5 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend
There’s still some summer left, not to mention the “shoulder season” in the fall. Which means that there’s still time for you to snag and enjoy a home at the Jersey shore this year. We found a few fine ones that are open for your inspection this weekend. Plan on rising early, however: the open houses are timed so that you will still have lots of time to soak up rays on the beach (or your rental deck) afterward.
4805 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine (above) | 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 5,000 square feet, $1,495,000
Open houses: Saturday, Aug. 18th and Sunday, Aug. 19th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This recently built home is one of only six homes that occupy a spit of land on the one road connecting Atlantic City and Brigantine. That means you get to enjoy both gorgeous sunrises and glowing sunsets from your home’s front and rear decks, not to mention great views of Absecon Inlet, Little Panama Bay, Atlantic City and Brigantine. Given this, all the luxurious fittings and amenities on the inside of this “upside down” house — the high-end appliances in the kitchen, the Carrara marble in the master bathroom, the gas fireplaces, the elevator — all seem superfluous. But we’re sure you’ll enjoy them, just as you will your own boatslip with hoist and spaces for two boats. The agents marketing this home should know it well — their office is just up the street in Brigantine proper.
4805 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine, N.J. 08203 [Sharon DiGiacomo and Lori Tofani | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
3 S. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor | 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,440 square feet, $435,000
Open house: Saturday, Aug. 18th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Here’s a classic old-school Jersey Shore home that has gotten some new-school upgrades that blend in seamlessly with this home’s Old Jersey Shore charm. The most notable upgrade involves the dining room and kitchen, which were made one via Carrara-marble-topped china cabinets and buffets. The marble extends to the kitchen countertops, and the all-new kitchen cabinets have the early-decades look down cold. Another old-school item you’ll find here but not in most newer Shore homes: a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. All this is a mere block and a half from the Ventnor beach and boardwalk to boot.
This home’s sale price has been reduced twice, most recently by $25,000 on June 15.
3 S. Buffalo Ave., Ventnor, N.J. 08406 [Mark Arbeit | Mark Arbeit & Co. | Long & Foster Real Estate]
25 East Dr., Margate | 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,298 square feet, $588,000
Open house: Saturday, Aug. 18th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
When you play “Monopoly,” do you try to corner the yellow properties because they promise good rents for a modest investment in houses and hotels? You now have a chance to actually own a home on Marven Gardens. (The game makers misspelled it.) This Shore classic has been upgraded with central air conditioning, a new kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, and refinished hardwood floors and sun porch ceiling. The sun porch shares a two-sided wood-burning fireplace with the living room, and out in the back, you’ll find a pleasant year-round oasis in the form of a landscaped rear patio with pergola, waterfall and pond. You’re just off the main drag of Ventnor Avenue, where you’ll find plenty of shopping and dining options, and the beach and boardwalk are a two-and-a-half-block walk away.
This home’s sale price has been reduced six times, most recently by $11,000 on June 30.
25 East Dr., Margate, N.J. 08402 [Garo Ghazarian | Coldwell Banker Argus Real Estate]
3404-F Wesley Ave., Ocean City | 4 beds, 3 baths, 1,580 square feet, $1,030,000
Open house: Saturday, Aug. 18th, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This condo is the only one of our featured properties that’s located right on the beach, and you will pay the usual premium for such a prime location. But you won’t be shortchanged, for this home has been well maintained and updated to keep pace with the times. This contemporary home has a kitchen in keeping with its style, with white lacquered cabinets, black granite countertops and a tray ceiling. The second-floor living room now boasts an attractive accent wall with built-in fireplace as well. There’s a terrace or a deck facing the ocean on each of this unit’s three floors, including a private deck off the top-floor master suite. Besides, the listing agent, the third-generation owner of a family-run agency that’s been doing business in Ocean City since 1947, points out that this home can also give you rental income on those weeks when you don’t plan to use it yourself.
3404 Wesley Ave., Unit F, Ocean City, N.J. 08226 [Christopher Monihan | Monihan Realty Inc.]
640 West Dr., West Cape May | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,820 square feet, $585,000
Open house: Friday, Aug. 17th, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
And finally, a Jersey Shore home for nature lovers. This home in rustic West Cape May bills itself as a “Beach and Birder Paradise,” and its location amidst the preserved scrub lands and dunes of the other Cape May enables it to live up to its billing. From here, you can explore the nature trails that lace the 200 acres of land the Nature Conservancy owns around this property as well as the trails through the South Cape Meadow, which abuts the Atlantic Ocean. Or hop on your bike and check out the wineries and farms that are your neighbors, or wheel into Cape May for a day in town. This home is a little nature preserve itself, with landscaping designed around native plants and fauna, and it has two outdoor terraces as well. Inside, it’s nicely outfitted for your day-to-day enjoyment, and you’re sure to enjoy watching the sun set while the sounds of nature envelop you on your master suite’s private deck. If you’re reading this from somewhere in the Philadelphia area, hop in your car and head to Cape May now, for this open house takes place today.
640 West Dr., West Cape May, N.J. 08204 [Stacy Hutchinson | DeSatnick Real Estate]