After superstorm Sandy destroyed Melissa Gowan’s circa 1929 Long Beach bungalow, she trusted her instincts when it came time to rebuild.
“We built it to the way we really wanted it and thought that other people would like to live in it,” she says of the three-bedroom, three-bath home now listed for $744,000.
The result was this 2,040-square-foot home with two floors of decking overlooking the Long Beach cityscape. Doors in the first-floor living and dining room open to the deck, while a second-floor den and the home’s master suite provide access.
A wooden staircase leads to the first-floor deck and front door. Inside, an open floor plan includes a living room with a fireplace and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a turquoise tile backsplash.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a four-fixture spa en-suite bath with a soaking tub. Hardwood floors are found throughout.
The FEMA-compliant home includes a Durafoam-insulated foundation and full basement, which steps out to a covered cement patio beneath the deck.
“I don’t really have to heat underneath the house or worry about pipes freezing,” says Gowan, who has owned this property since 2005 and has lived in Long Beach for 30 years. “If any salt water comes in, it drains out of the foam.”
The fenced-in 40-by-50-foot parcel in Long Beach’s Walks community includes a stone patio with blue rocks between the slabs.
The listing agent is Allison Kallelis of Paul Gold Realty.