A beachfront mansion at 114 S. Princeton Avenue in Ventnor that served as a vacation home for retired priests for 50 years is on the market for $15.5 million.

Ventnor Beachfront Mansion Has a Long History

The mansion was given to the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1963 and renamed Villa St. Joseph by the Sea. The home was used by retired priests as a summer vacation retreat house.

Longtime residents have memories of seeing priests rocking in deck chairs outside the grand oceanfront home.

In 2011, with the diocese facing a $17 million operating deficit and owing millions more in clergy sex abuse rulings, a decision was made to close Villa St. Joseph. The estate was sold for $4.5 million at auction.

The Beachfront Home has 16 Bedrooms and 17 Bathrooms

As you take a look at the photos of the mansion (below), you will see how its amenities are still in line with its time as a retreat house.

According to the real estate listing, there is a two-story primary suite, complete with spectacular ocean views, and three additional privately entranced bedroom suites, each with its living areas, state-of-the-art kitchens, and accompanying baths.

All told this remarkable retreat includes 16 bedrooms, 17 full bathrooms, four kitchens, an elevator, a gym, a bar, and a dining room table that comfortably holds 16 people.

Outside, you'll find a 52-foot pool and spa surrounded by lush landscaping and another fully equipped kitchen. The half-acre former Villa St. Joseph property spans a full beach block with 175 feet of beach frontage. It could be re-zoned for up to six lots.

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