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SHABBY CHIC BEACHFRONT LUXURY 1st flr - Extra Large Deck Steps Directly to Sand!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

RIGHT ON SAND - 4 LARGE Bedrooms, 3 Marble Baths, Cabana, 1st Floor Duplex

BEACHFRONT!! Luxurious Vacation spot. The Shabby Chic House has 4 EXTRA LARGE bedrooms, 2 of which are Master Suites (perfect for 1 or 2 families). It has the LARGEST double wide great room (living room / dining room) that opens out to the equally double wide DECK that steps directly to the sand. The 2 master suites have king beds and private marble bathrooms with divine showers. Our guests LOVE the powerful water pressure and HOT water in these showers. The other 2 bedrooms have a "jack-and-jill bathroom" in between them that includes a tub with a shower. We also have an outdoor cabana shower, which is great to rinse off and store the kids toys or your beach chairs.

Our eat-in kitchen has new custom Maple cabinets and granite countertops throughout. We have tile floors in the shared areas & comfortable carpets in the bedrooms. The cool slip covered furniture has a unique shabby chic & nautical decor and a working fireplace for those who enjoy fall or winter nights.

We've built a ramp that allows Wheelchair access from the driveway to the deck and our house is all on one floor. While it's not "officially handicapped accessible, it IS very easy to navigate since there are no steps. We have many older and younger tenants who have been renting for many years because it's so easy to relax here.

Not only do we have the direct access from deck to the sand, but we have the ocean access right at our home as well (which is unusual for a house that is mid-block).

We're working on making our house a Smart Home. Thus far, we the Smart Locks (so you won't need actual keys - but will have a personal code and/or app to enter), plus the Nest thermostat and smoke detector. We have a 60 inch TV in the living room which has a voice activated remote control, along with new Smart TVs in 3 of the 4 bedrooms which can stream Netflix, Roku, Hulu & many new channels you can have fun exploring.

It's an easy 2 block walk to parks, playground, stores and restaurants on 34th street. This is a very comfortable and easy to enjoy beach house. We create and decorate it for our own use too, and our children have grown up in it. It's one of the very few houses in ALL of Ocean City that has a double wide and long deck which steps directly to the sand! You'll see how that changes your entire experience: (parents can lounge on deck while children build sand castles). Almost all others require guests to go back inside, down the stairs and back outside another door to get to the sand from the deck. The sounds of the waves can be heard from the bedrooms. We also have a garage & plenty of parking.

Our kitchen is fully stocked with just about everything you need. Just a few blocks to walk to children's park, tennis, shops. Private Washer and Dryer. We often rent with some sand toys, boogie boards, 4 beach tags and beach chairs. Our home is on Wesley Ave between 36th & 37th Streets (boardwalk begins around 18th street). This home is the 1st floor of a duplex. The owners upstairs do not usually rent their home.

Keywords: beachfront, beach front, oceanfront, ocean, family, chic, access, deck, large deck, luxury, comfortable, beach access, large, pet friendly, handicap ramp

More Details

Property Manager
Michele Dougherty
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Michele Dougherty

We bought this beach house 20 years ago, when we lived in NJ. We used to go every weekend from Turnersville and our children have spent every summer of their young lives there. Now we live in California and can't be there like we used to be. We rent it to people who care for it like we did.. and most of our tenants come back year after year. We try still to go as often as we can because there's no place in the world like it.

Michele Dougherty purchased this house in 1994

Why Michele Dougherty chose Ocean City

This house is so special because our deck is grandfathered in to be so big and step right out to the sand. We used to rent before we bought in OC and it was frustrating (especially with kids or a dog), to be on the beautiful deck and have to go inside and down stairs to get to the beach. So our house... steps right to sand AND we have a direct access to the water right from the bottom of our steps. kids can be on the sand while we sat on the deck!

What makes this house unique

Clearly the extra wide deck and ability to step right to the sand make this house invaluable for so many! the ease and comfort with which to enjoy the beach are priceless!


Ocean City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Cabana - shower , We have a Cabana and Shower with it's own outdoor entrance
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Jack and Jill Bathroom conects bedrooms 3 & 4
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Private bathroom for one of Master Bedrooms
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Private bathroom for 1 of the Master Suites
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With it's own private bathroom
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 king , with it's own private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , king bed can be converted to 2 twins & shares bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2 twin beds and a shared bathroom
  • We have 2 Master Bedrooms and the 2 other bedrooms connect with a Jack -n - Jill bathroom. All bedrooms are VERY large with closets, comfy beds, and plenty of storage space for clothes.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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SHABBY CHIC BEACHFRONT LUXURY 1st flr - Extra Large Deck Steps Directly to Sand!
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 22 reviews

Our new home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This home was the perfect location for a quiet week at the shore. Nestled on a quiet street, the house offers a great layout, lots of on property parking, and the best deck / shortest walk to the beach we've ever had. We were lucky enough to have 6 perfect days of sun and surf, but the one washout was not lost at all. The porch offers a bit of awning that makes grilling even in bad weather easy. The house has loads of games, and were even able to get our netflix account on the tv to watch a movie.

The home itself has outdoor and indoor dining tables, and a large enough kitchen for the family to cook together. The air conditioning works very well. The washer and dryer were also up to date and easy to use. The kitchen has a lot of items - it seems that fellow renters at this house like to share and leave items they think are useful. To us, this is a sign that those who rent here, rent yearly, and are want everyone to enjoy the home. We actually added a measuring cup ourselves.

Personally we don't think the owners sell up their amazing hot water and showers enough. Coming back from the beach each day was a pleasure knowing the shower was so relaxing.

As we had family come down throughout the week, the only common wish they all had was that the wifi reached the deck and dining table. This is what we consider to be the most minor of all complaints that could ever exist, but enough people mentioned it that it's worth tossing in.

We are excited for next year - this time with an 8 month old on his first trip to Ocean City. We can't wait.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jonathan (& family), Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review & for enjoying our beach house so much! I happen to be here right now & am working on some updates I hope you'll enjoy. Just yesterday I wrote "BOOST WIFI" on the "to do list" (although there is something nice about the forced digital detox I get when I go beyond the dining room). Thank you for the measuring cup & we too LOVE the amazing showers here. They're one of the original features that the first owner installed. And 20 years ago, the realtor told us "they don't make showers like this anymore- don't ever replace them." And so we listened! If there's anything else we could do to help make your next vacation here even more wonderful, please feel free to email me personally & we'll do our best. Warmly, Michele
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Cozy, winter beach getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I hesitate to write such a glowing review of our NYE stay at Shabby Chic...only for fear someone else might steal our idea! We had a wonderful, cozy, beachfront getaway with my mom and our dog, complete with snow and fireworks on the boardwalk for New Year's Eve. Shabby Chic is a lovely, eclectic first floor home with an enormous beachfront deck and easy beach access steps away. The bedrooms were over-sized and very warm in the cold winter temperatures. The new "Nest" thermostat worked beautifully, and we enjoyed every night in the living room by the fire. The eat-in kitchen is well equipped, easily navigated, but could use a few more wine glasses! ;-) Being winter time, there were a few VERY MINOR glitches. Anything we couldn't figure out by reading the detailed household manual, the owners, Jack and Michele, were readily available and everything was solved quickly via text message. This home is ideal for multiple families as it is spacious, and very kid friendly. For the three of us, it was perfect for entertaining over the holiday, and quietly relaxing on our own. We highly recommend Shabby Chic!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thanksgiving on the beach.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great Thanksgiving at the beach. My family of 4 shared this with my sister’s family of 4 over Thanksgiving. It was great. Best part: everyone splayed out on the large cozy couches reading in front of the fireplace.

Michele was a wonderful hostess. Great communication. Easy payment, check in and out. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laura Lee, It was my pleasure to provide your family with your Thanksgiving home away from home. I hope we'll continue for many years to come (or anytime your mom has some overflow guests). Warmly, Michele
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Second year at Shabby Chic!

  • 5 of 5

My family had a second wonderful wk in OC staying at the Shabby Chic house! Plenty of room for two yo granddaughter to run and play. Get parents brought their dog again who loves the deck! Neighbors were loud first weekend. Then many of them left do it was more peaceful. House in good repair. Well appointed. Michele and Jack are very responsive and pleasant to deal with. Can't wait for next year!!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank u Cindy so glad you guys had a good time while at our property
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Great trip

  • 5 of 5

Great property with so much space. Right on the beach. Very clean and well stocked. Perfect for our family

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Costa Mesa

Amazing!!! Beautiful Beachfront home!

  • 5 of 5

We are so grateful for our amazing stay in this home! Wow! I am so thankful, we had a family wedding in Philadelphia last October and stayed here - it was so great - we went back again this September. We love going to Ocean City when the crowds have gone a bit... The location is perfect - you cannot beat it! It truly is Ocean front! Well maintained and the furniture was SO comfortable - we have a big family and we all commented on how perfect it was for our large family - we had even extended family that came for dinner...all that we needed and more was supplied in the house... the kitchen was well stocked and cared for. Bedding was super comfortable...We loved it and hope we can come back soon!!!! Check in was a breeze, owners responsive and easy to work with... the condition of the home was fantastic... it was so great!!! Grateful!!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dawn, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We're happy you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will visit us again in the future (we made some great upgrades and have wonderful off season rates!). Warmly, Michele
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Atlantic City
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Garden State Parkway
Nearest Beach
Ocean City
Car: not necessary

Close to the incredible Ocean City boardwalk but far enough away to enjoy your beach backyard without disruption of the crowds. There are rides, shops, restaurants, and entertainment on the boardwalk and in town. Ocean City was just named one of the worlds best family destinations!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $240
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $1,000

We will consider renting to Young Adults ages 18 to 24. This special lease will also require parents (responsible parties) to all sign and also be responsible for any damages. In addition to the General Security Deposit of $1000, a $1500 deposit is required for young adults. The $500 "Pet fee" is a simply a refundable security deposit as well (if not needed for extra cleaning). All security deposits are fully refundable within 30 days of departure if there are no problems.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund