Frank Sinatra’s music found a home at this Shore house on sale for a cool $4.4M

An iconic Jersey Shore house hit the market this week.

It’s named Seascape, but “Summer Wind” or “That’s Life” might’ve been more apt because the beachfront home in Point Pleasant is best known as the Sinatra House. It’s listed for $4.4 million.

Located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, the home was owned by Paul R. Smith, who worked for 39 years in the music industry, retiring in 1999 as chairman of distribution for Sony Music. Although he never worked with Sinatra, Smith was a devoted fan.

“He thought he had a great voice,” said Susan Stinneford, Smith’s daughter. “Now we all listen to Frank Sinatra, down to his grandkids.”

Smith bought the property in the late-1980s and essentially tore down what was there and rebuilt what now exists — an eight-bedroom, four-bathroom shore cape with an open concept main floor. The current house was built by Stinneford’s husband, Patrick, and her brother, Jeff Smith. When her dad retired, he lived there full time. Family, including her and her kids, spent entire summers there — from the day after school ended until the day before it reopened.

Music, almost always Frank Sinatra, bellowed from speakers — two in the ceiling of the porch and two under the porch — from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. everyday during the summer months.

“It was always great when we were sitting there on the porch and different generations of people would walk by and stop and dance,” Stinneford said. “They would always say what great music it was. It didn’t matter if they were old or young.”

When her dad passed away in 2002, people left letters on the porch saying they hoped the music kept playing. “To hear that from strangers was very touching,” she said. It has continued, just not as frequently.

Smith’s children, two of whom live in New Jersey and two who live out of state, are now selling the property.

“It’s just time. Things change,” she said. “It’s a matter of who has time to use it.”

In the home’s heyday, there was always a card game going on the porch. They had tight relationships with the neighbors, who are no longer there. They watched the fireworks, which are shot off right in front of the house. And they’ve had some entertaining moments — people walking in and thinking the home was a bed and breakfast, more than once. One lady, Stinneford remembered, came in with her suitcase and insisted she had reservations. They had to explain it was a private residence.

“Luckily, you can take your memories with you,” she said.

The more than 3,600-square-foot home is unique for the area in its size and the number of cars that can park there — 13, according to Stinneford, if you do it right.

“It’s really the best location along the boardwalk,” said listing agent James Ward of Keller Williams Ocean Living. “It has the largest lot … and the parking. A lot of those lots have limited or zero parking.”

Some nearby lots you can’t even drive to, he said.

The size of the home and lot are more typical of homes found on the south side of the boardwalk near Bay Head, Ward said.

And that covered wrap-around porch isn’t just a great place for card games and listening to music — it has panoramic views of the ocean and the inlet.

“Even if you took away the iconic aspects of this home, you still have a showcase home,” he said.

The "Sinatra House"

A wrap-around porch has two speakers in the ceiling and two underneath.

The "Sinatra House"

The home is listed for $4.4 million.

The "Sinatra House" in Point Pleasant Beach

It has more than 3,600-square-feet of living space.

The "Sinatra House"

The home has three levels.

The "Sinatra House"

It has eight bedrooms and can sleep 25.

The "Sinatra House"

There are four bathrooms.

The "SInatra House"

The lower level has a living room, bar area, three bedrooms and one bathroom.

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