VENTNOR — Daniel Murphy, of Pennsylvania, loves the beach and 1.7-mile boardwalk here almost as much as the house that he purchased on S. Austin Avenue 27 years ago.

The Ventnor boardwalk was one of the reasons Murphy bought a home there as opposed to buying in Atlantic City, Margate, Cape May County or Ocean County.

“The biggest factor at that time, and still today, was the proximity to the beach. You could just walk out of my house and walk about 50 feet, and you were up on the boardwalk,” Murphy said.

Murphy, who had previously been in the real estate business, preferred the boardwalk here over the Atlantic City boardwalk, which he found to be too congested.

“The boardwalk was great because... every street has benches up there,” Murphy said. “You go up there for observation. You can see the people on the beach. It’s like an attraction just seeing people running and walking.”

Steve Wynn and other big company CEOs owned homes in Ventnor when Murphy bought the house in the early 1990’s, he said.

Murphy said his house would be great for someone with a large family because there is a lot of room inside 3,714-square-foot home, which sits in on 60-foot by 62.5-foot lot.

The first floor features an expansive, main living floor with built-in fireplace, a powder room, an expanded dining room, an eat-in kitchen and a big sun room in the front with several windows.

“It’s one of the nicest rooms in the whole house because you can sit down there, and there is always a nice breeze on the street,” Murphy said.

The second floor offers a master bedroom with an outside deck and awning and three other bedrooms, and each bedroom has access to an adjoining full bathroom.

The third floor provides three more bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The recent upgrades include a new hot water heater, washer and dryer, detached one-car garage, driveway parking for three more cars, a back patio and a front porch.

There was a hole in the roof due to debris flying around from a coastal storm, but Murphy put a new roof on the house two years ago.

The changes, made to the house over decades, included replacing the eight wooden steps with concrete steps at the front of the home, adding the second-floor deck, expanding the kitchen to twice its original size and the sun room by at least 15 feet, adding an outside garden to the side of the home and finishing the basement, Murphy said.

A bathroom with a shower was built into the basement, and it has its own private exit out to the backyard, so that a person does not have to enter the house to reach the basement, Murphy said.

“It’s great for somebody my age, like the grandparents,” said Murphy, 87. “They could live there (in the basement), and they don’t have to walk up steps... They could go out the basement door, walk around the side of the house and go up on the boardwalk.”

For more information, call Paula Hartman of The Hartman Home Team at 609-487-7234 in the office or 609-271-7337 on her cell phone.

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