure it’s not too early to serve up a dose of summer living.

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And we’ve found a doozy in that department.

Nestled at the end of Pelican Drive on the bay side of Avalon is a house so fabulous, so bright and airy, so loaded with everything and then some, that you probably won’t want to leave it once you move into it for the summer.

And you’d really have no good reason to, for this home is equipped to take care of you, your family and your guests year round.

Don Zacker Architects designed “Pelican Point” in the Nantucket style — we lost count of the gables when we first saw it — yet it fits right in with the Jersey vernacular. (You may note, however, that some of the windows, such as the one over the front entrance, have woodwork that recalls birds in flight, a clever touch.)

Inside, you will find spaces both intimate and impressive. The first of the latter is the foyer, rising the full three-story height of the home. You get a sneak peek at its full volume as you walk in before moving to the more intimate family room directly beyond. Like all the other rooms in this home, Dashing Designs has outfitted it in a summery seashore theme.

Three separate decks, two of them covered and one of them off one of the bedrooms, face the bay on the first floor. One of them is equipped with a bar, and all of them open onto a flagstone terrace with an in-ground saltwater pool and a fabulous view of the bay. (We’re hoping that whoever buys this home remembers where they first read about it and invites us over for cocktails at sunset.)

All nine of this home’s bedrooms have bay views to boot, and each of them has a deck or balcony and an en suite bathroom decorated in a nautical theme. Four of them are on the first floor, three on the second, and two on the third. We’ll get to one of those third-floor bedrooms in a little bit.

Up one floor are the main living spaces. Climb the stairs (don’t take the elevator) and the full glory of the foyer greets you at the top. Then, as you pass under the third-floor hallway bridge, you enter a spectacular two-story-high living room with huge windows that let the outdoors in. With a gas fireplace at one end and a wet bar with wine fridge at the other, this room will wow your guests when they visit.

And you can host them in style with meals prepared in the elegant kitchen, equipped with restaurant-quality appliances and vast expanses of marble- and granite-topped counters where you can spread out your work and put on a show for your visitors.

One floor up from all this is your own personal retreat: a master suite outfitted with a spacious dressing room and bath for her and a home gym and separate bath for him. There’s also

The quality of materials and construction that went into this home is evident at every turn, and the architect produced floor plans that make the most of its bayside lot. Best of all, everything’s been taken care of for you — just grab the keys and move your clothes in once you’ve signed the agreement of sale.

THE FINE PRINT

BEDS: 9

BATHS: 9 full, 3 half

SQUARE FEET: 8,336

SALE PRICE: $8,900,000

OTHER STUFF: Your home has 177 linear feet of bulkhead along the bay and two boat slips, one with a hoist.



174 S. Pelican Dr., Avalon, N.J. 08202 [Jack Vizzard | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors – Avalon]