We have fallen in love with a magic little town on the coast of New Jersey. Chris and I drove through Ocean Grove one day and were charmed by the tiny square mile of preserved Victorian homes perched close to the shore. The houses were impossibly detailed and cared for and the town was beautiful, quiet and slow-paced. The beach in Ocean Grove was voted one of the world’s 15 best by Fodor’s Travel. A quick stroll on the boardwalk or over two footbridges brought us to newly revitalized Asbury Park. We joked that we would have to retire there when our kids were grown.
When I learned about the town’s twice annual Giant Flea Market I marked my calendar. The drive from Brooklyn took me less than 1 1/2 hours and the first time I went to the flea I was hooked. Wandering around town felt like a dream and each time I visited I liked it even more. When I returned to the flea this past May I called Chris to tell him I was going to talk to a realtor. In the whirlwind that followed we ended up looking at 10 houses. Our plan was to find a house that we could rent when we weren’t using it. The house we fell for was built in the 1880s and was owned by one family for more than 70 years. After talking to many incredibly friendly residents we decided Ocean Grove would be the perfect spot to spend time with our girls while they are still young.
The house at 6 1/2 Heck Avenue is calm bright and airy. It stands fifth in from the beach and has beautiful ocean views. Many of the home’s original antiques are in use throughout the house. The town of Ocean Grove was founded by a group of religious leaders as an ocean side retreat in the 1860s. Our home feels like stepping back into Ocean Grove’s early days when families would escape to the shore away from busy lives. The home is simple compared to some of its brightly painted neighbors and we love that it retains its original details and quiet beach cottage feel. Visit our Instagram feed @oceangrovehouse for more photos.
We are honored to be able to care for the home at 6 1/2 Heck Avenue and excited to share it for 2016 rentals. For rental inquiries and questions please contact Alfredo Fresnedo at (732)-763-2961, firstname.lastname@example.org. We still feel like we discovered a secret hideout every time we visit our home in Ocean Grove. So many memories have been made in the short time we have owned the house. We are so happy to share our home with visitors and hope 6 1/2 Heck will be a place for memories of your own.