If you don't like water, then Kirk and Stephanie Brandows' home in Somers Point is probably not for you. Their luxury townhouse stands on a narrow finger of land surrounded on three sides by the Great Egg Harbor Bay and Harbor Cove. There's no room for any more homes.
Virtually every room in the house – including the bedrooms, master bath, a powder room and the garage – has a view of either bay or the protected waters of Harbor Cove Marina.
"When you wake up in the morning it feels like you're on a ship," says Stephanie.
The Brandows didn't grow up around water – Stephanie is a native of Pocatello, Idaho and Kirk hails from upstate New York - and they live year round in Ardmore, Pa. But they've had a summer home in Somers Point for the past 14 years. Kirk, a plastic surgeon whose main practice is in Philadelphia, also has an office in Somers Point that was built on the site of the former Mangia by the Beach restaurant.
The couple had a smaller condo across the marina before buying their townhouse in Harbour Point in 2007.
"The view was the deciding factor in us moving here," Stephanie says. "Our first place had a nice view but not this view."
The eight townhomes that make up Harbour Point occupy three buildings that were built in the mid-1990s.
"It's a nice retreat," Stephanie says. "Only two people live here year round. It's very peaceful and quiet, even in the summer when there's lots of boat traffic. It's ideal for somebody who wants maintenance-free living without living among tons of people."
Kirk and Stephanie have a corner unit with three bedrooms and 2½ baths on three levels. The lower level features an entry foyer and a large den with glass doors to a wood deck overlooking the bay.
"The foyer floor was originally purple marble," Stephanie says. "I've never seen anything like it. We took the purple marble out tiled the whole lower level."
The second level has an open floor plan that includes a sunken living room with a gas fireplace and a kitchen with center island, double oven and a new SubZero refrigerator. Sliding glass doors in both the kitchen and living room open to a covered fiberglass deck.
The three bedrooms are on the third level. All have expansive views of the bay or marina. The master suite has a long window seat under a quadruple casement window with a panoramic view of the bay that stretches to the Ocean City skyline. The master bathroom has marble floors and walls, a whirlpool tub and a skylight. A walk-in closet has built-in shelving.
The Brandows installed hardwood floors in rooms that had perviously been carpeted. Now all the floors are either hardwood or tile.
The house has a central vac system, a separate laundry room, a two-car attached garage and pull-down steps to a storage attic and an enclosed outside shower. About three years ago the condo association redid the public areas including the decks, railings, window trim, driveways and the roofs of all three buildings,
"The nice thing about this location is that you can walk to everything," Stephanie says. "There are 10 restaurants you can walk to along Bay Avenue. You never have to drive anywhere."
The Brandows certainly like to stay active. "We do a lot of biking," says Stephanie, who is also a long distance runner and recently completed a half marathon in Philadelphia. "We used to have a boat, now we have two Jet Skis. And we both like to snow ski."
Kirk and Stephanie have a 24-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son who live in Philadelphia; and a 14-year-old son at home. When they sell their townhouse, they plan to buy a vacation home in the mountains.
"Our dream is to have a place to stay at the Shore and to buy a place in the mountains, maybe the Poconos," Stephanie says. "We'll miss this place a lot. But we have an apartment above my husband's office in Somers Point so we'll still have another place where we can look at the water."
For more information on this property, which is listed for $1.1 million, call Cathy Laltrello of RE/MAX Atlantic, 609-804-0280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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