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Procrastinators Need Vacations, Too

Last-second summer rentals, from mountaintop to oceanfront.


Planning’s for suckers, right? Meaning that July is nearly here and you have nowhere to go. But if you’re not picky and married to one trophy area, quite a few houses and condos, small and large, are still up for grabs, especially in places like the Jersey shore where heavy inventory accommodates just about anyone. Every property on these pages is still available—or was, until your neighbor read this story. So get on the phone right now.

This season’s hot for both sales and rentals, fueled by ex-Hamptonites seeking a quieter vibe, says local broker CJ Mingolelli. That it’s mostly carless doesn’t hurt either; nor does the beach, pristine as ever despite this year’s storms.
Tarpon Walk, Fire Island Pines
Broker: CJ Mingolelli, Prudential Douglas Elliman (631-597-3030).
From Manhattan: Two hours.
Sleeps: Eight.
Price per week: $8,000.
A four-bedroom “upside-down cake” house—bedrooms below, living areas up top—with 360-degree views. The ocean’s 200 feet away, and if that’s just too far, there’s a pool out back. Everything’s included, linens and all. Mid-August brings the Ascension party to the Pines, which means revelry galore, so book your week accordingly.

This year, the high end (above $3 million) has been selling well, whereas buyers who are “mortgage-dependent” have copped a wait-and-see attitude and are tending to lease. One-week rentals are rare, so you’ll either have to overpay or take the dregs. One option: Accommodations Plus (at, which has a smattering of basic, well-equipped homes available for short-term stays. But the rental brokers aren’t completely tapped out either.
16 Pond Lane, East Hampton
Broker: Cee Scott Brown, the Corcoran Group (631-899-0119).
From Manhattan: Three hours, God willing.
Sleeps: Seven.
Price per two weeks: $8,000.
This seventies-mod three-bedroom is rigged for entertaining, with a heated gunite pool, a landscaped yard, and outdoor speakers. There’s only one bathroom—a hassle if you have guests. But the owners are open to short rental periods, and it’s walking distance to quiet Lion’s Head Beach.

From Sandy Hook to Cape May, choices abound, even for August. Popular destinations like Long Beach Island and Lake Como, as well as family-friendly villages like Stone Harbor, may prove daunting, but Jersey is so big that there’s always something still available. Start searching at and
213 East Pine, Unit 205-A, Wildwood
Broker: Sara Jones, Cabrera Realty (609-729-8840).
From Manhattan: Three hours via the Garden State Parkway.
Sleeps: Eight.
Price per week: $1,400.
Who needs peace and quiet when you can have a carny summer? Wildwood has a boardwalk full of rides (Ferris wheel, roller coasters) and a buffet of junk food to keep you sugared up. This three-bedroom condo has two parking spaces of its own, and both beach and boardwalk are two blocks away. Pretty cheap, too, especially if you divvy it up with friends.

Business has picked up this year, says Tom Pallas, senior rental agent at Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Properties, “but it’s not going to be a bang-up year” like it was six or seven summers ago. Translation: Lots of choices for latecomers, except in the historic center of ever-popular Edgartown.
Oak Bluffs
Broker: Tom Pallas, Martha’s Vineyard Seacoast Properties (800-338-1855).
From Manhattan: Five hours to the Cape, then 45 minutes on the ferry from Woods Hole.
Sleeps: Eight.
Price per week: $2,700.
On the outskirts of lively Oak Bluffs, this four-bedroom, three-bath cottage has a screened-in porch and a deck, the better to take in the squint-and-you’ll-see-it views of Nantucket Sound. Near Harthaven Beach, or a short bike ride from Edgartown for ice cream. Golfers can tee off at the nearby eighteen-hole Farm Neck Golf Course, where Bill Clinton roams free. Check in early with, because getting a car pass is a little tricky.

Off to a slow start for July rentals, many of which are still available. (Early August is quite a bit tougher.) The farther away you go from the ocean, the more negotiating power you have. You’ll have trouble getting a spot on the car ferry this late, though.
Codfish Park
Broker: Yvonne Breslin, Nantucket Real Estate (800-228-4070).
From Manhattan: Five hours to Hyannis, then a two- and-a-half-hour ferry ride.
Sleeps: Five.
Price per week: $3,500.
This shabby-chic three-bedroom cottage is relatively inexpensive, and it’s across the street from the beach. It’s usually booked by now, says rental agent Yvonne Breslin, but this year, the last two weeks of August are still up for grabs. No A/C, but it does come with Internet service and a lobster pot. The ferry situation is complicated this late: You may have to leave your ride in Hyannis and schlep everything on your own, whereupon the Steamship Authority will transport your vehicle as soon as space becomes available.

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