Looking for a vacation home close to Atlantic City but not too close? Take a peak at Absecon Shores, a new 14-home subdivision just across the bay.
Located on a private drive off the White Horse Pike in Absecon, the one-story houses in Absecon Shores are known in the business as "manufactured" homes, meaning they are prebuilt and hauled to homesites on wheels.
But they don't have the look or feel of old-school mobile homes. The rooms are spacious and the amenities gracious. They have gabled roofs, covered porches and laundry rooms. Some models have kitchens with center islands open to family rooms, walk-in closets and offices.
Buyers at Absecon Shores can choose from four basic models and more than 40 floor plans, according to Kimberly SantaMaria, who is marketing the homes for the developer, Ralph Clayton. Two model homes are open and two more are nearing completion. Base prices range from $124,500 for a 28-by-56 foot two-bedroom home to $159,500 for a 28-by-64-foot three-bedroom home.
Since the homeowners do not buy the land there are no property taxes. Instead, homeowners pay a $462 or $482 monthly rental fee which covers maintenance of the lawn and public areas, trash collection, snow removal, street lights, sewer and irrigation.
"It's less than what you'd pay in property taxes," SantaMaria says. She says when the community is completed trees will be planted to screen the homes from the White Horse Pike and homes in the neighboring development.
"We're going to have park benches at the ends and you can go fishing right across the street in the bay," SantaMaria says. "It's a nice area and a great location. You're five minutes from the beach and three minutes from the Garden State Parkway. And you have $500,000 homes right behind you."
The homes occupy the site of an old mobile home community that dated to the 1920s.
"Those old mobile homes were junky aluminum trailers, nothing like we have now," SantaMaria says. She says the homes are manufactured in two sections by Pine Grove Homes in Pennsylvania. After being hauled to the site they're mounted on keyway above a slab. The sections are then joined together to create a double-wide home.
One three-bedroom model, priced at $158,500, includes two full bathrooms, air conditioning, a covered porch, washer and dryer, recessed lighting in every room, and an 8-by-12-foot shed. All the homes will have natural gas heat and a concrete driveway with parking for three cars.
The list of options includes sheet rocked walls, hardwood or tile floors, granite counters, and pressure treated or Trex decks with vinyl railings. An optional carport is available for $3,500.
Master bedrooms have his and hers sinks and oversized fiberglass showers with two seats. A spacious hall bath has a tub. Kitchens have lots of cabinets and a double stainless steel sink. In one model the kitchen opens into the family room. Another model has an upgraded kitchen with a two-level center island that adjoins a computer room.
While the homes may appeal to first-time buyers, young couples and empty nesters, SantaMaria says she's marketing them as second homes.
"It's a great location for a summer home," she says. "It's a home at the shore. You even have a view of the Atlantic City skyline. You can see the Borgata. You can see Revel."
For more information on the manufactured homes at Absecon Shores call Kimberly SantaMaria at 609-646-7703 or 609-703-9442.
What: Manufactured homes
Style: Two and three bedroom ranchers
Price: From $124,500 to $159,500