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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

523 Bank Street, Cape May
MLS # 240009
$875,000
UNDER CONTRACT     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Residential Vacant Lot   
A rare buildable* vacant Cape May City lot. Enjoy beautiful sunset views over the Cape Island Creek meadows, and a very short walk to all the shoppes  ... More >
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1135 Delaware Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232955
$1,295,000
UNDER CONTRACT     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Welcome to 1135 Delaware Ave. Your Sandpiper Ranch style home just blocks from the Cape May beaches, historic downtown restaurants, shopping and activ  ... More >
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9 Jackson Street, Cape May
MLS # 240135
$699,000
ACTIVE     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Welcome to unit 215 at the Tides Condominium's! Meticulously maintained and move in ready! Conveniently and centrally located in the heart of Cape May  ... More >
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1520 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232671
$425,000
UNDER CONTRACT     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Beach block, Cape Roc condo. This second-floor unit is being sold completely furnished and ready for year-round enjoyment, vacation home, or use as re  ... More >
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1320C Virginia Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 240567
$659,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   QUAD Unit   
Well maintained and tastefully appointed Village Greene Quad! Located in close proximity to the beach, this turnkey property is available just in time  ... More >
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1520 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 233040
$449,000
UNDER CONTRACT     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Welcome to Cape Roc Condos in Cape May where your beautiful ocean, beach block home awaits. This fantastic top floor 1 bedroom 1 bath condo is just a  ... More >
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1222 Ohio Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232711
$729,000
UNDER CONTRACT     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Twin   
This twin is located just a few short blocks from the beautiful beaches of Cape May. The home offers 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, an eat in kitchen, livi  ... More >
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1625 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 233070
$1,400,000
UNDER CONTRACT     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Spectacular beach front property with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape May s beautiful beach! Highly desirable ocean front condo in up  ... More >
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1330A Pennsylvania Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232588
$572,500
UNDER CONTRACT     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   QUAD Unit   
Excellent opportunity! Lovely 2 Bedroom 1 bath Village Green Quad is ready for you! Both exterior and interior of quad have been well maintained, and  ... More >
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906 Washington Street, Cape May
MLS # 232679
$2,450,000
UNDER CONTRACT     5 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
A Victorian Charmer, better known as the "Barefoot Cottage" circa 1875, is located in the middle of the primary historic district known as Washington  ... More >
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1341 B Illinois Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232864
$675,000
UNDER CONTRACT     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   QUAD Unit   
Beautifully upgraded 2 BR 1.5 BA with a large wrap around deck! This quad has been updated from top to bottom! The eat in kitchen offers stainless st  ... More >
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518 Washington Street, Cape May
MLS # 240489
$100,000
ACTIVE - RENTAL     0 Beds   |   Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Retail   
A rare opportunity awaits. Not only is it rare for a property on the main stretch of the mall to become available for rent, but it is even more rare t  ... More >
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101 S Lafayette Street, Cape May
MLS # 232327
$709,000
UNDER CONTRACT     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, This Metro Boutique Seashore one bedroom condo unit is located one block to the beach and 1 1 2 blocks to the Famous Was  ... More >
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1207 New York Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232262
$1,300,000
UNDER CONTRACT     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Adorable 1940 Cottage located just a short walk to the beach. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home with fireplace was purchased in 1983, so it will probably re  ... More >
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1340C Pennsylvania Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 232920
$685,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   QUAD Unit   
Setting a new standard for Village Greene quads, welcome to 1340 C Pennsylvania Avenue, a unique property with unmistakable appeal. This quad packs a  ... More >
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1250 Pennsylvania Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 240463
$779,500
UNDER CONTRACT     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Twin   
Here is your chance to own a fabulous, completely updated twin home located in the Village Green section of Cape May. The home is just a short cruiser  ... More >
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1211 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 240415
$1,985,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
"Cotswold Cottage" a Craftsman- style historic dwelling, was built in the 1930 s as part of The New Cape May (east of Madison) that commenced  ... More >
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217 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 233217
$649,900
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Enjoy amazing ocean views from your living room at Summer Station, located directly across the street from the beach! This top floor two bedroom cond  ... More >
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518 Washington Street Mall, Cape May
MLS # 240545
$3,400,000
UNDER CONTRACT     0 Beds   |   Baths   |   Half Baths   |   Mixed Use   
Two Condominium stores on the Famous Washington Street Mall along with an apartment above, all in one building. Prime location off of Ocean Street fir  ... More >
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9 Jackson Street, Cape May
MLS # 232515
$1,095,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Super Income generator!!! This unit commands over $4,000 for prime Summer weeks in 2024! 2023 income was $55,900 and 2024 will be over $62,000! Fabu  ... More >
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