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Duplex In "The Gardens" Ocean City NJ
Bill & MaryAnn Wagner, Jersey Shore & South Jersey Real Estate (Wagner Real Estate Group)

This Multi-Family Home located at 24 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City NJ is currently for sale and has been listed on Trulia for 18 days. This property is listed by Wagner Real Estate Group for $594,000. 24 Simpson Ave has 4 beds, 2 baths, and approximately 1,896 square feet. The price per square foot is $313. The property has a lot size of 4,600 sqft and was built in 1952. 24 Simpson Ave is in the 08226 ZIP code in Ocean City, NJ.

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NewSale Listing - 114 Pinnacle Road
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

New Sale Listing - 114 Pinnacle Road (Ocean City, NJ)


Just listed in the Gardens, that single family area north of North Street to the end of the island at the Longport Bridge.  Adding the single family sale listings in the Northend as well, that area north of Sixth Street to south of North Street; we arrive at a total of about 49-50 single family sale listings throughout the Northend and Gardens.  

This is one of the lowest number of single family sale listings in this area in some time.  One finds about 25 singles over $1 million and the remaining number under that figure.  Location obviously plays a role in terms of the land value.  New Construction will also play a role in terms of building value.

114 Pinnacle Road is on a two-block street running from Battersea Road to Gull Road.  It is primarily a second home location (all single family homes) with about ten properties that live all year long on the street.  Rentals have not been a significant part of the process on Pinnacle Road.

Listed at $1,375,000, this one-of-a-kind three story was built in 2007.  Cedar-sided with siding stained by the factory and delivered to the site, the property has an interesting appearance:  is it an old house looking new, or a new house looking old?  That was part of the direction given to the architect as a part of the planning process.  Four steel beams were part of the first floor layout allowing for a wide open living room, dining room, larger kitchen, and lots of additional space throughout the downstairs.  

It is identified as a 4BR/4.5BA single family with all bedrooms having a full bath.  There is a family room on the third floor, and the present owners had used the first floor bedroom as another family room for the first seven years that they were in the house.  Only recently did they turn that back into a full bedroom.

The open feeling on the main level enables the person in the kitchen to look to the outside in both the front and back yards.  The kitchen has a very large granite counter which enables about 6-8 to sit around the kitchen for causal talk, drinks, or even a light dinner.  The dining room is right next to the kitchen for more formal entertaining.

Right around the corner from the kitchen is the wet bar which includes a wine frig, an ice maker, and plenty of storage in the beautiful built-in cabinet.  The other interesting aspect to this location is the open space above which continue on to the second and third floors and the six skylights on the roof.   This has provided for a lot of hot air flowing up in the winter and cold air drifting down in the summer.  

There are far too many interesting things to see in this large house ... just walking around is the best way to understand its potential.  Bedrooms on all levels, washer/dryer on both the first and second floors, several nooks and corners provide for work space on all three levels.  The two master bedrooms on the second floor are larger than most bedrooms in most single family listings in OC.  We have lots of sitting locations in both of these bedrooms.  Extra storage can be found not only in the closets, but in the sections behind the four main closets on the second floor.

Finally, the attention to landscaping has been a goal for the master gardener who should take credit for all the effort.  The front has a two-tier sitting area and a perfect way to meet and greet guests to the house.  It is quite private in the way the trees and shrubs have been established.  The back yard is completely fenced in so a pet can run freely.  It also has additonal storage in the small garage including a sliding door to a summer refrigerator for lots of service for guests in the back yard.  It is also one of the very few back yards where none of your neighbors can see into your yard at the ground level or even the second floor level.

Dustin A. Peters is not only one of the owners of this property, but also the listing agent for 114 Pinnacle Road, Ocean City (NJ).  He is associated with Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty in Ocean City, New Jersey.  You can contact him via email at "" or by phone at "609-231-6379." 












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"My Home is an Island" ... Ocean City, New Jersey
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

"My Home Is An Island" ... Ocean City, New Jersey


My home is a barrier island just off the coast of south Jersey ... a 2.5 mile four land connecton including two bridges links us with Somers Point and Ocean City. 

Another 1 mile bridge is at our northern end of the island connecting with Egg Harbor Township leading back to Somers Point again or over to Longport and the back way to Atlantic City.

Two other bridges lead from the southend of the island over to Upper Township (Cape May County) at 34th Street and over to Strathmere, another island south of us at 55th Street.

The entire island is about 5.5 miles long and maybe 5-10 blocks in some parts of the Southend and about 1.5 miles in part of the Northend and Gardens areas.

It is an unusual place in that we have about 100,000 to 150,000 during the summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day ... and we return to our 10,000 number for the rest of the year with numbers increasing during the weekends and holidays.  It's a significant resort community ... part of a lot of other shore communities from the tip of Cape May County all the way north along the Atlantic Ocean shore points.

We have two major "buying periods of time:"  the spring from about March 1 to June 15, and the fall from the day after Labor Day until a bit after Thanksgiving.  And the rest of the winter period tends to be a very quiet time on the island.

My wife and I moved here after our retirements in education ... she with the PA Dept of Education and he with a school district as a teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal over a 32 year time frame.  And I am now starting my 21st year in real estate here in Ocean City, New Jersey.

So what's it like to live on an island ... well, the best part is "after everyone leaves at the end of the summer (which is Labor Day).  What else do I do down there ... we walk a lot ... on the beach, on the boardwalk, over the bridges ... and we bike as well (no hills in town).  We call our period here on the island as "island time."  We read ... with an excellent Library which also serves as a great "gathering place" for the community.  Just this past week my wife and I took a "workshop" in making an oil cloth design and sealing it for our house.

Things do slow down in the off season, but we have a lovely "downtown area," several malls within a half hour of leaving the island, all sorts of great restaurants from Atlantic City to Cape May, and Philadelphia just an hour away on the Expressway.

We have stayed during hurricanes; we have left the island before they arrived on occasions.  It is certainly a different sort of living on an island.  For example, on our two-block street with about 50 plus single family houses ... only about 15 are full time (maximum) during the off-season.  No one shovels snow off sidewalks ... my two neighbors on our sides are "second home" owners.  We just make a way for the mail to be taken to our mailbox.  Those friends who live here all year round become "special" to us ... my wife has two book clubs all year long.  We tend to take vacations during the winter months (slower in the real estate field here ... warmer elsewhere).

We have a couple of breakfasts and lunches out each week to say hello to those still around on our island.  We purchased our first house here in 1988 (second homers), built a new one in another location about 2006, may consider downsizing in the next few years.  Island life is a great place to spend all or a part of one's life time ... "the pace of things are so very different here."

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Island Life #5 - "Walking Around the Gardens" in Ocean City, NJ
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

Island Life #5 - "Walking & Biking Around the Gardens" in Ocean City, NJ ... from Dustin A. Peters, Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty


I happen to have lived in the Northend and Gardens sections of Ocean City (NJ) since we first purchased a home here in 1988.  We have always owned single family properties which slowly caused us to move further north to a bit more ground which turned up in the Gardens.  Since becoming a real estate agent in 1993, I have tended to list and sell most of my properties in this same area.  And I have tended to walk and bike in this area as well.  It may have been what caused me to consider real estate as my second career.  I just found it so very intersting to check out houses and property. 

This posting is specific to the Gardens area ... that area north of North Street and running to the Longport Bridge at the end of the island in the north.  The red light intersecting Battersea Road and Wesley Road begins the drive to the Longport Bridge on Wesley Road which a few blocks further north becomes the Gardens Parkway.  So one can split the Gardens into two sections:  the ocean side and the bay side of the Gardens with the Parkway being the dividing point.

One of my favorite walks summer and winter is taking the Wesley Road sidewalks and continuing to follow the Gardens Parkway all the way up to Newcastle Road and continuing to head around the ocean side of the Gardens Parkway back to East Atlantic Boulevard and back to Surf Road and to where I started.  It's a good starter walk for almost anyone.

I also enjoy biking the alleys throughout the Gardens.  Many visitors don't realize that there are a number of alley configurations around the Gardens enabling these owners to park from the back of their property.  And as one bikes around the area, they have an opportunity to see a different look at these single family properties.  And it is quite save in that one rarely sees and automobile dring along an alley.

I also enjoy walking on the beach starting at the Surf Road Beach where we tend to stay on those occasions when we get to the beach.  One walk can take you south all the way down to Pennlyn and a bit beyond to about the Gardens Plaza high rise condominiums.  If you go the other way, you can walk all around the Gardens beaches up to the Longport Bridge and a bit further on the bay side to the first extended property opening up to the actual bay.  This way tends to be a bit more interesting in that you see a lot of people fishing from the beach, you run into more wild birds running along the beach, and you have a bit more of the beach to yourself.  I have often walked up to the Longort Bridge via the sidewalks alongthe Gardens Parkway and then shifted to the beach and walked back until I got to Surf Road.

There are many more side trips that you can find on your own.  So I want to challenge you to find your own favorite walking or biking location in the Gardens this summer.  Enjoy, and good luck!!!

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BEACH NOTES ... March 21, 2012 ... Ocean City, New Jersey
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

A New Sale Listing in the Gardens ... in Ocean City, New Jersey

140 Pinnacle Road

A 3BR/2BA 1949 two-story sits on this large 51.5x120 foot lot in the Gardens on a quiet two-block street that most people (including real estate agents) can't find ... so how do I know about it, I also live on that street.

A lot of changes taking place on this street with Ocean Road on the south side and Surf Road on the north side.

"140 Pinnacle Road" offers the kind of property many might be looking for ... an older single family in very good shape with gas heat and central air conditioning, a bedroom on the first level or an opportunity to have both a living room and family room on that level plus a modern kitchen, a dining area off the living room, plus a full bath.

And a real fireplace that burns wood in the living room ... plus a large back yard with covered porch and extended open deck, one can't find many locations with the backyard privacy that exists here.

Back inside on the second floor, one finds two larger bedrooms, another full bath plus a lot of extra closet space throughout the area.

And now for the extra ... you can do quite well here as a second home, a summer rental property, or a year-round location with the potential at any time to decide to renovate and make the existing building larger ... or build a new construction single family on this large lot

By the way, it's just a short three minute walk to the Surf Road beach ... a great and private Gardens location around the corner and up a short ways.

Interested in addional details, contact Dustin at 609-231-6379 or      

Want some additional details ... go to & click "Real Estate Team" & Dustin A. Peters" in order to see more information on this property including some exterior and interior pictures.     dap

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BEACH NOTES ... 11/20/2011 ... Ocean City, New Jersey
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

Walking the Longport Bridge in the Gardens in Ocean City, New Jersey


It has been a lovely day here on our barrier island.  I worked for about 4-5 hours and decided to take a long walk.  Generally, I walk about a mile along the Gardens Parkway to the Longport Bridge, go across the Bridge, and today all the way to the red light for the turn to Somers Point.  Back on the other side (I always walk into car traffic) and back across the bridge to the Ocean City side, and back to our house.  It's about 3-4 miles depending on the way I walk home.

It's was a warm and sunny day when I left, and it appeared that I had too much warm clothing on.  But I knew that crossing the bridge brings a good bit of wind.  And you can never count on the sun staying out.  It didn't.  The cars were even putting on their head lights about 2:15 PM.  So it was just good to get another long walk in before the really cold weather arrives.

I've been seriously walking since about five or six days after June 2, 2010.  That's one of the more important days in my life.  That was the day I was helicoptered from Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point to Presbertyan Hospital in Philadelphia and operated on the next day ... a quadruple bypass surgery.  Wow ... I didn't even have enough time to be too afraid.  A short five-day hospital stay resulted in a return to our home in Ocean City.  I recall the day after my arrival home that I could barely walk the length of our driveway.  I decided to add one house more a day, until I could add two or three, until I could add a half a block, until I could add an extra block.  I've been walk ever since ... almost every day, occasionally missing a day here and there.  Obviously, it did the trick.  I lost 40 pounds, and I am certainly in better shape than throughout my 50s. 

I just had my six-month check-up with my heart specialist, and I received the best birthday gift that I could get (November is my month) ... I don't have to return for an entire year.  Wow!!

So let me expand on my walking.  I leave Cape May County at the bridge and enter Atlantic County on the other side.  One has to be alert walking the bridge.  Clearly, it is certainly dangerous.  Why do I walk the bridge?  It is the only outside location where I get some height.  I'm as careful as I can be.  I watch each driver as they pass.  I try to be nimble in case they tend to move across the white line into my walking space.  I have had to swing my arms into an "x" motion many times.  I also have a plan to climb on to the railings to avoid getting hit.  I've worked it out in my head quite a bit.  But I haven't practiced at all.  I'm afraid someone will think that I'm getting ready to jump. 

Overall, the walking has gotten me back into shape.  About March, 2011 I began to play some indoor tennis.  I played tennis at least one time a week all through the spring and summer.  And my game level remained about the same ... I can still move quite fast to get to the ball.  So recovery is an ongoing thing.  I tend to watch what I eat - another crucial factor.  And my weight has stayed off.  But overall, the walking has done a lot for me in many ways .. good thinking time, probably good for my lower blood pressure, no real stress except for the occasional car situation.  I enjoy walking the bridge!!!             dap

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BEACH NOTES ... November 11, 2011 ... Ocean City, New Jersey
Dustin A. Peters, Your "Northend & Gardens" Contact in Ocean City!!! (Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty)

New Sale Listing ... in Ocean City, New Jersey


101 East Atlantic Boulevard 2nd Floor

Listed at $424,500


"In the Gardens"  a rare older, but renovated, second floor condominium in

that residential Gardens area north of North Street with only five (5) condos

for sale right now.  Close to the beach - right up the street.  This is a 3BR/1.5BA

condominium with a lovely large front porch looking out over this very wide and

attractive East Atlantic Boulevard, renovations including a new updated kitchen,

gas heating and central air conditioning, a large living/dining room combination,

a laundry room with a half bath and extra storage, and a back door leading down

to an assigned parking location (as needed) plus additional enclosed storage.

Contact Dustin A. Peters, Listing Agent, at 609-231-6379 or

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