By Dave Enscoe, Advertising Department

When Ralf and Jacalyn Reinberg moved into their house in Ventnor in October 2012 it was kind of like moving to Pompeii just before Vesuvius erupted. The couple hadn't even settled in when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore and forced them to evacuate.

"We were only there for seven days when Sandy came," Jackie recalls.

Despite widespread flooding and wind damage to many coastal communities, Ventnor was spared the worst of it. And after spending a week at their daughter's home in Medford, the Reinbergs returned to the island to find their home virtually unscathed.

"We had absolutely zero impact from the storm," Jackie says. "We have a full basement that is above street level. And our house is on the highest place on the island."

Jackie and Ralf, an accountant who practices in Blackwood, moved to New Jersey from their native Massachusetts 20 years ago. They were living in Turnersville with their 25-year-old son when they bought the house in Ventnor three years ago.

"We had rented seasonably in Sea Isle City for 15 years," says Jackie, who works as a human resources consultant. "We initially used the house as a second home, but we decided to make it our year round residence in 2012."

The charming two-story house the Reinbergs purchased on South Buffalo Avenue is a block-and-a-half from the beach. Built in 1920, it has five bedrooms and 2 ½ baths and 2,270 square feet of living space. The house is entered from an elevated covered front porch with a view of the ocean. It features polished oak floors, original wood trim and walls painted in pastel colors.

"It's a very happy house," Jackie says. "We love it here."

The Reinbergs have made several improvements to the home. They replaced the outdated electrical system with 200 amp service, added insulation and recently installed a new gas furnace.

Downstairs rooms include a living room with a gas fireplace and a formal dining room with bayed window and a working wood-burning fireplace, which Ralph and Jackie have yet to use. The couple updated the spacious eat-in kitchen, adding a laminate floor, granite counters, glass tile backsplashes and LED lights under the cabinets that change colors. Off the kitchen is a powder room.

All five bedrooms and a full bathroom are accessed from the large second floor landing. "You can see the ocean from the master bedroom," Jackie says. "It's not a lot of ocean view but it's mine."

The hall bath has a granite vanity countertop and plenty of room to accommodate a washer and dryer. A second Jack-and-Jill bathroom can be entered from two bedrooms.

Pull-down stairs lead to a storage attic. The house has central air conditioning, a large unfinished basement and a natural gas heating system. From the street, a driveway with room for four cars leads to a detached garage made entirely of brick. There's also an enclosed outdoor shower.

Ralf and Jackie, who have been married for 30 years and have three young grandchildren, plan to stay in Ventnor after they sell their house.

"We love Ventnor but we're going to buy a place a little closer to the beach that better suits our retirement needs," says Jackie, adding that she doesn't expect to retire for another eight years.

"I had two big dreams," she says. "To make 30 (thousand) when I turned 30 and to have a house at the ocean," Jackie says. "I have both my dreams. There's really nothing else I need in life."

For more information on this property, which is listed for $499,000, call Mary Lou Ferry of Farley and Ferry Realty, 609-822-1836.

Fast Facts:

Where: Ventnor

Built: 1920

Size: 5 bedrooms 2½ baths

Taxes (2012): $8,319

Price: $499,000

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