A common subject of conversation this time of year: a home is demolished; and we have a hard time remembering what was there just a few days prior.

The other day, I actually searched on Google Maps (the street view function is amazing!) to see what was torn down on 70th Street…I just couldn’t picture the house.

BayberrySeptemberToday’s demolition is a different story- a home on Bayberry Drive custom built by my aunt and uncle in the 1970s as their full time residence.  It was showplace for that era- truly ahead of the times with a unique floor plan and upscale amenities.

Now, a new owner will create their special showplace on the site.

And I will have no trouble remembering what was there before…




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Monday Sunrise

Transitioning to fall…


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Fall Sights

Colorful skies, blooming Goldenrod, and demolitions!  Enjoy the weekend…




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Bulk Trash, Wine, Old Cars, and Irish Music?

Busy weekend ahead!

Stone Harbor bulk trash pick up, AND the Savor September Wine Festival 

IrishflagCross over the bridge for the Irish Festival in North Wildwood ;

or the vintage car display on the Wildwood boardwalk.

Wonderful fall weather forecasted, too :)


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Surf Contest

Nice crowd forming prior to the start of the Nuns’ Beach surf contest this morning.  Love watching the little ones prepare.

The ocean was choppy when I walked before work- hopefully the waves improved for the event!



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Nuns’ Beach Surf Contest


The popular Nuns’ Beach Surf Contest will be held Saturday morning, September 13th.

111th Street beach, Stone Harbor. Logo wear will also be available for sale.

For more information: Villa Maria by the Sea


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Flood Insurance- Save $$

Re-posting this info after a recent conversation with an Avalon property owner. By adding 6 Smart Vents, he will save $3600 per year on flood insurance

Original blog post-  4/18/13

Worth searching through your shore house paperwork:

Find your flood elevation certificate (the report is supplied by a surveyor; a separate document from the plot plan). If you do not have a copy, your flood insurance agent will have a copy of the elevation certificate on file.

Near the top of the first page, look at line A-8; a).  This is the square footage of your crawl space.  In the example pictured below, it’s 589 square feet (a small cottage).

Compare this number with A-8 c).  In the example, the net area of flood openings is 168 square inches, with no engineered flood openings (vents).

If the property otherwise meets the current elevation standards, yet the venting square inches do not MATCH the crawl space square feet, the property owner will pay significantly more for flood insurance.

Solution?  Add more vents- specifically engineered vents (like the brand name Smart Vents).  The typical metal grate vent may only provide as little as 42 square inches of qualified venting; in comparison, a Smart Vent = 200 square inches.

Quick math with example:  589 minus 168 = 421 square inches of additional venting needed.  3 Smart Vents (at 200 square inches each) solve the problem.



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September Morning


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Price Reduced

Now $1,885,000    319 84th Street, Stone Harbor

Immaculate bay front home with incredible views!  Ideal combination of a sheltered basin (for swimming), and the open channel (for boating and sunsets!)

4 bedrooms, plus a family room.  2 full baths. Attractively updated throughout.  Over the water dock/deck, 2 floating docks, a swim platform, and 2 boat slips.

Contact me for additional information :  or 609-967-7950

Thank you for your interest!


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