Children riding their bikes from house to house around town while parents feel reassured about their safety seems like a scene out of the 1950s, but in Spring Lake today, homeowners will experience just that. “There is a little more freedom kids get living here,” said Karen Matuch, a Realtor Associate for Jack Green Realty who settled down with her husband in Spring Lake to raise their family. “It is a strong, close-knit community.”
Facilitated by the construction of rail service to the area in the early nineteenth century, Spring Lake became the preferred getaway for affluent Philadelphia residents and attracted those in New York and North Jersey as well. It was named after the spring-fed, clear water pond separating Spring Lake from Sea Girt.
Settlers constructed grand hotels and estates and spent their days on the soft, white sands. Hosting dances and other social events, the hotels became the places to see and be seen for members of the urban high class throughout the summer months. Many of the hotels have since been torn down, but still remaining is the Essex And Sussex, which currently functions as a luxury condominium for 55+ adults. It is still known for being a great dining spot and event space.
Other historic features include Spring Lake’s four grand churches. The most notable perhaps is St. Catherine’s – a magnificent structure whose interior was restored ten years ago so future generations could continue to marvel at the paintings and stained glass. The original paintings were completed in 1928 by Roman painter Professore Gonippo Raggi who spent an ambitious twenty five years working on this awe-inspiring work. Even if you do not practice Catholicism, Spring Lake’s churches are definitely worth a walk through for the architectural wonder alone.
While Spring Lake was once referred to as the “Irish Riviera” due to a majority number of Irish Catholic citizens, it has since become a melting pot of nationalities all sharing a common belief in generosity, safety, and cleanliness. “Residents here really take care of the town,” explained Karen. “They appreciate well-kept properties and community involvement.”
The community involvement prevails in Spring Lake’s annual events such as the Spring Lake Five, Irish Fest, Italian Fest, and Christmas Tree Lighting. People gather from all over to take part in the revelry.
Also important to note is Spring Lake’s two miles of non-commercial boardwalk. In fact, it is the longest stretch of noncommercial boardwalk along the Jersey Shore, making Spring Lake a true getaway.
Those who buy or rent in Spring Lake often do so to establish a gathering place for friends and family. There is an emphasis on porches and many of the homes offer 4+ bedrooms to host multiple overnight guests.
A Tight-Knit Community
Because Spring Lake is such a tight-knit community, choosing a realtor who lives in town will make a huge difference on your buying opportunities. “We can definitely give you the flavor of the town on a daily basis,” said Karen.
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Located along the New Jersey shore in Monmouth County, NJ Asbury Park is a chic seaside community named in 2008 as the sixth best beach in New Jersey by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Popular among vacationers and families alike, Asbury Park and the surrounding areas began an unprecedented revitalization project in 2002. The revival, sparked by many local and national artists, has allowed Asbury Park to grow culturally, economically, and politically throughout the last few years. Millions of dollars have been invested in new housing, infrastructure, and revitalization of the boardwalk, making investing in Asbury Park real estate a sound decision for the future.
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