By Dave Enscoe, Advertising Department
Ernest DiBono and Elaine Federici don't have children. But their house in Absecon is still a great place to raise a family.
The four-bedroom split-level home has more than 3,600 square feet of living space and features a fenced back yard and a heated in-ground swimming pool. Better yet, it stands at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac in a quiet section of town a couple of blocks from Reed's Bay.
Ernest and Elaine, the longtime owners of Babe's Gentleman's Club in Atlantic City, were living in Brigantine when they decided to upsize 12 years ago.
"I loved the contemporary design of the house and the different levels," says Elaine. "I liked that we have a whole level to ourselves with a living room, bathroom and bedroom so when we have guests stay over you're not running into your company. And I liked the privacy. There's a creek behind our property and a bird sanctuary owned by the city on two sides so nobody can build there."
Built in 1984, the house features vertical cedar siding and an open floor plan with sunken floors, vaulted ceilings and skylights. Two of those skylights let sunshine into an ante room that is large enough to serve as a sitting room. From there, a door opens into a two-story foyer with a wood laminate floor that extends throughout the first floor. To the right is as sunken living room; to the left, a formal dining room. Straight ahead is an enormous sunken family room with a gas fireplace and multiple sets of glass doors that open to the pool and patio. A raised dining area has a ceramic tile floor and glass doors to a covered poolside deck.
The kitchen was remodeled two years ago and now features stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and granite counters.
"It started out with a new refrigerator," Elaine says. "But the refrigerator wouldn't fit so we said, 'Let's just redo the whole kitchen.' I finally get a new kitchen and now I'm moving."
The lower level also has a remodeled half bath, a large mudroom with a door to the outside and a two-car garage.
The second level has three large bedrooms, one of which is used as an office, a tiled hall bathroom and a laundry room. The third level is devoted entirely to an immense master suite, with a huge freshly painted sitting room with two skylights and a balcony overlooking the dining room. The master bath has a walk-in shower and a supersized soaking tub.
"It was here when we moved in and I don't know how you would ever get it out," Elaine says. "I used it once. It takes a lot of water to fill it up."
The master bedroom has access to a private fiberglass deck with an elevated view of the pool and landscaped back yard. "If you look over there in the woods you can see the deer running," Elaine says. "There's a lot of nature around here."
Other amenities include recessed lighting, ceiling fans and multiple zones of natural gas heat and air conditioning.
Ernest and Elaine are selling the house for a couple of reasons. The couple recently closed the bar in Atlantic City and are thinking of relocating to a smaller home.
"Sandy knocked us out of business," says Ernest, who grew up in Philadelphia. "Nobody was coming into the bar anymore. So I closed it after 20 years in the business. We're going to downsize."
"It got to the point where it's just too big for us," adds Elaine, a native of Sicklerville. "It's a great family house but it's just us two."
An open house at this property, which is listed for $329,900, will be held Sunday, March 17 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information and directions call Pam Stearns of RE/MAX Atlantic, 609-641-8600 ext 29 or direct at 609-457-5986.
Taxes (2011): $9,437