Spring Lake

New Jersey

  • Population: 2993
  • Size: 1.728 sq miles (4.48 km2)
  • Established: 1892
  • Distance from NYC: 62
  • Distance from Philadelphia: 73
  • Distance from Newark: 50

Spring Lake, NJ real estate market

Market news - November 2018

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Spring Lake Biography
Community Life
Education
Transportation
Real Estate
Local Attractions
Fun Fact

About Spring Lake

Spring Lake has a celebrated history of gracious living as seen in the grand mansions lining the ocean, picturesque residential streets and boutique shops in its captivating downtown. Established in 1884, this Monmouth County municipality was a refined East Coast resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s; its location was especially appealing to those from New York City and Philadelphia. Often compared to other seaside communities such as Bar Harbor, Maine and Newport, Rhode Island, there are still fine examples of Gilded Age architecture throughout Spring Lake. Two listings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Audenried Cottage on Tuttle Avenue and Martin Maloney Cottage on Morris Avenue, are stunning reminders of the town’s rich architectural heritage.

Measuring about 1.7 square miles with two miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Spring Lake is bordered by Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Wall Township, Lake Como and Belmar. This community includes a non-commercial boardwalk at the ocean’s edge, charming inns, Broadway-caliber productions at the spring Lake Theatre Company, outdoor eateries, art galleries and unique shops. A scenic park surrounds a spring-fed lake that is also the town’s namesake. Festivals and special events are held throughout the year, attracting visitors and residents to this famed “Jewel of the Jersey Shore.”

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Community Life

Being alongside the ocean brings a relaxed atmosphere to life in Spring Lake, with people walking along the shoreline or boardwalk every day. Unlike many other towns in the Jersey Shore, Spring Lake is a year ‘round community. Recreation is always close by: surfers can be seen in the water even during the winter, and numerous activities like boating, swimming as well as simple pleasures like kite flying are popular pursuits. In addition to the beaches, the oceanfront Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club and Spring Lake Pool offer memberships. 

The town’s Recreation Department oversees numerous programs and facilities for all ages including basketball, platform tennis, cooking classes, soccer, paddle tennis and more. An event that began in 1977, the Spring Lake 5-Mile Run is the country’s largest 5-mile race. In 2015, it was listed as one of the top 100 races in America by Runner's World magazine.

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Education

The Spring Lake School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at H. W. Mountz School. In 2015, the school was one of 15 schools in New Jersey (and one of just nine public schools), recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category by the United States Department of Education. 
 
Those in grades 9 to 12 attend Manasquan High School which also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt and Spring Lake Heights  Students may also attend one of the magnet schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District: Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, High Technology High School, Biotechnology High School and Communications High School. 
Spring Lake students are also served by Saint Catharine School, a Catholic school for students in grades K-8 which was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2018. 

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Transportation

NJ Transit’s Spring Lake train station is on the North Jersey Coast Line for service to Newark Penn Station for connections to New York’s Penn Station. The Garden State Parkway and I-195 are accessible in neighboring Wall Township. Newark Liberty International Airport is about 50 miles north of Spring Lake. 

 

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Real Estate

Properties in Spring Lake range from epic multi-million dollar estates overlooking the ocean to elegant condominiums and smaller-scale single-family homes. Colonials, Victorians, shingle style, Cape Cods and custom-built luxury homes are among the diverse architectural styles that come on the market. The town’s tree-lined streets are lined with beautifully maintained homes that are never too far from the boardwalk, beaches or downtown in this highly walkable borough. 

 

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Local Attractions

The Boardwalk
No trip to Spring Lake is complete without a stroll on the boardwalk which spans a mile and a half. There aren’t any commercial venues along the stretch of beach, which adds to the peaceful feeling. Walkers and cyclists enjoy the coastal scenery and ocean breezes.

Divine Park 
This park at 301 Passaic Avenue is in the center of town and surrounds a spring-fed lake. The path around the lake offers beautiful water views with glimpses of fish and bird life. The wooden bridges in Divine Park are frequent sites for wedding pictures. 

The Breakers Hotel 
Facing the Atlantic Ocean at 1507 Ocean Avenue, The Breakers was built in the late 1800s and is the only full-service hotel in town. The ocean view Seashell Dining Room, casual Veranda Restaurant and a piano lounge are gathering spots for both locals and hotel guests.

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Fun Fact

Even though it’s in New Jersey, Spring Lake is well-connected to the entertainment world. It is the setting for Spring Lake resident Mary Higgins Clark’s novel On the Street Where You Live;  indie rock band Vampire Weekend filmed a music video for their song “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” in Spring Lake; and the town was used as a stand-in for turn-of-the-century 
Atlantic City in the 1981 film Ragtime. Academy award-winning actor Jack Nicholson’s family moved to Spring Lake when he was in high school, and his grandmother’s beauty parlor was located at 505 Mercer Avenue.

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