Cathy Rupurt, the owner of the duplex at 16 N. Jefferson Ave., Margate, loves the versatility of her house overall as much as she likes her favorite room in the home, the open format kitchen, dining and living room.

“The house has lots of opportunity for either a family or an investor. We have had excellent rental income that has paid the mortgage and then some,” said Rupurt, who added her house offers six bedrooms and three full bathrooms.

Besides two bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor, the 2,300-square-foot vinyl siding house also features the open format dining, living room and new kitchen with granite countertops on that level.

On the second floor, there are four bedrooms, including a private master suite, two bathrooms, including one with a Jacuzzi tub, vaulted ceilings and another open format dining and living space with newer kitchen and appliances and loft above the second floor.

A dishwasher, electric stove, refrigerator, self-cleaning oven and a washer and dryer are all inside the home. There is no basement, but there is plenty of room for storage.

In 2011, the Rupurts bought the house on Jefferson Avenue between Ventnor and Winchester avenues to use as their vacation home and to rent. Since they purchased it, the first floor has been completely modernized and renovated.

There are hardwood floors throughout and ceramic tiles in the bathroom.

“The front porch faces the east, so you get the morning sun, and the back deck and yard faces the west, so you get the afternoon sun,” said Rupurt, who added there is an outdoor shower/dressing room.

The house has a concrete driveway, central air conditioning, gas heat, public sewer and water, a fenced backyard and off-street parking for two cars. It is similar to other houses on the street, Rupurt said.

“It’s in a great location because of its proximity to the beach and the marina restaurants,” said Rupurt, who added the house is only two blocks from the beach. “There is lots to do.”

The house is on the south end of the city, two blocks away from the borough of Longport. It is also within walking distance of the major Amherst Avenue restaurants, including Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay, Tomatoe’s, Sofia Restaurant and Luciano Lamberti Restaurant & Sunset Marina.

“It’s a good family town with good shopping and good restaurants,” said Rupurt, who lives in Pennsylvania.

Margate’s family environment is what caused the Rupurts to buy the home on the quiet residential street of Jefferson Avenue over other shore communities.

“It’s an equally good home for a larger family, two small families or an investor, who wants rentail income,” Rupurt said. “When we have all our family down, we stay on both floors. That’s the beauty of the house. It’s flexible for whatever you need, however you need to use it.”

For more information, call Paula Hartman of the Hartman Home Team at 609-271-7337.

Contact: 609-272-7202


Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.