As a historic shore town with one of the best beaches in the state, Asbury Park, New Jersey, is a popular artsy, culturally diverse and LGBTQ friendly community. It was developed in 1871 as a resort town, and today continues to be, with much revitalization and restoration of its boardwalk and waterfront development taking place. Since 2007, the seaside town has added shops, restaurants, and hotels to its 1.5 mile boardwalk, along with restoring the historic Paramount Theatre and Convention Hall. Because of its beautiful beaches, vibrant art and music scene, and the 70-foot wide Asbury Park Boardwalk, the community was named as the “Coolest Small Town in America 2017”, by Budget Travel. In 1973, Bruce Springsteen released his debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”, as the early years of his career was spent here. Picture of Asbury Park Convention Hall and Paramont Theatre courtesy of Wikipedia and DCwom (public domain), photo of Asbury Park, NJ Skyline courtesy of Wikipedia and Lhcollins, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/
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Zillow reports the median Home Value to be $437,582 in early 2021.
What Is Special about Asbury Park
Asbury Park is a small waterfront community that is very artsy, diverse, LGBT friendly, and has beautiful beaches. USA Today named Asbury Park as one of the top ten places to listen to music, and it is home to two theatre companies. New York City and Philadelphia are nearby with daily train or bus service.
What Is Not Special about Asbury Park
The cost of living is high here, and the crime rate is higher than the national average. Hurricane Sandy did some damage in 2012, (although the boardwalk was reopen for business by the summer of 2014, with President Barack Obama participating in the ceremony).
Who Will Like Retirement in Asbury Park
Retirees who want a small town on the water may enjoy living here. The very walkable community hosts many festivals and events year-round, and there are theaters with Broadway productions and concerts.
Asbury Park has an active senior center with guest lecturers, health screenings, social events and recreation programs. It also provides visiting, transportation and homebound services.
The town also honors veterans with special promotions every month in shops and restaurants.
Local Economy Is Driven by
Construction and Tourism drive the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
The average January temperature is 34 degrees, with July's average at 75 degrees. The town gets about 19 inches of snow annually. Hurricane Sandy caused some damage in 2012.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are many restaurants that line the boardwalk and serve all types of cusine. The cultural scene consists of music, productions, and many artistic venues along the oceanfront.
The crime rate here is higher than the national average, and most crimes are related to property crime and theft.
Jersey Shore Medical Center services the area.
NJ Transit offers rail service to Newark and New York, the nearest international airport is Newark Liberty about 45 miles away.
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