Jeff Brown and his wife, Tracy Brown, love living on S. Pelham Avenue in Longport so much that during the course of their almost 25 years together, they brought two homes on the same street.
The house that they have owned for the longer period of time — since 2006 — an eight-room, single-family home, is for sale for $3,199 million.
“We love Longport. It’s quiet, but it’s close to the action, close to Atlantic City, close to Amherst Avenue in Margate,” Jeff Brown said.
The house is on a beach block and is three homes away from the ocean. It is located at the northern end of Longport, very close to its border with Margate. There is an outdoor deck, a private balcony and an outside shower.
An elevator has been installed in the three-story house along with a security system, central air conditioning, hardwood floors, tile bathrooms and wall-to-wall carpeting.
The first floor offers the open concept kitchen with upscale appliances, the family room and a bathroom.
The second floor provides three bedrooms, one of which is the size of two bedrooms, and three full bathrooms. Each of the Brown’s children had their own bedroom: Nicole, 23; Josh, 20; and Steven, 13.
The third floor contains the master bedroom with a huge walk-in closet and a master bathroom.
The home comes with two fireplaces, a marble surround fireplace within the open concept first floor and a second fireplace on the third floor with the master bedroom, and two laundry rooms.
The house’s exterior is a mixture of brick and wood shingle with a concrete driveway and a garage.
The home has not changed structurally since the Brown family bought it 12 years ago, but the family room has been redone twice, and the house has been painted every year or two, Tracy Brown said.
This was the first time that the Brown family had a house at the Jersey Shore, Jeff Brown said.
“It’s so easy to get to the beach,” Jeff Brown said. “There is a great view of the fireworks during Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends.”
The American Mile race takes place annually on Fourth of July weekend in Longport. The race starts at one end of the city and ends on S. Pelham Avenue with the finish line virtually at the Brown’s house.
“Every year. we have a party with out friends at the end of the charity run,” said Jeff Brown, 58. “It’s a great street, a great location, and we have great neighbors.”
The Brown’s children loved to play basketball, and there were courts within eight blocks of their home.
The other houses on the block are similar to 101 S. Pelham Ave. in the sense that they have either been torn down and rebuilt or redone, Jeff Brown said.
The Browns have a bunch of friends who ride bicycles, and Longport is still safe enough and not so overcrowded with cars that a person can still ride a bicycle on the street, Jeff Brown said.
“Although you are near everything, it is still private,” Tracy Brown said. “It’s (their home) very cozy even though it is spacious.”