As a kid growing up in Wynnefield, Pa. Michael Bluestein has vivid memories of vacationing at the Jersey Shore.
“My parents used to rent a room in a boarding house in Atlantic City,” he recalls. “We shared a bathroom with three other families. We had to wait in line to go to the bathroom.”
Today, Michael and his wife, Mary, own a 5,800 square foot vacation home in Ventnor.
“It has 7 bedrooms and 7½ bathrooms,” says Michael, a retired businessman who formerly owned a retirement planning company. “We don’t have to wait in line to use the bathroom anymore.”
The Bluesteins built their house in 2007. Located in Ventnor’s coveted St. Leonard’s Tract, where the properties are nearly twice the size of typical city lots, it stands on South Derby Avenue and features an unobstructed view of the beach and boardwalk. It’s one of several choice lots that were carved out of a property once owned by the Sisters of Charity of New York.
“The lot I bought is 125-by 50-feet and has phenomenal views of the ocean, the beach and the boardwalk,” Michael says.
But it was the boardwalk more than anything that attracted the Bluesteins.
“The boardwalk is why we wanted a place in Ventnor,” Michael says. “We wanted a place where we could ride our bikes, exercise in the morning, feel the sun and the wind and see the waves crashing.”
The three-story house was built by John Irons, a prominent custom home builder. Michael says the design mimics the Victoria-era each mansions in Spring Lake, a beach resort town of multi-million dollars homes in Monmouth County.
In addition to upscale amenities that include an elevator, 10-foot ceilings and multiple decks overlooking the ocean, it also has three separate living areas with kitchens and laundry facilities.
“It’s a multi generational home,” Michael says. “My daughters used to bring their friends down with their kids. Sisters, brothers, cousins, friends; they were all able to come down.”
The first floor has a living room and three bedroom-suites each with a private bath. There’s also a wet bar with refrigerator, a mud room, a laundry room and another full bathroom.
The second floor features a living room, separate family room, a dining room, a spacious gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, a breakfast area and huge pantry.
The third floor includes a second laundry room and four bedrooms with private baths. The master-suite has a coffee bar, a refrigerator and two walk-in closets while the enormous master bathroom is equipped with a whirlpool tub, oversized shower and custom vanities.
Outside, the richly landscaped grounds include a back yard that Michael says is large enough to accommodate a swimming pool. “But we used it to play baseball, football, soccer games with our grandchildren,” he says.
Other amenities include custom woodwork, three zones of gas heat and central air conditioning, an enclosed outdoor shower and a whole house sound system with ceiling mounted speakers inside and outside. There’s also a detached garage and a driveway with parking for four to five cars.
After 10 years the Bluesteins days as Jersey Shore homeowners are about to end. They’ve already been snowbirds for several years, spending their winters at a condo they own in Boca Raton, FL.
“Things change. We’re spending more time in Florida,” Michael says. ”And our daughters want to travel in the summer.”
When they sell the house in Ventnor Michael and Mary plan to buy a home on Blue Bell, Pa., which is closer to their two daughters and three grandchildren. “We had a wonderful 10 years in Ventnor; weekends, holidays, winter getaways, Michael says. “The memories will live in our minds forever.”
For more information on this property, which is listed for $2.995 million, call Paula Hartman of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors, 609-271-7337.