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Cape May New JerseyCAPE MAY, NJ

On the way to Cape May....

Cape May is the southernmost tip of New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway and is one of the country's oldest vacation resort towns. Home to pristine beaches, fascinating architecture, commercial fishing, and the United States Coast Guard Training Center, the only Recruiting Center in the United States of America, Cape May is a special place for many reasons.

When entering Cape May, you get transported back in time. Beautiful historic Victorian homes, carriage rides, trolleys, and Bed & Breakfast Inns galore! It is home to the famous Congress Hall and Emlen Physick Estate. The town also has a love for the arts and culture. Throughout the year, there are tons of things to do and see; Theatre, live music, and festivals to enjoy, including the Exit Zero & Cape May Jazz Festivals, the annual singer-songwriter weekend; craft, collectibles, and art shows, and an abundance of culinary, wine and beer events for every palate.

Cape May is not only a summer resort town but a year-round destination. Halloween is always an eventful time of year; Book your stay at one of the many "haunted" Inn rooms, take a ghost tour walk and enjoy a night out with murder mystery dinner theatre. Cape May is also a perfect place to get into the Christmas Spirit. There is an abundance of shops, restaurants, and Inns all lit up with Christmas lights and a glorious exhibition of Christmas Trees and décor everywhere you turn.

HISTORY OF CAPE MAY

"A National Historic Landmark"

Cape May's original settlers were the Kechemeche Indians of the Lenni-Lenape Tribe and used the land primarily as a hunting ground. In the 1630s, the land was bought and developed into a hub for the fishing and whaling industry. By the late 17th Century, the English colonists' farming had been integrated, and the area became known as Cape Island.

Cape May (Cape Island at the time) started to become known as a seaside resort town around 1766, with Philadelphians flocking to the Jersey Shore Point. By 1834 it also began to attract the likes of folks New York, Baltimore, and Washington, becoming one of the finest resorts of the 20th Century. Cape Island City became Cape May City on March 9, 1869.

The early 1900s was a rollercoaster ride for this charming town, the rise and fall of distinguished hotels, and the sunken WW1 concrete ship (which remains visible at Sunset Beach). The 1940s brought about many important events; WWII, Dredging of the Coast Guard base, construction of the canal, re-commissioning of the air station, the great Atlantic Hurricane, the end of WWII in 1945, and the beginning of the US Coast Guard Training Center in 1948.

In 1962, a Nor'easter hit, destroying much of what Cape May was known for; the boardwalk, hotels and properties, the beachfront, and the convention center. Luckily, Reverend Carl McIntire purchased many Victorian properties and relocated some to save what was left. In 1963, the town's preservation and rebuilding began due to a $3.5 million grant.

The end of the 20th Century was the beginning of what we now know of Cape May, a place where past and present collide, creating this wonderfully charming resort town!

THE HISTORY SECTION WAS WRITTEN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF WIKIPEDIA AND WWW.CAPEMAYCITY.COM


FUN FACTS ABOUT CAPE MAY

  • Although many, including locals, call Cape May a town, it is technically the “City of Cape May.”
  • Cape May is the subject of the song "On the Way to Cape May", originally sung by Cozy Morley.
  • The 1980s horror film The Prowler was filmed entirely on location in Cape May, as was the 1981 film Graduation Day
  • The town lends its name to the Cape May Cafe, a restaurant in the Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World.
  • In The Blacklist, Cape May is the setting in the episode "Cape May".

THINGS TO DO

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FOR MORE THINGS TO DO AND MORE INFORMATION, CHECK THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES

Cape May is a Green Machine!

Click on the below link for information provided by the Environmental Commission and the Green Team.
https://www.capemaypoint.org/community/our-environment.html 

Cape May Luxury Homes & Real Estate Properties - Recently Listed

244 Windsor Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223600
$1,450,000
ACTIVE     4 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Charming, Grande Cape May Home a few blocks to beach in prime location. Welcoming front porch brings you to a main entry door leading into this gracio  ... More >
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1035 Ohio Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223589
$1,100,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
This quaint three bedroom, one bath rancher sits on a 60 x 125 lot. Occupy as your own or utilize as an income property. The owners have never rented,  ... More >
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1516 New York Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223553
$3,495,000
ACTIVE     6 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Magnificent 3 story, North Point Beach, Cape May home. So much to mention but home has been totally refreshed and ready to move in. An elevator can ta  ... More >
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219 S Lafayette Street, Cape May
MLS # 223539
$1,199,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   2 Half Baths   |   Townhouse   
The best of both worlds!! Beautiful, turnkey, 3-story townhouse in The Devonshire, a 19 year old building tucked away on a quiet charming street among  ... More >
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507 Washington Street, Cape May
MLS # 223503
$34,900
ACTIVE     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   Half Baths   |   Business Opportunity   
Great Business Opportunity - Located on Cape May's Historic Washington Street Mall. This is your chance to own the most affordable turnkey business in  ... More >
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1015 New Jersey Avenue , Cape May
MLS # 223493
$1,620,000
ACTIVE     7 Beds   |   3 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Welcome to 1015 New Jersey Avenue, a Tudor Revival-style dwelling built in the 1920s and is a contributing property in the Cape May Historic District.  ... More >
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601 Madison Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223444
$4,890,000
ACTIVE     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   Half Baths   |   Motel   
Amazing opportunity to own a top-rated small business in one of the Nation s most idyllic coastal communities. The Blue Fish Inn is a classic,  ... More >
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1011 Lafayette Street, Cape May
MLS # 223446
$475,000
ACTIVE     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Now is your chance to own a piece of Cape May history at the Historic Joseph Leach House. This one bedroom one bathroom unit is located on the third f  ... More >
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111 Ocean Street, Cape May
MLS # 223348
$3,700,000
ACTIVE     4 Beds   |   6 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
111 Ocean Street is located downtown in the Historic District of Cape May, two blocks from the beaches and one block to restaurants and shopping along  ... More >
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9 Jackson Street, Cape May
MLS # 223299
$995,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Super Income generator!!! This unit commands $3,700 for prime Summer weeks. 2022 income was $46,000 and 2023 will be over $51,000! Fabulous New Kitch  ... More >
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217 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223280
$620,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
This turnkey, two bedroom condo sits directly across from the beach and is ready for your immediate enjoyment. Beachfront living doesn't get any bett  ... More >
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1604 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223214
$2,687,550
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   3 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
New to market! Ocean views from every floor! This is the one you ve been waiting for! Enjoy your coffee on the upstairs deck while you watch th  ... More >
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1203 Ohio Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 223176
$799,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Twin   
Location, Location, Location! This Charming twin situated a few short blocks from the beach is ready for your enjoyment! Whether this is your persona  ... More >
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359 Congress Street, Cape May
MLS # 223167
$1,099,000
ACTIVE     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Residential Vacant Lot   
Spectacular vacant lot in the heart of historic Cape May! Here is the ideal opportunity to build your dream beach home on a very desirable corner lot.  ... More >
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523 Lafayette Street, Cape May
MLS # 223076
$625,000
ACTIVE     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Townhouse   
Quaint 2 story condo just 3 blocks to the beach and a block away from the famous Washington Street Mall. Ground floor level has living room, dining a  ... More >
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1119 Indiana Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222893
$1,849,000
ACTIVE     4 Beds   |   3 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Beautiful new construction on Indiana Avenue with private rear yard and in-ground pool! This spectacular 4 BR 3.5 BA offers modern day finishes and is  ... More >
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1534 Yacht Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222870
$1,499,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Beautiful boater's paradise. This amazing bay front 3 bedroom and 2 bath nautical escape has been fully updated and ready for new memories. Yacht Aven  ... More >
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1061 Michigan Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222713
$1,695,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Amazing "Key West" vibe from this turn key resort like home with an oversized in-ground heated pool, backyard bar with a covered entertainment area an  ... More >
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225 Grant Street, Cape May
MLS # 222807
$2,749,000
ACTIVE     9 Beds   |   5 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
9 Bedroom 5.5 Bathroom bright Victorian beach house. Lots of off street parking to go along with a great location, close to the beach. Just two blocks  ... More >
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605 Madison Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222516
$10,500,000
ACTIVE     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   Half Baths   |   Motel   
This is a one in a lifetime opportunity to own a Cape May Motel with 42 rooms, a pool and parking 6 blocks from Cape May s beautiful beaches, w  ... More >
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