From Margaret Everton on May 28, 2010 in Newark
With five grown children and a growing brood of grandchildren, Ann and Mark Baiada purchased this spectacular beach house in Avalon hoping for more family time and an irresistible gathering spot by which to lure them in. After a few large renovations, the home now sleeps 25 comfortably with the possibility of an on-site cottage being turned into space for 10 more.
There was a rich history etched into the 100-year-old Victorian when the Baiada’s purchased it. In 1892, the land was sold to a local woman for a dollar, who later sold it to a man from Philadelphia. He used the land to build a fishing cottage around 1910. Despite the winds and rough storms that passed through the area over the years, the original structure pulled through virtually unscathed. From 1952 onward, the home has seen 10 different owners. The Baida’s decided to call it their own in 1999.
First up on the renovations list: expand in order to house the entire family. This first phase included adding four bathrooms, a great room, master bedroom suite and laundry room. With more rooms to decorate, Ann called in interior designer Grace Kelly for some much-needed assistance. She was able to keep with the home’s original design style while adding a light and airy feel.
The next phase was geared more towards the outdoors: a pool and patio renovation, the addition of an outdoor kitchen, and even a pool house. The whole clan was given a prime spot to exercise, relax, and of course, have a little fun.
Let’s be honest. If everyone had a gathering place like this, family time wouldn’t seem quite so awful, would it? I didn’t think so.