The SpaceWelcome! You will be relaxing in a spacious and open light-filled 3-bedroom "classic ranch" house with beautiful hardwood floors and lush green surroundings. The home has been in my family for over 50 years, and retains many of its original features. I personally manage every aspect of this house, and will respond to you quickly and help you in every way I can.
Some have chosen to use this large space as a serene escape from NYC, a quiet writer's retreat, a golfing home base, a group-brainstorming getaway, a central locale for touring colleges or beaches, a romantic hideaway, a home-away-from home for a holiday feast, an affordable lodging for a family visiting family... what will you do here?
The location is close to the beach and golf courses, 12 minutes from the Garden State Parkway, next door to Monmouth University, and still a quiet and peaceful haven. It's a clean, safe, year-round suburban Jersey Shore community and the beaches up and down the shore are quite sleepy (and free) in the off-season. Plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, mall, and funky little shore towns are all within a short drive.
There's a large, sunny dining room with a massive table and vintage chandelier. The living room has lots of comfy, cushy seating, and there's even a fireplace for chilly nights. The eat-in kitchen has a small breakfast table and there's a perfect spot to set up your laptop on the desk in the slate-floored sun room. For warmer days, there's an outdoor table and chairs.
There's plenty of room in the big backyard for a football game!
I also have two bikes (with locks) that you can borrow to explore the area. Quiet and flat neighborhood for miles!
There is one pillow-top king-sized bed and three twin beds (for a total of 3 bedrooms). In addition, another queen-sized bed is available in the den. The master bath features a fully tiled original stall shower and a separate tub. The house is minimally furnished, but you will find everything you need to kick back and feel comfortable. High speed WiFi gets a signal all over the house and there's a 40" flat screen HD TV with Netflix, HBO GO® and Streampix TV on demand, sports channels, lots of cable channels. Or tickle the ivories on my vintage 70s piano (which may not have been tuned since 1981...)!
The kitchen features a full-size fridge, gas range, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster oven, blender and dishwasher, as well as pots, pans, wine glasses, and all the basics. And if you're staying more than a weekend, you'll appreciate the washer/dryer.
I'll make sure you've got coffee, tea and even some oatmeal or granola bars.
If you are looking for a relaxed place to stay not too far from New York City, look no further. We are an hour's drive from the city, when traffic is cooperating (53mi/85k). You can also get to Long Branch via NJ Transit train (1.5 hours) and take a taxi or ride your bike to the house (but you'll probably want to rent a car to get around...)
There's plenty of good food, shopping and entertainment nearby... I grew up here and can give you lots of tips.
Update/ April 2016: The Long Branch boardwalk has now been completely restored, several years after Hurricane Sandy, and the beach is wider than ever. An even lovelier place to visit now!
Some fun things you can do within a few minutes:
Cross country skiing!
Canoeing + kayaking
Lots of local attractions:
[all estimates are by car]
Monmouth University: “next door”
Nearest Beach: 5 minutes
Rook Coffee (awesome): 2 minutes
Pizza, 7-11, Brennan's Deli: 2 minutes
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park: 10 minutes
Pier Village (shopping/dining): 8 minutes
Sandy Hook National Recreation Area (lots of beaches, fishing, biking ) : 30 minutes
Hartshorne Woods (hiking, mt. biking) 25 minutes
Twin Brook Golf | Driving Range | Mini Golf: 13 minutes
Old Orchard Country Club (public golf): 5 minutes
Colonial Terrace Golf Club (public): 10 minutes
Pebble Creek Golf Club (public): 15 minutes
West Long Branch Driving Range: 4 minutes
Monmouth Park Racetrack: 10 minutes
Count Basie Theatre (music, comedy): 15 minutes
NJ Repertory Theatre: 5 minutes
The Stone Pony (legendary music venue): 15 minutes
Freehold Raceway: 25 minutes
Public Sailing: 20 minutes
Charter Fishing (Belmar, NJ): 15 minutes
Parasailing: 15 minutes
River Boat Cruises: 30 minutes
Allaire Historic Village: 20 minutes
Huber Woods Environmental Center: 25 minutes
Info Age Science History Museum:15 minutes
Horseback Riding: 20 minutes
Horse Park of NJ: 40 minutes
Pinball Museum: 10 minutes
Delicious Orchards: 15 minutes
Six Flags Great Adventure: 35 minutes
Grape Beginnings Hands-On Winery(!): 5 minutes
Four JGs Vineyard: 20 minutes
Cream Ridge Winery: 50 minutes
Monmouth Mall: 8 minutes
Jersey Shore Premium Outlet Mall: 10 minutes
PNC Bank Arts Center: 18 minutes
Raceway Park!: 30 minutes
Asbury Park: 10 minutes
Red Bank: 15 minutes
Ocean Grove: 15 minutes
Point Pleasant Beach/Boardwalk: 30 mins
NYC: 1 hour!
Philadelphia: 1.5 hours
Meadowlands / Giants Stadium: 1 hour
Monmouth Medical Center: 5 minutes
Supermarkets: Wegman's, Trader Joe's, ShopRite, Whole Foods, more... nearby!
Plenty of houses of worship very close as well! Guest Access++ I have 2 bikes you can use, and sand chairs, beach towels and a big umbrella for you to use during your stay. The whole house and yard is yours to explore and enjoy. Plenty of parking as well. I have maps, menus, and local publications for you to peruse. Or just contact me for ideas! Interaction with Guests***********
You will have the place to yourselves, but I will usually meet with you and explain everything, depending upon your arrival time. The NeighborhoodThis is a quiet suburban neighborhood where families and students often bike and walk. Monmouth University's extensive campus is walking distance and the local beach is biking distance. Plenty more beaches, parks, recreation and attractions are a little further afield.
About 15 minutes of walking or 2 minutes of driving will get you to awesome coffee, pizza, bagels, a great deli, 7-11, a pharmacy, bank, hardware store, even a fish market. Even closer, you could eat at Jersey Mike's Subs and a handful of other spots right on the Monmouth U campus!
Nearby towns of Asbury Park, Red Bank, and Long Branch are full of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. Explore the shore off-season for gorgeous tranquility! Getting AroundBy car, the house is about 10 minutes from the Garden State Parkway, exit 105. You really do need a car to explore beyond the neighborhood, but there are a bunch of local taxi companies if you prefer.
The train to/from NYC is a few minutes away, and taxis wait at the station...OR you can bring your bike on NJTransit for free and bike 15 minutes to the house!
You can also take a bus to NYC, Atlantic City, or Philadelphia (via Asbury Park).
Newark Liberty International Airport is 45 minutes away. Other Things to Note-Additional guests (beyond 5): $20/night
-I may ask you to sign a guest registration contract upon check-in.
If you use a wheelchair/ walker: There are two steps up to the front door. The stall shower has a small ledge to step over.
-I have outlet covers to protect small children.