Ocean City, N.J., comes with a lot of superlatives. There's "America's Greatest Family Resort" (a slogan adopted in 1920), "Best Family Beach of 2005" (via the Travel Channel), "one of 32 dry towns in New Jersey" (since public alcohol consumption was prohibited in 1958) and "the drunkest city in New Jersey" (according to USA Today). These three properties will remind you that it's also home to some of the most desired seaside real estate in the state.
228 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Monthly taxes: $1,820
Tell me all about it: This fabulous five-bedroom home sits on Gardens Lagoon and features floating docks and three private boat slips. Inside, the gourmet kitchen boasts a granite island and counters, and high-end stainless-steel appliances. Upstairs, the master suite overlooks the water and includes a huge en-suite bath and a private deck with awning.
2539 Wesley Ave., Second Floor
Monthly taxes: $2,467
Tell me all about it: Once the site of Princess Grace Kelly's summer home, this property has a lot of cachet. The five-bedroom home sits on the second floor of a positively enormous property and has been professionally decorated and furnished. We especially love the skylight with pineapple light fixture, as well as the custom kitchen and the fabulous master suite. The home also boasts a two-car garage, a private elevator, and multiple decks and patios.
15 Tobago Lane
Monthly taxes: $1,777
Tell me all about it: This five-bedroom Mediterranean-style home sits on the bay and includes 127 feet of bulkhead. We love the wide foyer and the bay views throughout. Two separate laundry rooms will make entertaining easy — as will the built-in pool, floating dock, boat lift and slip, and outdoor audio system. The master suite boasts a gas fireplace, dual walk-ins, a custom en-suite bath, and a private deck.