California Craftsman Brings SoCal Charm to the Jersey Shore

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For sale: 608 Bayside Avenue, Beachwood, New Jersey. Photo via Zillow.

Located in a riverside community, right across the street from the Toms River waterfront, this home provides residents with the opportunity for lots of water activities, including kayaking and sailing.


Originally built in 1914, this home in Beachwood is a California Craftsman style. California Craftsman, common in Southern California in the early 1900s, merged the need for new housing with the back-to-nature ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement popular at the time.

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Riverfront living. Photo via Zillow.

Characteristics of the home were carefully designed with regard to the site they occupied, with thoughtful consideration given to climate, landscape, and topography. The proponents of the style worked hard to unify the homes with nature, featuring carefully crafted details that rebuffed both the mass production of the Industrial Revolution and the pretension associated with Victorian architecture.

The home features elements standard to the California Craftsman style including front and rear porches, many windows, a pronounced fireplace, and exposed beams.

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Front porch. Photo via Zillow.

The front door opens into the formal living room that features a brick fireplace, immediately welcoming upon entering. Additionally, the front of the home includes a formal dining room and one bedroom that can be closed off by pocket doors.

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Front entrance. Photo via Zillow.
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Living room with fireplace. Photo via Zillow.

The home’s expansive kitchen includes top-of-the-line appliances, as well as finishing details such as a tin ceiling and cork flooring. The Great Room, located just off the kitchen, provides residents with a custom mahogany wet bar — perfect for entertaining guests, as well as built-in bookshelves and boxed beams, also made of mahogany.

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Kitchen. Photo via Zillow.
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Built-in bar. Photo via Zillow.

Boasting five bedrooms and three baths, the home offers radiant heat floors, double pedestal sinks, steam shower, bidet, and a claw foot tub.

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Double pedestal sinks. Photo via Zillow.
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Claw foot tub. Photo via Zillow.

Additionally, the property includes a porte cochère, one car garage with pergola, and a detached art studio complete with heat and electric.

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Photo via Zillow.

608 Bayside Avenue was recently renovated in 2009. The renovation was recognized with a Historic Preservation Award by the Ocean County Board of Freeholders in 2009.

The home, located at 608 Bayside Avenue, is asking $550,000.

Listing: 608 Bayside Avenue [Zillow]

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