Lakewood : New jersey


What It Is Like to Retire in Lakewood

Lakewood and Lakewood Township is a growing community near the New Jersey shore town of Brick, just off the Garden State Parkway.  It is the home of one catholic college, Georgian Court, as well as one of the largest (jewish) yeshivas in the world.  Lakewood is a major center for orthodox jews.

Lakewood was a popular winter resort for New Yorkers in the early 1900's. Lake Carasaljo and surrounding pine forests were part of the attraction. The Rockefeller family and Jay Gould both had estates here. The former Gould estate is the home of Georgian Court College. The Rockefeller estate is now Ocean County Park.  Photo of Beth Medrash Govoha, the largest yeshiva outside of Israel, courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain); photo of Strand Theater courtesy of Wikipedia and Apc106, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Lakewood and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value in mid-2021 was $435,601 which showed a rise of over 20% during the past year. Several active adult communities are in the area (see Lakewood Active Communities link at left)


What Is Special about Lakewood

Georgian Court College. Orthodox jewish center.  The large yeshiva.  Ocean County Park. Former Jay Gould estate. Lake Carasaljo.

What Is Not Special about Lakewood

New Jersey is not considered a tax-friendly state.


Who Will Like Retirement in Lakewood

Lakewood has a large concentration of orthodox Jews.  People who want to live in a college town will like it here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Both construction and education drive the economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Lakewood is in southern New Jersey near the oceanside town of Brick.  The pine barrens surround Lakewood on 3 sides and the ocean is to the east. The climate is a bit milder than New York City or towns to the west.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lakewood offers parks, lakes, cultural and historical sites, and host several events throughout the year, Lakewood is also home to a minor league baseball team.



The crime rate in Lakewood is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus is located in Lakewood.



The Garden State Parkway runs adjacent to Lakewood. The town is about an hour from Newark Airport, but does operate it's own airport for private planes.


Valuable Links

Township of Lakewood


What people are saying about Lakewood

Lakewood, CO
Map shows location in Connecticut; not Colorado.
Posted by thight on January 03, 2021
Very high taxes on seniors in nearby retirement community
Wrong hospital listed here - Monmouth Medical Center is located in West Long Branch near the ocean. Taxes very high for seniors in the nearby communities due to tax exemptions for others. This is an ongoing issue in Lakewood.
Posted by JoannL on November 15, 2017

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