Bob Zikowski and Eustace Mita have built homes all along the New Jersey coast as well as in Nantucket Island and Utah. And every one of them has something in common: a great view.
“We specialize in properties with magnificent views, onshore and offshore,” says Zikowski. “We love view real estate.”
Most of the homes Zikowski and Mita build are oceanfront or bayfront. But their latest project features a different kind of view – a golf course. When completed, Northfield Golf Estates will include eight single family homes overlooking the venerable Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. In addition to the manicured fairways the views will include a vast expanse of meadowlands that extend to the Absecon Island skyline.
“We usually don’t drift away from the beach and bay but when you have this type of view it’s the same as beachfront,” says Mita.
All but one of the home sites borders the golf course but all have views of the fairways. Four homes are completed including a model home on Shore Road near the entrance to the country club and three along Bonnie Lee Drive. Three lots are available on Bonnie Lee Drive as well another premium lot on Hemsley Road, which cuts through the golf course. One “quick delivery” house is completed and ready for sale while the model home won’t be available until the other lots are sold. Prices start in the mid $300,000s. Homebuyer can choose from about a dozen different plans but Zikowski and Mita will also build to suit.
The model home, which is loaded with upgrades and priced in the upper $400,000s, has four bedrooms, three full baths and 2,800 square feet of living space. A Cape model, it features an exterior with elements of a Craftsman style home, with a covered front porch, two front-facing dormers, and banks of double and triple windows.
“It has a nice cottage feel but it has a large living area inside” says Zikowski. “And the views are phenomenal,”
Among the amenities are 5½-inch white oak floors that are finished in place, three panel doors, nine-foot ceilings on both the first and second floors and seven-piece window surrounds. A formal living room with deluxe crown molding has a triple window. All three bathrooms have furniture vanities.
“Bob and I build them like we’re moving in ourselves,” Mita says. “The Carrara marble in the kitchen, the white oak floors, the vents which are flush on the floor, the board and batten wainscoting. These are styling cues that we use in our $2½ million to $12 million homes.”
The kitchen is part of an enormous great room that also includes a dining area and a family room. It has Carrara marble countertops and subway tile backsplashes, 42-inch cabinets and stainless steel appliances including a five-burner commercial gas range. There’s a huge center island with a built-in microwave oven concealed in a drawer. The kitchen sink has a high-end bridge faucet with a gooseneck spout.
The focal point of the family room is a gas fireplace with Carrara marble surround and a triple window overlooking the golf course. A full bathroom off the great room has a porcelain tile floor and a walk-in shower with frameless shower doors.
The second floor features three Berber carpeted bedrooms and two full baths. The master suite includes a bedroom with a tray ceiling and triple crown molding. A pocket door opens into a master bath with a marble tile floor, oversized shower chamber with rain shower head and a pedestal soaking tub with a view of the golf course through a double window.
All the bedrooms have walk-in closets, one of which has a door that leads into a small storage attic. The second-floor laundry room has granite counters. There’s also a full unfinished basement with insulated walls and two zones of natural gas heat and central air conditioning.
Outside, a concrete driveway with brick inlays leads to a two-car garage with finished sheetrock walls. The front porch and rear deck are made of a maintenance free composite. The siding is made of Hardi-Board 6-inch cement clapboard. The carriage house style garage doors are also made of composite and feature transom windows. The yard is fully irrigated.
Mita and Zikowski own two development companies — Madison Builders which builds homes priced under $1 million, and Achristavest, for homes priced at more than $1 million. They also own Icona Resorts, a hospitality company that developed hotels in Avalon, Diamond Beach and Cape May. Their projects include The Grand at Diamond Beach, a 125-unit oceanfront high-rise condominium and Santa Rosa, a gated oceanfront development on 16th Street in Ocean City.
An open house at the model home on 715 Shore Rd. is held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call Lisa Alper Russo (609-289-2384), Linda Novelli (609-839-3715) or Vincent Novelli (609-335-4501) of RE/MAX Platinum Properties.