Liz Cartwright saw this seal while walking on Avalon’s beach last week. Thanks for sharing, Liz!
RECORD TOURISM NUMBERS were achieved in Cape May County in September and October, according to an article in the Press of Atlantic City this past weekend. After a stunning drop in occupancy tax revenue during the spring and early summer months, September figures were up by 17.3% and October figures were up by 6.5%. Occupancy tax collections help measure overnight stays in hotels. Vacation rentals in privately owned properties are not included, but those numbers have been widely reported to have been strong from July through October.
MARKET STATS: The number of contracts written, and the number of closings, were both up in December 2020 compared to a year ago. The number of active listings declined further, as the median sale price rose to $2,470,000. For a detailed look at the market, see the latest Long & Foster Market Minute report below.
SEALS have made appearances on our beaches in recent weeks, to the delight of those that spot them while walking on the beach. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center urges those who see the creatures not to approach too closely, as it could cause stress to the animals, because they may be seeking rest after a long journey. Watch from a distance with binoculars, and take pictures with a telephoto lens. If you post photos, the MMSC recommends not posting the animal’s location, to prevent crowds from forming.
STONE HARBOR BEACH REPORT: Stone Harbor has released its annual report on the condition of its beaches. Based on surveys completed in October, the 21-page report details the movement of sand since the replenishment effort that took place in 2017, and shows the profiles of numerous beaches year-by-year. To view the beach report click here: https://stoneharbornj.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/SH_2020_annual_report-on-BEACHES.pdf
THE CAPE MAY BUBBLE: Ever heard the term? It’s often used to describe weather patterns over Cape May County that differ from the rest of South Jersey (such as rain in Cape May County while the rest of South Jersey gets snow.) Meteorologist Joe Martucci will host a Facebook Live presentation on February 6th at 10am titled The Cape May Bubble–Is It For Real? Martucci says he’ll show us what’s fact, what’s fiction, and how the area’s meteorology works. Find Joe Martucci’s event page here: https://www.facebook.com/JoeMartWx/events/?ref=page_internal (There’s a $3.99 fee to view the February 6th presentation.)
IT’S COLD NOW…but in four short months Memorial Day, and the rest of the summer season, will be just around the corner! Whether you need to plan a week’s vacation, or arrange for a permanent stay here at the beach, now is the time! Call or email me so we can get started.
9 Leonard Lane, Avalon Manor, $869,900, ACTIVE MLS#: 210190
274 26th Street East, Avalon, $1,299,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210215
486 20th Street, Avalon, $2,349,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210181
6903 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $2,425,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210146
4029 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,500,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210120
158 10th Street, Avalon, $2,950,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210150
10804 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,395,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210167
10553 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $4,195,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210178
Properties Under Contract:
7800 Dune Drive, Unit 205, Avalon, $282,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204281
177 80th Street, #103, Avalon, $410,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210144
8001 Second Avenue, #205, Stone Harbor, $649,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210125
C-47 Weber Court, Stone Harbor, $729,900, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204755
8931 Second Avenue, #3, Stone Harbor, $750,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210076
243 80th Street, Avalon, $979,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204455
2188 Fifth Avenue, Avalon, $1,395,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210193
2004 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $2,800,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 203544
9200 First Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,575,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204465
7888 Dune Drive, #104, Avalon, $252,000, SOLD MLS#: 202119
17 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $575,000, SOLD MLS#: 200692
1116 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor Manor, $1,075,000, SOLD MLS#: 202930
3618 Dune Drive, Avalon, $1,910,000, SOLD MLS#: 203978
415 98th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,300,000, SOLD MLS#: 202805
1369 First Avenue, Avalon, $3,250,000, SOLD MLS#: 204514
7698 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 158501
140 77th Street, Avalon, $3,200,000, SOLD MLS#: 140279
2448 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $3,895,000, SOLD MLS#: 203187
135 77th Street, Avalon, $3,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 173832