Super Bowl Sunday is less than two weeks away. In the meantime, dozens of New Jersey homeowners are trying to rent their properties to ticket-holders for some extra cash.
Abel Rodd isn’t one of them.
Rodd’s house is a five-minute drive from North Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and this year’s Super Bowl.
“Measuring, it’s about seven miles,” said Rodd, a small-business owner.
In August, Rodd posted his four-bedroom place — a “Superbowl Dream House” — on HomeAway.com.
“And within a week or so, I was getting a lot of emails from a lot of different people. You know, fans from different types of teams, basically inquiring what the price would be … That kind of stuff,” said
Ultimately, Rodd rented his place to a team of graphic designers who work for the NFL. The group moved in Jan. 3 and will remain until early February.
Rodd either stays at his girlfriend’s place or sleeps in his basement office. The small inconvenience is netting him $16,000.
As the big game approaches, others across New Jersey and even Pennsylvania also are trying to put up out-of-towners. Most rentals are listed for the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
Lorraine Abate posted her five-bedroom Shore house in Point Pleasant Beach more than a month ago on Shorerentals.com. She said Superstorm Sandy kept renters away last summer and she wants to make up some of the money if she can.
“Normally in the wintertime, it’s slow. We don’t get much interest, but because it is only an hour away from the location, then that’s another possibility,” said Abate.
So far, there haven’t been any takers, but Abate is hopeful that a last-minute call with come through. The beach, she said, is beautiful this time of year.
The Superbowl is set for Feb. 2. It’s come down to the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.