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Father’s Day

popThis day is bittersweet for many of us.

My father was just a few years older than I am now when he passed away.

And even after 25 years, the sorrow can quickly rise to the surface.

Yet, I’m so grateful for the gift of watching our 2 sons raise their boys…and my husband  as their “Pop”.




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Beach Walkers

It’s so nice to see the “regulars” back on the beach for my early morning walks.  Although I casually know a few, for the others I have to make up my own back story.

Recently, I was able to complete the story of a sweet older gentleman because of a random Twitter post.

His grandson wrote a tribute in May- and I recognized the fellow walker from the attached family picture.

Read the Twitter thread here:  Stone Harbor Tweet

In the summer months, we would pass each other on the sand, and smile or wave hello.  In more recent years, I only saw him when my walks detoured to the street, and I guessed that the sand had become too challenging .

The small world connections are the best part of Twitter and my blog!

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Need a Beach Week?

Yes, there is still time to find a vacation rental for a week (or more!) this summer.

Search availability on our web site:  Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty   and then contact me to discuss.

I am familiar with the inventory and locations, and happy to help select the best home for your needs.


Thank you for your interest!


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Senior Week?

Every year, a few well meaning parents and grandparents allow their high school or college graduates to stay at their beach house…with “just one or two friends”.

Ultimately, the friends multiply along with the noise level!

A small cottage near our home is maxed out with young people who stay up WAY past our bedtime 😉

Thankfully, they were respectful when we mentioned this concern and agreed to keep their music to a low roar.

Hopefully a mellow Saturday night ahead 😁

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Just Listed- Stone Harbor NJ

Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean every morning.

8221 First Avenue, Stone Harbor NJ

$2,900,000 completely turn key

For the MLS link, click HERE

For the drone video, click HERE



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Here Comes the Sun…

What a roller coaster week of weather and temperatures!


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Local Language

A simple guide to the local language:

1) “Off shore”- One of the communities just off “the island”, like Cape May Court House or Rio Grande.  If you live “on the island”, it is a big event to “go off shore” for gas and groceries as needed.  Residents of Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and the Wildwoods use the 2 phrases all the time. And each island is “the” island to those residents!

In addition to going off shore, the other destinations could be  ”the mall” (it used to be the Shore Mall off exit 36, but now describes the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing); or Philadelphia (anywhere remotely near the Walt Whitman Bridge).

2) Friends who live north of Atlantic City, live in “North Jersey” (which they obviously dispute- but you can’t convince us otherwise!).  New York City is like another country.  Our forefathers emigrated to “the shore” from Philadelphia, so our allegiance goes back for generations. Go Eagles!

3) How do you identify a local?  They know the tide schedule, and check the flags for wind direction to plan their activities accordingly. They walk or ride their bike whenever possible.  They cringe when they see a “newbie” trying to put an umbrella in the sand- and eventually walk over to help.  They secure their deck furniture and trash cans when “weather” is predicted.  And they are smiling as they walk along the beach- of course!


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New on the Sale Market!

Easy living at the beach!

225 34th Street, Avalon

Modern 3 level townhouse style located just south of the popular shops and restaurants of downtown Avalon NJ.

2 blocks to a wide beach (lifeguards at 35th Street).

5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 3 decks, 2 zone gas heat and central air.  Updated and well maintained.  Consistent summer vacation rental property with leases in place for summer 2018.

$989,000 furnished

To view the drone video:   Click Here

To view the MLS fact sheet:  Click Here



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Villa Maria by the Sea

If you are walking the beach in the south end of Stone Harbor in the early morning hours, you are likely to pass a few of the lovely sisters on retreat at Villa Maria by the Sea.

My aunt was an IHM (order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), so I’m a pro at spotting the nuns.  This way I can be extra polite.  You know…for my permanent record!

The clues:  short hair, sensible sneakers, and often a “Nuns’ Beach” t-shirt or sweatshirt.  Oh wait, I just described my beach walk look!  That explains the friendly nods.

Also look for a plain Timex watch (seriously) and the occasional rosary.

The historic  building and grounds are beautiful- a grand Stone Harbor landmark since 1937.  AND the only beach block street lined with modest cars!






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Memorial Day weekend


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