By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
Reports began to appear on Blogfinger in 2011 regarding the horrible condition of #80 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, N.J. The historic house used to be home to a doctor’s office, but after that occupant left, the building began to disintegrate. The Township fined the owners, but to no avail. The original asking price was $680,000 as of September 2012, prior to the current renovation.
Neighbors reported rodents and vagrants hurrying in and out of the place. In 2012 there were reports that rehab would begin soon, but it didn’t happen. Eventually the owners gave up and lowered the price drastically, reducing it to $399,000 in June, 2014. The property appeared on the new derelict housing list.
It was beginning to look like the house would have to be demolished. Then, a developer showed up, bought the place, and started work. We don’t have the final selling price or the name of the current owner.
First the roof was fixed and the siding removed; and then the inside was gutted. Work continued, and lately we began to get reports that a spectacular rehab had been completed.
Sure enough, #80 Main Avenue has been resurrected. It is for sale for $649,000 by Jack Green Realty. The price has been lowered twice recently from September when it was $699,000.
BILLIE HOLIDAY “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home”