The apartment was everything that was promised and then some, and the owners were super responsive, honest, and totally pleasant.
The unit itself is exactly as described, and everything is well maintained and works perfectly. One of my main concerns when renting someone's residence is cleanliness, but I can assure you that I have never been in a cleaner home. My mother-in-law even deemed the place immaculate, and she keeps her house cleaner than a surgical unit. The apartment building itself is also very quiet and it is obvious that most of the other people there are owners. The only thing that I'd say wasn't represented accurately in the advertisement is that the ocean is even closer than it appears in the photos, and obviously that isn't a bad thing.
The area that the apartment is in is perfect for a family beach vacation. Brigantine is almost fully residential and does not have any of the hotels/boardwalk/casinos of nearby Atlantic City in it. Further, since access to the island is limited to one bridge, very few non-residents visit. This all means that the area is mostly inhabited by locals and/or longer term renters and has a super friendly atmosphere that is very safe for kids. There are enough restaurants and shops, however, to give a good number of options for those that are interested. If you're tired of relaxing and want to socialize, one place that I'd recommend visiting, Laguna Grill, is a short walk down the beach from this apartment. They have a nice outdoor setup right on the beach w/ a live band, volleyball nets, bar area, and restaurant with a fun vibe and a good crowd. One feature of the apartment that is a bit of a dual edged sword is that it is towards the northern end of the island where the nature preserve is. On the one hand, nature lovers will enjoy being near this beautiful park, but on the other it means that on days where there's absolutely no breeze that insects can be a nuisance. We simply brought bug spray but if that's not an option, another choice would be to drive five minutes down to the southern end of the island and use the beach there as there are no bugs. The southern end of the island allows a limited number of cars to park in the sand for the day, so that beach can also be fun to visit just for the novelty of it.