For a potential buyer who would love nothing so much as to own a brand-new, never-occupied custom-built beach house with all its appliances and fixtures under warranty, yet hates to give up the idea of purchasing a property with the nostalgic look and feel of classic shore-community architecture, the home that’s just come on the market at 867 Delancey Place in Ocean City could be the perfect middle-ground solution.
“We wanted our house to be different than typical new construction,” notes co-owner Lisa Gresh who, together with her husband Perry, oversaw both its design and construction, which were the work of architect Andrew Bechtold of the George Wray Thomas Team in Somers Point and custom builder Dean Adams. “Besides providing ample space for an extended family, we wanted it to have the feel of old Ocean City — the seashore vibe, so to speak.”
The success of that effort is immediately apparent the moment one views this captivating beach-block house, with its colonnaded decks, gabled roof, traditional-style garage door and graceful double-sided stairway leading to the front entrance, and realizes just how well it blends in with the appearance of this long-established residential neighborhood.
What makes this five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home so special, however, is not just the fact that single-family new home construction is hard to come by these days in a vintage vacation venue like Ocean City, but that the owners deliberately set out to provide it with as much in the way of contemporary convenience, luxury and durability as possible.