I was born & raised in Long Branch and have lived in Allenhurst and Bradley Beach. I moved away 9 years ago but I still go up there on a regular basis. Since I've been away for a while and live in a city with much bigger problems than Asbury so it always amuses me when locals complain about how bad it is. I mean, yeah, it's bad compared to Oakhurst or Rumson . . . but it''s kind of skewed when your points of comparison are the some of the safest places in the country.
I mean, you're moving to a city, you shouldn't really be surprised to find drugs and violent crime. It's in one of the 40 richest counties in the country, all those frat dudes gotta buy their blow somewhere and Long Branch ain't like it use to be.
When i moved down here my neighborhood was so-so. Then after three years of renting in the same place the restaurants and pubs started popping up, the crime went down, I couldn't go a day without bubble tea or bahn mi, and I didn't want to leave. Except by then I couldn't afford to buy there and my landlord kept raising my rent. My new neighborhood is a lot like my old neighborhood was when i first moved there . . . except now I own my place.
Point is, if you have the money to buy in Asbury and you don't - you're an idiot. Less than 25% of households have school-aged kids. No one cares about school districts anymore. It's all about DINKs and empty-nesters and being able to walk to the bar, walk to the store, walk to the train.
Asbury is going to be one incredible place. If I could live there and not have to commute an hour each way to work, I would. It's not by bag so I don't.
So if you're going to be working or surfing in Asbury get some street smarts and use 'em. In a couple of years you can let your guard down.
...wow, this got pretty intense. seems like an interesting place with tons of heritage and really exemplifies the new jersey that i have come to love so dear.
but the thing is....come the end of august the offices are moving to bay head.
anybody got info on the surf there?
its like a half hour south of AP, by point pleasant...all i know about either places is that i've gotten blacked out at jenk's a couple times and had a blast.
thanks again amigos.
I don't know about surfing in Point Beach or Bay Head but the Manasquan inlet is right across the bridge from Point Pleasant. If you're moving up that way you'll probably find renting an apartment in Point Beach or Point Boro cheaper than up in Asbury. Bay Head and Mantoloking are really pricey.
I prefer the area between Asbury Park and Point Pleasant but it wouldn't hurt to check out everything between Asbury and Seaside Park and even across the bay to Brick and Toms River. Just keep in mind that from Point Pleasant and south the traffic can get really bad in the summer time and the guidos are off the chain. Further north it's not so bad.
There's also the train that ends in Bay Head and the town is small enough that you can walk anywhere in 10 or 15 minutes or lock up an old cruiser at the station. When I lived in Red Bank I used to take it to work in Belmar every friday morning in the summer because when I got off of work the traffic was retarded and it would take me an hour to get home if i drove.