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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

805 Pittsburgh Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222032
$649,900
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
In a manner of speaking . Cape Manor might just have it all!! This spacious first level 2 bedroom, 1 bath Condo could be your very  ... More >
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1520 New Jersey Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 222002
$419,000
ACTIVE     1 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Bring your beach Bag, Swim suit and Enjoy the summer in this charming beach block condo ! This turn key, newly renovated condo in the Cape Roc Communi  ... More >
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18 Reading Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221941
$3,495,000
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
New Construction. Rare opportunity for a buyer wanting either an exclusive family compound or an income producing property or a variation of both. Arc  ... More >
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1420 Pennsylvania Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221897
$574,900
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
The wait is over! A rare, first floor, GOOD WINDS CONDO is now available! This updated, well-appointed 2 bed 2 bath has a stunning granite kitchen, st  ... More >
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1253 Washington Street, Cape May
MLS # 221842
$1,990,000
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   3 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Completely renovated in 2008, this 5 BED 3 BATH Victorian home received a Historic Preservation Award in 2009. A short distance to many of the shops,  ... More >
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1217 Vermont Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221800
$1,749,000
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
New Construction breaking ground in 2 weeks and an estimated completion in 7 months of a 5 bedroom, 4 full bath, 1 half bath of approx. Great location  ... More >
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1004 Saint James Place Place, Cape May
MLS # 221811
$1,155,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   3 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Townhouse   
The Meadows at Cape Island townhomes are designed to complement the stunning natural meadow and water views which can be enjoyed every day from the la  ... More >
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1262 Pennsylvania Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221768
$749,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Twin   
Fabulous Twin with oversized corner lot in highly desirable Village Green, bicycle to Trenton beach. This neighborhood is perfect for pets, children  ... More >
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1016 Stockton Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221773
$3,300,000
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   2 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Ocean Views from every floor and fabulous location highlight this beach block pristine Cape May home. This home features original craftsman millwork  ... More >
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1326 New York Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221748
$1,425,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Welcome to 1326 New York Avenue, What a fantastic location. This three-bedroom beach cottage is located two blocks to the beaches of Cape May. Enter  ... More >
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1307 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221686
$625,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
What a stunning location across the street from the beach and a very sought-after building is where you will find The Morning Star Villa, once a luxur  ... More >
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1021 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221583
$4,750,000
ACTIVE     4 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   2 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
This custom Cape May Beachfront home consists of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus 2 powder rooms, with many upgrades and space for the whole family plus p  ... More >
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1621 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221597
$1,395,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Location, Location, Location, this condo is situated on the highly desired Poverty Beach side of Cape May with Ocean Views, Easy Beach Access, and muc  ... More >
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1015 Beach Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221577
$5,500,000
ACTIVE     5 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Here's your once in a lifetime opportunity to own Cape May beachfront property that runs the entire block, front to back, from Beach Avenue to Stockt  ... More >
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1224 Maryland Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221578
$1,499,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Feel the ocean breeze in this 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home situated on a corner lot in the East end of town. Located just 2.5 short blocks from the beac  ... More >
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1003 Lafayette Street, Cape May
MLS # 221511
$799,900
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Townhouse   
Spacious 2 bedroom 2.5 bathroom townhouse with 1 car garage and off-street parking. The first level consists of kitchen, living room, and a half bath.  ... More >
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1510 Velvento Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221508
$3,850,000
ACTIVE     4 Beds   |   4 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Superb attention to detail and the finest finishes and craftmanship are the hallmarks of this brand new, single family home waiting for you and your f  ... More >
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1407-09 Harbor Lane, Cape May
MLS # 221454
$769,000
ACTIVE     2 Beds   |   2 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Condo   
Charming seashore condo with AMAZING water views from almost every room in the house!! Sit on your balcony, in your kitchen, at your dining table, on  ... More >
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1119 Indiana Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221427
$1,095,000
ACTIVE     3 Beds   |   1 Baths   |   1 Half Baths   |   Single Family   
Less than a mile to downtown Cape May, this well maintained 3 BR 1.5 BA ranch home offers tremendous potential. This house is positioned on a 55x125 l  ... More >
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16 Reading Avenue, Cape May
MLS # 221375
$2,499,000
ACTIVE     0 Beds   |   0 Baths   |   0 Half Baths   |   Residential Vacant Lot   
Hurry! Time is of the essence. There are not many buildable lots available in the beautiful city of Cape May that have ocean views in this price range  ... More >
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