Even if you haven’t been to Margate proper, you probably know about Lucy the Elephant. At 136 years old, she is a community staple. She is also a six-story example of zoomorphic architecture that announced its candidacy for president of the United States last year. You can no longer take up residence there, but luckily the tony shore point offers plenty of other properties with eye-popping amenities and price tags.
8002 Bayshore Avenue, Margate
Monthly taxes: $1,166
Tell me all about it: The interior of this five-bedroom, cul-de-sac home is cozy and modern, but it’s the exterior of this bayfront beauty that makes this a million-dollar gem. Situated on the water with a private dock and an in-ground pool complete with a waterfall, sun deck and Jacuzzi, the home is thoroughly impressive from the street and the water. Bonus: there’s an attic waiting to be finished in the 3,400-square-foot layout.
115 South Essex Avenue, Margate
Monthly taxes: $2,551
Tell me all about it: You’d have to own a houseboat to own property closer to the ocean than this four-bedroom home. Situated on the beach itself, this property features views on views from a wrap-around deck downstairs to another upstairs. We love the warm interior with exposed beams and timbers and an updated kitchen, too.
107 South Pembroke Avenue, Margate
Monthly taxes: $3,104
Tell me all about it: This manse looks like a Main Line estate has been recreated brick by brick at the shore. Boasting six bedrooms—including nanny’s quarters—the home also features a marble, eat-in kitchen and an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool with a hot tub and sun deck. We love the ivy-covered terrace and the French doors between the indoor and outdoor pool areas.