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Beach Haven West is a waterfront community located in Stafford Township New Jersey just across the bay from Long Beach Island New Jersey. Beach Haven West offers a boater's paradise of waterfront homes located on Barnegat Bay. With easy access to both Manahawkin and Barnegat Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Beach Haven West has grown in popularity to become a destination for those looking to experience life on the water!
Beach Haven West was developed by the Shapiro family in the 1950's and 1960's. The area was selected thanks to the easy access to the water and the convenient location near Long Beach Island. The community was designed to be a boater's paradise with nearly every home located on a lagoon with direct access to the bay. Originally, Beach Haven West was developed with two styles of homes: single story ranch style homes and Cape Cods with two stories. The area quickly became popular among those looking to live on the water and expansions were created to meet the additional demand.
Beach Haven West is within minutes of the Garden State Parkway which provides easy access to New York, Atlantic City and Toms River. Route 72, which is the main road leading to Long Beach Island, and Philadelphia, has three points of access into and out of Beach Haven West. Long Beach Island is a summer resort at the Jersey shore with white sandy beaches and family fun. Residents of Beach Haven West can benefit from the easy access to LBI by car via Route 72 or by boat across Barnegat Bay.
The Coves and East Point were later developments in Beach Haven West and feature larger lots and larger homes. The Coves is a highly popular area as it boarders the salt marshes and offers beautiful views of nature and the Atlantic City skyline. East Point, which is located on the extreme Eastern section of Beach Haven West, offers beautiful views and easier access to the bay. East Point, like The Coves, offers larger lot sizes and is highly desirable to residents of the area.
Beach Haven West has the unique potential to act as either a year-round residence, a summer vacation home or an investment property that can generate income. Many homes in Beach Haven West will act as a rental property either on a weekly basis or as a summer seasonal rental. Beach Haven West rentals are of particular interest to boaters and fishermen looking to enjoy shore living. To a homeowner, the benefits of summer rentals can be enormous as they can help to cover the costs of ownership and still leave the majority of the year for personal use.
Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall at the end of October 2012, caused widespread damage to Beach Haven West. The traditional ranch style homes and Cape Cods suffered extreme flooding thanks to the storm surge and the risk of these homes was well demonstrated. Hurricane Sandy also brought to light issues with flood insurance including the base flood elevation of a home and the foundation systems used, all of which have an influence not only on the cost of insurance, but also the value of a home in the Beach Haven West real estate market. While the area still recovers from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, there has been an impressive wave of new construction taking place. The considerable investment and redevelopment of Beach Haven West will have a long term positive influence on home prices and will help to make the area more storm ready.
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