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Big Charming Bay Head Beach House

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

9 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms 2 half baths, max occupancy 14

Celebrate summer in this unique, historic Jersey Shore home. This property is perfect for families and friends seeking stress free beach proximity with plenty of space and charm inside and out. Located across the street from the guarded beach, kids spend their days riding the waves under the watch of our very friendly life guards while you relax with toes in sand and cool beverage in hand.

Located a stone's throw from Bay Head's fabulous bakery, visitors can walk or ride a bike to local shops just a block away. Ideal for kids who love to play hide-and-seek and grown ups who enjoy cool drinks on one of the wrap-around porches or a good game of ping pong.

The big, bright, fully equipped, family-style eat-in kitchen features all new appliances and a large eating and prep center island for chopping, chatting and serving quick meals and snacks to kids of all ages.

We like to breakfast on the east porch and dinners outside, though the dining room and kitchen each seat 10. Feel free to set up croquet or badminton in the yard. There is plenty of space for a good game of tag, too. The eco-friendly playset offers kids safe hiding outside in the yard, a nice spot to share a handful of raisins and lots of sliding and swinging fun! The outdoor shower is a staple of the classic shore cottage. Friends and family have celebrated weddings, birthdays and a variety of milestones in this home and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And the Good Humor Man drives past the house daily! We do not accept any reservations for prom parties.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Deborah

Our parents rented in Bay Head for years before this house became available in 1965. Five sisters own the home today and we celebrate graduations, birthdays, business partnerships and family milestones here by the beach.

Deborah purchased this house in 1965

Why Deborah chose Bay Head

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 'Wheeler's Home Cottage' sheds light on the grandeur of life at the turn of the century. From the dressing rooms in the cellar to claw-foot tubs and meticulous woodwork and architecture, we appreciate the proximity to the guarded beach and local shops. At our annual Kids' Day reunion, we hold relay races in the large yard.

What makes this house unique

Above all, this home is a memory maker. If you want to start a family tradition that your kids will talk about from now until they have kids of their own, there is no better place for you than 18 Bridge in Bay Head, N.J.!


Bay Head House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

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Big Charming Bay Head Beach House
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

The Epitomy of Bay Head

  • 5 of 5

We have owned and rented homes in Bay Head for nearly 20 years and after two weeks at this home we have found the crown jewel. This home is everything one could want or expect from a historic Old Bay Header beach home. Location is tremendous!!

Our party consisted on 13 people and four families. Ages ranged from 8 to 88. Everyone had a blast. The porch is just divine!!

Thank you again for one of the best Bay Head Vacations!!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I want to thank you so much for the use of your wonderful house. It was so much like our old Bay Head house it was eerie. My family and I raised three generations there and we consider it our home town. I loved hearing the sound of the surf all night, the old train whistle in the middle of the night and the fire whistle directing the volunteers to a fire. I loved the squeaks of the stairs as we tried in vain to sneak down in the morning without waking others. You are so well stocked with refrigerators, beach chairs, easy beach access, outdoor and indoor games, grills, crabbing equipment, a large yard for the kids to play, a wonderful swing/slide set and of course the delightful ping pong room! It was a glorious gathering and a proper memorial to our 93 old Matriarch who died in March. Thanks so much.

PS Your note to looters is hilarious.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would welcome your warm presence again! Thanks so much for appreciating every nook and cranny of the property!
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Charming and relaxing blend of old and new.

  • 5 of 5

This house and it's host is what you wish your vacation experience would be but seldom is. The owners take exceptional care of all that's old and have made quality upgrades where it counts. The appliances were all there and all working and the new central air worked like a charm on our one warm day. All other days were open windows, ocean breezes and sunny skies. The joy in this house is something you can just sense. It's big enough for the whole family, but super comfy with plenty of private spaces, nooks and crannies. And if you happen to love your morning shower, wow what great water pressure! Can't recommend this stay enough. Swimming at dawn and walking at sunset, this one really was a "memory maker".

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Bay Head summer home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home for families-terrific kitchen, lots of gathering spaces, lovely front porch with tons of bedrooms. There is central air on first floor and units in many bedrooms. The house is a classic old home a stones throw from the beach and a few more steps to the bakery! We had a fabulous time!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you have chosen our home again for your family's 2014 celebration! We are looking forward to another fantastic summer!
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Wonderful Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a magnificent spacious home. You can feel the memories run through this historic house overlooking the beach. My husband and I spent some anniversary time here this May. Our bedroom overlooked the beach and the ocean. We literally opened our eyes in the morning to check out the surf. We had fun exploring all the rooms and the basement that used to serve as changing rooms. We found this to be the perfect compliment of modern amenities (internet, showers, great kitchen) with historic charm. In the evenings we played ping-pong in a wonderful second floor room while listening to the ocean waves. In the mornings we walked 100 feet to the beach to play in the surf, walk the beaches. We brought our bikes and used them to explore the surrounding area, the harbor and the nature reserve. Plenty of good eating right up Bridge Ave.. Had it rained more, we planned to go to the boat and car museum. On the way home we started making plans for a large family reunion. If you love the beach this is an awesome easy house for beaching it and having fun.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Original Bay Head Charm, the "Real Deal" Beach House

  • 5 of 5

If your looking for an authentic Bay Head beach experience then this is your spot. Charm and character best describe the style of this home with details that have lasted over time. Choosing to visit Bay Head is for it's historical factor and this home echoes that. The vintage charm created the atmosphere we were looking for. I found the appliances in working order, the property neat and tidy and plenty of space for all of our family. The handle on the dishwasher was a problem, but the unit worked fine regardless. Arriving a day ahead than the rest, I spent the night, alone, a woman, in this home and the energy was wonderful. The neighbors were friendly and I enjoyed watching people run, bike and walk their dogs down East Avenue. This stay reminded us of our visit to Martha's Vinyard but on the Jersey Shore! We definitely intend to return and love the proximity to both the ocean and the quaint shops in town.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! The house is shaping up again for the summer season. We'll have fresh paint inside and out and a new lawn! We look forward to having you back!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Newark International 1 hour
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Bay Head Train station
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Garden State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Dorcas' Restaurant Tables indoors and outside.
Car: not necessary

RIght in Bay Head, the small shops meet all of our visitors needs. Nearby there is a cheese shop, liquor store, clothing and gift shops. Of course the surf shop is a great stop, too!

The scoop shop is three blocks from the house.

Larger grocery stores and chain stores are only a 10 minute drive inland! We love the milkshakes and crunchy onion rings at Dorcas' Restaurant and the Bakery makes world class chocolate brownies with butter cream icing!!


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