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100 The Terrace: An Iconic Sea Girt Home

100 The Terrace: An Iconic Sea Girt Home

Offered at $2,899,900

From east-facing rooms of the sprawling Ridgewood House estate, you can catch glimpses of a blue expanse one block away… the Atlantic Ocean. This iconic Sea Girt home was originally designed as a duplex for the builder’s two sons and later converted into a rooming house, run by a most impressive Mary Schambach and her family for nearly 50 years, from 1968 until her passing in 2017. Mary lived a robust and fulfilling life. Originally from North Carolina, at age 17 she served as a Civil Air Patrol pilot, scanning the U.S. coast for sightings of German submarines during World War II. She later made her way to New Jersey to attend the College of St. Elizabeth, where she met and married her husband, John Schambach. In addition to Mary’s legacy as the innkeeper of Ridgewood House, she was also a devoted mother and wife, grandmother, teacher, artist, and a friend to many in the community.

Throughout the home, you will find many of Mary’s personal touches — each room is distinguished by its own unique palette and name, while walls are adorned with canvases of her beautiful paintings.

Ridgewood House’s current layout is rife with opportunity for it’s future owner, in that it would befit a Bed & Breakfast as much as it would a summer compound for a large, multi-generational family. Situated on an oversized, elevated lot, this unique home is just a stone’s throw to Sea Girt’s pristine beaches and a nice walk or bike ride to downtown Spring Lake.

The home’s first floor boasts common living space, kitchen, and a one-bedroom suite, while the remaining two floors host 14 bedrooms, total, all enveloped by a large wraparound porch and outlined by unique floor to ceiling windows. Around back you will find a private, detached one bedroom cottage, complete with fireplace and screened porch.

Standing atop the front steps of Ridgewood House, drinking in the ocean views and salt air, you get a taste of what a perfect summer day could be. Whether it’s greeting the sunrise on the porch, with a cup of Driftwood coffee and the morning paper or ending a full beach day with a stop at Parker House for peel n’ eat shrimp and a cold beer, this is the type of summer living we could get used to. Could you?

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