Off season sunsets often produce deep pink and blue skies; here marsh grasses are set against a colorful backdrop.
BEACH TREES have appeared on local beaches as a way to brighten the holiday season. Some even have lights and decorations. Ocean City and Sea Isle City have beach trees; Avalon’s is on the 30th Street beach. Stop by and have a look!
A NEW VILLA MARIA BY THE SEA gained approval at a recent Stone Harbor Planning Board meeting. The current 250-bed retreat house at 111th Street was built in 1937 and lacked heat, making it unusable in the off season. A new, smaller 52-bed retreat house will take its place. A portion of the existing land will be subdivided as part of the project, and a paper street (part of First Avenue) will have to be vacated by the Borough; there will be no loss of street parking in the area.
LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL TOURISM helped to offset business lost during the spring shutdown. According to a recent Cape May County Herald article, data from the New Jersey Treasury shows August occupancy tax revenue to be just 7.5% below the 2019 figure, while September’s revenue was up 17.3% over 2019. Cape May County’s figures beat other shore counties, according to Diane Wieland, Director of County Tourism. Rentals of private homes and condominiums, which are not subject to the occupancy tax and thus not part of the state’s figures, were strong during the summer and throughout September as well.
LANE CLOSURES are a part of visiting the shore in the offseason–especially this year! If you’re travelling Route 9 between Sea Isle Boulevard and Avalon Boulevard, expect alternating lane closures from 8am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, as new utility poles are installed and adjacent trees are trimmed. Atlantic City Electric has upgraded electric service in the area in order to minimize outages; the new poles are part of that ongoing effort. The alternating lane closures are expected to continue until the project is completed in April 2021.
ADD A LITTLE SEASHORE TO YOUR HOLIDAY! Our local stores and shops are ready to help you complete your holiday shopping! From stocking stuffers to sweets and treats to restaurant gift cards, why not put a little “shore” under the tree? Here’s a sampling of stores that are open and ready for you: Armadillo; Blufish; Complete Interiors; Global Pursuit; Hoy’s 5&10; The Preppy Palm; Seashore ACE; Shorely Chic.
FOR THE ULTIMATE GIFT, BOOK OR BUY NOW! Nothing beats shore memories, whether it’s a one-week vacation, or a shore home to call your own! Either way, call me so we can get started!
7888 Dune Drive, #103, Avalon, $259,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 204714
9807 Second Avenue, #3, Stone Harbor, $549,900, ACTIVE MLS#: 204690
325 99th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,295,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 204736
321 99th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,175,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 204735
Properties Under Contract:
7888 Dune Drive, #104, Avalon, $259,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 202119
9511 Sunset Drive, #201, Stone Harbor, $375,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 200013
451 21st Street, Avalon, $725,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204105
1226 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,799,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 203910
9508 Sunset Drive, North & South, Stone Harbor, $2,150,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 202997
386 22nd Street, Avalon, $2,500,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 202424
8400 2nd Avenue, Stone Harbor, $2,595,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204572
26 W. 31st Street, Avalon, $3,995,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204542
2205 Harbor Avenue, Avalon, $8,000,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 202425
10007 First Avenue, Unit F, Stone Harbor, $380,000, SOLD MLS#: 204123
76 W. 28th Street, Unit 202, Avalon, $765,000, SOLD MLS#: 203542
259 24th Street, Avalon, $1,300,000, SOLD MLS#: 203372
255 13th Street, Avalon, $1,375,000, SOLD MLS#: 203949