Stay in the 'Jersey Shore' House
By Zach Dionne Posted Mar 12th 2010 11:30AM
We may never see the Miami-bound Snooki, J-Woww, DJ Pauly D and co. gallivant in the town of Seaside Heights again, but that doesn't mean the 'Jersey Shore' saga has to be finished -- you can just add the next chapter yourself: Seaside Realty is now renting out the house the cast called home last summer.
"It didn't occur to us, even after MTV moved out, to rent it. Then activity started to perk up, and it just exploded. People wanted to get into it, to get any little piece they could, and we felt foolish not to rent it," Seaside Realty broker Mike Loundy tells PopEater.
What does Loundy think of how the TV show has transformed an ordinary (albeit nice) seaside property into a pop-culture touchstone? "It's been amazing. When MTV contacted me last year, I sent them about a dozen different properties and none was exactly the right fit. I started to expand the search into properties people have bought. The owners of this house actually moved out so MTV could shoot there."
The house is still furnished as it was on the TV show. The layout features six bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across two floors.
"Folks renting from us have been giving referrals to others. Everybody's been very, very happy. A lot of people aren't aware it can be rented so affordably off-season," says Loundy, a New Jersey realtor of 25 years.
Loundy concedes that the rental price is higher than average, but not astoundingly so -- houses of the same size and proximity to the beach typically run for $6,000 to $7,000 per week, he says. "We're charging $3,000 to $6,000 per night, and sometimes it's three or four nights in a row. But depending on the time -- if it's mid-week or off-season -- we'll rent it as low as $1,800 per night. Based on the 12 people we allow to occupy it, that's only $150 per person. "
The clientele have been predominantly young adults -- including a few Sweet 16 parties -- but guests have varied wildly. "It's amazing how many of those people aren't MTV's target age group -- they're parents and significantly older. But you see them fist pumping in front of the door. It's a happy thing that's going on," Loundy says.
Between 100 and 500 people take photos in front of the house each day, Loundy estimates.
The community's commerce has received a "shot in the arm" from the MTV hit, Loundy says. He hopes the summer season will continue to see a positive boost from the show.
But how long does Loundy think the hype around the house will last? "Y'know, I don't have a crystal ball, but we're optimistic we can ride it a little bit and see where it takes us."
Click here for a virtual tour of the 'Jersey Shore' house.
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