Our bay front rental on LBI NJ is called Bayberry Cove. The name comes from the native bayberry bushes that surrounded the property in the 1950's and 60's. Gone for decades the bayberry's are beginning to come back after Hurricane Sandy.
We rent weekly in the summer and remain flexible in the spring and fall. There are three individual units. The first floor sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms and a den. The second floor sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Finally the boathouse sleeps 4 with one bedroom and a futon.
This listing and photos are for the boathouse only. If you are interested in renting all 3 units at one time please let me know.
Tiny house living is hip. If downsizing is in your future spending a vacation in the boathouse is the perfect test drive. The Boathouse is above a common laundry with storage for bikes and my fathers library. At the top of the stairs is a small sitting area with a bistro table. It is the perfect place to read a book and watch the boats go by. The boathouse sits at the end of the dock. Here we have a large picnic table for out door dining. The sunsets from this table are simply amazing.
In 360 square feet you will find what may be the best kept secret on LBI. There is just one bedroom with a queen size bed that is about 15 feet from the water. You would need to sleep on a boat to get any closer. In the bathroom you will find the original claw foot tub. Shower is outside and again just steps from the bay. There is usable kitchen but no space for a dishwasher. A table for 4 and a futon fill up what little space is left. Yes its small but it is comfortable and works well.
The houses are approaching 100 years old and remain traditional cedar shake siding. Though they have been updated over the years they retain that nostalgic charm that doesn't exist in a newer home. If you want your family to experience a simpler time or recreate a memory from your childhood this is the place.
We have cable and wifi but no home theater or game consoles. There is a dock with boat slips, kayaks and paddle boards. The docks are great for fishing, crabbing, swimming and sunsets. The township has a guarded "bay" beach 2 blocks north and of course the ocean is a short walk as well. Many of our repeat guests set up beach chairs on the dock avoiding the crowds at the beach all together.
Lets be honest... The view is what we're here for so lets talk about it. Its 4 miles from the dock to the mainland. Most of the western shoreline remains a salt marsh with Tuckerton to the west and Beach Haven West to the north. Looking further south its 17 miles to Atlantic City and when its clear you can almost read the signs on the casinos. In between are low sedge islands dotting one of the largest protected bays in New Jersey. The bay creates something we call the Beach Haven bubble. Because the bay water is cooler than the land storms tend to go north or south where the bay is narrow and the land is hot. Sitting on the dock in the sun while a storm passes to the south has to be seen to be believed. Any weather that does impact us tends to move west to east so you see it coming instead of watching it go on the ocean.
Our Grandparents loved the bay as the view was constantly changing. Since we face south southwest the sun passes from left to right and the sunsets are simply amazing. The light reflecting on the water, boats passing by and the gulls, ducks and ospreys bring out the "birder" in all of us.
The dock sits in a cove and swimming is safe as the main channel for boat traffic is 300 yards off the end of the dock. The channel is part of the inter-coastal waterway which boats use to get from FL to New England so you never know what will pass by.
Beach Haven Terrace is a great neighborhood with restaurants, shops and watering holes. Walk to Wawa for your coffee and to Marvels for your donuts. A short walk holds 9 places to eat, 2 bars, an ice cream shop and a package store. The bayside from Beach haven Gardens to the Terrace are isolated so there is no through traffic like the ocean side. There are 3 traffic lights to cross the boulevard with the closest 1 block north at Wawa.
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