By Dave Enscoe, Advertising Department
Paul Blasetti has a good eye for real estate. In 1993 he bought a modest duplex in Avalon and sold it 10 years later for three times what he paid for it. He used a portion of those proceeds for his next purchase - a new single family home right on the bay in Brigantine.
Built by prominent contactor Wallace and Woerner, the two-story house stands in the northern end of the island just a couple of blocks from the Links at Brigantine Beach golf course, an 18-hole championship public course. It's been a vacation home for Paul and his family since 2003.
"I was used to the beach but I saw how lovely it was on the bay I couldn't pass it up," says Paul, a financial services professional whose year-round residence is in suburban Philadelphia. "It's also just down the street from my wife's sister."
The house is sided with upscale Cedar Impressions vinyl shingles and features four bedrooms, 2½ baths and a wood deck that covers the entire back yard. From the deck, a long walkway extends into the bay to a floating dock with two boat slips.
"I'm going to powerwash and stain the deck," Paul says. "I'll also replace the floating dock, which was damaged by Sandy."
The floating dock was the only damage the property suffered from the October superstorm, Paul says. "We got six inches of water in the garage but no water at all in the house," he says.
The floor plan of the house was designed to take full advantage of the views. A great room that runs the length of the house and includes the kitchen and family room features a wall of glass overlooking the bay and the casino-studded Atlantic City skyline. Two sets of sliding glass doors open to the deck.
"The views are really great, especially at night," Paul says. "The casinos are all lit up from one end of Atlantic City to the other."
The living room, family room and all four upstairs bedrooms have polished hardwood floors. A ceramic tile floor in the foyer runs through the kitchen, which features a long center island and Corian counters. The family room has a gas fireplace framed by a floor-to-ceiling stone chimney.
There are four second-floor bedrooms, all with vaulted or tray ceilings. Two bedrooms, including the master, have access to a fiberglass deck with a bird's eye view of the bay and meadowlands. A laundry nook and a full bathroom are located on the second floor.
A one-car garage is accessed from the kitchen and there are multiple zones of heat and central air conditioning.
Paul has decided to sell the house because he and his family, which includes nine grandchildren, don't spend much time at it these days.
"The grandkids have got a million things to do and we don't use it as much as I thought we would," he says. "I hate to sell it but it makes more sense."
That doesn't mean Paul won't have a place at the Jersey Shore, where he's been vacationing since he was a kid.
"I'm thinking of buying a condo on the ocean in Brigantine," he says. "That way the grandkids can come down and walk right onto the beach."
For more information on this property, which is listed for $947,000, or a private showing, call Jerry Barker of Weichert Realtors Asbury Group – Atlantic City, 609-481-7745.
Size: 4 bedrooms, 2½ baths
Taxes (2012): $11,212
List price: $947,000