New Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA

by: Iyna Bort Caruso

For generations of Mid-Atlantic beach-goers, “down the shore” has meant only one thing: the Jersey Shore.

It is the 130-mile long ribbon of coastline that extends from Sandy Hook south to Cape May, a region legendary for its beaches, barrier islands and boardwalks.

Those boardwalks are the lifeblood of its seaside communities. Some boardwalks are hubs packed with amusement park rides, gift shops and food stands like Seaside Heights, Asbury Park and, most famously, the four-mile long pedestrian stretch of Atlantic City. Other boardwalks are calm, commercial-free zones for walking, jogging or quiet contemplation such as those of Spring Lake and Avon.

The dozens of waterfront towns that fall under the umbrella name of the Jersey Shore are a mix of summer resort spots and year-round residential communities, each one distinct. What they all have in common are clean and inviting sandy beaches. New Jersey is ranked an impressive 3rd out of 30 states in beach water quality, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Old money, young families, amusement park junkies, surfers, retirees and urban escapees all find a swathe of sand to call their own. And that’s the way it’s been in some communities for more than 100 years when wealthy visitors from New York City and Philadelphia first started arriving for their summer breaks.

Among the northerly towns is Asbury Park, synonymous with Bruce Springsteen and the place to hear the distinctive brand of rock n roll known as the Jersey Shore Sound. Next door, Ocean Grove is an elegant enclave, developed as a religious summer camp, and on the National Register of Historic Places for its huge collection of Victorian architecture. Spring Lake is one of the Shore’s most affluent communities with stately homes that enjoy the patina of resort elegance. Small-town charm is found in abundance in places like Avalon and Stone Harbor. Gingerbread homes of the Victorian era are the prevailing architectural style of Cape May, situated where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay and mile marker 0 on the Garden State Parkway. Billed as America’s oldest seaside resort, the entire city was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Local contact

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

532 Lake Avenue
Bay Head, New Jersey 08742 United States  

+1 732.295.2008

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

701 Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette, New Jersey 08735 United States  

+1 732.830.2700

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

554 Route 35N, P.O. Box 485
Normandy Beach, New Jersey 08739 United States  

+1 732.793.5500

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

504-A Sea Avenue, Route 35
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742 United States  

+1 732.714.7900

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

401 SW Central Avenue
Seaside Park, New Jersey 08752 United States  

+1 732.793.8800

Childers Sotheby's International Realty

98 E. Water Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753 United States  

+1 732.341.2525

Chris Clemans Sotheby's International Realty

1159 Washington St
Cape May, New Jersey 08204 United States  

+1 800.828.9751

Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty

200 34th Street
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226 United States  

+1 800.407.4664

hch Sotheby's International Realty

8103 Long Beach Blvd
Harvey Cedars, New Jersey 08008 United States  

+1 800.494.3310

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

38 Main Street
Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 United States  

+1 732.946.9200

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

1020 Highway 35
Middletown, New Jersey 07748 United States  

+1 732.615.9898

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

23 West River Road
Rumson, New Jersey 07760 United States  

+1 732.842.8100

Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty

848 Broad Street
Shrewsbury, New Jersey 07702 United States  

+1 732.842.3434

Soleil Sotheby's International Realty

1012 West Brigantine Avenue
Brigantine, New Jersey 08203 United States  

+1 800.926.1304

Soleil Sotheby's International Realty

8502 Ventnor Ave
Margate City, New Jersey 08402 United States  

+1 609.487.8000

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

901 Main Street
Belmar, New Jersey 07719 United States  

+1 732.681.0027

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

206 East Main Street
Manasquan, New Jersey 08736 United States  

+1 732.223.2266

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

522 Washington Boulevard
Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750 United States  

+1 732.449.5959

Ward Wight Sotheby's International Realty

1117 Third Ave
Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762 United States  

+1 732.449.3322