Welcome to Margate

If there’s one thing Absecon Island is known for, it’s the community’s charm. This eight-mile-long isle is a popular, but oft-overlooked Jersey Shore location, making it a fantastic place for a seaside home, or second residence. There’s the pull of Atlantic City and Ocean City when you want the hustle and bustle, but the smaller-town appeal of Margate City and the boroughs of Longport and Ventnor. These approachable neighborhoods boast beautiful summer homes, as well as characterful homes belonging to a modest year-round population. Without Atlantic City’s high-rises and condos, Margate’s low-slung profile reflects the quiet beachside atmosphere of the community.
Those new to the area can choose from single-family homes and beach houses, as well as existing townhome and condo communities. Just about every property is conveniently near the water. In Longport, real-estate options range from extravagant estates to new construction. Expect resort-style features in the newer homes, such as large windows and private docks. In Ventnor, you’ll find much of the same, with the addition of some more traditional Victorian architecture with period features and modern luxury homes with balconies, private gardens, and parking spaces.

What to Love

  • Convenient to Atlantic City, Ocean City, Philadelphia, and New York City
  • Walkable neighborhood
  • Good selection of restaurants and nightlife
  • Lots of watersports opportunities

Local Lifestyle

Life in Margate City, Longport, and Ventnor revolves around the water. In Margate, Lakes Bay is on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean is on the other, giving you ample options for kayaking, fishing, sunbathing, and surfing. For those who love to shop, there are locally owned boutiques, as well as big-name department stores at the Harbor Square and Hamilton malls, a short drive away. Tee off on a world-class golf course one day, go birdwatching the next. Go dancing or visit the casino one weekend, stay close to home for a local festival the next. Residents take their time here, enjoying seaside life, secluded beaches, natural jetties, and the calming scenery of their chosen ocean community.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For those who appreciate the finer things in life - like luxe living on the seashore - there are dining options galore in Margate City, Longport, and Ventnor. One of the best eateries in the area for upscale cuisine with a home-cooking feel is Johnny’s Cafe, an elegant space where the founding family shares the same recipes they've cooked in their home kitchens for decades. Start your day here with an eggs Benedict Florentine, or lunch with friends, ordering Nonna’s Meatball Salad - who can resist? Dinner specialties include eggplant Capri, seared tuna, and clams casino.
In the Bayfront area of Margate City, take your pick from Tomatoe’s renowned sushi bar menu, extensive wine list, hand-crafted cocktail offerings, and fine-dining options. Combining great food and a lively bar scene, this is the place to be in Margate. Oysters play the starring role at Steve & Cookie’s, but don’t overlook the lobster mac-n-cheese, grilled lamb chops, and butter-poached clams. This is also the site of the Margate farmers market in the summer!
Between Margate City, Longport, and Ventnor, the range of dining options will please any palate. From bakeries to seafood restaurants, deli counters to shops selling homemade candy, you’ll want to leave the cooking to someone else while you’re in town just so you can experience it all. Later, there are numerous pubs, nightclubs, and beach bars to keep the fun rolling.
Things to Do
Life at the beach both propels you to get out on the water for some active fun and lures you to the sand for hours of lounging and perhaps cracking open that novel you’ve long been wanting to start. In Margate City and its surrounding boroughs, you can do it all - then return home at the end of the day to your posh residence and marvel at the fact that you can repeat it all tomorrow.
Water enthusiasts can kayak across the channel to Port Island or Whirlpool Island Park. Anglers can drop a line off the bayside docks or try their hand at surf fishing from the beach. Charter boats head out into the ocean daily for deep-sea fishing.
One can’t speak of Margate without introducing her loveable mascot, Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot-high, 130-year-old wooden elephant that has long been the icon of the region. Take a tour to learn all about her. The Margate World War II Memorial Lifeguard Races are another local favorite, bringing together the beach patrols from Brigantine to Cape May as they compete in events such as the one-mile double row and half-mile swim.
Kick-off summer in Margate by joining the family-friendly Le Tour de Downbeach, a 14-mile bike ride, and tour in Ventnor that takes you down the boardwalk through Atlantic City into Margate and Longport, ending with a barbecue and popsicles. Oenophiles love the annual MBA Wine Tasting, with live and silent auctions, amazing food, palate-pleasing wines, craft beers, dancing to the tunes of the Mas Tequila Orchestra, and more. Come autumn, enjoy the small-town atmosphere of Fall Fest and Halloween happenings.


Margate City is home to several excellent schools. Educational opportunities include:
  • Eugene A. Tighe Middle School, 5-8, highly rated public middle school
  • William H. Ross III School, PreK-4, highly rated public elementary school

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