Archive for the ‘Ocean Grove derelict houses’ Category

#80 Main Avenue March, 2016. Photo by Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©

#80 Main Avenue, at New York Ave.  March, 2016. Photo by Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©

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.

#80 Main Ave. Blogfinger photo. 11/19/16. ©

#80 Main Ave. Blogfinger photo. 11/19/16. ©

Peeking through the front window. Blogfinger photo ©. 11/19/16

Peeking through the front window. Blogfinger photo ©. 11/19/16



BILLIE HOLIDAY “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home”

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Whitfield Hotel. April, 2015. Blogfinger file photo ©

Whitfield Hotel. April, 2015. Blogfinger file photo ©  (George Whitfield was a famous 18th century Methodist preacher). It is at the intersection of Surf Ave., Beach Ave., Bath Ave., and Lonely St.

From T.S.:

Does anyone have an update on the future of the Whitfield?  It seems all discussion and news has stalled.

Thank you.

Editor’s Note:   Here is a link to  our last article on this subject from last April:       BF on Whitfield

Here is a link to our 2013 background piece on this property.   Whitfield discussion on BF

The last we heard was that there is a long lead time to find housing for tenants prior to demolition.


“Well, since my baby left me
Well, I found a new place to dwell
Well, it’s down at the end of Lonely Street
At Heartbreak Hotel
Where I’ll be, I’ll be so lonely, baby
Well, I’m so lonely
I’ll be so lonely, I could die”

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91 Cookman Ave. before Jack Green remodeled  (i.e. saved)  this derelict house. OG. 2011. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  click to enlarge.

JANN ARDEN      from the film My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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2011 Blogfinger photo. 80 Main, a poster child for derelict houses, still sits and welcomes visitors to the Grove/

Blogfinger photo from 2011. 80 Main Avenue, a poster child for derelict buildings, still sits and welcomes visitors to the Grove.

Here is the new Abandoned Property list at the Township’s web site. The list is mandated by an ordinance:


Maybe this and an improving housing market will move a couple of them along a bit!!!

Editor’s Note:   Derelict housing is a vexing and complex problem in Ocean Grove and Neptune Township.  The issue has stymied the Township because of all the elements involved including owners’ rights, recalcitrant owners, lenient judges,  frustrated politicians, code enforcers,  and citizens who worry about their quality of life and the possible harm to their families including  fire, falling debris, squatters, vandals, disease, and lowered  housing values.  The list above consists of vacant and abandoned houses, but we also have many neglected properties in the Grove which are occupied but in bad shape. The latter could be included in a definition of “derelict.”

This is what the OGHOA web site says about the property list linked above by Doug:

“After March 9, the owners of 80 Main (and many other owners or lienholders of derelict buildings throughout Neptune) also will be required to maintain liability insurance on their properties, post a visible notice on the building that provides contact information for someone responsible for the property, and ensure that the property is secured from unauthorized access. Utility companies will also have the right to gain access to these properties to ensure that service has been disconnected. Failure to comply with these provisions could trigger fines of $2,000.00 a day for each separate violation.  

“The OGHOA hopes this will have an impact on the derelict building problem in our National Historic District, but only time–and continued pressure on the Township–will tell.”

On the other hand, the OGHOA minutes of Sept. 27, 2014 says, regarding this ordinance,  “The new ordinance is not aggressive enough in forcing owners to deal with derelict homes in meaningful ways.”

Creating the list and doing derelict housing tours* is the work of the OGHOA—–helpful, but more potent strategies will be needed.

Here is a  link from June, 2014:

The derelict tour*:     Planning a walking tour     This article discusses a variety of ideas  on the subject.

DORIS DAY AND DANNY THOMAS with a song for the effort.

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