Spectacular new listing in Apple Ridge, Wall Township!

IMG_2866Aaahh…Labor Day Weekend at the Jersey Shore. So many claim it to be the last weekend of summer, and recognize it with an air of melancholy. But, that’s simply not the case. Personally, I acknowledge Halloween as the end of summer at the Jersey Shore…even if that’s not the “official” end. In fact, those few weeks that follow Labor Day are potentially the best times. It gets a bit less crowded, the weather is not too hot and not too cool (still great beach weather), the kids go back to school so routines return, and there’s a freshness in the air that is invigorating. So, don’t be sad about summer coming to an end. If you live at the Jersey Shore, you still have plenty of “summer” to look forward to.

If you are down the shore this weekend, here is a sampling of some events you don’t want to miss:

  •  Allaire Bacon, Bikes & Brews: Saturday (9/2) and Sunday (9/3) from 11am -5pm. Allaire Village in Wall Township hosts it’s 2nd annual Bacon, Bikes & Brews event! Features include Beer Tent with high top tables (Only 21 yrs old and older in the beer tent), Award winning food trucks featuring Bacon menu items, Children Activities, Tours of the Historic Buildings, Craft Vendors
  • Spring Lake Art WalkThe Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts their Labor Day Celebration and Art Walk down Third Avenue on Saturday, 9/2.
  • Monmouth Park BBQ & Craft Beer FestivalCelebrate everything barbecue at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Saturday (9/2) through Monday (9/4). Enjoy ribs, pulled pork, and brisket served up by some of NJ’s best barbecue joints. Then cool off in their beer garden.
  • Manasquan Labor Day CelebrationA concert by “9 South” will begin at the Main Beach at 7:30pm on Saturday, 9/2. It will be followed by a gala fireworks display. Rain Date 9/3.

But, whatever you do, don’t think of this weekend as the end of Jersey Shore fun for the year. There’s plenty to do and much to look forward to in the weeks to come. The following weeks bring the Feast of San Gennaro in Belmar, Red Bank’s Street Fair, the Tough Sander on the beach at Pier Village, Long Branch’s “Rock ‘N’ Soul Jam”, Asbury Park Oysterfest, and so much more. So, come to the Jersey Shore ~ where the fun never ends!

 

View the fireworks from the front balcony!

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IMG_0233An interesting phenomenon that I have found is that many people who buy second homes at the Jersey Shore tend to use them all-year-round. They are not purchased just for summer retreat anymore.

The Jersey Shore’s close proximity to Metropolitan areas, like NYC and Philadelphia, give it a unique accessibility. Which means, no planning has to take place in order to decide to make the trip to the Shore. Just turn off the lights, lock the door, and hop on the ferry, the train, the Parkway, or 195 and you can be watching the waves roll upon the beach in under an hour and a half.

And, what’s really awesome is that you can do this any day of the week, any week of the month, any month of the year! Because the Jersey Shore has a distinct beauty that is not seasonal by nature. You will be swept up in its magnificence at any time of the year.

Aside from the natural beauty of the ocean, the rivers, the lakes and the parks of the Jersey Shore, there is also so much to do all year round. The fun does not stop on Labor Day. In fact, in some instances it may seem to accelerate. Hay rides and haunted houses, pumpkin picking in September and October. Who wouldn’t love to be at the beach for Thanksgiving? Christmas tree lightings on the boardwalks. Classic horse and wagon rides around Red Bank. While summer is understandably the most popular time of year at the Jersey Shore, the other seasons are equally as beautiful. Fall is my personal favorite. The weather is not too hot and not too cold and the summer “vacationers” have gone back to their primary homes leaving easier access to oceanfront parking, running on the boardwalk without dozens of others impeding your pace, dining at some of the finest restaurants without a wait.

Winter gives way to the serenity of snow falling upon the jetties and sipping hot chocolate with a fresh cold breeze coming off the ocean. If you don’t know what a polar plunge is, come to the shore in the winter and enjoy the excitement!

And, then there’s Spring. The weather is perfect and summer is so close you can taste it. Easter egg hunts are held on the beaches instead of front lawns. And, Jenkinson’s 2-for-1 tickets become available.

So, when you buy at the Jersey Shore, vacation never ends. You can go anytime you want for a memorable and breathtaking break from the stresses of everyday life.

 

Just 2 Blocks to the Beach Front

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LB BoardwalkThe peaceful serenity of living near the water is a feeling like no other. The sounds, the air, the aroma. A mood change can occur with just one roll of the tide. A walk on the beachfront or along the river bed. It’s all about the water.

One of the greatest advantages of the Jersey Shore living is that one can choose to live closer to the river or closer to the ocean and still be in close proximity to the other. You want to dock your boat in your backyard, but your kids want to surf the ocean waves. The advantage at the Jersey Shore is that you can choose a riverfront home in Rumson and your kids can bike over the bridge to the beautiful beaches of Sea Bright. Or, choose a lagoon-front home in Brick and traverse over Route 35 to the beaches of Mantoloking. Purchase  a home near the beachfront in Manasquan, and dock your boat at Watson Creek.

You don’t have to plan. You can wake in the morning and decide whether it will be a day of water skiing on the Shark River, kayaking across the bay, or sunbathing on the beaches of the Atlantic. Whatever area you call home, the water – in all forms – is close at hand.

So, purchase a home at the Jersey Shore…and let the water be your guide.

 

2 Blocks to the River, a Few Miles to the Ocean!

 

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Author: The KCM Crew (Keeping Current Matters) 7/12/17

Home seen by appraiserIn today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5%+ over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.

If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

Every month in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner who is seeking to refinance their home believes their house is worth, as compared to an appraiser’s evaluation of that same home.

Bill Banfield, VP of Capital Markets at Quicken Loans urges anyone looking to buy or sell in today’s market to remember the impact of this challenge: 

“While a 1 or 2 percent difference in home value opinions may not seem like a lot, it could be enough to derail a mortgage.

A homeowner [or a buyer] could be forced to bring more cash to closing in order to make a mortgage work if the appraisal is lower than expected. On the other hand, if an appraisal comes in higher, they could be surprised with more equity than they had planned. Either way, if owners are aware of their local markets it will lead to smoother mortgage transactions.”

The chart below illustrates the changes in home price estimates over the last 12 months.

Homeowners: Your Home Must Be Sold TWICE | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Every house on the market must be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be even more difficult than the first. If you are planning on entering the housing market this year, meet with an experienced professional who can guide you through this and any other obstacle that may arise.

 

Perfect Home by the River!

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229 2nd Ave - Beach 2The Cutest Towns At The Jersey Shore Are Revealed

 By Lou Russo (94.3 The Point) July 11, 2017 7:08 AM

We asked you to cast your vote for the cutest town at the Jersey Shore, and now your results are in.

Yesterday, we talked about a recent article that listed Cranbury in Middlesex County as the cutest town in the state, but it made us wonder which town you think is the cutest right here at the Jersey Shore.

So we did a Jersey Shore poll and the results are in. The crown belongs to Manasquan (35%), followed by Ocean Grove with 18% and Spring Lake’s 17% was good for third place.

Rounding out the top 5 were Red Bank in 4th place with 13% and Point Pleasant grabbed 10% of your votes, good for fifth. Other towns which broke 1% of the vote were Toms River (2%), Asbury Park (2%)and Avon (1%).

So, congratulations to our friends in Manasquan. You guys live in the cutest town in Monmouth & Ocean Counties!

 

Something Special on 2nd!

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It’s that awesome time of year again, when the Jersey Shore becomes the place to be for fun, sun, and sand between your toes. This Memorial Day Weekend promises events from town to town that are “shore” to please.

IMG_1122Asbury Park
• 5/28 8pm to end   Memorial Day Fireworks

Bradley Beach
• 5/27-5/29 10am-7pm   Festival on the boardwalk!

Highlands
• 5/28 10am-4pm    17th Annual Seaport Craft Show

Food truck warsLong Branch
• 5/27-5/29    Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park!

Manasquan
• 5/26 & 5/27 10m – 5pm    Spring Sidewalk Sale

Point Pleasant Beach
• 5/26    95.5 PLJ’s Kick Off to Summer at Jenkinson’s

Spring Lake 5Red Bank
• 5/27 8pm      Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul at Count Basie

Sring Lake
• 5/27 8:30am   Spring Lake 5
• 5/27 & 5/28    Spring Lake Race Day Sidewalk Sale

Come celebrate Belmar’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy

By Patricia A. Miller (Patch Staff) - April 29, 2017

Belmar PavilionIt’s been almost five years since Superstorm Sandy battered Belmar’s Taylor Pavilion into oblivion.

But that’s all history now. On Monday, a host of state and local officials will gather at 5th Avenue and Boardwalk and cut the ribbon for the new Taylor Pavilion, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone are expected to attend.

A reception will be held after the ribbon cutting ceremony. A variety of food and drinks will be provided by a numerous Belmar restaurants in a “Taste of Belmar” celebration.

The Taylor Pavilion is a 6,800 square- foot facility that will serve as the hub of Belmar’s beachfront operations, event and meeting space and an oceanfront concession. Merri-Makers of Edison won the lease for the space in March of 2017 via public auction and will operate “Cruz Bay Café” starting in May 2017.

The mayor and council awarded a $5.45 million dollar contract to Epic Construction of Piscataway in January 2016, for both the Taylor Pavilion and the Howard Rowland Public Safety Pavilion at 10th Avenue. Epic Construction also constructed Belmar’s boardwalk in 2013, which was the first major infrastructure project at the Jersey Shore after Sandy.

The buildings are constructed to V-Zone construction standards, with concrete-filled steel piles. They sit at a base flood elevation roughly five feet above the existing boardwalk.The new buildings are fully ADA accessible and built to current codes and standards, Doherty said.

Image: Courtesy of Belmar

2 Blocks to Beach; Recently Raised!

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205 Washington - Full Aerial 1Just 1 block to town and approximately 2 blocks to the beach, you will find this quintessential Spring Laker. The signature wrap-around porch welcomes you into this gem with finished, walkup 3rd floor and finished basement with play area, full bath and laundry area. Back deck with gas-grill hookup, accessed from the kitchen or the mud room, overlooks an in-ground, salt water pool. On a 75 x 150 lot, the property also offers a nice amount of lawn space. And, if all this wasn’t enough, an inviting guest apartment sits above the detached 2-car garage. To use the word ‘’special’’ to describe this magnificent property is a true understatement! Offered at $2,795,000

Preview the aerial video at 205 Washington Ave, Spring Lake ~ Aerial Tour!

205 Washington - Full Property OverheadA weekend of open houses are scheduled to preview this spectacular home:

 205 Washington Avenue, Spring Lake

 Saturday, 4/29/17      1-3pm

   Sunday, 4/30/17         1-3pm

 

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Quintessential Spring Laker, Pool, Guest Apartment!

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OPEN HOUSE!

102 Marine - Master Balcony - Print EditedDATE: Sunday, March 5, 2017

TIME: 1:00 – 4:00pm

LOCATION: 102 Marine Terrace, Long Branch

DIRECTIONS: Ocean Blvd to Cooper. Drive 3/4 around clock tower to right on Grant. Cross through stop sign and driveway in is on the left. OR Ocean Blvd to Ocean Terrace to second right (one way) on Marine Terrace. Loop around to driveway on the left.

NOT TO BE MISSED. This magnificent townhome has it all – location, size, views, decor – all for under $1 million! 3-Level, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, fee-simple end-unit with an open floor plan, 3 balconies and ocean views sits just a block from the beach and just down the promenade to Long Branch’s Pier Village. If you have been waiting for something really special, this is the one!

Magnificence on Marine!

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LB LockersDon’t miss your chance to rent a Beach Locker, Bath House or Cabana for the summer Season of 2017!

Rentals start Saturday, March 11th; Doors open at 9:00am.

Availability is limited and rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Storage Lockers are $375/season
Bath Houses are $1000/ season
Cabanas are $2750/season

Location: Long Branch Recreation Department, 231 Wilbur Ray Ave.

For more info, call 732-571-6545Lifeguard stand and flagYou can also get your 2017 Long Branch Beach Badges at the same time. Beach badges are available for purchase at the Long Branch Recreational Dept through May 26, 2017. $45 for Adults and $30 for students (Cash Only). These badges are for Long Branch Municipal beaches only, which does not include Seven President’s Park.

 

Magnificence on Marine!

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