Temple Emeth Shalom synagogue was a landmark House of worship in Margate, New Jersey and part of the community for many decades.
So many local people of the Jewish faith attended services and celebrated holidays there. Their children attended Hebrew and Sunday school in preparation for their Bar and Bat mitzvahs and later were married in the temple.
Due to Margates decline in year round residence, and the continuing trend of Margate becoming a semi-retirement community, Temple Emeth Shalom merged with Shirat Haysm Synagogue located at 700 Swathmore Ave., Ventnor, NJ.
That left the property vacant, but the team of Troy Rosenzweig and Phyllis Scherr at Soleil Sotheby’s International Realty believed they were the right team to tackle the project. Rosenzweig was a builder in his previous career, and he has been part of hundreds of projects throughout the island.
“Because of my experience, I have an idea of the outcome of the project,” Rosenzweig said.
And that project seems to be big.
If you were to look at the property at 8502 Ventnor Avenue today, you’d see some rubble and debris outside of the front door of the former synagogue. But in less than a year, Rosenzweig believes, you’ll be able to see three single family units with wrap-around porches and decks with an ocean view.
The synagogue will be replaced by three separate properties – known as “Parkway North” – with one located on Lancaster Avenue, the other at the corner of Kenyon Avenue and Ventnor Avenue and a third further down Kenyon Avenue.
The large plot of land is one of the biggest selling points for the yet-to-be-built homes. Each unit will be two stories, with 10-foot ceilings on the first floor.
The first floor will also include a master bedroom, along with a half bathroom and mudroom.
On the second floor will be vaulted ceilings, two master suites in the front of each property, and two additional bedrooms in the back of each property with a bathroom dividing each of the rooms.
Each unit will have high standards, such as granite countertops, high-end stainless steel appliance packages, tiled bathrooms and more.
The Lancaster Avenue unit will be 90 x 65 feet, and the two Kenyon Avenue units will be divide up on the other side of the lot (one being 53 x 110 feet and the other 50 x 100 feet.)
The lot size allows the team to include five bedrooms within two stories for each lot, something you don’t often see with Margate homes, Rosenzweig said.
“In Margate, lots are so small that you need two and a half stories,” Rosenzweig said.”And the third floor can only be 50 percent of the floor beneath, which kind of makes the house look funky from the street and doesn’t give it good elevations. It’s a much more chopped up floor plan.”
Rosenzweig added that the yards for each property will be large due to the overall size of the lot.
Though floor plans may be similar between the three new properties, the design will vary from house to house.
“Elevations, the look of the home and style will be different,” Rosenzweig said. The properties are expected to be 30 feet out of the ground, Rosenzweig added.
Demolition of the synagogue is set to finish in July, with construction of the new properties beginning immediately after, Rosenzweig said. Rosenzweig expects the properties to be completely finished by April of 2018, but the homes are already on the market, he said.
Rosenzweig added that the team is considering leaving a third lot open for buyers who want to customize their home.
Still, if a buyer were to purchase one of the homes, the large property, roomy backyard, and second floor decks with ocean views are something to get excited about.
Rosenzweig can picture it now.
“You’ll have a cup of coffee, maybe a glass of merlot, and watch the tide come in,” he said.
The two properties on Kenyon Avenue are listed at $1,275,000 and the property on Lancaster Avenue is listed at $1, 475,000