The Acropolis exudes timeless beauty, lavish appointments and ultra-modern technologies in the heart of Ocean City’s oceanfront
Would you like to sail your dreams on balmy sea breezes, soothe your soul under an endless velvet blanket of stars or maybe have your first morning smile kissed by the unblemished sun? If the answer is yes, you may want to call Norm Gilden, the keeper of the keys to that particular destiny — a destiny called the Acropolis.
“There are lots of interesting and beautiful properties in Ocean City,” Gilden said while ensconced in an overstuffed brown leather armchair, the Atlantic surf pounding over his shoulder, “but I wanted to do something different here, bring something new.”
What Gilden actually did to achieve that effect is bring something old. Having spent a fair amount of time in Europe, he decided to deliver to Ocean City the exquisite antiquity of the Old World.
“I’ve always loved the timeless beauty of places like Tuscany and Greece, which I’ve been to many times,” he said, “so I decided that I would use that inspiration to take the experience of living here to the next level and go from an existing standard of luxury living to the creation of a personal utopia.”
The ethereal excursion begins the moment you step off the semiprivate keypad elevator and into the dramatic crowned foyer entrance of any of the four 3,000 sq. ft. units. As you glide past the spotlighted antique Taittinger champagne print over the tiger-eye-topped Broyhill chest, while soaking up the 18” x 18” tumbled-travertine floor stone-like earthy reassurance under your feet, you realize for the first time that you’re being seduced, quite willingly, on multiple sensory fronts.
An easterly turn reveals the warm, cohesive flow of textured wall surfaces, high ceilings and interesting angles, a prelude to the sumptuous Lane leather furniture that lures you to the entertainment area and to the 46-inch Sony KBR plasma HDTV that resides between the two columns of a stacked-stone fireplace — once again underscoring the blissfully happy marriage that can exist between old and new.
The oldest feature, of course, is what lies on the other side of the Kolbe tempered-glass solid vertical fir doors that back the entertainment area. As much as any aspect of life at the Acropolis, it’s that unrestricted access to the ocean via the dune-fenced, beach-grass-strewn private walkway that confirms the feeling you’re precisely where you ought to be.
On your way back from the water’s edge, you’re sure to be struck by the majesty of the Acropolis, epitomized by the stacked-stone pillars and flourishes of anodized copper and glass that ascend to its distinctive wind-sail roof structure. A column of curved balconies bounded by tempered-glass railings convey the essence of a luxury resort hotel that is, in truth, your own private sanctuary.
All three bedrooms, meanwhile, are master-size and feature 45-degree glass block, which admits lots of ambient light while safeguarding privacy. All units offer 3.5 baths that express once again the look and feel of ancient Europe with their hand-chiseled travertine shower stone on the walls and soothing massage-pebble floors. Air-jet Jacuzzi tubs further enhance the life-affirming effect while granite vanity tops and Kohler Margaux fixtures complete the look elegantly.
Not to be outdone, however, is the chef’s kitchen, which is stacked to the hilt with Viking Professional Series appliances, including a 42-inch side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, 48-inch six-burner double oven, convection microwave and stainless dishwasher. A Kohler double-insulated stainless steel sink and full granite countertops with back splashes over deluxe Wellborn cabinetry and an Eldorado stone kitchen bar guarantee the food-prep area will become as much a source of fascination for your guests as it is one of utility for you.
Some would argue that the Acropolis’ pièce de résistance is actually on the roof, which boasts not only incomparable views of the ocean and the bay but a full lounge equipped with rich Gloucester teak furniture, a shower, wet bar and eight-person Jacuzzi for the residents of units 1, 2 and 3. The penthouse unit has its own five-person Jacuzzi, private shower and custom-glass digital gate.
“It took a lot of dedicated and talented people to make the Acropolis what it is,” said Gilden, “people like Tina Dorsey, who helped me with the décor, and Family Furniture Centers, who provided most of it; Rachel Taylor of Athena Stone; Kathy Panco, who was instrumental in the acquisition of the property; and John Murphy of InterAmerican Business Associates for the state-of-the-art Brivo security system.”
The Acropolis includes many other finishing-touch amenities, such as Hubbardton Forge Lighting, Chris Klink murals, compass-rose floor inlays, hand-cut balcony slate, honey maple closet shelving, oversized laundry rooms with granite folding tables and commercial GE digital stainless steel washer/dryers, surround-sound system and a 10-year builder’s warranty. Comprehensive and unique decorating packages are available for all units.
In Greece, acropolis means “highest city.” As a result of Norm Gilden’s efforts, it seems to mean pretty much the same thing in Ocean City.
For a private showing, contact developer Norman Gilden at 410-490-5742 or 240-375-1582.
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