Market Stats, Avalon and Stone Harbor NJ

During the last 30 days, 23 properties sold (final settlement).

salesignOf those SOLD, 8 were condo/townhouse units ranging in price from $460,000 for a 2 bedroom condo in The Avalon (7th Street); to $1,650,000 for new construction bay front side by side on the bay with a private pool.  The median selling price of all condo/townhouse units:  $765,750.

The remaining 15 properties SOLD were single family homes ranging in price from $495,000 for an basic cottage over the 21st Street bridge; to $3,060,000 for a southend Avalon beach block home built in 2002.  The median selling price of all single family homes: $1,750,000.

In addition, there are 86 properties sale pending, with settlements scheduled in the near future.  The median list price of those sale pending: $1,411,500.

I am happy to answer your questions regarding market values in Avalon and Stone Harbor:   609-967-7950  or

And, thank you for your continued interest and referrals!



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Bird Sanctuary and Armacost Park

For Avalon property owners with concerns about the restoration project at Armacost Park (71st to 74th Street between Dune and Ocean Drives), I suggest a walk around the perimeter, and along the designated paths at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary  (111th to 116th Street between Second and Third Avenues).

The Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary remains an environmentally sound, and historic site.   I believe the Borough of Avalon has a similar vision for Armacost Park.




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8 Bridges = 1 Marathon

Tomorrow, Sunday March 29th, is the 17th annual Ocean Drive Marathon.

The race starts at 9am in Cape May.

26.2 miles and 8 bridges later, participants cross the finish line in Sea Isle City.

For more race day information:

P.S. Road closures in Cape May and Wildwood, and north bound lane restrictions between North Wildwood through to Sea Isle City on Sunday morning. If you get stuck, at least get out of your car and cheer for the participants!



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For Sale in Avalon NJ

New on the sale market today!  6 bedrooms, 3 full baths  $899,000

Great value for a spacious single family home!

Park your car and walk to restaurants, downtown shops, and special events at Veterans Plaza. Upside down style thoughtfully designed to focus the living area and deck toward Evans Road (quiet access road behind the house). 1st floor- spacious master bedroom with a private porch and a stall shower bath; hall tub/shower bath, utility room with extra sink and refrigerator, and 3 bedrooms. 2nd floor- open great room with cathedral ceilings and sliding glass doors to a large sun deck. Wood floors. Natural gas line for the grill. Living room with gas fireplace, dining area, and modern kitchen with breakfast bar and tile flooring. 2 additional bedrooms and a full tub/shower bath in hallway behind the kitchen.

To be sold furnished and ready for occupancy. Exclusions: personal items, and a few wall hangings.

Outside shower and storage shed.  Driveway off of Evans Road provides additional parking space. House is rented weekly with a peak rate of $3400

For more details:  Click here  and here.

Thank you for your interest and referrals!   609-967-7950  or


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“I see sunshine…on a cloudy day…”

Defined as lights on inside Hoy’s 5 & 10 and the Avalon SuperMarket as they prep for opening day.

Waiting for the return of the flags over Hoy’s  (a nice view from my office…and handy as a weather station!)


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Beach Update for Avalon, NJ

The northern end of our island has taken the brunt of several winter storms.

The Borough of Avalon is working to secure a contract for a beach replenishment project.  The goal is for all beaches to be open and safe for public use.

Erosion of  sand has created a steep drop off on several north end paths.  Until repairs are made, beach access is closed between 10th and 17th Streets; and  23rd to 25th Streets.

That said, I am still walking the beach in that area (obviously easier at low tide).    And I will provide updates once a beach fill project is scheduled.


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Flood Insurance

A common question from prospective buyers:  ”What is the cost for flood insurance?”

33W26thThe variables:  elevation of the street and elevation of the structure (typically, the blocks closer to the beach have a higher elevation than those by the bay).

An elevation certificate is required for an insurance agent to quote a new policy.  The certificate (prepared by a surveyor) will state the elevation at the curb and the lowest floor of the structure, as well as details regarding vents.

Homes built prior to 1974 were not subject to the elevation requirements of FEMA, and may sit lower than required by the current code. This translates to a higher rate for flood insurance.

Newer homes and those elevated (see recent blog post) benefit from a more favorable rate.



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Crazy or Lucky?

Occasionally, I meet someone who can’t understand how anyone could live on the island year round.  ”Isn’t is desolate?” (Yes, at times).  ”And how about the wind?”  (Our house does rattle a bit in the winter)  ”Is anything open?” (We always have Wawa!).


BeachViewI see a different view each and every day as I walk over the beach path.

I have shared my beach walks with seals, snowy owls, and even a bald eagle.

I have walked along a snow and ice covered beach.

I feel the warmth of a rising sun reflecting off the ocean.

I find beautiful sea glass at the water’s edge.

I have quietly squealed when surrounded by dolphins while ocean kayaking.

I have ducked from a great blue heron taking flight while kayaking in the bay.

I am able to breathe in fresh salt air year round.

I witness the seasonal change of colors of the marsh and dune grass.

I watch the full moon rise gracefully over the horizon.

I watch the colors of a setting sun fill the western sky.

Yes, I’m grateful to live here :)



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Ready for Spring?

Snow scrapers, winter boots, sneakers, and flip flops…prepared for March weather ;)


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Irish Roots

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  

 Belfast, Northern Ireland-  my husband was disappointed - Delaney’s restaurant didn’t sell logo t-shirts. The owner said that’s “an American thing”!

On my father’s side: my grandmother was born in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland, and my grandfather grew up near Ballymena and the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.  A real mixed marriage!

They met and married in Philadelphia, and vacationed in Stone Harbor each summer while raising 6 children.  In the 1950s, my grandparents built a year round home in Avalon.  A family business brought the sons and daughters (some with spouses and young children) from Philadelphia to Avalon shortly thereafter.

After visiting the beautiful windswept coast of Northern Ireland, I can totally understand my grandfather’s love of the shore.  Sand in our shoes… and salt air in our lungs ;)


Pictures from our 2008 trip to Northern Ireland.


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