MTV’s “Jersey Shore” may be a boost to the real estate market, at least in Seaside Heights. The owners of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,400-square-foot house — with its rooftop hot tub and New Jersey Italian flag mural — just decided to offer the place for rent for $15,000 a week this summer.
Last summer, MTV rented the house for $85,000 while taping the weekly reality show about eight self-described metro-area “guidos” and “guidettes” (including Long Island’s own Jenni “J-WOWW” Farley) — that amounts to a little more than $10,000 a week. Comparably sized but more modern homes in the community have been renting for about $8,000 to $10,000 a week, says listing agent Mike Loundy of Seaside Realty, who brokered the MTV real estate deal.
Will the owners get their price? Surely the publicity from the hugely popular show can’t hurt — some even getting the perfect vantage point from the ferris wheel to snap shots of the 2,000-square-foot hot tub area on the attached Shore Store’s boardwalk rooftop. “It’s been a very active property,” Loundy says. “There are tons of kids coming by every day taking pictures.”
It’s such a popular destination within the tourist town that there are now “no trespassing” signs in front of the house, says Seaside Heights agent Justin Bosak of ReMax Real Estate LTD.
No word on whether MTV will tape a second season. But if they do, they might want to rethink the Jersey Shore and put up J-WOWW, Angelina (come back!) Pivarnick, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and her boy Ronnie Magro at one of these Long Island rentals this summer:
More than a hot tub: For the same $15,000 a week, this four-bedroom, 4.5-bath Norman Jaffee-designed two-story house in Bridgehampton has a heated pool — and a separate guest house for the guys to entertain those women they meet at the clubs. Listed with Meegan Darby, The Corcoran Group, 631-702-9238
What roof? At this four-bedroom, four-bathroom Fire Island Pines house, the hot tub is on a party-perfect oceanfront deck with a heated pool. There’s also a place to play basketball to keep those guns in shape. The owners are asking for $38,000 a month, or $10,000 a week. Listed with CJ Mingolelli and Tony Agostinelli of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 631-597-3030 and 917-501-4786
Oh, the possibilities: In the stately village of Dering Harbor on Shelter Island, this six-bedroom, six-bathroom English country home is on 19 acres with a piazza — that has an outdoor fireplace. There also is a heated pool with a waterfall and attached hot tub — and an outdoor shower. The owners are asking $55,000 for July and $65,000 for August (not including Labor Day and not by the week). Listed with Louise Poleshuk, Georgiana B. Ketcham, 631-749-0800
Forget about the hot tub: This newly built 7,000-square-foot Provence-style house in East Marion is on a bluff with views of the Orient Point coastline and beyond. There are seven bedrooms, eight baths and two half-baths. The 12.39-acre property, which borders 450 feet of beachfront, also has a heated pool with flagstone terraces. It is $15,000 a week or $120,000 for July to Labor Day. Listed with Nicholas Planamento, Town & Country Real Estate, 631-298-0600
Tom Gralish/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT photo; other photos by permission from real estate agencies