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Get to know Asbury Park

Think of the word “boardwalk” and the mind might just hop to Asbury Park, settled as a quintessential Victorian beach resort and still every bit a hub of culture, entertainment, and endless fun in the sun. This legendary Jersey Shore community takes its name from the country’s first Methodist bishop, Francis Asbury — though if you truly wanted to put a face to it, it would be Tillie, the grinning funhouse mascot whose mug appears in homage all throughout town. Its iconic boardwalk lies bookended by Beaux-Arts landmarks: the Paramount Theater and the Casino, both designed by Grand Central architect Whitney Warren. You might be met with a farmer’s market, or a maker's fair drawing artisans from Brooklyn and beyond. The business district brims with restaurants, vintage shops, biergartens, and legendary venues like the Stone Pony, where Springsteen and Bon Jovi played their earliest shows. NJ Transit trains stop right at the foot of Cookman Avenue, a shell’s throw from the sand.

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Living in Monmouth County

Monmouth is a coastal county that marks the start of the Jersey Shore, host to such storied seaside communities as Sea Bright, Asbury Park, and Long Branch. It also notches far inland, with a western edge on the outskirts of Trenton mere miles from the Pennsylvania border. The county’s lighthouse-flanked north shore, about-face across Raritan Bay from Staten Island and Brooklyn, has historically acted as the final approach to New York Harbor, bending around Sandy Hook towards the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Residents along the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers — tidal estuaries, in fact — enjoy easy boating to open waters, with a series of navigable creeks, canals, and lagoons amplifying the waterfront real estate opportunities. Beyond beaches and boardwalks, there’s plenty else: Freehold Raceway, the site of America’s longest Revolutionary War battle, and Allaire State Park, known for its 19th-century ironworks and vintage train rides. NJ Transit service keeps Manhattan, Philadelphia and beyond in easy reach.