Featured Shore Towns
Get to know some of Central New Jersey’s best shore towns before you buy
TOMS RIVER is located in eastern Ocean County, just minutes from the parkway and barrier island. With an ample amount of shopping areas and the Ocean County Mall, everything you need is just minutes away from any given location.
The neighborhoods in Toms River range from small ranches with limited property to large, upscale waterfront living. Head west of the parkway and you will find a mix of style and square footage, from upscale colonials to ranch living with various properties sizes. Toms River also offers an extensive option of adult communities with very competitive prices.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Price ranges and home styles for all families and incomes. A little for everyone, including all cultures and religions. There is a wealth of parks, bay beaches, schools, shopping venues and medical facilities. Toms River Park and Ride provides transportation from Atlantic City to New York City and all stops in-between.
Reasonable homes for diverse budgets from green, spacious acreage to premium waterfront living. Young adult communities to affordable adult communities can be founds throughout the town. Homes can be found on the open market for as little as 80,000 and range to the multi millions dollar range. With low interest rates continuing, buyers continue to have the luxury of putting down little money while maximizing their liquid assets.
WHAT MAKES TOMS RIVER GREAT
65 miles from New York City, 45 miles from Atlantic City, close to parkway, beaches, boating, and shopping. Lots of opportunities to work both on the mainland and on the barrier island.
POINT PLEASANT is home to 20,000 locals. Point Pleasant is a local shore community located in northern ocean county the attracts thousands of tourists every summer for their family, oriented boardwalk lifestyle. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has many different restaurants, arcades, rides, and venues to enjoy the cool summer breeze.
The neighborhoods in Point Pleasant range from small shore homes with limited property to sprawling, spacious oceanfront colonials. Travel slightly inland and you will find a plethora of home diversity, from upscale colonials to small, cape cod style homes. Point Pleasant is a very safe community with many areas of shopping and entertainment within walking distance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Price ranges and home styles for all families and incomes, but expect higher taxes when compared to other shore towns. A little for everyone, including all cultures and religions. There is a wealth of parks, bay beaches, ocean beaches, schools, shopping venues and medical facilities. Point Pleasant is home to NJ transit where all are welcome, making this an idea location for commuters to northern communities, including New York City.
When beginning your home search in Point Pleasant, expect to pay more, with the medium home value of 425,000. The closer you are to the ocean and bay, expect home values and taxes to increase. Hurricane Sandy still has lasting effects on this shore community, so you will want to have crucial information available such as Base Flood Elevation (BFE) maps and FEMA Flood Zoning criteria.
BRICKTOWN is a community located a short distance from the river and ocean. With a total population of just over 80,000 and located off exit 88 of the GSP, Bricktown is a great shore town with all the hustle and bustle amenities at your fingertips.
The neighborhoods in Bricktown range from small shore homes with limited property to large, upscale waterfront living. With the Bricktown Reservoir nearby, you will find a beautiful area to read, walk, and run. With two public high schools and a short drive to private and catholic schools, Bricktown offers an attractive option for those parents with young kids looking for various academic and athletic options.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Price ranges and home styles for all families and incomes, but expect similar prices and taxes to Toms River. Bricktown offers a little for everyone, including all cultures and religions. There is a wealth of parks, bay beaches, ocean beaches, schools, shopping venues and medical facilities. Several Bricktown Communities are located on the river and canal, miles from Point Pleasant.
When beginning your home search in Bricktown, expect diverse neighborhoods from large colonials to apartment living. With the medium home value of 270,000, Bricktown is often a less expensive option when searching for a home, while still be closing to the ocean.
FORKED RIVER is a shore community located off exit 74 of the GSP. Located close to many state and community parks while be close to the Barnegat Bay, Forked River provides something for everyone for all ages and hobbies.
The neighborhoods in Forked River consists of small to medium size homes that are very reasonably priced. Expect higher sale prices and yearly taxes on homes that rest on lagoons and the breathtaking views of the Barnegat Bay. Head West of the parkway on Lacey Road and you will a mix of style and square footage, from upscale colonials to ranch living with property sizes ranging from .6th of an acre to .2-3 acres as you enter the beginning of the Pine Barrens. If you enjoy boating, dining, and nature – this community is for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Price ranges and home styles for all families and incomes, but expect much lower prices and taxes when compared to other coastal towns. Forked River offers a little for everyone, including all cultures and religions. There is a wealth of parks, lakes, bay beaches, docks, schools, shopping venues and medical facilities. Forked River is your blue collar, hardworking shore town at a reasonable price.
When beginning your home search in Forked River, expect diverse neighborhoods from large colonials to affordable ranches. With the medium home value of 246,000, Forked River is a great town for young home buyers looking to be close to the parkway, Long Beach Island, and shopping areas. With Forked River being an USDA eligible town, qualified buyers can put zero money down when purchasing a home, making this a very appealing town when viewing finance options.
LONG BEACH ISLAND is located on the barrier island of Southern Ocean County New Jersey. The barrier island is home to about 20,000 local citizens and about 90,000 visitors a year. It is known for its breathtaking views, sandy beaches, and priceless sunsets and rises.
The homes on the barrier island of LBI consist of all types of houses from small ranches to three story oceanfront homes. The ocean and bay front are both divided by Barnegat Drive, where higher price homes can be found residing on the Ocean and Bay Blocks. Since Hurricane Sandy, the island has taken on a new look, with an expansive construction of new homes, roads, restaurants, and beaches.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Price ranges and home styles for all families and incomes, but expect a jump in home prices and taxes once you begin your search on the barrier island. LBI is home to the historic Barnegat Lighthouse which is located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park at the northern tip of the island, along the Barnegat Inlet. The conical tower stands 165 feet tall and the park includes several trails through native foliage as well as along the jetty constructed in the 1990s which is open daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM daily. Head south on the island and you will pass countless restaurants, shops, beaches, and bars. Once you step foot on the barrier island, you will see why LBI is home to thousands of full-time residents and makes for the perfect getaway.
When beginning your home search on Long Beach Island, expect to come across small, shore bungalows to large three-story homes with breathtaking views of both the bay and ocean. The average price of a home will run you about 1.1 million, although homes can be found for far less expensive. When searching, be familiar and prepared to evaluate the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and Elevation Certificate of the home. Keep in mind that most insurance companies and lenders will only except elevation certificates with the last 5 years.
MANAHAWKIN AND BEACH HAVEN WEST is located within Stafford Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey and is the gateway to Long beach Island. Desirable Manahawkin and Beach Haven West offers a diverse styles of homes from condos to large homes. Prices in these areas are very affordable while only being a short drive down Route 72 and over the Manahawkin Bay Bridge. Consider Manahawkin and Beach Haven West the perfect location for those looking for the best of both worlds.
The neighborhoods in Manahawkin and Beach Haven West range from small shore homes with limited property to large upscale waterfront living. Head west of the parkway and you will find a mix of style and square footage, from upscale colonials to ranch living with various lot sizes. Manahawkin also offers an extensive option of adult communities for very affordable prices.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When beginning your home search in Manahawkin, expect the unexpected. Manahawkin offers an extensive style of properties from lagoon front living to spacious green acreage. Typically, the Garden State Parkway is a divider between costal living with smaller lot sizes and inground pools and spacious green yards. You will find just about everything you will need just a short distance away from your home including various shopping complexes, sport shops, and theaters.
The real estate market in Manahawkin offers extensive property options from bay front living to spacious green yards. Expect to see just about everything when you begin your home search from small ranches to large, three story homes with basements. The average home sale price in Manahawkin is estimated at 270,000, but expect to lean on the high side when seeking out waterfront living. The market in Manahawkin is competitive due to its close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City while being just minutes away from Long Beach Island.
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