(May 3, 2019) The Flamingo Motel, one of the older family run establishments in Ocean City, has been divided into two separate compounds and sold to two parties, according to Realtor Ken Church of Coldwell Banker and Bud Church Realty Inc.

The Brous family had owned the 112-room, 51,260-square foot motel complex for more than 50 years.

Church said a local group recently contacted Joel Brous about buying just the older section, referred to as “the motel building” that was built in 1962 by Hugh Wilde.

“They’ve sold and settled that … for $2.6 million,” Church said. “When the 32 rooms sold, that left the Brous family with the other two buildings” referred to as Tower 1 and Tower 2.

Tower 1 was built in 1977 and includes 40 rooms and an outdoor pool, and Tower 2 was built in 1996 and has 40 rooms and an indoor pool.

“[The family] had planned to run it as normal for the summer and then, just about a month ago, we had a local person contact us about buying Tower 1 and Tower 2 … and they are under contract … [and] are due to settle at the end of May,” Church said.

Flamingo Motel


The Flamingo Motel on Baltimore Avenue between 30th and 31st streets has been divided and sold to two separate parties, according to realtor Ken Church. The old motel building, constructed in 1962, will be renamed “The Simple Life Motel,” while the two newer towers will retain the original name.

Church said the buyer has introduced himself to hotel employees and things are “rolling along fine.”

“There’s a financing contingency, but it looks like everything is going to go [forward] and the Flamingo will be sold,” he said.

According to Church, the sale of Tower 1 and Tower 2 includes the Flamingo Motel name, which will remain in use. He could not yet disclose the purchase price.

The original building will be renamed “The Simple Life Motel.” Both are expected to be up and running this summer.

“The Brous family, they’ve owned [The Flamingo Motel] for 56 years. Mr. (George) Brous passed away in 1978 and Mrs. (Rose) Brous passed away a couple years ago (2015). Joel has run it with his mother for the last 20 years and they’re just looking to go a different route,” Church said.

“They’re going to stay in the area. They’re an extremely nice family and they’re just going to go in a different route right now,” he continued. “But, everything is going to remain exactly the same on Tower 1 and Tower 2.”

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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