A BEACH HAVEN WATERFRONT ESTATE BRINGS A TOUCH OF NEW ENGLAND STYLE TO THE JERSEY SHORE
BY JENNIFER VIKSE
Nantucket charm has established a beachhead on the New Jersey coast, set in a stunning oceanfront home in the quiet Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club section of Beach Haven. Beyond its unbeatable location, the home, built by John Tilton of Tilton Construction Co., offers six bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, more than 4,000 square feet of living space across three levels, an infinity pool, and an elevator. Not to mention, of course, unforgettable ocean views.
When it comes to location, it doesn’t get any better than the Beach Haven section of Long Beach Island, or LBI, as it’s known, noted Bonnie Wells, a broker with the Coastal Living Real Estate Group, who has listed the home for sale. “Beach Haven is the go to spot for vacationers or seasonal dwellers. LBI’s southern end boasts restaurants, dining, every type of shop, a theater, a museum, an amusement park, and weekly concerts in the park. It’s the most desirable area to be in.”
One side of the property is heavily treed, offering maximum privacy; the other side overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The home was designed in the Nantucket style, but it brings the seaside theme inside as well. “This house is so clearly a custom home that was built to the nines,” Wells said. “So when people come in, they can tell. At this price point, custom style, it’s an overbuild. It has cherry floors, a stair tower, wainscoting, and all the finest details.”
The house’s charming exterior features copper leaders, gutters, and copper accent roofing. It is done in seaside blue shingles, and the trim is white. Another nice beach home detail is an outdoor shower.
The main entry is next to one of its signature features, a multi story tower and turret staircase with a blue dome and an array of windows. More light comes in from the ocean side, flooding across the main floor on its second level, giving way to a charming living area that’s accented by windows and glass doors on the beach side. The appealing living and dining space, set beneath expansive cathedral ceilings, is decorated with warm, inviting country style furniture. The light yellow and blue hues are repeated throughout the home, which was designed by Bill Tagland of Studio Tagland.
“They wanted to make it a Nantucket style property,” Wells said. “In part by using nautical themes and colors.”
Hardwood flooring leads to the gourmet kitchen, which has handmade custom white cabinetry and granite countertops. High end appliances include an eight burner Wolf range; two wall ovens; a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, with two additional refrigerator drawers and an ice machine; and a pair of Bosch dishwashers. The kitchen has two finished islands, one of which offers seating for five. There’s also a cozy window seat for enjoying the ocean views. The lot itself is unusual.
“Many oceanfront properties are only 50 feet wide,” Wells noted. “And are often very close together. This lot is 100 feet wide on the beach side, then 75 feet wide on the street side. The trees in front create more privacy. There’s nothing to match it on this end. It’s gorgeous.”
Included is a home office, done in wood paneling beneath sage walls. A tufted ottoman sits at the room’s center with cozy armchairs and a desk flanking the space over a patterned rug.
The family room, which features Travertine tile floors and those spectacular ocean views, is comfortably furnished with an oversized couch and seating around a breakfast table. Just outside, there is easy access to the private Gunite infinity pool, which has waterfalls and fountains along with unobstructed views of the beach and the Atlantic beyond. There is also a fullservice wet bar. The pool is one of the house’s exceptional features, Wells added. “People want pools now. But in this home, you can sit by the pool and enjoy the view.”
On the next level, the master suite takes up the entire southern end of the house, creating an oceanfront sanctuary. It features soft green hues in the bedroom, a quiet sitting area, and an enormous en suite. The bedroom, furnished with a simple French inspired poster bed, has glass doors that lead to a private deck. A pair of walk in closets feature built ins and automatic lighting.
The bright and airy master bath, done in whites and grays, has double marble vanities, handmade custom cabinetry Carrara marble tiles, an eight foot multi spray walk in shower, a water closet with a pocket door, and even a television, which sits on a swivel arm.
Each of the other bedrooms has its own en suite, and most have ocean views. Four of the bedrooms offer deck access.
The bathrooms have granite counters and tiled floors. The bedrooms sport unique personalities. A Tommy Bahama inspired room features wooden furniture and yellow walls, while a shabby chic room has a white iron bed. Another room is equipped with a set of matching bunk beds with nautically inspired comforters.
One of the residence’s most exciting features is its rooftop deck and the unusual views it provides. “Long Beach Island is known for its sunsets,” noted Wells. “This house sits so high you can look all the way down the coast and see Atlantic City.”
The list of amenities goes on and on. The house has a three stop elevator, five custom stained glass windows, a security system, four zone HVAC, a fully equipped laundry room with granite countertops and LG appliances, and much more.
“You’re not going to find this size residence, spectacularly built, and with a swimming pool,” noted Wells. “It’s a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity.” The home is available for $4,499,999.
Coastal Living Real Estate Group
Bonnie Wells, Broker / 609.492.4444 /