Middletown is a seaside gem in Monmouth County, NJ that repeatedly ranks as one of Money’s “Top 100 Places to Live.” A closer look makes it easy to see why so many families love living in Middletown.
Big enough to offer a variety of restaurants and fun things to do but small enough to get to know your neighbors, Middletown, NJ (population 66,522) is a wonderful place to shop for homes and settle down for a life filled with friends, family and the sea breezes. Just a reminder that the shore is only a few minutes away.
Good school systems and solid real estate values go hand in hand, and Middletown doesn’t disappoint. Families looking for homes with desirable neighborhoods for kids to play and a great student to teacher ratio (13:1) are pleased with the Middletown Township Public School District. In fact, Middletown North was ranked in the top half of all New Jersey high schools, and local elementary schools are just the right size to build a community spirit. Middletown is also home to two public magnet schools and several parochial schools, all of which offer parents choices for their children as well.
Convenient Commuting to NYC
You don’t have to sacrifice your career in the Big Apple to give your family room to grow and enjoy the great outdoors. The Garden State Parkway allows drivers to get to Manhattan in about an hour, and there are several public transportation options to choose from as well. Take New Jersey Transit trains from Middletown Station to Penn Station in Midtown, and enjoy your commuting time reading a good book or taking care of all those emails before you get home. If you work downtown, Seastreak ferry service from Atlantic Highlands to Wall St. takes just 40 minutes, and the salt air will remind you every day of just why you decided to live down the shore.
Middletown has more than 1,000 acres of park land, with trees and trails making for lovely weekends in the great wide open spaces with your family. There’s also — of course! — the beach, with Sandy Hook’s Gateway National Recreation Area and several local, private beach clubs offering all the sand and surf you can soak up on a summer day. For wintertime fun, the Middletown Sports Complex offers an ice rink, and there’s no shortage of shopping, movie theaters, and eateries in the area, especially along the bustling Route 35 corridor.
With so many great amenities sprinkled among some of New Jersey’s best scenery, it’s no wonder that even celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi, Maury Povich, and Jon Stewart choose to live in Middletown. Finding your own perfect slice of the good life here in Monmouth County is sure to make your family proud to call Middletown their hometown, too.