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Beach Front Home with Wide Double Porches - Easy Walk to Town

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 17-18)

Enjoy the grandeur of this stately 19th Century Colonial Revival home directly across from the Ocean. Only a minute from the front door to an early morning stroll on the beach or a bike ride on the boardwalk, this premier Cape May home has been one family’s summer residence for five generations. Listed as a contributing home on the National Register of Historic Places, the Griscom House offers history, elegance and comfort with all the amenities you would expect. The rooms are large yet intimate and inviting; perfect for bringing family and friends together for fun and memories. Relax on either of two double wide porches while gazing at panoramic views of the ocean. Enjoy the feel of the cool ocean breezes while you sip your favorite summer drink and watch the dolphins bob by for their daily swim.

This summer retreat provides the ideal location...steps to the beach, arcade, movies, and boardwalk shops and nearby restaurants. Only ten minutes on foot to the mall and other great restaurants.

The first floor features a spacious central hall and large comfortable living room with seating for a crowd, plus a gas fireplace, a game table, TV, stereo, VCR and DVD player. The new fully accessorized kitchen is state of the art, featuring two large side by side refrigerators with filtered water systems. There is a separate laundry room with washer dryer and back up storage plus a large second sink for filling lobster pots. A convenient breakfast room with a separate bar sinks ads to the versatility of the kitchen.

The dining room is spacious and grand with comfortable seating and a piano for playing during dessert and cordials.

Four comfortable and tastefully furnished bedrooms radiate off large center hallways on both the second and third floors with newly renovated baths on each floor plus a 3rd bath that is a charming throw back to the 1890's featuring an antique claw foot tub, plus a modern tiled shower added for convenience. Bedrooms offer TVs and all bedrooms have ceiling fans in addition to central air and heat.

The 2nd floor creates the charming antique feel of yesteryear with its lovely antique furnishings and oriental rugs. The queen bedroom on the right sports an antique four poster canopied bed facing the ocean while across the hall there are two antique four poster twin beds facing the water. This bedroom shares a connecting door with the rose colored king bedroom behind it. You will be lulled gently to sleep while listening to the sounds of the ocean waves lapping at the shore.

The third floor with its antique reproduction iron beds and white furniture offers a fresh and breezy beach decor. The ocean front room on the right features extra-long twin beds and is great for teens. There is a spare trundle mattress that can easily be moved into this room for 'slumber party' sleeping. Across the hall is a queen sized iron bed with a serene ocean view from bed! The 'yellow' room has two twin beds and a crib and is perfect for kids.

Cape May is one of the country's oldest seaside resorts and encompasses everything a beach resort should have; wide sandy beaches with life guards, extra wide streets and back country roads for biking, boardwalk arcades for the kids, movies, a paradise for bird watchers, outstanding restaurants and so much more.

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Historic District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please review & agree to terms on the rental agreement template, downloadable from this site, before requesting a reservation.
  • When I accept your request, I will email your lease. Reviews, then sign/scan pages 1 & 2 & email - or mail to my home address, provided on lease.
  • No prom or graduation parties.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (0), Twin or Single Beds (6),
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Beach Front Home with Wide Double Porches - Easy Walk to Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful beach front house

  • 5 of 5

This house was very spacious and comfortable for my stay in Cape May. The plentiful chairs on the 2nd floor balcony was a perfect way to relax all together as a group, and the view could not be beat! Definitely a great place to stay in Cape May.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home in an ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

The home is absolutely charming, a perfect combination of period Victorian and modern comfort. We found that the house had everything we could need in terms of amenities and household supplies. We could walk to beach shops, coffee, bagels, mini golf, and ice cream. A few from our group enjoyed shopping around Cape May. A great escape - hope to return someday and enjoy that gorgeous front porch again!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Heather. As a first time renter for us, I am so happy you found our house to be so comfortable. I am especially pleased that your said both "period Victorian" and "modern" because that is exactly what we try to attain. I recently did over a bathroom, and opted to have the old marble sink exactly recreated, with plumbing pipes exposed, rather than just go for new. Had to shop around for the right plumber! Please come back!
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Wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family just returned from a large gathering in Cape May. The Griscom Home housed half of us and it was terrific.

The owner is ver nice to deal with and answers all questions immediately.

The views from the second and third floors are amazing.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About The Owner

My grandfather purchased this house in 1936 before I was born. I vacationed here with my family in the 1950's, and with my children in the 1990's. As you can imagine, this house has an amazing legacy ... there have been a ton of family celebrations here and lots of memories created by us and all of our repeat renters. We maintain it very well, and love to share it with others.

The Owner purchased this house in 1936

What makes this house unique

Wonderful location, directly on the beachfront, close to the center of things, but not commercially congested. Wide covered porches are like extra living space ... just great for hanging out. Primarily residential block of privately owned vacation homes (not investment rental properties) managed with loving care; you are right next to the beach entrance; can walk to the mall in ten minutes; the arcade, ice cream, shops, convention hall, & mini golf are just one block away, several 4 star restaurants are within walking distance.



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500


sorry .. no prom or graduation parties. Rental deposits are flexible depending on length of stay, time of booking, i.e. summer rentals booked well in advance require 4 deposits of 25% each. Contact owner to discuss payment schedule.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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