On the Market at the Shore: Beach Block Contemporary in Avalon

Huge windows and equally large decks give this house great views of its surroundings, including the dunes and beach just four doors down.

Avalon beach block contemporary house for sale exterior front

This classic contemporary house on a beach block retains all of its original style and is in great shape. You’ll find it at 198 63rd St., Avalon, N.J. 08202 | Cape May County MLS images via Diller Fisher Realtors

This is Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer vacation season. And to put you in the proper frame of mind for summer, we have a great house in a great location in one of the most coveted of South Jersey’s shore communities for you to consider.

The listing agent calls this house at the corner of 63rd Street and Dune Drive in Avalon a “post-modern” house, but frankly, there’s nothing postmodern at all about this Avalon beach block contemporary house for sale. Instead, it’s a fine example of the contemporary house style popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

One of the design elements that made these houses popular were their large expanses of windows, which you see in the exterior photo above.

view from primary suite deck

View from primary suite deck

Because this house is a corner house on a block with only four houses on it, and it sits at a 45-degree angle to the corner on an island whose main axis runs northeast-southwest, this means that those large east-facing windows get tons of morning sunshine.

Avalon beach block contemporary house for sale foyer


An en-suite bedroom lies on each side of the two-story foyer.

house for sale Avalon beach block contemporary bedroom


The one facing east has a Murphy bed and large sliding glass doors that open onto the lower deck.

house for sale Avalon beach block contemporary family room

Family room

Next to it lies a family room.

Another corridor runs past a half bath and the laundry room before leading into the south-facing main living area.

house for sale Avalon beach block contemporary main living area

Main living area

The main living area is a large open space beneath a soaring vaulted ceiling that rises to the full two-story height of the house.

living room

Living room

Dining room

It combines a living room with a full-height fireplace with a dining room ringed with glass next to the southerly deck.



Next to the dining area is the very 1980s kitchen, which also has a vaulted skylit ceiling and a breakfast bar next to the dining room.

primary bedroom

Primary bedroom

Upstairs, a large primary suite boasts a bedroom with its own high vaulted ceiling, a walk-in closet large enough (says the agent) to serve as a fourth bedroom, and a skylit bathroom with a soaking tub and shower stall.

primary bathroom

Primary bathroom

Given the location and amenities of this Avalon beach block contemporary house for sale, we’re actually rather surprised that it’s still on the market after 56 days. Maybe this will change its fortunes.



BATHS: 3 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: Not available

SALE PRICE: $3,788,000

198 63rd St., Avalon, N.J. 08202 [Stephan Frame | Diller Fisher Realtors]