Surfing in Sea Isle City, Cape May County

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My nephew Matt, a real estate agent in Sea Isle City and local surfer has this to say:  ” This morning I paddled for the 5th time in the new year.  The waves this winter have been absolutely firing.  December and January have produced better swell than any other two month period in recent memory.  ”

Matt’s recommendation for anyone who is interested in surfing Cape May County, is to buy winter gear and lose all expectations of this happening in July.  Typically the waves go flat through the summer, but you can expect great potential starting in September.  However this year has been freakishly active since early December.  “You absolutely need the best and most durable winter attire to not freeze your ass off.”  Matt always suggests supporting your local surf shop.   Heritage Surf and Sport at 37th and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City is where he has been going for almost 20 years.”https://heritagesurf.com/

Matt’s next recommendation for surfing anytime anywhere is to be in proper shape.  “I feel people that have never surfed, assume they have to focus on leg strength or balance, surfing is actually 95% paddling.  If you wanted to prepare to surf well, you should focus on:  upper body strength, core strength, and cardio, and that will best prepare you for the first lesson.

Cape May County is feast or famine for swell through out the year.    When I asked Matt where the best spot is to surf here, he responded, “JFK Airport and go straight to Central America.”   Matt is not always enthusiastic about New Jersey surfing, generally.  As we have been so busy lately assisting customers, Matt is extremely grateful to get some play time in and take a break here and there.    “Bearing the cold water is a small price to pay to have that kind of fun.”

Please leave comments and any questions you may have.   Thanks!

2019 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE, RUN WALK FOR AUTISM, SEA ISLE CITY, NJ

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Now that the holidays are behind us, next on the agenda in the land of milk and honey is the notorious Polar Bear Plunge and Run Walk for Autism.    Everybody knows how these event grow in size every year.   And, with each new year, the events are enhanced with new ideas making them more safe, more successful and more fun.  Here is everything you need to know:

Registration is available for the plunge in three Methods:

Online, by mail and in person (Friday 2-15-19 from Noon to 9 pm and Saturday 2-16-19 from 8 am to 1 pm in the tent outside La Costa Lounge).

Custom Contest Registration can be done online at: www.lacosta-seaisle.com and in person Saturday from 10 am to Noon in the registration tent – Judging will be at noon to 1:30 pm in the Main tent outside the Lounge.

Emcee for all events will be Jim Bennett.

Registration for the Prince & Princess, King & Queen contest is online, by mail and in person prior to Friday 2-15-19 by 5 pm with the money that you raised for the “Polar Bear Run Walk for Autism”.  P & P Contest starts at 7 pm under the Main Tent-K & Q Contest starts at 9 pm at the Deck Bar.

Registration for the “Run Walk for Autism” onsite will be Saturday 2-16-19 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 2-17-19 from 9 am to 11:45 am in the tent outside La Costa.   Online registration is provided at http://www.polarbearrunwalkforautism.com

 The Jitney will be running as follows:   Friday 6 pm to 4 am Saturday 10 am to 4 am and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Vendor tent will be on JFK Blvd.

Fralinger String Band will lead all plungers down JFK Blvd for the official start of the 2019 Polar Plunge — gotta love this!

Security for this special weekend will be provided by the SIC POLICE, BEACH PATROL, and AMBULANCE CORPS, NJ STATE POLICE – Marine Unit, UPPER TOWNSHIP COLD WATER RESCUE TEAM, J & J Investigations, Riley Investigative Services and the Cape May County Dept. of Health.   There will be VIP MARSHALLS assisting with directions to the Plunge Area.

We recommend all people involved to be aware of the signs of Hypothermia (confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness, bright red cold skin and very low energy).

Music at La Costa will be as follows:

Friday-8 pm – Deck BarTHE INSIDERS

              9 pm Hosting the King & Queen Contest

              10 pm to 2 am – LoungeTHE ROCKETS

Saturday – 11 am to 3 pm – Front Tent –   FUNZALUV

                    3 pm to 7 pm – Main Tent –  THE INSIDERS

                    7 pm to 11 pm – Main Tent –  MATT MCPHERSON

                   3 pm to 7 pm – Front Tent – LEGACY

                    10 am to 11 pm – Deck Tent –  DJ

                     2 pm to 6 pm – LoungeTHE ROCKETS

                     7 pm to 11 pm – LoungeSPLIT DECISION

                    11 pm to 2 am – LoungeFISH OUT OF WATER

Sunday – 3 pm to 7 pm – LoungeTHE INSIDERS

                    7 pm to 11 pm – Lounge:  ANDREW JUDE BAND

3rd Annual Cornhole League (baggo) Tournament

Under the Main Tent starting at 3 pm

Information is available at southjerseycornholeleague@gmail.com or

http://www.southjerseycornholeleague.com

Music at Lobster Loft (Oar House):

Friday – 9 pm to 1 am – PHILLY ROCK & SOUL

Saturday  – 7 pm to 11 pm – FUNZALUV

AGAIN FOR 2019 – Polar Plunge Passes

Visit:  http://lacosta-lounge.ticketleap.com for more information

Tent Locations

Front Tent – along Landis Ave. (Front of Pkg Goods)

Deck Bar – just as it says

Main Tent – along JFK Blvd side of complex

Lounge – as it states inside La Costa

Highlights of Run Walk for Autism

Over 2,000 participants are expected to this 5K Run/1 mile Fun Walk on the promenade in Sea Isle.   There will be trophies for all age group winners in men’s, women’s and children’s division.     Win a restaurant gift certificate to one of the best restaurants in town like Basilico’s, La Fontana, Deauville Inn, Andrea Trattoria and of course Mikes Dock!  Win awesome Eagles, Flyers, 76ers & Phillies tickets.   Look forward to seeing your there!

For a little polar plunge history, please see my blog:  http://oceanviewrealty.us/blog/polar-bear-plunge-history/

For all you die hard PBPers who never miss the event, this year will be the last of its kind at the LaCosta Complex.   As many of you know,  the property has been sold.     The sale was subject to an existing lease which ends after summer 2019.    Live it up one last time at LaCosta’s as we know it.   I plan to attend the zoning board hearing and will report anything I learn about what is planned for the future.

Sea Isle City real estate market analysis

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This is an updated market analysis (last one was 9/2017) including the entire 2017 year of real estate sales in Sea Isle.    Median sale prices continue to climb.

The real estate market has well recovered since the collapse 10 years ago.  Values have been gradually climbing for the past 5 years.  There is a unique character to this City that keeps investors and 2nd home buyers coming.   But, don’t just take my word for it, let the statistics do the talking.   I have taken the following information from the Cape May County Multiple Listings for as far back as their records go starting in 2008 when prices began to drop from those speculative highs before the crash and the mortgage crisis hit.   I used only condominiums and condo/townhouse sales which make up the bulk of residential sales.

Calendar Year                   #Units Sold                    Median Sold Price

2008                                         152                                       $646,750

2009                                         165                                        $606,100

2010                                          166                                       $598,500

2011                                           185                                       $585,000

2012                                          254                                       $565,000

2013                                          213                                       $600,000

2014                                          237                                       $630,000

2015                                          274                                        $626,500

2016                                          239                                        $660,000

2017                                          246                                        $699,000

For more specific data, please email me at luann@oceanviewrealty.us and I would be happy to provide whatever information you need regarding real estate in Sea Isle City or surrounding communities.    Thanks for reading.   I look forward to your comments too!

Sea Isle City real estate market analysis

121 60thI have lived in Sea Isle City for over 28 years and have watched it change and grow.  It is a phenomena how this sleepy little town most of the year has such a following.    I totally understand it as I moved here because I fell in love with the shore as a kid.   It was magical to me and I still feel the same way.

The real estate market has well recovered since the collapse 10 years ago.  Values have been gradually climbing for the past 4+ years.  There is a unique character to this City that keeps investors and 2nd home buyers coming.   But, don’t just take my word for it, let the statistics do the talking.   I have taken the following information from the Cape May County Multiple Listings for as far back as their records go starting in 2008 when prices began to drop from those speculative highs before the crash and the mortgage crisis hit.   I used only condominiums and condo/townhouse sales which make up the bulk of residential sales.

Calendar Year                   #Units Sold                    Median Sold Price

2008                                         152                                       $646,750

2009                                         165                                        $606,100

2010                                          166                                       $598,500

2011                                           185                                       $585,000

2012                                          254                                       $565,000

2013                                          213                                       $600,000

2014                                          237                                       $630,000

2015                                          274                                        $626,500

2016                                          239                                        $660,000

1/1/2017 to 9/14/17*             168                                        $700,000

*There are 29 condos and condo/townhouses pending sales set to close in 2017 but are not included in the above figure for 2017.   We still have a Fall 2017 market to come.

For more specific data, please email me at luann@oceanviewrealty.us and I would be happy to provide whatever information you need regarding real estate in Sea Isle City or surrounding communities.    Thanks for reading.   I look forward to your comments too!

 

 

Townsends Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle to Avalon Now Open

Townsends Inlet Bridge Reopened 2 Weeks ago just before the Food Truck Weekend at Kix in June.  However, there is a 15 ton weight limit.   See chart below if you’re curious.

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The TI bridge was indefinitely closed to traffic in early April of 2017 after an underwater inspection revealed a crack and extensive structural damage on the 75 year old bridge. Built in 1939, Inlet Bridge is now a foundational part of the local community as well as the tourism industry in Townsend, NJ and surrounding towns such as Avalon and Sea Isle. It is a crucial part of Ocean Drive and its closing not only created delays and detours for tourists hoping to see the beautiful views, it also made it harder for residents to enjoy the restaurants and local shops. Construction crews built up the bridge with reinforced steel on the support piers, and it is back up and running this afternoon. This is excellent news for local businesses and residents. Although the hope is that eventually a new span will be built in its place, the repairs will do in the meantime. 

Most readers will have zero concern that their are vehicles are over the 15 ton weight limit, but just for fun, I’ve added a chart of various vehicles and their weights.  I was sure the Jersey Transit buses were way over the limit but wondered about trucks, vans and motor homes. 

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