One the ski season is over at Elk Mountain, PA, the 2009 PSIA National Academy has wrapped up, beach season is right around the corner. This summer, many weekends will be spent down in Avalon, Jew Jersey. It’s been ages since I’ve actually been to a real beach aside from Santa Barabara for CJU and I’ve never been to the Jersey shore (down the shore as they say around here) so this should be a cool summer.
The whole beach/shore house thing is new to me. The owners of these places get sick amounts of money to rent out their places for the beach season. We’re talking upwards of $30,000 for about four months. Granted, it probaby sits empty for most of the rest of the year but that is some crazy cash for a four month rental. Someone takes the plunge and heads up a house. Then they sell “shares” to people. Generally most offer a full share which is all you can eat, go down anytime. That will run you around $2000 – $3,000 depending on location and how many people will pack into the house. A half share will cost a little more than half of the full and you’ll get to use the place about half the weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Some have quarter shares which are still cheaper than most beach house rentals if you were to do it on your own but if you get to many quarter shares, then you could end with with all of them wanting to go down the same weekend and have a big mess on your hands.
For this first year, I went in for a half share. It provides a place to get away on the weekends but I don’t feel like I have to get down thee every weekend just because I paid for a whole season. Throw in the csot of the house, gas and tolls to get back and forth, food, drinks and whatever else might go on down there and you’re looking at $300+ per weekend. That’s enough to take a nice weekend getaway to a bunch of different spots througout the summer! It’s a hell of a lot more than a ski house and a season ski pass for the winter too.
This is the first post about spending the summer weekends down at a shore house in Avalon, NJ. It will probaby be an absolute mad house down there this weekend since it will be Memorial day weekend but we’ll give it a go and see what it’s like. It’s very tempting to skip this weekend and wait till next when the crowds are likely to be far lower but for a variety of reasons, this will be the innagural weekend at the shore house in Avalon, NJ.