Are you looking to find the best place to settle in Monmouth County, New Jersey, but aren’t sure where to start? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to take you on a tour of Moors Landing, an awesome development in Howell Township. We’ll explore this neighborhood’s location, housing options, and amenities so you can decide if this community is right for you.
Welcome To Moors Landing
There are so many great neighborhoods located right here in Monmouth County, and Moors Landing is one of them. If you’re unfamiliar with where Howell is located, it’s in the western section of Monmouth County and borders Freehold Township, Colts Neck, Farmingdale, and Jackson Township.
Howell is comprised of 61 square miles and is actually the largest township within Monmouth County. Howell can also be broken down into several sections: North Howell, South Howell, and Ramtown. This last section is the furthest south you can go within Howell.
If you aren’t from the area, the Moors Landing location may be a little confusing because it borders both Freehold and Howell Townships. The actual location of Moors Landing is Howell Township. However, if you live in the community, your mailing address is going to be a Freehold address, with a Freehold zip code of 07728.
Although Moors Landing is considered to be a townhouse community, they do have single-family homes as well. Many years ago, I actually lived here in one of the townhouses for about three years, so I’m excited to show you around this community.
The homes were built between 1985 and 1987, with a total of 264 townhomes. There are also 83 single-family homes. There are four different models within the townhomes, which have either two or three bedrooms. None of them offer basements, but all of them have one-car garages.
The single-family homes offer three bedrooms and again, none of them have basements but all of them do offer garages.
Residents like living here for many reasons, the first being the amenities the Association offers. Within the development, there are tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, an outdoor pool, and a clubhouse. The clubhouse can be rented out for private parties and gatherings. There are also several great parks nearby that residents enjoy year-round.
The amenities offered here were actually one of the reasons I decided to buy in this development versus others in the area. I also liked that the townhomes were spacious and that each unit had a garage, and I loved the outdoor space that they offered. My home actually had a fenced-in paver patio, which was really great.
Ultimately, I chose to live in this development because it felt more like a home to me than other townhouse communities did.
An Ideal Location
Another reason that this is a popular place to live is its location. Moors Landing is located right off Route 9, putting you close to so many things. You have both a Starbucks and a Dunkin Donuts in the immediate vicinity. There is also a Wawa, a newly opened Chick-fil-A, and numerous restaurants up and down Route 9. You’ll also find an Acme supermarket and a Walgreens, all within a five-minute drive.
The Freehold Raceway Mall is under a 10-minute drive away. You can also get to several of the Monmouth County beaches such as Avalon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, and Asbury Park within 20 to 30 minutes.
Highly Rated Schools
Lastly, many residents choose to live here because of the fabulous school district it offers. If you live within this development, your children will attend Howell Township for elementary and middle school and Freehold Township for high school.
Both Howell and Freehold are part of the Freehold Regional High School District. This is the largest district in the state consisting of six towns: Howell, Freehold Township, Freehold Borough, Marlboro, Manalapan, and Colts Neck. The students entering ninth grade have the opportunity to apply for one of the specialized magnet programs offered within the district.
There are 14 different programs they can choose to apply to and, if they are accepted, they will attend the school where the program is held. The district is highly rated, and many of the students go on to pursue higher education—some of them at very prestigious colleges.
My old Moors Landing house was located at 7 Schooner Square (try saying that 10 times fast). It seems like yesterday that I lived here, yet it was 15 years ago or more. I have so many memories of living here. For example, when I moved to this house, I decided to get my first dog, a Maltese Shitzu named Tallulah.
Unfortunately, she passed away about a year and a half ago and I was completely heartbroken and devastated. She was the most popular puppy in the neighborhood. All the little kids would knock on my door every day and ask me if Tallulah could come out and play.
It was definitely a kid-friendly neighborhood then and it still is today. If you drive through after school hours, you will likely see many kids in the neighborhood riding their bikes or playing together with one another.
Now that you know a little bit about Moors Landing, it may be helpful to tell you what you can expect to pay for a home here. In the last few months, the townhomes here have sold from $320,000 to $420,000. There is a vast difference in the price due to the updates and upgrades the home offers.
Living here, you’ll also have a monthly Association fee of $250. This covers the amenities in the development, exterior maintenance, garbage, snow removal, and lawn maintenance. If you’re interested in a single-family home, those are selling at $450,000 up to about $525,000. The monthly Association fee is lower because the exterior maintenance is not included. That fee on a single-family home is $94 a month.
Make Moors Landing Your Home
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a tour with me today. If you are considering moving to the Freehold or Howell area, Moors Landing is a great option to consider and a wonderful place to live. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to connect.
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