MARGATE — Nicole Stamps, designer and builder of the three-story, six-bedroom house at 364 N. Rumson Ave., conceived the home as if she resided there herself.

“When I design a house, I design it the way that I would like to live in it,” said Stamps, who built the new construction home during the past year.

It was important to Stamps that views from the house don’t look into the house next door and vice versa. The first-floor, oval portal windows have their corners clipped and are angled to give the illusion of grander space without staring into someone else’s home.

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“No one likes people looking into their house. No one likes to keep their drapes down all the time,” said Stamps, who added the window views provide a straight shot of the sunset or the Margate bridge.

Stamps was motivated to build on N. Rumson Avenue because the property has a waterfront location and the proximity of everything being within walking distance, including the beach and restaurants. There is an outdoor shower to wash off from the beach and an attached garage.

The 3,600-square-foot house features five full bathrooms. There is custom, millwork cabinetry in the kitchen, the vanities and wet bar.

The first floor features the kitchen, family room, dining room with wet bar, full bathroom, guest bedroom and a study. There is seating on three sides of the family room and a transitional, linear fireplace.

“I love this kitchen space because of the way it is oriented when you are at the sink. Your back is not to everybody, and your view is of the water, the lagoon and sunset, and you are a part of the family room living space,” Stamps said.

The second floor offers a master bedroom and two other bedrooms with their own private bathrooms. Every bedroom has water views. The master bathroom has a full-panel window for an unobstructed view of the water.

The third floor supplies two more bedrooms and a shared full bath. A common area, which can serve as a hang out or a den, is wired for television.

Whenever possible, Stamps chose upgraded over standard-builder material including: upgraded landscaping; bathroom tiles, plumbing fixtures, marble countertops; larger plank, white oak, hardwood floors; full-inset cabinets, not overlay cabinets; LED lighting throughout; hurricane-rated Anderson windows and self-watering window boxes.

Custom panels have been applied on to appliances, including the refrigerator and the dishwasher, to hide them.

The wiring has been installed for an outdoor pool and an awning if the new owners want to install them, Stamps said.

“The actual physical structure of the house was overbuilt because I build a house like I would want my own house built, and you are building on the water. You have to be prepared for a catastrophe, and anything you can do to make it more structurally sound, from the ground up, is only to your benefit,” Stamps said.

Stamps has her own design-build firm in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, which has been in business for 21 years. For information, visit

An open house at the property, which is located 364 N. Rumson Ave., Margate and is listed for $2,350,000 will be held Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Paula Hartman at 609-271-7337.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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