Relocating to the Jersey Shore: What You Need to Know

Before you pack your bags,  there are some key things to consider when relocating to this special coastal region: The Jersey Shore.

This guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to make a smooth transition to Jersey Shore life. The Jersey Shore is a diverse region, offering everything from bustling resort towns to quiet, family-oriented communities.

Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

  • Foodies & Culture Vultures: Asbury Park offers a diverse music scene, a vibrant art world, trendy shops, and an eclectic mix of restaurants.

  • Seeking Serenity: Explore charming beach towns like Manasquan, Sea Girt, or Spring Lake. These communities offer a slower pace of life, beautiful beaches, and a strong sense of community.

  • Family-Friendly Focus: Wall Township and Spring Lake Heights offers farmland, spacious properties, horse country, and boasts excellent public schools and a variety of neighborhoods perfect for families. It’s also close enough to the excitement of Belmar and Spring Lake beaches, marinas and restaurants.

  1. Cost of Living Considerations
    Be prepared for a higher cost of living compared to the national average. Housing costs, particularly near the beachfront in towns like Avon, Belmar, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, can be significant.

  1. Embrace the Seasons
    The Jersey Shore thrives in the summer, but don’t underestimate its off-season charm. Spring and fall offer mild weather and fewer crowds in towns like Manasquan and Wall, while winter transforms the coastline into a peaceful wonderland.

  1. Beach Access and Fees
    All popular spots along the Jersey Shore charge daily or seasonal beach fees.

  1. Beyond the Beach
    The Jersey Shore boasts a rich history, charming towns like Ocean Grove, Avon, Manasquan, Sea Girt and Spring Lake, and access to major cities like Philadelphia and New York. Explore historic sites in Manasquan or Spring Lake Heights. 

  1. Embrace “Shore Time”
    Life at the Jersey Shore revolves around a relaxed pace.

  1. Navigating the Job Market
    The Jersey Shore’’s proximity to major cities like Philadelphia and New York opens doors to a wide range of opportunities.   Thankfully, there are many opportunities for employment that embrace a remote workforce across the region.  Linked-In is invaluable in connecting to various organizations, associations and employers. Bell-Works in Holmdel provides areas for start-ups to large corporations.

  1. School Systems
    Jersey Shore  boasts some of the top-ranked public schools in the nation. Research school districts in your chosen area on, etc.

  1. Embrace the Local Flavor 
    From iconic restaurants  to fresh seafood stomps the Jersey Shore has a distinct culinary scene. Be prepared to try local favorites like fresh lobster, delicious pizza, food stands along the Boardwalks and homemade ice cream!

  1. Settling In
    Get involved in the community by joining local clubs such as the Elks, The Shelleigh Club, The Women of Irish Heritage, The Italian American Club, Senior clubs and attending town events, or volunteering. This is a great way to meet people and feel at home.

Relocating to the Jersey Shore can be an exciting adventure. By considering these factors and embracing the unique coastal lifestyle, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying everything this dynamic region has to offer, from the vibrant energy of Asbury Park to the peaceful charm of Manasquan and Ocean Grove and everything in the middle!

One of the very best ways you can navigate your way to your next destination is to contact a real estate agent in Jersey Shore, contact me through my email at [email protected].  I’ve thankfully had the opportunity to live here at The Jersey Shore for over 45 years and here to help welcome you and guide you and your family—home is where the heart is!

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