Have you noticed that the home prices and amount of people in Monmouth County are increasing? In this episode of Monmouth Redefined, I’m going to share four reasons why Monmouth County has become such a popular place to live. We’ll talk about everything from affordability to the schools to give you an idea of why our area has become so sought after.
I moved here to Monmouth County back in 2001, and I can’t envision living anywhere else. Even though I don’t like the dark, cold winters, it’s easy to see why people love living here in Monmouth County. There are so many reasons why many are looking to move to our area, starting with its affordability.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not an inexpensive place to live. As most of us are aware, the property taxes here in New Jersey are one of the highest in the nation. However, if you are moving from North Jersey, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Long Island, or somewhere else from the East Coast, what you can get here is likely a lot more than what you’re getting.
If you’re moving from one of the places I mentioned, not only can you get more for your home, but the size of your property is likely going to be larger and your taxes are going to be lower.
Although life does seem to be getting back to normal after the crazy years we’ve had with COVID, the pandemic has changed many things in the ways that we live our lives. Today, more and more people are working remotely or just a few times a week.
This means that certain things and amenities in a home that weren’t necessarily as important pre-COVID have become more important—such as a home office, extra square footage, outdoor living space, a pool, and room to entertain.
Many people are willing to deal with a longer commute to enjoy a bigger home that provides them with the luxuries that they want. These lifestyle changes have definitely increased the number of people looking to become homeowners here in Monmouth County.
Location And Amenities
The second reason more people are moving to Monmouth Count is the location and everything that it offers. Did you know that within about an hour, you can travel to both New York City and Philadelphia from here? Monmouth County allows you to enjoy suburban life but still have very easy access to the big city.
We are also close to so many beaches. You can hop in your car and, within 20 to 30 minutes, choose from almost a dozen beaches. For fun in the wintertime, we’re only about one to two hours from several resorts that offer skiing and more. I can’t forget to mention Atlantic City, which is about an hour and 15 minutes away. There, you can enjoy a show, dinner, drinks, and a little gambling.
The third and last reason Monmouth County has become such a hot place to live is the education within the public school system. Although we do have several private schools in the area—such as the Ranney School, Red Bank Catholic, the Hebrew Academy, CBA Christian Brothers Academy, St. John Vianney, and many others—it’s not necessary to send your child to private school.
This is due to the high public school rankings throughout the county. Monmouth County has 191 public schools, with 84% of the children in the county educated through the public school system. The county is ranked highly in New Jersey right along with Bergen and Somerset Counties, and it’s considered to be in the top 30% of New Jersey public schools.
Also, there are several high schools here that rank highly, not only in New Jersey but in the top 10% of the nation. A few of these schools are the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, the Marine Academy in the Highlands, and the Biotech High School in Freehold.
Moving To Monmouth County
These top three reasons are what contribute to the continued popularity of living right here in Monmouth County. If you have any additional questions about the area or what it’s like to live here, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help.
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