Last week, I visited an open house at a new ocean front development in Sea Bright. The house was high-end builder’s grade McMansion – high on glitz, low on character. The view, however, was extraordinary – and at $3.3 million, with almost $45,000 taxes, it should have been.

As the spring real estate market kicks off, I took a peek at the million dollar views of three properties in our area – same ocean crashing against the fab shore – minus the million dollar price tag.


$649,000, two bedrooms two baths: Ocean views really “wow” from every room in this north / south / east exposure Ocean Grove penthouse condo, with a 300 square foot terrace. The current owner’s furniture is the “gift with purchase.”


$499,000, two bedrooms, one and a half baths: This brand-spanking-new south-facing condo’s view is a duet of classic summer views – both of Fletcher Lake and the Atlantic. Built solid by the highly respected Sawbucks Construction, I especially love the pocket doors and that fab sea air floating in from the two doors leading to the archetypal Ocean Grove front porch. It’s also located where parking is rarely a horrific summer buzz-kill.


$629,000, 2 bedrooms 2 bath: It’s all about the luxe, original differentiators in this 1,700 square foot condo – centralized media system (panel on the wall controls everything from your iPod to your DVR), radiant heat, decadently huge shower stalls and indoor in-building parking.

Designed by the Asbury Park-based architecture firm Grey Watt, The Griffin has a cohesive – and non-gaudy – style theme throughout. It’s a property downtown that’s architecturally interesting and elegantly functional.

Images and property specifics supplied by realtors.