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Sumptuous Victorian with Ocean Views

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Last updated: 06/06/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cape May house description

Re-live Cape May's golden age in this ocean-front Victorian 'cottage' built in 1881. If you want to know what summer life was like - for a lucky few, this is the place to be. Ocean views and breezes, high ceilings, massive period furniture, large, airy rooms, an expansive, fully fenced garden, off-street parking for four cars - and much more - make this house truly unique.

Double front porches overlook the ocean in front, and double back porches overlook the large, private garden. There are screened porches on the ground floor, front and rear. The elegant living and dining rooms were made for entertaining. Dine in the antique-furnished dining room, the gazebo and/or the covered pergola in the garden, the screened-in dining porch, the eat-in kitchen, or the brand-new family-room/playroom.

There are seven bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, one on the second floor and the other on the third floor. Both have unobstructed ocean views and ensuite bathrooms.

Two more bedrooms face the ocean, and two more face the garden. There are six full baths on all four floors. There is a second-floor sitting room with a satellite-TV/DVD.

There is state of the art kitchen, with a Miele 5-burner cook-top, twin GE Monogram ovens, etc., etc., a large table for those who like to eat in the kitchen, and another table in the adjacent, brand-new family-room/playroom, with its handy 'pass-through' to the kitchen.

The large family-room/playroom has a new flat-screen TV connected to the DirectTV satellite, a large, 'professional' foosball game, and a collection of board games, jig-saw puzzles, etc. It is a perfect place for young people to hang out evenings and on (hopefully rare) rainy days.

Keywords: Single-family home

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Terrific house for kids. Large, fully fenced garden, playhouse, lots of toys, games, children's books and videocassettes. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 13-16

          • Master Bedroom 1: 1 king

            ...moreless

          • Master Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

            Can be converted into king-sized bed if needed...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

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          • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

            Sleep sofa on ground floor, next to full bath...moreless

          • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

            Twin/single daybed with trundle - sleeps two...moreless

          • King size beds (1) In Master Suite No. 1, Queen size Beds (1) In Master Suite No. 2, Queen size bed in Bedroom No. 3, with ocean view on second floor. Bedroom No. 4, with garden view on third floor, has a double bed. Bedrooms Number 5 and 6 both have two twin/single beds. Bedroom Number 5 faces the ocean, and Bedroom Number 6 faces the garden. The two twin beds in Bedroom Number 5 can be converted into one king-sized bed. Bedroom Number 7 has a twin/single-sized daybed, with a trundle, so the room sleeps two. There is one queen-sized sleep sofa on the ground floor, next to full bathroom, with a closet and a dresser....moreless

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            En-suite with Master Bedroom 1...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            En-suite with Master Bedroom 2...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub

            Ground-floor hall bathroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub

            Second floor hall bathroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Third floor hall bathroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower

            Hall bathroom next to kitchen...moreless

          • Bathroom 7: outdoor shower

            Outdoor shower...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Top-of-the-line 'chef's kitchen' with Miele 5-burner cook top, GE Monogram double ovens, etc....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            GE Profile with ice maker. Second refrigerator for extra storage...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            There is a full range of pots, pans, bowls, kitchen knives, etc....moreless

          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            Three-zone air conditioning, with thermostats controlling each zone....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking for four large vehicles...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Washing Machine

          Other Amenities

              • Children's Playhouse, Large (450 square foot) pergola - with roof and paving....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Two televisions: One 46-inch HDTV with DVR and DVD in Second Floor Sitting/TV room. One 26-inch TV with VCR in Bedroom No. 6....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Small stereo system in living room, with radio, CD/DVD, and Internet radio....moreless

              • Books:

                Hundreds of books for adults and children are on open shelves....moreless

              • Video Games:

                HDMI cable installed with HDTV for use with video games...moreless

              • Toys:

                There are some beach toys stored in the playhouse....moreless

              • Video Library:

                A collection of old videocasettes....moreless

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                There is Wi-Fi reception throughout the house and on the porches...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Gazebo:

                Large screened gazebo with dining table....moreless

              • Golf:

                Cape May National is five miles away....moreless

              Theme

              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic

              Location & View

              • Beach View:

                The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, two front porches, and two bathrooms....moreless

              • Ocean View:

                The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, two front porches, and two bathro...moreless

              • Beachfront:

                The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, two front porches, and two bathro...moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, two front porches, and two bathro...moreless

              • Village:

                The house is within easy walking distance of all Cape May has to offer - beach, tennis courts, restaurants, shopping, theaters, etc. Park your car in our parking lot and forget about driving....moreless

              Activities

              • Theme Parks
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services
              • Jet Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Parasailing
              • Sailing
              • Tennis
              • Golf
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • ATM/Bank
              • Cycling
              • Rafting
              • Basketball Court
              • Fishing
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Water Skiing
              • Hiking
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Shuffleboard
              • Shelling
              • Restaurants
              • Live Theater
              • Cinemas
              • Zoo
              • Museums
              • Churches
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Winery Tours
              • Beachcombing
              • Horseshoes
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Shopping
              • Antiquing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Kayaking
               

              Reviews

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              March 1 - May 2 - $3500 per weekend, $4000 per week
              May 3 - May 22 - $4000 per weekend, $4500 per week
              May 23 - June 27 - $4500 per weekend, $5000 per week
              June 28 - September 5, $8500 per week
              September 6 - October 31, $4000 per weekend, $4500 per week
              November 1 - November 25, $3500 per weekend, $4000 per week
              

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              Location

              40 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Atlantic City
              5 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Cape May - Lewis Ferry
              40 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Atlantic City
              3 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Garden State Parkway
              100 Metres
              Nearest Beach
              beach
              150 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              Washington Street pedestrian 'mall'
              5 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Cape May National
              150 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Washington Street pedestrian 'mall'

              Car: Not Necessary

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1942

              About the owner: I am in my early 70s. I have loved Franny's Folly since I first started coming here as a babe in arms. It has been our family's gathering place since 1942. We think it is the best house in Cape May - and we aren't the only ones.

              Why the Owner Chose Cape May:
              This has been our family's summer home since the early days of World War II, because it was one of the few beach resorts that could be reached by train.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Ours is virtually the only remaining large Victorian in Cape May with unobstructed ocean views and a large garden. The location could not be better. The house sits on the highest point in Cape May, and gets breezes from both the Atlantic and Delaware Bay. There are more than 70 windows and 'french' doors to catch every breeze - plus a three-zone air conditioning system if there is no breeze. In addition to being 100 yards from the surf, we are also 100 yards from the Washington Street pedestrian 'mall', with its shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, grocery store, bakery, etc. Our house was designed by one of America's premier architects, Stephen Decatur Button, who inspired Louis Sullivan, who, in turn, taught Frank Lloyd Wright. We are almost completely surrounded by other fine examples of Victorian architecture - plus, of course - the splendid view of the sea. There is a stand of fine old sycamores behind the house that provides homes to a host of song birds. The house has had, essentially, only two families since it was built. We are lucky to have almost all of the furniture and furnishings that were made for the house. We enjoy parking our car(s) in the driveway in back and just leaving them there. Cape May is ideal for walking and bike riding, and we do a lot of both. In short, we have the best of all worlds- terrific location, a great old house, and all the modern conveniences.


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              Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

               

              Photos

              • Franny's Folly

                Franny's Folly

              • Dining Room and Breakfast Porch

                Dining Room and Breakfast Porch

              • Master Bedroom No. 2

                Master Bedroom No. 2

              • Bedroom No. 4

                Bedroom No. 4

              • Bedroom No. 6

                Bedroom No. 6

              • General Grant Rockers and Congress Hall

                General Grant Rockers and Congress Hall

              • Family-room/playroom

                Family-room/playroom

              • Foosball game

                Foosball game

              • View from house of garden, pergola, and gazebo

                View from house of garden, pergola, and gazebo

              • View from Franny's Folly on July 4

                View from Franny's Folly on July 4

              • View from Second Floor Front Porch

                View from Second Floor Front Porch

              • Living Room

                Living Room

              • Master Bedroom No. 1

                Master Bedroom No. 1

              • Bedroom No. 3

                Bedroom No. 3

              • Bedroom No. 5

                Bedroom No. 5

              • Bedroom Number 7 and/or second floor sitting room/TV room

                Bedroom Number 7 and/or second floor sitting room/TV room

              • Kitchen

                Kitchen

              • Pass-through from kitchen to family-room/playroom

                Pass-through from kitchen to family-room/playroom

              • Children's Playhouse

                Children's Playhouse

              • View of the house and garden

                View of the house and garden

              VRBO #93061

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              Date last modified - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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              7 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
              Sleeps 16

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              Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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