A New House with Turn-of-the-Century Style in Ocean City

by hookedonhouses on March 11, 2012

Whenever I see a builder incorporating old-house details into new construction, I want to cheer. This one in Ocean City, for example, was inspired by the classic turn-of-the-century vacation homes on the Jersey Shore.

It was built by Buck Custom Homes and is on the market for $2.799 million. Take a look!

The house is close to the beach, which is always a plus in my book. According to the listing: “The three story, 5000+ square foot home blends modern convenience and traditional style into the perfect beach house, truly a fine setting to create family memories.”

Looking into the dining room, which is painted black (correction: the designer tells me the color is actually a dark brown):

The woodwork is beautiful.

The glass doorknobs remind me of the ones we had in our old house when I was growing up:

There are 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. I love little round turret rooms like this one:

Looking into the kitchen:

Christine Droney of Show & Sell Home Staging decorated the house, and she’s the one who told me about it (thanks, Christine!).

The Spring green paint throughout much of the house is by Sherwin Williams, called “Sprout.”

The house has 4 porches in all, and 3 are on the back of the house:

The back door leads to a mudroom:

Like it? For more photos and information, check the listing and Buck Custom Homes.

P.S. Anyone else have trouble “springing ahead” this morning? I could have used that extra hour of sleep!

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Marisa March 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

If only…
Just gorgeous!!! I’ll keep dreaming.

Missy March 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

Sigh…..I could just move into that kitchen and live there. Although, I would have to change that white ceiling fan over the kitchen table. What’s up with that?

Molly March 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

I, too, love the old details. Beautiful house!

CottageGirl March 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

Isn’t it great to see new houses with so much character!
Thanks so much for your website. Some of my favorite online time is spent here!

Rosie March 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

That’s our favorite family vacation spot :) Now, I just have to scrape up some cash to buy the house and we are all set!

Melinda March 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

What a beautiful new home! While I love my very old home, I seriously covet the size of the kitchen in this one.

And WOW that master bath! Yes, please!

Christina from Dallas March 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

It’s perfect except, for the black paint on the walls. Just can’t take that. Otherwise its gorgeous!

sharron March 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

LOVE it!!! It is not often that I see a house that has been built with me in mind…lol!
It would be move in ready for me if i won lottery tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing!

Patience March 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

It looks like they used top quality materials, which makes all the difference. Very well done. We had those glass doorknobs in the house I grew up in too. It was built in the ’20s or ’30s.

Our spring ahead was a disaster. My husband is a trauma nurse and had to be at work at 07:00 this morning. He accidentally set his clock an hour back and we were routed out of bed at 7:10 by the phone, as his work called to ask him where he was. On top of that, in all the rush he managed to lose his work ID.

Sue March 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

Oh, if only! What a lovely, airy shore house. That kitchen, with all of those windows! Excuse me while I run out to buy lottery tickets…

Karena March 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

My sister had a wonderful round turret room in a Victorian room she renovated. I loved that room!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Sarah @ housecrazy March 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

The house is gorgeous! Looks like they put a lot of thought into giving it that period look (without all the accompanying old house problems!!)
I love the spring green paint in the kitchen, LOVE all the varied windows, LOVE, LOVE the turret room…. but not so sure about the black wall paint. Intriguing!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno March 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

Holy cow, that house is perfect in every way. LOVELY!

Laura March 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

That’s just beautiful. I grew up going to Ocean City in the summers to visit my grandmother. It was great. I can picture a big family living there.

Jane March 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

Ooooh! Love it! I especially love the tiles on the wall in the mudroom and the ceiling in there too. Too bad they didn’t plan ahead and recess the medicine cabinets in the bathroom!

And Julia, you read my mind, I was just thinking “what colour is that green?” and there you had it!

Beautiful house!

Miss Picky March 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

Beautiful! The woodwork and the windows do in fact “make” that house!

I will tell you that the leather chairs look like they are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (possibly via Restoration Hardware). I have that same chair but not in leather.

So I have 1/100th of that gorgeous house! :)

Maggy March 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

Beautifully done; great attention to detail — gorgeous woodwork, door trims and flooring; I love the herringbone pattern in the foyer. (What a great use of that space; nice sitting area on the 2nd floor landing.) The appointments are spot on, right down to the glass doorknobs. Well-designed kitchen, but not over-done. Love the porches, esp the ones in the rear.

The landscaping is a little too “new house” and predictable, but that’s an easy fix. Otherwise, it’s a showstopper. Great post, Julia!

Sheila Krehbiel March 11, 2012 at 11:21 am

Oy. Love all the lovely woodwork and transoms and light. The subtle wall colors add character, too — adore the buttery bedroom color. What’s not to love about a well-done shingle house? Nothing, I’d say. Nothing at all. Happy Sunday!

Bob March 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

really nice, i like this so much i clicked on this listing & I was surprised that the taxes were under 8 grand. perhaps i should move from atlanta(the city) where the taxes would gave been over 20 grand! thanks for showing us this house!!!

Mary March 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

That kitchen is gorgeous!! I LOVE it -
Mary x

kasey March 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I do love the kitchen, even the green paint which is usually not my thing (tho i saw a lovely green paint on a design show, wish I knew what it was)–but the kitchen actually seems crowded especially when viewed in the pic that looks through to the dining room. I think its all the white wood, which is lovely, but then there’s all the legs/spindles of white wood chairs and the table as well. I think if the island was one ‘place setting’ shorter or if the kitchen table had been different it wouldn’t seem that way to me.

Love the little turret sitting area, especially the chairs. And the little stair top sitting area under the window trio just screams for a comfy chaise lounge a small table & lamp–hmmm unless its really a landing/transition area. Not a huge fan of the black paint but it does pop with the white paneling. The mudroom is neat. *Love* the master bath.

Fires always look so cozy, and that is actually the only room that ‘feels’ cozy when I look at it (other than the turret sitting area). It’s hard to create cozy in large rooms. My parents owned, & renovated a Reconstruction era Victorian & it gave my mother fits trying to get that cozy feeling in the sitting areas. Getting rid of the gravity furnace helped. :)

You’re right — its the details that make this a fabulous house.

Christina from Dallas March 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I know what you mean about the chairs with the spindles. Sometimes it can make a room look too busy. I have some now in my kitchen and I have been wondering why they didn’t seem right. Now I know it’s because it’s just too much going on and they needed to be simpler.

kasey March 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Ah, that’s the other descriptive word I couldn’t find — “busy.” That exactly describes what i was thinking about that end of the kitchen. My thought was that some plain but pretty fabric slipcovers on the back of the chairs might help that impression in the kitchen above. Or even a simple pattern of white & the green from the walls might look nice.

Glad to be of help. :-) Sometimes its hard to figure out in your own space just what it is that is niggling as not quite right.

Eleanor March 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I live about 45 minutes north of Ocean City on the shore and I all I can say is what a stunning home for such a quaint and wonderful town. Location and style? Bingo!

Luciane at Homebunch.com March 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hello Julia!

I’m loving the kitchen! White and green goes perfectly together.

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Kim March 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Drooling….

So beautiful – thanks for sharing!!

Kim March 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I am in awe, with this house. I love it when a designer and builder spend a lot of time perfecting every detail. I can definitely see that with this house. It kind of has that Hampton’s feel to it. If I had the money, I would snatch this house right up.

I was just thinking, why can’t HGTV put a lot of thought into their dream homes like the Buck Custom homes did with this house? They would be better.

Thank you for sharing this with us Julia!

Emily March 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Love it! It is all fabulous, except for the black walls…how very un-beachy! The trim (especially on the ceiling above the big window) is gorgeous.

Jackie Toye March 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!!! I’m looking at this while watching Money Pit … :)

Brandy March 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Other than the location, I love it! So gorgeous. I actually love the black and have seen black and white done “beachy” with pops of sunny yellow or lime green–even pink! Anyone want to loan me 2.7 mil to purchase? I’d let you all come visit anytime you wanted!

Samantha March 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it odd that there aren’t any crown moldings in the house? It seems the woodwork on the door ways are a bit high maybe thats why. Just strange to me…

Deb March 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I was just getting ready to post the same question – LOL! All those amazing mouldings – but no crown? I wonder why. There must be a good reason…

Nathan March 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I love it so much! This is almost the perfect home! I’d like it a bit smaller though – I know, not something most people say.

Jenny Allworthy March 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I was thinking the same thing Nathan. Lovely but just too big. I love cozy. But maybe if you had 6 kids…

Christine March 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The walls are actually a lovely chocolate brown…….

hookedonhouses March 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thanks, Christine! I corrected it. -Julia

Rachel March 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Christine,
Can I ask, are the kitchen countertops the same stain as the floor? It’s hard to tell. My house is mostly white like this (though not nearly so big, mine is a formerly UGLY, nondescript split foyer), and has almost identical door and window frames…and I just bought the most lovely green paint today to pop against all the white, though it was Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Lane, and though I was iffy about it, seeing your use of a similar green against similar woodwork has me super excited to get painting. Sorry, I digress…the reason I ask about the countertops is that they’re the last piece of the puzzle for me and I have been killing myself trying to decide what to use. My floors are a dark mahogany throughout, and while I thought staining the countertops the same color would seem too matchy matchy, it looks so beautiful the way you’ve done it!
Thanks,
Rachel

jodi from new jersey March 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

You know I love that house! What a refreshing choice on the kitchen countertops. So much warmer than granite. Really pretty dream house :)

Jared March 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I don’t like this house…I love it!

Pat Smith March 11, 2012 at 8:11 pm

As a Jersey girl who’s lived in original house of that style all I can say is be still my heart. Wish I could move back!

Cheryl Stoy March 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I’d just take up residence in the kitchen…but everything is so lovely~

Krista March 11, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I just “pinned” this house! :) SO beautiful!

hookedonhouses March 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

Thanks, Krista! :)

E. George March 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hi Julia I’m speechless … OK OK I have to say something PERFECTION thank you for sharing this beauty. I love the colour Sprout we don’t get Sherwin Williams here maybe one day.Regards Esther from Sydney.

Missi at Havoc-to-Heaven March 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

Those green walls and wood counter tops in the kitchen make me swoon! Gorgeous!!

Casey March 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

OMG – this house is gorgeous! I love how light and “airy” it is…just beautiful. *sigh*

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... March 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

Gorgeous. The windows are my favorite.

innerjuju March 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

Designers who put those trays on the bed drive me insane. Exactly what would you do with that? Put it on the bed each morning like you do your pillows? There is a designer on HGTV’ “color” show that does that every time she does a bedroom. Makes my skin crawl.

Anne C. March 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

Gorgeous!!!! My fantasy house- I love everything about it!!

MissCaron March 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

Oh wow. That’s gorgeous. Lots of ideas to incorporate into my future beach house! And, yes, I’m sooooooo sleepy this morning! I hate getting up when it’s still dark out and this morning was no exception. I hope we eventually do away with DST.

Katherine @ Grass Stains March 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

Julia, This is one of my favorite houses you’ve ever featured! I’ve starred it in my Reader so I can Pin images later. Beautiful!

Dina March 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Very well done and refreshing.

Becky March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Beautiful home! I had trouble going to bed last night. Head saying “it’s 10:30, time to be in bed”, body saying “no it’s only 9:30!!….

hookedonhouses March 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I know! Me, too. So I stayed up too late and paid the price the next morning…

Katherine March 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Be still my heart. My fantasy house, as well. Landscaping would be easy to fix. So like all the Victorian “cottages” in Hyannis Port, and other parts of New England. I think it’s pretty much a Queen Anne in style – someone correct me if I’m wrong. My favourite of all your houses so far, hands down!

mike March 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

thank you all for the kind words. to answer a few questions: the dark color is french roast by sherwin williams. the wood top on the island is 2 1/2″ edge grain walnut with a watco butcher block oil finish. the stone counter tops are honed durango. the reason there is no crown molding in the house is to enhance the woodwork over the windows and doors. thanks again and sorry about the white fan

hookedonhouses March 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Mike, and giving us the additional info!

Matt March 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

this kind of house give me nausea.
awful taste.

new houses for sale March 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

I’m picturing myself quite at home in this stunning house. What a beautiful world when you live in a beautiful place like this. :)

arrielle_p

Jenna March 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Wow, when I scrolled down and saw this house, my heart stopped and I thought “that’s it.” That’s my house. Or will be one day. It’s exactly what I had envisioned in my head, and while I’ve seen houses that are “close,” this one is perfect. Pinning for future reference.

excitingLA March 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

oh man! this house is absolutely stunning! i love all the color choices – even the darker brown/black. there are plenty of white elements to keep that room from being too dark. the builders have done an amazing job on this one!

Mike March 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Matt-
It’s gives you nausea

Julie B. [Holland] March 14, 2012 at 5:10 am

I agree with the others this is a warm , airy but peaceful home. If I had to say one thing I didnt like ( which is easily fixed) I dont like the red wall in the laundry room, other than that its really beauitful and could live in with no problem. lol Thanks Julia for sharing with us. This is one of your best posts! :)

2inz4me March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

GORGEOUS! Now I could get behind living in this place…even in Jersey (j/k). Every color, every moulding, every light fixture…..lovely! I want to get glass doorknobs for our upstairs rooms. Love them!

lilkunta March 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

What features of this house are turn of the century?
This looks like a brand new house, I dont see antique features.
Only old thing I see are the glass door knobs.

Julie March 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I’m a first-time commenter here, but this house just demands it. We are making plans to build our “dream home’ in the next 5 years and have spent quite literally hours dissecting this home and figuring out its plan so we can implement much of it into our future build. It is near perfection. That front is beautiful, as well as the entryway.
Thanks for featuring such a great home that we wouldn’t have ever seen otherwise!

mike March 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

julie- you can reach me at mbuck@buckcustomhomes.com if you have any questions.

JC April 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

That’s super beautiful.

Dawn Cunningham April 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Does anyone know the brand and color of the Green paint? I love it!!

Mike Buck April 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Sherwin Williams Sprout Green

Andrea August 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

YES! YES! YES! (Think Meg Ryan) This builder is amazing! Love these 2 featured houses! I, too, am so excited over new homes being built with old features. The renovation is wonderful, as well. I would take either of them in a heartbeat. Will definitely keep this builder in mind when I build my own dream home! :))

Julie November 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Gorgeous!
I hope the house is ok after Hurricane Sandy!

Ryan November 10, 2012 at 1:56 am

A tad repressive.

Melayahm December 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Beautiful! But, as usual, no children

Dave Tee December 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm

When this style of house was built at the turn of the 20th century, IT WAS A MODERN HOUSE.

If you want an old house – get an old house.

Kate January 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

What a beautiful home! I hope it weathered Hurricane Sandy without too much damage!

Menahil January 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

The kitchen is amazing! I’d probably be living in the the kitchen if mine was like that!

chavigner February 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

c’est tarte!

chavigner February 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

en français: c’est tarte!

Nadine March 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love that green color in the kitchen Anyone have know a paint color that looks like that?

Samantha April 17, 2013 at 5:08 am

You can have anything you want and desire… If you want and desire it bad enough to inspire yourself to get up and go and get it!

bilkisu August 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

Nice and beatiful designs.

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