‘Island’s End’ High-End Homes Replace Trailer Park in Holgate

Grand Opening May 11
By MARIA SCANDALE | May 08, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Holgate — Island’s End at Holgate is a 42-luxury home project by Michael Pagnotta Architecture & Construction of Ship Bottom on waterview land that previously housed a 141-unit mobile home park.

From the inviting pool on the patio level to a rooftop deck with nearly panoramic water views, members of the public can see the model for themselves during a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. May 11

Pagnotta grew up summering in Holgate, and so he is familiar with the special attachment to the surroundings that families feel there. Island’s End is described as “a coastal community far from the crowds and close to nature.”

“From the roof deck in Holgate,” the architect described, “the view is spectacular. There’s nowhere else where you can look east and see the ocean, west and see the bay and look south and see the ocean and actually see Atlantic City, so it’s a very unique spot here.”

The project will feature homes from $999,000 to $1.6 million to be built on 50-, 53- and 60-foot-wide lots. All designs feature a reverse-living floor plan to maximize views and allow for soaring ceilings and much natural light.

In three decades of architecture, Pagnotta is adept at maximizing the potential of 50-by-100-foot lots, and of interior space, and Island’s End is an example.

A family beach house fills many roles, and the spaces are efficiently designed to provide for those.

“I have had the opportunity as an architect to work with a lot of custom clients, and I get to see what they want on their wish list,” Pagnotta said. “The designs that we’ve chosen for this project are like an amalgam of the best of the last 30 years of designs.”

Island’s End designs are intended to accommodate a number of different settings within the family, the architect said.

“We have studied and studied the life cycle and the different uses of a beach house for a family, and they can range from small intimate settings to communal gatherings,” Pagnotta elaborated.

“Also, we’ve studied the life cycle of a home. Sometimes it’s a large family purchasing, then it’s a young family, then a family with kids going to college, then it’s an aging family where it’s a patriarch trying to create a magnet for the grandkids to come visit.

“So, we try to design the homes so they can serve as a backdrop for all these different settings.”

Ceilings soar in the third-floor great room of the Heron Gambrel model, but varying ceiling heights also create enclaves of more privacy and comfort. A gathering of 14 family and friends can stay in contact in the adjacent gourmet kitchen and dining areas, but at other times of the day, guests can retreat to bedrooms and a den on the second floor. The first level holds a two-car garage, a small room that in the model is a “kids’ zone,” and a screened porch next to the private fenced-in patio.

The sales model, at 5104 South Bay Ave., Holgate, shows upgrades, including an elevator. The model also conveniently serves as a visual center for choosing options.

“This is where buyers can come to see the quality of the work, really see all the possibilities of these houses,” said Caryn Hill, construction administrator, “and the nice thing is that we’re also using this as the location to pick buyers’ selections. They can see a lot of it in place in the house and it’s a huge aid in making selections ... and if there’s something else that they’re looking for, we can work with them to take care of whatever their needs are.”

Hill led members of the Holgate Taxpayers Association on a tour one recent Saturday, pointing out details like the shiplap wall finish, and the laundry room with a granite sink matching the lovely cabinetry.

A custom-fabricated bedroom is a children’s slumberland with each of four bunks outfitted with its own USB port and light. The nautical styling was done by finish carpentry subcontractor John Aceto, who once quipped that showing it to his granddaughter was a big mistake.

The Spotted Whale in Beach Haven provided the furnishings and accents for the sales model.

Pagnotta had not initially sought out the site for the project, but said that when the opportunity was brought up to him, he thought it would go well if it was done “respectfully and sensitively and for the betterment of the whole community.”

“We threw our hat in the ring and we were able, fortunately, to get approvals and we’ve been well received in developing the property,” he said. Each home has five parking spaces, three more than were required.

“We were trying to find ways we can benefit the community – in taking away 141 trailers, what can we do to make the community better in producing 42 houses?” he said. “So we know we’re decreasing the density somewhat.”

Stormwater retention is onsite. “We’re doing everything we can do to maintain any of our runoff onsite so nothing is allowed to go into the street or the adjacent properties,” Pagnotta said.

Realizing that natural vegetation is important to the whole area, he said the team worked with neighbors to repurpose native vegetation that was removed from the construction site.

“When we remove plants, they’re usually invasive species like the black pines, and when we have plants that are valuable and are indigenous, we’ve been working with the Holgate Taxpayers Association and they’ve been repurposing plants with us. We will either plant them or they’ll come and volunteers will take the bayberries and Montauk daisies and things like that and they’ll replant them in other areas.”

On the exterior, the low-maintenance materials were chosen “that are well suited for both the year-round resident and the budget-conscious landlord,” notes the sales material. Vinyl-clad Andersen windows, Certainteed Cedar Impressions, cultured stone, solid PVC trim and vinyl guard rails were chosen “for their beauty and ability to resist the harsh coastal environment of the Jersey Shore.”

The homes’ structural system within the floors and walls integrates engineered lumber and code-surpassing stainless steel fasteners.

The development is located between the Boulevard and West Avenue, along Pershing, Roosevelt and Harding avenues.

The timeframe from contract to closing is about six months, Hill said. The 10th house in the project is under construction now and the project will continue over two years.

For more information, Michael Pagnotta Architecture & Construction can be reached by phone at 609-361-0011 or online at pagnotta.com. The Freeman Group is the listing agent for the project, at 609-661-9345.

“We have a great team,” Pagnotta concluded during a recent tour onsite. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, so we have the attention of the best subs, the best vendors, and my team is a virtual all-star team of the best on the Island that can do this, so I’m fortunate to have them working for me. We’re blessed to have this opportunity, and we just want to do the best that we can do.”

— Maria Scandale








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