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Sunny Beach block Victorian sleeps up to 20

Bedrooms 9
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Sunny beach-view house with up to 10 Bedrooms and 5 bathrooms

Enchanting Victorian with ocean views, up to 10 BR, steps to the beach

This historic 3-story home features a rare double-decker porch to ensure breezes and ocean views that intoxicate the senses. Built in 1900 and just seconds from the beach, the Chelsea House features up to 10 bedrooms and 5 baths, recently renovated kitchen and appliances and refinished hardwood floors. Located in the heart of Ocean Grove’s famous historic district, the Chelsea was a popular boarding house for more than 40 years and still retains the charm of a bygone era. The main house has 9 bedrooms and 4 baths to sleep 16. The optional owner's apartment can be arranged to house additional guests in a separate living space. All accommodations have central AC and updated amenities throughout.

BR#1- 2nd floor - King bed, French door access to 2nd porch, full bath, ceiling fan equipped.

BR#2- 2nd floor - 2 twins, ceiling fan.

BR#3- 2nd floor - Twin, ceiling fan.

BR#4- 3rd floor - Queen bed, ceiling fan, sink.

BR#5- 3rd floor - 2 twins, ceiling fan, sink.

BR#6- 3rd floor - Full-size bed, writing desk, ceiling fan, sink.

BR#7- 3rd floor - Twin, ceiling fan.

BR#8- 3rd floor - Twin, ceiling fan, desk, video capable tv, and a few videos.

BR#9- 3rd floor - Full-size bed, twin bed, sink, water view

Optional BR#10 - Ground floor with separate entrance. The bedroom has Queen bed, living room (daybed & trundle = two twins), dining area, kitchen, laundry & bath.

The Chelsea is walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, and the front door is only yards to the beach. Two porches are perfect for relaxing with morning coffee or evening cocktails. A barbecue is available for outdoor grilling. Flowers bloom in the front-yard garden and stunning, gingerbread-strewn Victorian homes surround the house in every direction.

This dream rental is perfect for large groups or families, and there is plenty to do for everyone. Guests can enjoy the ocean, tennis and bocci courts, 3 playgrounds, 2 miniature golf locations, and scores of restaurants within walking distance. Sign up for sight-seeing tours, go deep-sea fishing, browse nearby antique and gift shops, or dine at a multitude of sidewalk cafes. Two convenience stores for quick pick-ups are nearby, and several full size grocers are within a few miles. For the Shopper, we have 2 name-brand outlet malls within driving distance. For day of fun, it’s only a 30 minute drive to Six Flags Great Adventure. And there is easy access to buses and trains to NYC. Enjoy the best of Ocean Grove—surf, sand, and the rich history of this lovely Jersey Shore town—only at the Chelsea House. Book your summer rental today! LIKE us on FaceBook and receive $500 off your Summer 2017 weekly rate. (Cannot be combined with other discounts or previously reserved weeks.)

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Lark Tyler
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, mandarin, Japanese - romaji
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 3, 2018

About Lark Tyler

We started here with a baby, and renovated this old B&B to meet the needs of our growing family.

We love to BBQ and eat out on the porch each night, and enjoy the beautiful views....there's nothing like it.

Lark Tyler purchased this house in 1996

Why Lark Tyler chose Ocean Grove

We stopped into Ocean Grove for dinner one evening and fell in love with the town and the rest is history. The charming village atmosphere keeps Ocean Grove a quiet place for families to enjoy without the noisy beat of the young drinking crowds of other beach towns. Life is simple here, good food, friends and sunsets after days spent enjoying the beach, and strolling the boardwalk. Barbecue or walk to the MANY nearby restaurants. Friday and Saturday Night Performances offer music for all genres at the Pavilion and The Great Auditorium. Or stroll to Bradley Beach for the activities at the gazebo. Take a folding chair to the beach for the Friday night movies at the fishing pier or listen to the performances from the lawn at the The Great Auditorium. During Summer, make sure to stroll through the Tents that make Ocean Grove unique. And If you can, catch the Summer House tour which provides access to 8 or 10 houses or tents on a walking tour. If nothing else, enjoy the sun and the sand. Take a picnic basket or run home, we are only a few houses away from the beach, so you don't have to purchase meals at the snack bar.

What makes this house unique

The Chelsea is steps from the beach, and 2 blocks to Main Street shops, Ice cream parlors and Restaurants and Live Performances at The Great Auditorium. The board walk offers a beautiful ocean front walk South to Spring Lake and North through Asbury Park's Renovated Ocean Front up to LongBranch. Stop into the Stone Pony to see who’s there. Main Street offers something for everyone: plants, books, antiques, gifts, cheese, jewelry, bakeries, candy and coffee shops to enjoy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I Cannot understand the bad reviews. After speaking with owner, we had an incredible week here. We asked about the reviews, and we could not understand why any were posted. This is a beautiful family home with views of the beach and space for large families. We found the room details and location information to be accurate. The owners were great to work with, and no issues other than wanting to stay longer.
Jun 2017
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Ocean Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 Train Room - 1 twin/ single , Train room
    Bedroom 6 Africa room - 1 queen , In-room sink
    Bedroom 4 India room - 1 queen , India room has an in-room sink
    Bedroom 7 English Garden room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Has in-room sink and water views
    Bedroom 5 French room - 2 twin/ single , French room has an in-room sink
    Bedroom 8 Irish room - 1 twin/ single , has water view,heavy shade, tv with video, child size desk
    Bedroom 9 Mexico room - 1 twin/ single , four poster twin bed, very bright room
    Master Bedroom 1 with private porch - 1 king , Frenchdoors w/private porch,Ensuite Bathroom toilet & shower
    Bedroom 3 Duck Room - 2 twin/ single , Duck room has table and chairs and tea sets
    Bedroom 10 OWNER'S Apartment - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Separate unit with bath,Dining,sitting,kitchen,laundry,entry
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (8)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
This house includes use of available beach badges, Beach chairs, Beach toys, Outdoor table and chairs, barbecue, linens and towels.


Ocean Grove NJ Beach House Ocean View

VRBO Bear stayed here

Sep 23, 2011

The Bear decided to go a little off the beaten path and leave his humble abode in the Rocky Mountains to venture to Ocean Grove, NJ and see the ocean. So what if Mother Nature threw Hurricane Irene at the NJ shore a week before his trip? The Bear was undaunted and is happy to report: Irene may have caused problems, but the New Jersey shore is essentially untouched and open for business! The Chelsea makes an excellent rental for families with small kids and pets. The house is huge, boasting 9 bedrooms, a big front porch, a giant dining table sufficiently large to feed the entire crew, and a kitchen big enough to cook for that kind of crowd. After dinner, I was able to retire to the huge master bedroom with French doors opening onto a large balcony, letting in the sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing on the beach. What a way to relax! Did I mention that the beach is only a block away? Walk to the end of the block and you’re right on the boardwalk, with the sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean laid out before you. Bring your blankets and umbrella, if your cubs are like the ones in my group, it’ll be hours before you can tear them away. They’ll be splashing in the waves, digging sandcastles, and collecting seashells for hours. Or bring your surfboard. I enjoyed watching the surfers take on the waves. Ocean Grove itself is a lovely little town. There are a huge number of shops and restaurants just a few blocks from the Chelsea and no end of things to do within walking distance – you can go to local parks and playgrounds, shop on Main Street, visit the historic Great Auditorium and the surrounding vacation tents, enjoy a ride on the paddle boats at Wesley Lake, or venture up to Asbury Park for all the attractions on the boardwalk, even try to spot The Boss at The Stone Pony. I did have one rainy day, but not to worry – The Chelsea’s owners provided loads of games and amusements right in the house. The cubs especially loved the craft closet and having tea parties in the Duck Room. When we finally felt the need to get out of the house, Jenkinson’s Aquarium in nearby Point Pleasant provided a great rainy day excursion. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Ocean Grove and the Chelsea. You will too! It’s never too early to plan your next vacation, so go book now! The VRBO Bear

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Sunny Beach block Victorian sleeps up to 20
average rating of 4.0869565 based on 28 reviews

Ideal home for large family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

My family's summer gathering at the Chelsea this year which included my 7 kids and 7 grandkids was a huge success. Aside from being an easy walk to the ocean only a half block away, the large kitchen with center food prep island and adjoining dining area table with space for everyone made meal times a real family event. There are a variety of bedrooms for 1, 2 or 3 people which nicely accommodated individual preferences. After a busy day at the beach, it's great that every floor of the Chelsea has a bathroom with shower. The Owner was quite helpful in assuring this 2017 family event was successful. Lastly, if more of the grandkids decide to join us next year in Ocean Grove, this location has additional space available to hold up to 20 people.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the Chelsea in Ocean Grove!! Your research on the tides was incredibly interesting. Thank you for the lovely card left by your family, and how tidy the house was returned. Our neighbors said your family was a dream: friendly, respectful of the residential expectations of quiet enjoyment, polite interactions and trash/recyclables put out in a timely manner! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Love The Chelsea

  • 5 of 5

This house is a fabulous blend of old world charm with modern amenities. Sitting on the porch in the evening with the ocean a stones throw away and wonderful breezes warming the soul and keeping the margaritas chilled. The entire family loved this place, within a few hundred feet of the beach and just a few blocks from shopping and dining. Ocean Grove is a delightful town and all the people are so friendly. We had 16 family members in the house comfortably. The owners were a pleasure to deal with. We will be having our family getaways at The Chelsea for years to come. Cheers!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Versatile spot for family vacation or girls weekend etc.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home fir a week in the summer with 2 families. Great location....a very short walk to the beach, very family oriented and a nice safe "residential" feel. Lots of restaurants and local shops to tour and visit. The house was well kept up and clean. The owners were easy to deal with and happy to help if any problems arose....there were none, however. It was affordable, convenient and we had a great time at this home "away from home". The beach was lively and so close we could go back and forth to house as needed to accomodate kids of all ages of kids and their varied requests/needs. Town was within bike and walking distance which made outings fun. Great weather made for a perfect trip!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Chelsea for a week in July for a family reunion (9 adults and 6 teens or preteens ). It was a wonderful for this purpose We were close to the ocean and yet far enough away to have a feeling of privacy. We loved sitting in the front porch where we could see the ocean and tell family stories. The large modern kitchen was wonderful. The long table in the dining area waIs great for meals and games. The beds were very comfortable. It was helpful to have bedding supplied and large washing machines and dryers. We would recommend it for large family groups.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The bad greatly outweighed the good

  • 1 of 5

If location was the only criteria in grading a beach house then this one would have gotten an A. However, after a week I can say that there are things that out weigh location. I have rented in Ocean Grove for many years with never a bad experience. I did read all of the reviews so I will say that I went in with my eyes open.

It all started the moment we walked in the front door and were hit with the heat and the damp musty smell. I figured maybe the house had been closed up for too long and proceeded to try to get the A/C going. I followed the detailed instructions left by the owners as to their RULES for the A/C. After several hours the house still would not cool down so I contacted the owner. That evening the owner explained that there is a lock on the A/C and that her husband, who was out of the country was the only one with the code. We opened windows and made the best of the 1st night without A/C. On day 2 the code was still not available and I explained this was not acceptable. It was too hot to sleep. We were forced to go a 2nd night without air. The A/C repairman arrived on the morning of day 3 to replace 2 blown transformers & unlock the system.

A few days later we were invaded by ants. I requested pest control. When they showed up I was told they were not authorized to do anything but inspect. The owner later came to do her own version of pest control with cottonballs, poison and bottle caps. We also received a visit from the gas Co to turn off service due to lack of payment. Thankfully this was avoided or we wouldn’t have had any way to cook. Altogether I spent way too much of my vacation time trying to solve someone else's problems!

The contract states that all linens must be laundered by check out. When I asked how I was to wash & dry bedding for 19 in a few hours I was instructed to run 3 large loads on “quick wash”. The thought of sleeping on sheets that a stranger slept on for a week with only a quick wash is unpleasant.

Overall I feel that these owners don’t understand how rentals work and don’t really want to be renting their home. When someone pays good money to stay in a home they expect to be able to run the A/C how they want it. They expect that if problems occur they will be dealt with quickly and professionally. They expect to be able to enjoy their vacation and not have to be stuck in the house waiting for A/C repairmen, pest control or convincing someone not to turn the utilities off.

Renters Beware!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear prospective renters, What this renter doesn't say in her review is that we immediately had an A/C specialist come check out central A/C, INSTALL a brand new UNLOCKED thermostat. The second time I was called and told there were ants everywhere. She said that I should refund half of her rental fee, And I didn't delay and immediately drove to the Chelsea. We had an invasion the previous year and had JUST had the exterminators in the day before her arrival, so I arrived an hour after her call, in fear that we would need to do the extermination again. She had said they were everywhere. She seemed shocked that I arrived in person. What I found were two dead ants and the entire kitchen island covered in open food, bread crumbs, and various stages of food left strewn on counters. (In retrospect, l probably should NOT have suggested she clean up the ant-party-here-invitations left everywhere to prevent future invasion.). In fairness, she did show me two dead ants, so I had the exterminator come immediately (I had called him before I headed to the Chelsea.) I did also advise I was more than happy to have the exterminator drop by as often as would make her comfortable, if she saw any live insects. He did not receive any calls.
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Nice location, but dirty and bad smelling house

  • 1 of 5

I agree with the review just prior to mine and second their assessment: the location was fantastic, but the house was not.

On the pro side - the owner was flexible with the length of our reservation. We were not able to stay for the required whole week, so she allowed us to stay for 4 days. She also allowed us to come down a day early since there was no one booked before us and it was open, which I thought was setting a great tone for the trip.

When we pulled up to the house, there were dead plants and frayed flags in the hanging planters - which we took down and moved to the side of the house. There were ants everywhere, including the bedrooms. Additionally, the stench of mothballs was overwhelming on the first and second floors and the basement apartment was very musty. We spent the first hour opening windows to air everything out. The kitchen was poorly equipped - several pots, but only one small frying pan and another with no handle for a house that can sleep 15.

The owner didn't tell us that the boardwalk was still closed (it opened the weekend after we left).

While Ocean Grove is a beautiful small town, the whole experience with the cleanliness of the house, and my subsequent issue getting my full security deposit back (she kept $100 for a torn blind), left a very bad taste in my mouth.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Antique shops, Ice Cream Parlours, Cheese shop, Bakeries, Cafes, shell-seeking, good old family fun time walking on the boardwalk, fishing or watching the sunset.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $750
cleaning $275

Owners apartment is available for an additional fee of $1200 per week and sleeps four more people in a self contained, separate entrance apartment which has queen, two twins , living, dining, kitchen bath and laundry.
Rates are not guaranteed unless reservation is paid.
Also, be aware that I am unable to guarantee this offer will be available if you delay in accepting it. Since we only have one property, we work on a "first to accept, first to reserve" basis. So, in short, our place is available as I write this to you, but if we receive a request for a conflicting reservation, we may make a conflicting offer to another party. If that offer is accepted prior to you accepting yours, we may no longer be able to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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