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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Have I Got A Summer Home For You!

The slowing down of our present economy has created an adverse situation in the housing market. Houses just aren't selling.

Tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to make you an offer that you can't refuse on a beautiful furnished waterfront home for just $6,490. Interested? Well read on . . .

Early advertisement for a fully furnished Mystic Island home. Date and newspaper unknown.

July 16, 1980 Philadelphia Inquirer

Following is a 1956 flyer advertising the many exciting recreational opportunities in the beautiful, new Mystic Island development, "America's most fabulous seaside resort".

Here's another 1956 flyer

And, finally, here 's the answer man to tell you how Mystic Islands got its name.

Well, by now you must have noticed that there is a catch to my bargained priced home. You'll need a time machine to get that $6,490 price.

Pete S


  1. Hi Pete,

    What a coincidence. Your blog story on Mystic Island coincided with a conversation I had with a fellow senior citizen in a barber shop on Radio Road just days earlier. This man was one of the first residents in the new development. He recalled that in the early days someone from the Atlantic City area kept several live porpoises in one of the lagoons, and folks could pay to see them. Apparently it was a popular local attraction, but it lasted for only a few years. Perhaps one of the blog mates can shed additional light on the subject.

    Bruce Ellis

  2. I'm always amazed that people post pictures of old ephemera which calls the development Mystic Islands, plural, but then they continue to refer to it as Island. Am I the only holdout who still calls it Mystic Islands?

  3. Always was and will be Mystic islands to me. My parents were original owners in 1966 @ 91-3 W Mullica. I would love to buy back my family home