The
Cottage on Maryland Avenue

Cape May, NJ
The Cottage on Maryland Avenue
Cape May, NJ
  
              

            

Enjoy your vacation at this delightful beach house with a great location that is both convenient and quiet.  Originally a 1960’s cottage, you’ll enjoy just enough of the charm, coziness, and tradition of your memories of trips to the Jersey Shore, yet with all of the a modern day conveniences. The house has been completed remodeled, updated and a 2nd floor added.  You can view the “picture book” at the house to see how it looked in the 60s, while enjoying a complete renovation including brand new bathrooms, kitchen, windows, central air-conditioning, wireless internet, and more.

  • The location is ideal! Less than 300 yards to beach.  3 blocks to boardwalk.   4-6 blocks to historic district/shopping. You’ll be close to the beach, boardwalk and shopping, yet on a quiet street with ample parking. See the aerial photo of Cape May. The yellow push pins show where the house is relative to the beach, historic/shopping district, boardwalk shops/Convention Hall.
  • 5 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms means your family will be sleeping in beds and bedrooms – not  cots, sofas or floors like some rentals. We allow 10 people maximum.  
  • Unlike most beach house rentals, we make improvements every off-season, so the house is very well maintained.   
  • Recently improvements include painting all of the bedrooms “beachy” colors, brand new stainless steel appliances for the kitchen, new 1st floor bathrooms, floor , kitchen cabinets and mattresses and more.

In the fringe season, couples and smaller families have the flexibility to reserve the house as the 1st floor  3BR,  1 1/2 BA for 3-7 nights (Sept to early June; sleeps 2-6)

1st floor:

The Family Room provides a great place to come together as a family, play Wii, board games or a movies. It has new wood laminate floors, nice comfortable furniture. It is bright from the 9 foot sliding door leading to a screened front porch.

The screened front porch is great for reading the morning paper before others rise.  At night you can hear the ocean waves in the distance. It has a small table for 2-4 people to eat, plus a wicker love seat and chair, both with seat cushions. 

Bedroom 1 is in the front corner and has a new Queen bed.  It has double windows on the front and a single window on the side.  There is a wonderful cross breeze and sounds of the ocean  in the distance when weather is moderate and the AC is off.   Also, a full size armoire for storage.

Bedroom 2 is the master bedroom.  Light and bright with a Queen bed - and with the recent renovation it also has a half bath attached. 

Bedroom 3 is usually where the kids sleep, as I did during the 1960’s!  Twin  beds and a nice big double window overlooking the big backyard.

The full bathroom is all new, completely renovated.  It has a double sink vanity, brightened by a window and complete with a  tub/shower.

The kitchen has new cabinets and a neat refurbished butcher block table that seats 8+.  The adjacent dry bar seats another 2 with plenty of dry storage below.  The kitchen has double windows on the side and another 9 foot slider, opening to the big back deck.

The back deck is where you’ll want to be if you stay in for dinner one night.  Large table with umbrella, plus smaller table for the kids or serving.

Wide stairs open up to the big back yard where kids can play.  We have our old soccer net and a ball there for the kids to play. A “Renters’ shed is provided including a beach cart with 4 basic beach chairs and beach tags, plus a wagon to pull the kids.  There is a tub of misc. beach toys and an umbrella.

When you return from the beach, you’ll enjoy a full hot and cold enclosed shower. We provide beach buckets in each room to carry your shower supplies to alfresco showering.

A large charcoal grill is ready for an old fashioned cookout - perhaps while sitting-back having a beer or glass of wine as the kids enjoy the private backyard for playing soccer, horseshoes, cornhole toss or more. Bring your bikes and chain them up to the clothes pole.

2nd floor:

Our 5 bedroom beach house includes 2 bedrooms and a full bath upstairs plus a rear 2nd floor deck.

Bedroom 4 is the corner bedroom with a full size bed with single bunk above, making it flexible so it can accommodate a couple or 2 kids or a couple and 1 child.  The bunk is only for children 8- 14 years old and under 150 lbs.

Bedroom 5 is what we call the lighthouse mini-suite because it is decorated with lighthouse and similar to a lighthouse suite at the top!  Moderate in size, but cozy with it’s own full bathroom.  It has a separate entrance and 2nd floor sun deck that faces the back yard.

Some candid thoughts about this house: When we travel, I know the challenge of determining what a place is “really” like.  Pictures help, but I like to make sure people get what to expect when renting:

- If you value great location on a relatively quiet residential street, a short walk to the beach, close to town and boardwalk, easy street parking, big yard, screened porch + 2 decks out back, very well-maintained home with modest size rooms, this rental is for you. "Think of it as an very well maintained Honda Accord"...nice, good value, dependable, upper-middle level.  There are enough beds and rooms for the stated amount of people allowed - in bedrooms - not on the floor or on cots like some places. In fact, we don’t allow additional people.

- If you value tons of floor space for sleeping people on the floor and a place for a big party weekend, this probably isn't the best place for you.

- If you want a classic worn, older rental that you don't have to take care of, this isn't for you.

- If you want a huge McMansion with a "Great Room and nothing but Bosch appliances, granite tops, and daily maid service, I recommend The Southern Mansion B&B or a $10k rental.

- The usual people that rent this home in the summer are 1-2 families, 8 or 9 people; often it is a family and Grandparents/In-Laws.

Hope that helps! :)  I know it isn't easy comparing houses to rent...they're all so different and hard to tell how nice they are inside...I know because I check out other places to make sure our rates are fair.

Other things to Note:

- There is a section of the front second floor including an extra porch that is locked off and not part of the rental.

- Why do we provide a charcoal grill instead of gas? Safety. Not everyone knows how to use gas grills.

- You are renting from the owner, not a realtor or big business.  This is our shore house and it has been in my family since I was a little kid staying there with my Grandparents. We take pride in the house and do a lot of work each year to keep it very well maintained, which is somewhat unusual for beach rentals and even hotels at the shore. We intentionally kept the 1st floor true to the original cottage feel, except we updated it. And there are 2 rooms upstairs, facing the back yard. Therefore it is cozy, not massive. 



See more pictures on the other tab sections.

For availablity and rates, go to "Rates"s tab at left.

Conveneient location.
This an aerial shot of Cape May. The yellow push pins show where the house is realtive to the beach - You pass by 5 houses and a hotel on walk to beach. ( 2 houses on each block going toward the beach) Historic/shopping district is the push pin to the upper left. Boardwalk shops/Convention Hall is push pin at bottom left. Boardwalk starts at push pin at bottom right.

Clean and well-maintained
The family room leads to front screened-in porch and hall to bedrooms. Kitchen leads out to rear deck and yard.

You are renting from the owner, not a realtor or big business.  This is our shore house and it has been in my family since I was a little kid staying there with my Grandparents.

We do a lot of work each year to keep it very well maintained, which is somewhat unusual for beach rentals and even hotels at the shore.

The house has a "shore cottage" feel. It was a one-floor cottage until 2004 when we renovated it and added the 2nd floor. We intentionally kept the 1st floor true to the original cottage feel, except we updated it. And there are 2 rooms upstairs, facing the back yard. Therefore it is cozy, not massive.

I like to make sure people get what they expect when renting so here's a few thoughts:

- If you value great location on a relatively quiet residential street, a short walk to the beach, close to town and boardwalk, easy street parking, big yard, screened porch + 2 decks out back, very well-maintained home with modest size rooms, this rental is for you. "Think of it as an very well maintained Honda Accord"...nice, good value, dependable, upper-middle level.  There's enough beds and rooms for the stated amount of people allowed - in bedrooms - not on the floor or on cots like some places.

- If you value tons of floor space for sleeping people on the floor and a place for a big party weekend, this probably isn't the best place for you. If you want a classic worn, older rental that you don't have to take care of, this isn't for you. If you want a huge McMansion with a "Great Room and nothing but stainless steel Bosch appliances, granite tops, and daily maid service, I reccomend The Southern Mansion B&B or a $10k rental.

The usual people that rent this home in the summer are 1-2 families, 8 or 9 people; often it is a family and Grandparents/In-Laws.

Hope that helps! :)
I know it isn't easy comparing houses to rent...they're all so different and hard to tell how nice they are inside...I know because I check out other places to make sure our rates are fair.

 
Nice yard. Ample free parking.
Nice rear yard forkids to play or adults to relax. Rear deck now has new deck furniture and umbrella. Front porch is now screened.
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