A beach town’s corner cottage at the Jersey Shore makes for a delightful spring break getaway.

This week I’m going to again tempt you to go east for spring break. Manasquan, New Jersey, is located along the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Its origins are a summer escape from New York City for families. It was close enough for the family breadwinner to travel by rail up to the city during the workweek. 

The site is a long narrow corner lot just a few blocks from the water. The design maximized the street views to the street side and front and minimized windows on the side closely abutting the neighbors. Essentially, the home is only one room wide.

Tom Bateman of Imagineered Homes in Manasquan collaborated on the home’s design, constructed it, and selected the interior colors, finishes, furnishings, and some accessories.

The deep porch is comfortably furnished to extend the living space outdoors while offering a welcoming entry.

The front door opens to the living room. The white of the board-and-batten paneled walls and the beamed ceiling help the room to feel larger and sets off the colorful Maine Cottage furnishings. The model ships and oars used as curtain rods serve as a reminder of the seaside location. 

The dining area sits in front of the bay windows. A pale-yellow trestle table is surrounded by brightly colored Windsor chairs and a bench. The floorboards are painted a deep green on this level. An efficient galley kitchen is to the right of the dining area. In the distance is the entry to a guest suite that was added to accommodate a family member who could not manage stairs.

The guest suite has its own sitting area.

The pine-paneled guest suite bedroom has a Caribbean flair with its mango and tangerine accent colors. 

Upstairs, the floors are painted a lustrous red shade, as seen in this bedroom.

By the landing on the second floor is some found space turned to home office. It seems now that home office space is essential for every home. 

The primary bedroom is upstairs at the front of the home and extends the full width of the narrow home. As in most of the home, the furnishings and rugs are by Maine Cottage.

This is another home I enjoyed photographing because the use of the space is so well-considered. I also appreciate how color makes the home so lively and memorable. 

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