Red Bank

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Get to know Red Bank

Located just 24 miles from Manhattan, in straight-line distance, and slightly over an hour by train on NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line, Red Bank is the quintessential cool town, a mid-sized mecca of coffee shops, restaurants, record stores, and no shortage of exposed brick. Once a prosperous manufacturing hub, this vibrant borough of Monmouth County experienced a cultural renaissance through the latter half of the 20th century, owed largely to its picture-perfect building stock and gateway location to the Jersey Shore. Some 12,000 reside in Red Bank’s modest two-square-mile footprint, nearly 20% of which is water. The buzzing commercial district, which branches in all directions from the main drag on Broad Street, features an eclectic, indie-leaning mix of local and larger merchants, marked by favorites like 50-year-old Jack’s Music Shoppe and the comic store owned by a certain local-native Hollywood director whose cult classic films immortalized the area.

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Red Bank 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.