Cape May, New Jersey is a popular retirement community for people who enjoy the beach, fishing, and a Victorian setting. This beach community (4,000 year round residents, 40,000 seasonal population) at the bottom of New Jersey has long been famous for its stock of Victorian homes. The town has capitalized on this fame with an intelligent redevelopment plan that has given it an attractive pedestrian shopping center that attracts tourists all year long. Its nickname is "The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort".
One of the attractions for active adults 55+ is the ability to live in and/or restore an elegant Victorian home that is within a few steps of the world famous New Jersey beaches. Cape May became was considered one of the finest resorts in America by the 19th century. A fire in the late 1800's wiped out 30 acres of the town center, which were rebuilt almost exclusively in the Victorian Style. Today it has the second largest collection of Victorian-era homes in the nation after San Francisco. In 1976 the entire city was officially designated a National Historic Landmark city. Since the downtown is so nice, it is possible to avoid having to drive one’s car for days on end. On the outskirts of town there are some newer developments and active adult communities that cater to the newly retired. Photo of yellow Victorian courtesy of Wikipedia and TexasDex; Picture of Cape May Beach Ave. courtesy of Wikipedia and smallbones.
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