Inside Look: A Year-Round Summer House in Margate
This picture-perfect Colonial is a summer house through and through. But it's a summer house you'll want to live in all year long.
We thought we were done with summer. The autumnal equinox was four days ago. Today’s weather has us thinking not of beaches, but of hip boots.
Then some real estate agent down the Shore sends us a house for sale she’d like us to feature, and our mood brightens immediately.
And wouldn’t yours, if you had a house as pretty and loaded as this one to live in?
Built in 2005, it holds its own with the best Jersey Shore houses of decades past. And at the same time, it offers all of the modern comforts and then some — it’s set up for year-round enjoyment if you want it.
Technically, this home is a center-hall Colonial. But it all but dispenses with the center hall to maximize the space available for actual living.
You enter it through a wraparound front porch that invites sitting and taking in the passing scene. Then you encounter a beautiful living room with coffered ceiling and gas fireplace on one side of the hall and a comfortable tan-wood-trimmed den with bay window on the other.
The ceiling fans say these are summer-house rooms. Their trim and paint schemes say they’re meant to be used all year.
You’ll find similar dualities throughout this house, from the high-end kitchen to the home office and home theater on the third floor.
The office’s wood-plank ceiling is stained chocolate brown. The theater’s is painted white.
The tie-breaker? The ample light that pours through the windows of every room in this house. (You might want to consider blackout curtains or shades for the home theater.)
Some of the nice features you can see in this house for sale include the wet bar between the home theater and the home office and the wine cooler in the kitchen. Some of the ones you can’t include its smart home system and the whole-house music system.
You’re not far from either the beaches or the Margate business district as well.
Put all this together and you have a house that will remind you of summer every day of the year.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: N/A
SALE PRICE: $1,275,000
OTHER STUFF: There’s a detached one-car garage in the back.
8201 Amherst Ave., Margate, N.J. 08402 [JoAnn Torcasio | Carrington Real Estate Services]