In 1979 Ken and Arline Borow purchased the near-perfect summer home – a charming three-bedroom red brick Cape Cod, with a quaint wooden gate providing direct access to Margate Beach.

Today, where Cape Cod once charmed the Borows, a magnificent contemporary home of white siding, white brick and glass soars skyward, overlooking the sand and waves.

There is more to this transformation than just progress … maybe even a little bit of enchantment.

When the Borows moved in 42 years ago, they realized the first floor had no beach views. Renovations followed: windows, windows, windows were added, as well as a third bathroom, a smart second-floor expansion that could accommodate two more bedrooms, wraparound brick patios and a restoration of the door in darling wood.

The A-frame Cape Cod, now square and slightly contemporary, seemed so perfect at the time that The Inquirer featured it in an article – written by this journalist – in 1981.

“It wasn’t just a house; it was part of our family, ”said Gabrielle Frantz-Greenfield, Borow’s youngest child, who was 13 in a photo with the 1981 article.

“I loved the sounds of people, the ocean and our laughter! said Frantz-Greenfield wistfully. “When I grew up and had my own children – Moriah and Eli – this was where we all shared memories and so much love! “

But there came a point in 2017 when the Borows decided to sell. “When we bought the house, the grandson of the previous owners told me he regretted his grandparents selling it,” said Ken Borow, Gabrielle’s father.

“And now, are we sorry we sold it?” Asked his wife, Elaine. “We were 80 years old, we were moving to Florida and we didn’t want two homes. But it was a family home. My children and their children grew up there. Friends and relatives visited. We had barbecues on the street with the neighbors. It was that kind of street.

“When my parents sold the house we were all devastated,” said Frantz-Greenfield, who overheard his parents express their regret before the ink dried on the sales contract. “They sold it to the nicest people in the world, but I couldn’t walk down the street without sobbing.”

Sometime after the sale, she cycled home to say goodbye. “As I stood in front of her, Brad Beidner, the new owner, came out,” recalls Frantz-Greenfield. “I introduced myself, trying to control my tears. Looking at me kindly, he said, “Do you want to feel better? Come with me look at the ocean. “

They walked to the back patio, where a stunned Frantz-Greenfield exclaimed, “I can’t see the ocean!

The newly constructed dunes, created to alleviate the flooding, completely obscured the once-perfect view – a consequence that had sparked controversy among landowners in the area.

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“Are you feeling better now?” Beidner asked. Frantz-Greenfield, with tears in his eyes, nodded and accepted Beidner’s hug and offered to take him around the house. “I felt so at home, I almost opened the fridge!” she said.

Perhaps it was the aura of loving memories nestled in every corner that drew Michelle and Brad Beidner to the Borows. “That’s it!” Michelle said. “I felt it the minute we walked in.”

“There was something special about the house. It had a great personal charm, a kind of gravitational pull, ”said Brad, a private investor in financial markets, after leaving Wall Street. A native of Tenafly, NJ, he spent his first summers on the beaches of Long Island, NY, where “things were a long way off,” he said. “Here we are right next to the beach and within walking distance of the fishing pier, shops, restaurants. It’s about nice people and Margate’s Downbeach Deli! ”

Michelle, a retired partner at MiCa Sports, an executive search firm in New York City, grew up in upper Dublin in Montgomery County and spent her summers in Margate.

The Beidners loved the house, but just three weeks after moving in, the dunes were built and the great views were gone. Nevertheless, the Beidners spent three summers enjoying the charms of the house and the access to the beach through the small wooden door.

In late summer 2019, lost sights and growing family needs pushed for a bigger house – “a lasting family heirloom,” Brad said.

Up was the only way forward and was becoming de rigueur in Margate and the surrounding area – namely, new construction on either side of the Beidner House. But first, the lovely Cape Cod had to come down.

Hammonton architect Bob Lolio, buena builder Ben Burghen and surrounds, a Northfield design firm, were hired to create a perfect new home for the Beidners. Christine Schwartz, owner of Environment, met them around the same time she hired young designer Moriah Frantz. When Schwartz told Frantz about Margate’s new client, Frantz, wide-eyed, blurted out, “Oh my God! It was my grandparents’ house. I grew up there!

“It seemed like fate, and Christine brought me to work,” she said. “When I told Michelle about my connection to the house, she gave me the biggest hug! “

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What Frantz didn’t tell the Beidners was that the curb appeal of the house was so strong that soon after the sale she and her mother would go there when no one was home to sit down. on the porch and imagine that they still lived there.

The Beidners invited the Borow family to the Cape Cod demolition, giving them memorabilia – anything they wanted, like doorknobs, locks, bricks – “everything but the wooden door,” Frantz said -Greenfield, who has since heard that this may be the property of Margate City.

Over the next 16 months, the new home soared, expanding the home from two levels to five and from approximately 1,900 square feet to approximately 4,000, offering five bedrooms, five bathrooms, seven decks and patios. front and rear.

Walter Brahman, of Somers Point’s Euro Line Designe, developed the interior constructions, including the kitchen, bathrooms, closets and wardrobes, using natural materials such as stone, quartzite and marble, while Schwartz and Frantz created interior design elements.

Brad appreciates smart home technology, citing sophisticated indoor and outdoor lighting and sound systems and automated shades.

A tour of the house begins with the garage and ground level storage area. Up a few steps, and through the custom-designed mahogany front door, is the foyer – level 2 – where a whimsical chandelier from Canada provides a warm welcome.

Up the stairs – or via the elevator in the house – level 3 offers bedrooms and bathrooms for her son Spencer, 18, and daughter Gari, 20, as well as a guest bedroom and a bathroom, a spacious office / living room with sofa beds, a back staircase to the utility room with black tiled floors. Etched frosted glass door sign reads “Laundry Room Help Wanted.”

Level 4 includes the large open plan room with many windows, where the glass wall panels open onto a partially covered terrace – with gas barbecue – overlooking the shore. “It’s all about the views,” Michelle said, noting that the marble surrounding the living room’s gas fireplace resembles ocean waves. Mouth-blown glass globes of light from the Czech Republic hang playfully from the vaulted ceiling.

In the dining room, a table in bleached Costa Rican mango wood can seat 10 people under a whimsical chandelier reminiscent of an organic molecule.

The glass corner sink in the kitchen area overlooks the beach. Complementing a built-in floor-to-ceiling refrigerator, freezer drawers are tucked under the large island breakfast bar / counter. Next to the kitchen is a pantry and bar.

A large halo-shaped ceiling light emits an ethereal glow up the stairs to the master bedroom and bathroom (with porcelain-walled steam shower and quartzite bench) on level 5, which offers spectacular views.

“From three decks, you can see Atlantic City to Ocean City, and all of the July 4th fireworks,” said Michelle, standing next to the hot tub on the bedroom deck. “We sit here at night watching the colorful and changing Ferris wheel patterns on the remote pier.”

The Beidners wanted a contemporary, yet warm and organic feel for their family heritage. “And yes! We had it,” Michelle said. “Our dream has come true. I see our family and friends making memories here for years to come. I love the smells and sounds of the ocean and watch the sunrise from our bed and the sunset from the covered patio by the tub.

And the little wooden gate behind the new house, the last memory of charming Cape Cod? It is still there, giving access to the beach and to the memories of several generations of two families.