LBI House Tour to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research

Refreshing Features and a Former Home Run Hitters’ Haven
By Maria Scandale | Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of: Callan & Moeller

Brant Beach — The LBI House Tour for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is an inspiring experience for ticket holders and a first-time fundraiser toward a cure.

On Friday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants can venture into five luxury custom homes built or renovated by Callan & Moeller Construction. The homes are conveniently located not far from each other – from Brant Beach to Haven Beach.

Co-chairs Monica Moeller and Kara Kelly have arranged the visit into some stunning homes and surroundings for a worthy cause that is close to their hearts.

“We are hosting this tour because my sister has two children who have juvenile diabetes, and we really want to help fund research to conquer this horrible disease,” Moeller said.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).”

Ticket cost is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at JerSea Realty in Ship Bottom. Payment can be made in cash or checks made out to JDRF.

No heels, smoking, pocketbooks, food or drinks are allowed in the homes. Booties will be provided. No photograph is allowed.

Below are descriptions of the homes included on the tour. Note that the building that became the Ulrich house has a history as a haven for former baseball greats; that’s before it traveled out of the park, so to speak, across the bay in a relocation that made televised news.

The Beckerman Family, 4814 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach:

“This home epitomizes the Barnegat Bay lifestyle. All focus is on family and the view with their sand colored striped sofas and table with seating for 16. The many bedrooms provide a welcome retreat for their children and grandchildren.

“The covered deck off the main living area allows you to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the heat or weather. Sun lovers will gather on the upstairs deck with majestic views of the bay and causeway.

“The lower level boasts fun filled arcade games, indoor seating and eating for west winds. The outside area has a kitchen so the cook can stay in on the action at the pool and hot tub.”

The Moeller Family, 4810 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach:

“Exterior window boxes celebrate the owners patriotic spirit and welcome you into this maintenance-free easy living Island home. Upon entering the navy and white color palette throughout the main living areas draws you to the coastal view.

“Dinners for this active family and friends are encouraged at the 8’ round captain’s table. The main floor powder room carries on the nautical theme with the whale wallpaper and 1950’s hard rock maple with carved ship dresser-turned vanity.

“An antique stained glass window graces the stairwell with a nod to their neighbor, St. Francis Church.

“The teal upstairs family room with its chill-out space is outfitted with hanging chairs, a two-sided fireplace, and coffee bar with pull-out door refrigerators.

“The master suite is truly a retreat. The couple enjoy their own deck with private gas fireplace and antique wood mantle. The calming blue walls with a koi fish-themed duvet and window treatments inspire a soothing space. The master shower leads straight into the second floor outdoor shower with heated floors.

“On the ground level the owners used cedar shakes for the interior wall to inspire an indoor-outdoor room. The 16’ nano doors bring the outside in. The chic coastal vibe has seating with teal cushions and a pink shutter cabinetry. This multi-use area boasts a sauna, hot tub and work out area. Cooking outside is a breeze with the wood burning pizza oven and grill.

“Don’t miss the second pool that has a bridge walk way and cascading waterfall.”

The Schwering Family, 4808 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach:

“Built in 1963, this charming home has been in the family for 56 years. Originally part of a two home ‘compound’ on this property, the home was moved, raised and completely renovated in 2017.

“This five-bedroom home offers a welcoming first floor with an open concept kitchen, dining room, and family room area which leads to the outside grilling porch.

“On the first floor there is also a master bedroom suite, powder room, laundry area and spacious office.

“The second floor provides four additional beach themed bedrooms, and bathroom. The lower area is transformed into a Man Cave and a family fun area, which leads to the terrace that is home to a serene swimming pool and beautifully landscaped oasis.”

Stanyek Family, Sounds Edge, 30 West Muriel Ave., Beach Haven Park:

“This family home features a warm welcoming front porch to enjoy the tree-lined street. Take a peek into the first floor with an open concept living area overlooking their private backyard oasis. The white shiplap walls and sofas evoke a seafaring theme.

“Heading upstairs you will see a spectacular master suite, a beautiful retreat for these busy parents. The hall bathroom in black and white flooring with white subway tile is reminiscent of traditional bathrooms of yesteryear.

“The junior master suite is highlighted by its own bathroom and deck overlooking the picturesque backyard. As you continue, you arrive on the third floor, an ideal place to host many overnight guests. Outfitted with custom fish bedding with convenient pull-out drawers and a sun filled sitting area.

“The outdoor kitchen has red cabinets with a custom tiled American flag behind the grill. Even when the ocean is cold this family can enjoy the water in their backyard pool. The outdoor gazebo seating area is a great place to escape the sun. Both the outside kitchen and gazebo can be easily closed up at night with the automatic storm shutters.”

The Ulrich Family, 4812 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach:

“Built in 1935, this home gained recent notoriety in September 2017 as ‘the house that floated down the bay.’ The home, which originally was located in Surf City, was destined to be demolished for new construction when developer Patrick Moeller determined the home worth saving.

“The house, which is estimated to weigh 60 tons, traveled by barge three miles down Barnegat Bay from Surf City to Brant Beach, passing under the Route 72 bridge. Once arriving at the 48th Street dock, this home was moved off the barge and along the street to its current location.

“Prior to becoming a residence, this house was the Carvel’s Island Gun Club, which welcomed dignitaries such as baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Johnny Vandermeer.

“Now, this 5-bedroom home sports ample living space with an open concept kitchen & family room, a butler’s pantry, powder room, and junior suite on the first floor. On the second floor, you will see the master bedroom suite, two bedrooms, a bunkroom, and laundry area.

“Finally, travel up to the third floor to find the bonus sports-themed family room. The third floor provides unique views of both the ocean and bay.

“This home also provides several outdoor spaces such as a welcoming front porch, tranquil pool area, and roof top deck, offering 360-degree panoramic views of Long Beach Island.”  —M.S.



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