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Thanksgiving at the Beach

So many wonderful events scheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving.

In Avalon:  Chamber of Commerce events in downtown Avalon NJ

In Stone Harbor:  Island Holiday events in downtown Stone Harbor NJ

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Brrrrrr!

Winter has arrived at the beach.

Grateful for the warm sun and fairly calm winds for my beach walk.

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Ready for Winter?

My yearly reminder:

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A check list for shore owners:

1) Disconnect the garden hose and turn off/drain any faucets that aren’t frost proof (most faucets on decks are NOT frost proof). Turn off and drain the outside shower (often overlooked and those pipes are the first to freeze and break).

2) Close the foundation vents and secure the crawl space door (the newer Smart vents will close automatically).

3) Secure/store trash cans, deck furniture, kayaks, grills, flags, etc.

4) Unless you completely winterize the house (drain the water), turn on the heat to 55- 60 degrees.  The upper floors can be set slightly lower, but not below 50 degrees.  A whole house water shut off valve is an extra level of protection against frozen pipes in the event of a power failure.

5) Open the cabinet doors below all sinks to allow heated air to circulate around the pipes.

6) Lock all windows (especially casement style that open with a crank handle) and sliding glass doors. Strong winds can vibrate a door or window open!

7) Unplug small appliances.

8) Check the kitchen sink for any random food items left in the garbage disposal – run with ice cubes or a piece of lemon.

9) Empty and turn off the ice maker if you won’t be using the house for an extended period of time.

10) Open the lid on the washer and prop open the door to the dishwasher to avoid musty odors.

And ideally, hire a winter watch service for peace of mind.  I am happy to recommend someone if needed.

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New Construction, Avalon NJ

Custom 3 level home located in a prime beach side location in Avalon.

Easy access to the 44th Street dune path!

For additional information and pictures: click here

Interior and exterior pictures will be updated as the progress continues.

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Happy Halloween!

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Fall Colors at the Beach

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Observations while walking

Guess it’s the real estate agent in me!

While walking, I tend to notice if something is not quite right.  I am often closing storm doors and pool gates, returning trash cans to the side yard, or investigating if I see an unusual amount of water around a house.

I will notify an owner (or their agent) if a window or door is left open.

The local police are very responsive when I call, yet have expressed frustration if they don’t have contact information on file.

Properties with alarms are required to install a Knox Box with a door key inside.  All other home owners should share a cell phone number with the police department for emergencies.

AND, my annual reminder that a “winter watch” service provides peace of mind, and helps to protect your valuable asset!

P.S. This storm door was blown open the other morning.  Called the agent who works with the owner so that the door and outdoor light can be repaired.

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Fall Storm

A beautiful holiday weekend at the shore.  Perfect weather for the annual Seafood Festival today in Avalon.

The storm did not bring rain- just moved the water surrounding our island!

This morning’s high tide should be the last of the moderate flooding on the bay side.

Ocean waves caused some erosion to the beach.  Yet no issues accessing or walking along the beach before work 😎

We are thankful for the well established dunes in place all along the 7 mile beach!

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Sea Mist, Stone Harbor

Just Listed for Sale!

Efficiency style condo located in the heart of town and SO close to the beach.

Priced to sell – $249,000

For details and photos: MLS information

Please contact me with any questions 609-967-7950.

Thank you for your interest!

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Vacation?

My husband and I typically take a vacation in October- just after our busy summer season.

This year, we have a BIG trip planned for early December (hint- it involves vaccinations and a visa!)

As my social media “memories” display pictures of past trips, I am reminded how fortunate we have been to travel to many wonderful locations.

The other morning I commented to my husband that we are usually on vacation this week…ironically while walking on the beach.  I laughed at my statement-  knowing that people are envious of our before work routine!

Island life 😎

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