5 Fabulous Homes By the Water at the Jersey Shore

These oceanfront and bayfront homes offer plenty more besides the beach and bay.

SJSRMLS image via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

Haven’t yet landed your vacation place at the Jersey shore?

You’re in luck, then, for there are still plenty of places you can buy for your summer enjoyment.

This week, we will take a look at all the various options for Shore living, both short- and long-term, starting at the top: choice homes located right on the ocean or the bay. Of course, these handsome homes come with equally handsome price tags given their prized locations, but they offer a good deal more than a great view. From north to south, we offer you:

106 S. Clarendon Ave., Margate (above) | 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 3,642 square feet, $3,290,000

This three-story home is a modern masterpiece on the last lot before the beach. Design elements like a backlit LED floating entrance stair and glass railings on the top-floor deck add drama and panache to this home, as do its exquisite fittings, finishes and fixtures inside. An atrium running the full height of the house fills the main staircase with light, and full-height windows on the main floor bring the spacious deck view inside. The top-floor master suite is its own private retreat with a large deck, and there’s another balcony on the second floor that offers ocean views for everyone sleeping in the bedrooms on that floor.

This home’s sale price was reduced by $309,000 on May 25.

106 S. Clarendon Ave., Margate, N.J. 08402 [Paula Hartman | Hartman Home Team | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors – Margate]

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2301 Beach Terrace, Longport | 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths, 7,000 square feet, $6,795,000

Here’s another contemporary stunner in the next town south, this one with its own private landscaped dune mediating the view from both the house and the duneside deck and pool. This one also has a full-height atrium; this time, though, it’s the living room (and the rest of the open-plan main floor) that benefit from all that lovely sunlight. Its location gives it clear views to the north and south as well as to the east, and it also boasts some rather novel extras, like the commercial pizza oven in its kitchen and the poolside Taylor ice cream machine.

2301 Beach Terrace, Longport, N.J. 08403 [Jerome DiPentino | Long & Foster Real Estate – Longport]

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228 W. Atlantic Blvd., Ocean City | 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 4,000 square feet, $2,799,900

Not everyone wants to live beside the ocean. Some people prefer the tranquility of the back bays at the Shore. This home in Ocean City’s upscale Gardens section is situated right on the Gardens Lagoon, offering an additional level of intimacy to the bay view. This seven-year-old custom-built home speaks the traditional language of Shore vernacular architecture with an extra dollop of elegance on the inside. Facing the bay are a large deck and covered rear terrace on the main floor and a awning-shaded deck off the master bedroom, which has its own spiral staircase leading to it. Off the deck you’ll find three boat slips for you and your guests.

228 W. Atlantic Blvd., Ocean City, N.J. 08226 [The Quintin Group | Keller Williams Realty Jersey Shore]

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4209 Bayberry Rd., Avalon | 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths, 4,219 square feet, $4,495,000

The class act of the southern Jersey Shore is Seven Mile Island, the next-to-last of the barrier islands on the way to Cape May. Avalon occupies its north half and Stone Harbor its south. Unlike most homes on Seven Mile Island, this one has its back facing the ocean because it’s on a north-south street. That gives it two extra-long decks overlooking the pool, dunes and ocean. Inside it’s split into two wings on either side of a soaring foyer, and its upside-down design gives the living spaces on the upstairs main floor the best views. That also means, however, that you and your guests can simply walk out of your bedrooms onto the deck and pool whenever you want.

4209 Bayberry Rd., Avalon, N.J. 08202 [The Jack Binder Group | Ferguson Dechert Real Estate]

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1 108th St., Stone Harbor | 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths, 2,772 square feet, $6,875,000

You can’t get much further south than this: the last house on the beach block of one of the southernmost streets on Seven Mile Island’s southernmost community. (Well, you could, but we’ll get to the Wildwoods and Cape May in another installment.) This three-year-old home has all the elements of traditional Jersey Shore style – plus extra-large windows on the side facing the ocean. Three of its bedrooms and the family room all open onto decks facing the ocean, and according to the agent, this is one of the few beachfront homes on the island where you can see the ocean from the first floor. It also has a heated in-ground pool and cabana on its oceanward side.

1 108th St., Stone Harbor, N.J. 08247 [A. Lewis Purdy | Purdy Real Estate, Inc.]