By Dave Enscoe, Advertising Department
You might say the little town of Milmay has a dual personality. First of all, it gets its name from two larger towns, Millville, eight miles to the west, and Mays Landing, eight miles to the east. Milmay's roughly 800 residents live in two different municipalities - Buena Vista and Maurice River townships - in two different counties - Atlantic and Cumberland.
But not everything in Milmay comes in twos. There's only one post office, one volunteer fire department and one drinking/eating establishment, the landmark Milmay Tavern.
Milmay is also home to Chris and Mary Jane Kinkade. Mary Jane grew up in Milmay. Her parents live right down the street from the 5-bedroom Cape Cod the Kinkades bought nine years ago.
Chris is a native of Connecticut, which was where the couple was living until Chris joined a computer software firm that enabled him to work from home. Milmay seemed like a logical choice to raise their three children, ages 4, 2 and 18 months.
"It's a sleepy little town, nice and quiet," Chris says. "We liked that it was close to my wife's family and the beach. It's only 45 minutes to Cape May, 40 minutes to Philadelphia and 30 minutes to Atlantic City."
The Kinkades' house stands in the Buena Vista Township side of Milmay on more than five mostly wooded acres. Built in 1994, it features almost 4,000 square feet of living space including a beautifully finished basement. It's part of a neighborhood of well-kept homes on similarly sized lots. A small stream that runs through the woods at the back of their property is the headwaters of the Tuckahoe River.
Chris and Mary Jane have made a number of improvements over the years. They installed granite counters, tile backsplashes and new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. They built a shed in the back yard, replaced the water heater and added a workshop to the oversized side-entry two-car garage.
The biggest projects, completed a couple of years ago, were finishing the basement and converting the first-floor powder room into a full bathroom.
The first floor features a large eat in kitchen, a huge formal dining room, and a two-story great room with skylights, a wet bar and a wood burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling brick chimney. There's also a first-floor master suite and a room that Chris uses as an office that could also be a bedroom.
The master bedroom has a bayed window and a private bathroom with two walk-in closets and a whirlpool tub.
The second floor, accessed from a staircase in the family room, has three bedrooms, two walk-in storage areas and an extra long full bathroom that extends nearly the width of the house.
The enormous basement has 600 square feet of unfinished storage area as well as 1,200 square feet of finished space with a game room, two TV rooms, lots of high hat lighting and a ceramic tile floors that look like wood planks.
The house is heated with oil but a natural gas line was recently connected to the house making gas service available. The only gas appliance currently in place is a heater in the basement.
With their kids now 9, 11 and 13, the Kinkades have no intention of downsizing, but they will be relocating. Chris's company is opening a satellite office in South Carolina and the family is planning a move to the Charleston area.
"It was a really big decision to leave Milmay," says Mary Jane, who works at Ellison School in Vineland, a private school where all three of her children are enrolled. "My family would rather we stay here. But now they'll have someplace really great to visit."
For more information on this property, which is listed for $429,000, call Angela (Julie) Tamburro of Prudential Fox Roach Realtors, 856-305-8583. email@example.com
Size: 5 bedrooms, 3 baths
Taxes (2012): $8,627