1045 Maryland Avenue 1045 Maryland Avenue
The Cottage on Maryland Avenue
Rent as 5 bedroom beach house or 3 bedroom beach house
New availability! Additional weeks have now been priced and released to rent.
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Enjoy your vacation at this delightful beach house with a great location that is 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 modern-day conveniences. The 1st floor has been completed remodeled and the 2nd floor added.
- Ideal location! Less than 300 yards to the 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 on our listing – the yellow pushpins show where the house is relative to the beach, historic/shopping district, boardwalk shops/Convention Hall.
- Options! 5 bedrooms/2 ½ bathrooms for up to 10 people OR select weeks are available to rent as the 1st-floor cottage for couples or smaller families of 2-6 people. Either way, your family will be sleeping in beds and bedrooms– not cots, sofas or floors like some rentals.
- Some 5 and 6 night stays! We offer select 5 and 6 night stays that are popular with people who want to avoid traffic or enjoy a day or two at home. Plus 3 night weekends in the spring and fall.
- Well maintained! Unlike most beach house rentals, we make improvements every off-season, so the house is very well maintained.
- Relax! Screened porch in the front, 2 decks in the back, plus a nice rear yard for kids to play.
The house is in a residential area of town with ample free parking on the street plus a parking pad. While on vacation, you can view the “picture book” at the house to see how it looked in the 60s and all of the work we put into renovations over the years including brand new bathrooms, kitchen, windows, central air-conditioning, wireless internet, and more. Recently improvements include painting all of the bedrooms “beachy” colors, new stainless steel appliances for the kitchen, new 1st floor bathrooms, flooring, kitchen cabinets, mattresses and more.
The Family Room provides a great place to come together as a family, play Wii, board games or watch a movie on the wall-mounted LED TV with DVD/VHS player and a library of movies. It has new wood laminate floors and 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. It has a small table for 2-4 people to eat, plus a wicker loveseat and chair, both with seat cushions. At night you can hear the ocean waves in the distance when the wind is coming off the ocean.
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 the weather is moderate and the AC is off. Also, a full-size armoire for storage.
Bedroom 2 is the master bedroom in the rear left corner. Light and bright with a Queen bed – and with the recent renovation, it now has an attached half bath and[BR1] wall-mounted LED TV.
Bedroom 3 is usually where the kids sleep, as I did during the 1960s! Twin beds and a nice big double window overlooking the big backyard plus a big armoire to hang clothes or put them in drawers.
The full bathroom is completely new and has a double sink vanity, brightened by a window and complete with a tub/shower. Next to it is a stacked washer dryer if you really want to do laundry while on vacation but most people just bring enough clothes.
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 hang out before going to dinner, with its large table and umbrella. Wide stairs off the deck open up to the big backyard where the kids can play. A “renters’ shed” is provided that houses a beach cart/wagon to tote the 4 basic beach chairs and umbrella. There is a tub of misc. beach toys and adult beach tags. 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 restored charcoal grill that was my Grandfathers 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, or more. Bring your bikes and chain them up to the clothes pole when you’re not exploring Cape May.
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 similar to a lighthouse, being that it is at the top! Moderate in size, but cozy with its own full bathroom and wall-mounted LED TV. It can be accessed from inside or its own separate entrance and has a 2nd-floor sundeck that faces the backyard.
Candid thoughts about the house:
I know from our own travels, the challenge of determining what a place is “really” like. Pictures help, so be sure to look at all of them, but I like to make sure people know what to expect when renting. Here are my candid thoughts:
o 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. Analogy – Think of it as a 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.
o If you value tons of floor space for sleeping people on the floor, this isn’t the best place for you.
o If you want a classic worn, an older rental that you don’t have to take care of, and a place for a party weekend, this isn’t for you.
o If you want a huge McMansion with a Great Room, Bosch appliances, and daily maid service, I recommend The Southern Mansion B&B or a $10k rental. There is a section on the front 2nd floor that is locked off and not part of the rental. What would I change if I could? I’d probably make the kitchen and family room a little bigger, but then it would cost more to rent.
o 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. More info on our own website: www.surfrentals.com
2019 Pricing and Availability for the “Cottage on Maryland”
Labor Day weekend is not available by the weekend alone, but Mon 9/2 – Sat 9/7 (5-night special) $2195
Labor Day weekend is not available by the weekend alone, but Mon 9/2 – Sat 9/7 (5-night special) $1795
November: Weekly Fri-Fri $1050, Mon-Fri midweek $775, Fri-Mon Long weekend $775