My cozy house has lots of sunlight and space, with all the comforts of home. Lovely and quiet, this 3+ bedroom home is two miles from the ocean, a short walk to Monmouth U., and only 1 hour from NYC. This tranquil location offers good food, shopping, recreation and entertainment nearby. An amazing value in any season! Welcome!
Welcome! 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, a 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 a flat screen TV with enhanced cable. 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 king-sized sleigh bed in the master, 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 and 140 cable channels, including major sports networks. 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, nature, and entertainment nearby... I grew up here and can give you lots of tips.
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!
++ 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.
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.
-Please, no food in the bedrooms!
-Monmouth U's sports fields are quite nearby. You may hear whistles, amplified announcements, and the sounds of sports events, sometimes early on weekend mornings (track events!), depending on the time of year.
Absolutely NO SMOKING.
No parties or unregistered overnight guests.
I grew up at the Jersey Shore and love it here. With my husband and daughter, I've traveled all over Europe and the States, even Japan. I love hiking, biking, swimming and camping. And urban pleasures like museums, architecture and good restaurants. I live in NYC and come to this house when I need some space to spread out and relax.