Summer at the Shore

Are you thinking about a summer vacation in Avalon or Stone Harbor NJ?

I am here to help with your vacation rental plans.

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60 Years??

I’m celebrating a big birthday this week.  Gulp!

January weather tends to be a bit dreary (and gray, cold, damp, windy…etc.), so I originally wanted to travel to a warm beach for my 60th.

I had several ideas on my wish list, but the pandemic had other plans.

Yet I remain grateful for the ability watch the sunrise over the ocean by taking a quick walk down the block.

And I’m thankful for my health, and for the good health of my extended family.

With over 40 years in the local real estate business, I appreciate the incredible number of long time relationships and loyal customers.

But I will still cringe when I have to say “sixty” ;)


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January 2021

Sunrise, sunset and changing tides. Life’s consistencies will help us navigate through the next few months…

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Ready for the New Year…

Wishing you good health, and sunny beach days in the year ahead!


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The REAL Seashore Santa

This entry was originally posted Christmas 2008.  The blog post and Santa were both updated in 2018!


Santa- the life size plywood cut out version- has been an important part of Christmas for as long as I can remember.

Santa began his life of service in the early 1960s at my parents’ first house in Avalon.  He was surrounded by big, multi-colored bulbs on the newly planted shrubs.  Inside that modest Golden Home rancher, 4 little girls hung their stockings on a cardboard fireplace with a plug in red bulb that magically turned the metal wheel to create “fire” .

In the 1970s, Santa moved with our family 5 blocks south in Avalon to a larger, 2 story home with a real wood fireplace.  The colorful exterior lights were eventually replaced with more subtle white bulbs, but the spot light literally remained on Santa.

In the off season, Santa hung proudly on the garage wall- watching us all come and go.  Those little girls grew up and moved out, bringing back grandchildren for days on the beach.  In the 1980s, my young sons were fascinated by Santa, and maybe a bit intimidated based on our attempts to use him for improved behavior!

When my parents downsized to a townhouse in the early 1990s, my father asked if I wanted Santa for our home.  Of course, I was thrilled- and Santa didn’t complain as he was forced to leave Avalon and move “off shore”.

Santa loyally followed us on each move- knowing that he would be given a prominent position (with a flood light) at Christmas.   Years later, he gratefully moved back to the island to become a Stone Harbor resident!

Now coasting past his mid-50s, Santa was showing signs of wear (aren’t we all).

For several years, I thought about arranging a touch up, but it just didn’t feel right.   Thankfully, our niece offered her artistic talents - a perfect fit!

So the newly refreshed Santa is back in his designated spot in front of our home- ready to face another 50+ years by the beach 😎

For 2020, Santa and those “little girls” understand the importance of wearing a mask!




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Work Schedule

Our office closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Traditionally, I read a few books and watch way too much HGTV!

This year, it makes sense to modify my schedule and hibernate for a bit; so I will be working remotely for a few weeks after the holiday break.

Email will be the best way to reach me:

Here’s to a healthy 2021!




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It’s Officially Winter

First report today from a neighbor of an unoccupied home- water leaking from the outside shower due to a frozen pipe!


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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Christmas Beach Tags

An annual gift from my mother.  Appreciated and well used!

Looking forward to pinning these on my beach bag 😎


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Slow No Wake?

This bay side buoy ended up in the ocean after the storm.  Definitely a strong “wake” today!



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A Different Holiday

My sister rented a home in Avalon for the long weekend so that her immediate family could gather for an early Christmas.

Thankfully, Mother Nature more than cooperated- providing the opportunity for extended family members to stop by and safely visit on the deck.

We wished each other “Merry Christmas” while sitting in the sun and enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill.  Maybe a new holiday tradition?

Two of my sisters work in health care (on the administrative side), and we discussed the time line for vaccines.  Hope is on the horizon!




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