Shingle Sensation - Ray and Ali McCabe

Ray and Ali McCabe met while they were in college, when they were first introduced to each other by Ali’s brother. Ray became an engineer and later on in his career became a partner at H.N.T.B. Architectural Engineering, now based in New York City. Ali spent her professional life in the medical field after studying at Queens College and Rutgers University. Now, they’ve been married nearly 40 years and share a love of family and a positive approach to living life to the fullest. They settled in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens until their two children, Sean and Jacqueline, were born and they decided to move to a less urban environment. They had friends living in Englishtown and decided to look in the Monmouth County area for a place to raise their family. They ended up finding a house in Freehold and moved in 1985. Their move to Spring Lake began in 2007. Ray was working on a large and challenging engineering project on an elevated railway in Hawaii, while Ali was here and began to look for a home to accommodate visits from their growing family. By now, they had two grandchildren (and are happily expecting their third soon) and they  had always liked the shore area. Ali had an Aunt and Uncle living in Deal, and she and Ray would visit them over the years and fell in love with the shore area of Monmouth County. She began to search for just the right house to call home at the Jersey shore.
The tide finally turned in 2010, when she was introduced to a 9,666 square foot gem of a house within walking distance of the beach. She says now that she knew right away that this was the house for her family. The house was large, but did not feel that way. She responded to “the charm of it,” how the house seemed to speak to her and exude warmth. Ray flew out to look at it, and the deal was done.Ali worked with an interior designer from New Hope and brought some furniture and decorative objects from their home in Freehold and a vacation home they had sold in the Hamptons on Long Island.
They love the Spring Lake lifestyle and like to stay active and often ride bikes, play a round of golf, exercise at the gym or walk to the beach with their Cockapoo, Domino. When dessert is on their minds, the Scone Pony is the best place in town and Hoffman’s Ice cream remains a staple go-to destination when their children and grandchildren are visiting. No matter what time of year or what season it is, Ali and Ray both love being part of the wonderful small town feeling that Spring Lake is so famous for.

Meticulous and lush landscaping provides the perfect counterpoint to this magnificent home’s architectural details. Spring and summer at the shore are celebrated in full bloom at the McCabe house as a long cold winter becomes  a distant memory. Beautiful and brightly colored peonies greet all visitors to this welcoming shingle style cottage shore home. Exterior details include: cedar shake siding and roof, gambrel architectural roof design, masonry  chimneys and double hung, divided light windows trimmed in white, giving this home a decidedly vintage and timeless appeal.Even the birds enjoy all the comforts of home in a stylish birdhouse.

The furnishings throughout the McCabe home are inviting and family friendly. Splashes of color are provided by artwork and upholstered furnishings with the accent on comfort and style. The custom stained glass windows integrated into the home’s architecture artfully bring color into the space and add historic accents to the decidedly vintage-inspired interior.

The McCabe home features classic interior architectural details and an inviting interior design plan. This 9,666 square foot, 8 bedroom, 9 bath home balances size and comfort in equal measure. Architecturally, this home is a  masterpiece of old world craftsmanship and new world comfort. Custom woodwork includes raised paneling and arched elliptical doorways, impressive double mahogany front doors and pocket interior doors. The interior color and paint design used throughout the McCabe home is done in soft and light shades, allowing the architecture and furnishings to take center stage. The Santos Mahogany flooring is finished to a warm satin luster that is a work of art in itself.

The gourmet kitchen features all that a master chef could desire. The center piece of the kitchen’s workspace is a four burner double oven Thermador Stove with grill and griddle, a hammered copper sink, Fisher and Paykel two  drawer dish washer, a Kitchen Aid microwave and a Sub Zero side-by-side refrigerator. The center island, with Carrera marble top, provides plenty of seating and counter space for friends and family to schmooze or help with prep work. Ali is famous for her fettuccini with bolognese sauce, and Ray makes a mean mushroom or seafood risotto. The kitchen’s open floor plan leads into the great room and provides plenty of seating and a perfect setting for conversation and relaxing.
The kitchen of the McCabe home opens to a great room featuring a massive cut stone surround fireplace with lantern style sconces. The solid stones are fitted with precision and an artistic eye to create a great focal point for this  comfortable and much used room. The ceiling fixture and darkly finished wall unit and contemporary furnishings create a nice counter point to the traditional element of the home’s architecture.

The warmth of a hearth in any home adds a classic touch. The 4 fireplaces, featured prominently in the McCabe house, each bring a strong design element to the overall impression of this elegant home by the sea. Each fireplace and surround is unique and artfully inspired. Style ranges from simple and practical custom built-in cabinetry seamlessly integrated into the design, to bold and organic stone and a rough cut beam mantel.

A comfortable office space has been designed into the McCabe’s home as a place to do some work or read a book. The white built-ins with shelving offer plenty of organizational storage and places to display family photos and  collectibles. This well designed, meticulously and artistically constructed home offers comfort and elegance in a timelessly elegant package.

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21 Sep 2016

By Michael Berman