LONG BEFORE VERA AND TOM JONES purchased their waterfront home on East Avenue in Bay Head, it was something of a
landmark among locals. Set far back from the street and close
to the ocean’s edge, the house was the place where Bay Head
lifeguards stashed their surfboards and safety equipment
after hours. A lifeguard stand was positioned directly behind
the house. When thunderstorms hit, the lifeguards found
protection on the Joneses’ porch. And when nature called, the
lifeguards were welcome to use the bathroom.
Over the years, the lifeguards learned the name of every
Jones child and grandchild. “It’s nice to have the lifeguards
right there,” says Vera, “watching over the kids.”
The Joneses bought the home in 1975, becoming the sec-
ond owners of what was then a 60-year-old house. For Tom,
who had served in the Navy, it was a dream come true. “We
were delighted to be on the ocean side,” says Vera. “Tom’s
greatest joy was to be able to look out and see the water.”
When the Joneses both retired in December 1986, they
BREAKING WAVES Steps lead from the Joneses’ sun deck to the beach. “Just
look at the playground outside our front door,” says daughter Debra McCurry.
MADE IN THE SHADE The expansive porch is shaded from the afternoon sun.
It’s the ideal spot for the family to watch the action unfold on the beach below.
EARTHY TONES Every room is a sandy beige color. “It’s the beach tones that
we love,” says Vera Jones. Windows and glass doors are hurricane resistant.
FAMILY MATTERS Vera and daughter Debra prepare a juicy snack. The floor
plan allows ocean views from nearly every room, including the open kitchen.