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Get to know Rumson

Nobody quite knows the true meaning of the name Rumson, other than that it was shortened from the equally-cryptic Lenape word “Navarumsunk” way back in 1663. If nothing else, it translates to a majestic peninsular community between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, coupling Miami-like veins of inland, drawbridged waterways with the grandeur of coastal New England at the gateway to the Jersey Shore. Once a resort community for summering Manhattanites, Rumson attracted countless estates by the turn of the last century, many on spacious waterfront parcels with docks. With just 7,000 residents across 11 square miles, the population density remains lower than surrounding communities, offering larger lots with considerable privacy. Residential neighborhoods compose most of Rumson, mingling with a handful of parks and a country club—nearby Red Bank, Sea Bright, and Little Silver offer downtown experiences just minutes away.

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Rumson 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.