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The kitchen features cherry cabinets and a center cooking island.

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French doors in the master bedroom open to a screened porch that provides an elevated view of the wetlands and bay.

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The two-story great room has a wood plank walls and floors, exposed beams and a brick fireplace with a wood stove insert.

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Hal and Marie Kokes used to own a house in Brigantine. Now they own a house in Absecon with a view of Brigantine – not to mention Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport. In fact, on a clear day, the view from their third-floor deck reaches from Ocean City north all the way to Long Beach Island.

«I call it our million dollar view,» says Hal.

The Kokes’ sprawling 6,300 square-foot home sits on a rise overlooking miles of meadowlands. The colonial style house was built in 1989, by Bob Starns, whose family owned four ShopRite stores in Absecon, Somers Point, Ventnor and Middle Township. Hal and Marie bought it eight years ago.

«At the time we had six kids at home and we needed a big house,» says Hal, an Ocean City attorney. «We liked the fact that we had total privacy.»

The 4-bedroom, 4-bath house is located at the very end of Sooy Lane, a narrow street off Route 9. The property includes nearly 10 acres, part of which is wetlands, or «bog,» as Hal calls it. There’s plenty of parking — a blacktop driveway leads to an attached four-car garage.

The front of the colonial style house is brick and features a long covered front porch with tall windows framed by working shutters. The back of the house is sided with weathered cedar shingles and has a wraparound screened porch that traverses the entire length of the house. The screened in space also includes an in-ground pool and spa that overlook a manicured back lawn that extends to the meadows.

«When the greenheads and mosquitoes are out you’re still nice and comfortable,» Hal says.

The spacious grounds include brick walkways, a fire pit and an old fashioned woodshed that Hal keeps stocked with firewood,

Inside the house, a two-story great room has an early American feel, with rough-hewn exposed beams, a massive brick chimney that vents a wood stove, and floors, walls and ceiling made of random width wood planks. Off the great room is a bedroom with access to a full bath. French doors lead to the screened porch.

The spacious modern kitchen has a ceramic tile floor, cherry cabinets and a center cooking island with a six burner gas range and double oven. Off the kitchen are a large laundry room and a formal dining room with a gas fireplace and oak floors that continue through the formal living room.

The second floor has three bedrooms and two full baths. The master bedroom features wide wood plank floors, a gas fireplace and French doors to a private screened porch with a wonderful view of Brigantine and the Atlantic City skyline. The master bath has a whirlpool tub and walk-in shower.

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An enormous room above the equally enormous garage features white-washed wooden walls and ceilings, oak floors, a full bath, and beautiful view of the meadowlands. A back staircase leads down to the garage.

«It used to be a yoga studio but now we call it the girls’ room,» Hal says. «At one time all four of our girls slept in here.»

The third floor consists of a single room that could be used as a den or playroom. It has a gas fireplace and access to two decks, one facing the meadows and the other facing west, where Hal likes to sit and watch approaching thunderstorms.

The house has natural gas heat and city sewer, but private well water. Despite its proximity to the wetlands, it suffered no water damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

«The water came up to the edge of the yard but we were high and dry,» Hal says.

Hal and Marie have decided to sell the house for precisely the same reason they bought it – because of its size. «Two of our kids are in their 20s and are gone and we have two teenagers who will be gone in a year or so,» Hal says. «The house is just getting too big for us.»

When they sell, they’re thinking of moving back to Brigantine.»I grew up near the beach in Manasquan,» says Hal. «I miss the ocean.»

For more information on this property, which is listed for $999,900, call Josephine Flora of Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Real Estate, 609-204-4790.

Fast Facts: Where: Absecon Built: 1989 Size: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths Taxes (2013): $16,867 Price: $999,900


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