About the property
- House4300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
9 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms 2 half baths, max occupancy 16
Celebrate summer in this unique, historic Jersey Shore home. This property is perfect for families and friends seeking stress free beach proximity with plenty of space and charm inside and out. Located across the street from the guarded beach, kids spend their days riding the waves under the watch of our very friendly life guards while you relax with toes in sand and cool beverage in hand.
Located a stone's throw from Bay Head's fabulous bakery, visitors can walk or ride a bike to local shops just a block away. Ideal for kids who love to play hide-and-seek and grown ups who enjoy cool drinks on one of the wrap-around porches or a good game of ping pong.
The big, bright, fully equipped, family-style eat-in kitchen features all new appliances and a large eating and prep center island for chopping, chatting and serving quick meals and snacks to kids of all ages.
We like to breakfast on the east porch and dinners outside, though the dining room and kitchen each seat 10. Feel free to set up croquet or badminton in the yard. There is plenty of space for a good game of tag, too. The eco-friendly playset offers kids safe hiding outside in the yard, a nice spot to share a handful of raisins and lots of sliding and swinging fun! The outdoor shower is a staple of the classic shore cottage. Friends and family have celebrated weddings, birthdays and a variety of milestones in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And the Good Humor Man drives past the house daily! We do not accept any reservations for prom parties.
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- English, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
Our parents rented in Bay Head for years before this house became available in 1965. Five sisters own the home today and we celebrate graduations, birthdays, business partnerships and family milestones here by the beach.
Deborah purchased this House in 1965
Why Deborah chose Bay Head
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 'Wheeler's Home Cottage' sheds light on the grandeur of life at the turn of the 20th century. From the dressing rooms in the cellar to claw-foot tubs and meticulous woodwork and architecture, we appreciate the proximity to the guarded beach and local shops. At our annual Kids' Day reunion, we hold relay races in the large yard.
What makes this House unique
Above all, this home is a memory maker. If you want to start a family tradition that your kids will talk about from now until they have kids of their own, there is no better place for you than 18 Bridge in Bay Head, N.J.!
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The Epitomy of Bay Head
We have owned and rented homes in Bay Head for nearly 20 years and after two weeks at this home we have found the crown jewel. This home is everything one could want or expect from a historic Old Bay Header beach home. Location is tremendous!!
Our party consisted on 13 people and four families. Ages ranged from 8 to 88. Everyone had a blast. The porch is just divine!!
Thank you again for one of the best Bay Head Vacations!!
A WONDERFUL FAMILY GATHERING PLACE
I want to thank you so much for the use of your wonderful house. It was so much like our old Bay Head house it was eerie. My family and I raised three generations there and we consider it our home town. I loved hearing the sound of the surf all night, the old train whistle in the middle of the night and the fire whistle directing the volunteers to a fire. I loved the squeaks of the stairs as we tried in vain to sneak down in the morning without waking others. You are so well stocked with refrigerators, beach chairs, easy beach access, outdoor and indoor games, grills, crabbing equipment, a large yard for the kids to play, a wonderful swing/slide set and of course the delightful ping pong room! It was a glorious gathering and a proper memorial to our 93 old Matriarch who died in March. Thanks so much.
PS Your note to looters is hilarious.
We would welcome your warm presence again! Thanks so much for appreciating every nook and cranny of the property!
Charming and relaxing blend of old and new.
This house and it's host is what you wish your vacation experience would be but seldom is. The owners take exceptional care of all that's old and have made quality upgrades where it counts. The appliances were all there and all working and the new central air worked like a charm on our one warm day. All other days were open windows, ocean breezes and sunny skies. The joy in this house is something you can just sense. It's big enough for the whole family, but super comfy with plenty of private spaces, nooks and crannies. And if you happen to love your morning shower, wow what great water pressure! Can't recommend this stay enough. Swimming at dawn and walking at sunset, this one really was a "memory maker".
Perfect Bay Head summer home!
This is a great home for families-terrific kitchen, lots of gathering spaces, lovely front porch with tons of bedrooms. There is central air on first floor and units in many bedrooms. The house is a classic old home a stones throw from the beach and a few more steps to the bakery! We had a fabulous time!
We are so glad you have chosen our home again for your family's 2014 celebration! We are looking forward to another fantastic summer!
Wonderful Vacation Spot
Wow! What a magnificent spacious home. You can feel the memories run through this historic house overlooking the beach. My husband and I spent some anniversary time here this May. Our bedroom overlooked the beach and the ocean. We literally opened our eyes in the morning to check out the surf. We had fun exploring all the rooms and the basement that used to serve as changing rooms. We found this to be the perfect compliment of modern amenities (internet, showers, great kitchen) with historic charm. In the evenings we played ping-pong in a wonderful second floor room while listening to the ocean waves. In the mornings we walked 100 feet to the beach to play in the surf, walk the beaches. We brought our bikes and used them to explore the surrounding area, the harbor and the nature reserve. Plenty of good eating right up Bridge Ave.. Had it rained more, we planned to go to the boat and car museum. On the way home we started making plans for a large family reunion. If you love the beach this is an awesome easy house for beaching it and having fun.
Amazing location, but that's about all
This home is in an ideal location--literally across the street from the beach. The porches surrounding the first and second floor offered nice, cooling ocean breezes day and night. The play set in the backyard was well-constructed and provided entertainment for the toddlers who were part of our group. Old family photos throughout the house illustrate the history of this large home. The homeowner takes a lot of personal pride in this home and devotes a lot of personal effort to its upkeep. However...,
If you like antiques and a classic beach house with "character," you'll love this house. If you prefer newer beds to support your back, quiet floorboards, showers (instead of claw foot tubs), and other modern conveniences (such as central air conditioning), you should look somewhere else.
When we first viewed the website in March 2012, it indicated that there was one King bed and four queen beds. Upon arrival, we realized that it's really three queen beds (no King) and two full-sized beds. Our 6'5" nephew was not pleased! Our teenagers were freaked out by the unfinished storage basement, and a man walking by on the street asked us if we liked staying in the haunted house, and then he laughed at us, shaking his head.
Several floor fans were provided to take the sting out of a few 90+ degree days, but central air would have really helped.
This house is priced appropriately for the location and the block on which it resides. However, it has not been updated in a very, very long time, which must be to the chagrin of the neighbors, whose homes have all been immaculately updated. We arrived to a broken dishwasher, broken refrigerator, and overflowing outdoor garbage containers. The homeowner was responsive to the problems with the refrigerator, and these things can break down, but we couldn't help but wonder that maybe, if the dated refrigerator had been adequately maintained, we wouldn't have had to adjust our vacation schedule on two different days to accommodate a property manager for inspection of the fridge and the delivery folks who brought a new one.
It's clear that the owners put a great deal of effort into simply maintaining this very old home, but it's probably time to either do some renovating/updating or start over. We won't be going back, unless we decide to take advantage of an off-season rate to celebrate Halloween!
We are so sorry that this house did not fit the expectations of our single reviewer. Since we received that response, all kitchen appliances have been replaced. The house is a classic and we do our best to attract visitors who appreciate historic environments. The house has many upgrades including three new shower heads this year. We encourage interested tenants to come tour the house in advance of signing the contract and we wish all of our guests a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
RIght in Bay Head, the small shops meet all of our visitors needs. Nearby there is a cheese shop, liquor store, clothing and gift shops. Of course the surf shop is a great stop, too! The scoop shop is three blocks from the house. Larger grocery stores and chain stores are only a 10 minute drive inland! We love the milkshakes and crunchy onion rings at Dorcas' Restaurant and the Bakery makes world class chocolate brownies with butter cream icing!!
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