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Thursday, April 18, 2024


On the Market: $4M Crest Bayfront Home with Oversized Deck

The home sits on a corner bayfront lot
Shay Roddy

The home sits on a corner bayfront lot, further increasing the open feel of the outdoor space. 

By Shay Roddy

WILDWOOD CREST – In an effort to bring readers inside some of the area’s most distinct homes and onto breathtaking private properties in one of the country’s hottest and most unique real estate markets, the Herald newsroom will periodically run a feature when a noteworthy residential property hits the market. In this edition, we set our sights on a $3.85 million bayfront home in Wildwood Crest. 


The Specs:   

  • PRICE:$3,849,000   

  • BEDS: 3; BATHS: 3.5 

  • HOUSE SIZE: 3,350 sq. feet; LOT SIZE: 44 feet by 74 feet 


  • ADDRESS: 6618 Park Boulevard, Wildwood Crest 

Situated on a corner lot on Park Boulevard, this home offers a unique bayfront outdoor setup on Five Mile Island. 

The house is perfect for entertaining, featuring an oversized deck that extends out over the bay, including a permanent cabana-like structure. One can imagine dinner or drinks under the cabana with the bay water flowing beneath one’s feet. 

That’s not something that’s easy to find in New Jersey and likely would be impossible to replicate if not for the existing structure being grandfathered in. The state likely wouldn’t look favorably today at permitting construction of a pier that extends out over the bay, said Ryan Vince, the realtor selling the property. 

Vince, with Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty, in Avalon, said he doesn’t sell many homes in Wildwood Crest but will branch out for a unique property, and this home’s backyard and views are unmatched by most of what Avalon and Stone Harbor can offer.  

In addition to the spacious outdoor area, the unobstructed views of Sunset Lake pull one’s eye as soon as they walk onto the lot. 

“There’s just not a body of water that is this vast, where you’re staring out, where you have the sunsets – which are incredible, obviously – there’s nothing in your way,” Vince told the Herald, while looking out at Sunset Lake from the property, earlier this month. “It’s incredible.” 

The views can certainly be enjoyed from the outdoor space, equipped with a wet bar builtin underneath the house, which opens onto the dockside, equipped with plenty of seating and a barbecue. From there, a buyer would have access to their water toys. There is a boat lift and two other slips. However, the massive windows and thoughtful layout allow the views to be enjoyed from indoors, too.

The house is next to a street end, making the outdoor space feel even more open. That also allows some room for friends’ boats to tie up temporarily to the other side of one of the property’s floating docks, in front of the public bulkhead, while visiting. 

The home’s seller owned his own business, including some retail shops, said Vince, adding he didn’t know much more about his client but was aware he wasn’t able to use the home much, prompting him to sell. Public records indicate his name is Douglas Johnson. 

Vince also acknowledged that the 2002 custom home could be viewed as a knock-down by the type of buyer in the market for a shore house worth almost $4 million. 

“At this price point, most buyers probably have the ability to do something beyond just buying this,” Vince said. 

It’s the lot and existing footprint of the deck that gives the home the vast majority of its value. 

The listing can be viewed on Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty website

Have a tip on a unique or interesting home? Contact Shay Roddy at or 609-886-8600, ext. 142. 

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