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Old 08-28-2006, 07:30 PM
 
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We are looking for a home in central NJ. Some of the places we have seen homes in our price range are in Brick Township, Keyport, and Matawan. Does anyone have information on these towns, such which are the nice areas of town (low crime), good schools, shopping, traffic, etc. Looking for easy access to major roads. Also any other suggestions in Monmouth or Middlesex counties?
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Old 08-29-2006, 06:16 AM
 
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We are looking for a home in central NJ. Some of the places we have seen homes in our price range are in Brick Township, Keyport, and Matawan. Does anyone have information on these towns, such which are the nice areas of town (low crime), good schools, shopping, traffic, etc. Looking for easy access to major roads. Also any other suggestions in Monmouth or Middlesex counties?
Brick township is your best bet. Shopping mecca of Ocean County. Good schools, and yes, traffic too. Brick township has a NO KNOCK ordinance, No one can come to your door solicitating, Not even those Jehova's Witness'es. Also it is minutes to the parkway. Though, Brick township wouldn't be considered Central NJ. More like Northern Ocean County. Free Summerfest concerts at winward beach every thursday during the summer. Taxes are less here then Middlesex, or Monmouth counties, so far.
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Old 08-29-2006, 05:53 PM
 
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Thanks, patty nj. We have looked at brick and liked it. Do you have any info on the other areas? They seem to be more of a small-town feel. I was wondering where people in those towns go for entertainment, restaurants, shopping etc. Are they considered nice areas to live?
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Old 08-29-2006, 06:35 PM
 
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I lived in all 3 area's. Keyport is diverse and quaint, Matawan is nice also. Brick is a great family town, fairly large. Brick has 3 beaches, 2 with concession stands and bathrooms. Typically, the houses are further apart then the other 2 towns. It would be hard for you to tell what I was cooking for dinner. Seaside heights is about 15 minutes away, and there are back roads that take you right in You should come and spend a day in each town and see which one "fits". Good Luck
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Old 08-29-2006, 07:34 PM
 
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I lived in Brick for a few years; have only passed through Matawan and Keyport so I can't say much about those towns. Being a country girl at heart, I found Brick too congested for my tastes, but otherwise it's a great place to live. The schools are good, crime is very low (police everywhere - don't speed!), there is a fairly large senior citizen population and it shows when it is time for elections, tons of chain restaurants and shopping, and you are oh so close to the beach and the Garden State Parkway. The area by the Manasquan River is really nice but there really is no bad section of Brick (although I dislike the Silverton area, which is the southern section - not as pretty). The best part of living in Brick was that in spring and fall, after dinner I would drive to Point Pleasant beach (only 15 minutes away off-season) and walk the boardwalk for relaxation and exercise.
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Old 08-29-2006, 08:38 PM
 
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I lived in Brick for a few years; have only passed through Matawan and Keyport so I can't say much about those towns. Being a country girl at heart, I found Brick too congested for my tastes, but otherwise it's a great place to live. The schools are good, crime is very low (police everywhere - don't speed!), there is a fairly large senior citizen population and it shows when it is time for elections, tons of chain restaurants and shopping, and you are oh so close to the beach and the Garden State Parkway. The area by the Manasquan River is really nice but there really is no bad section of Brick (although I dislike the Silverton area, which is the southern section - not as pretty). The best part of living in Brick was that in spring and fall, after dinner I would drive to Point Pleasant beach (only 15 minutes away off-season) and walk the boardwalk for relaxation and exercise.
The Silverton area is surrounded by the bay. I'm at the Southern side of Brick. There are protected woods and the water. It's nice where I am, I think I know the section in Silverton which is Tom's River that you're talking about. Brick is very clean and yes the 5-O are everywhere.
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:07 PM
 
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Brick is absolutely beautiful. Nice well kept, nice people, very nice indeed! Have you had the opportunity to see the sunset yet? It's so nice to be near the water!
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Old 08-29-2006, 09:25 PM
 
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The Silverton area is surrounded by the bay. I'm at the Southern side of Brick. There are protected woods and the water. It's nice where I am, I think I know the section in Silverton which is Tom's River that you're talking about. Brick is very clean and yes the 5-O are everywhere.
Silverton is in Toms River, right across the town line from Brick.

If the OP ended up there, it wouldn't be so bad either (I grew up there, so I'm a little biased). Toms River is also extremely safe, and their schools are IMO better than Brick's (I said I'm a little biased )
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:07 PM
 
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Silverton is in Toms River, right across the town line from Brick.

If the OP ended up there, it wouldn't be so bad either (I grew up there, so I'm a little biased). Toms River is also extremely safe, and their schools are IMO better than Brick's (I said I'm a little biased )
I think so too. If anyone could afford to and live comfortablly, then NJ Ocean County is a great place to live. I'm leaving because I can't live comfortably anymore. It's called the "Squeeze Play".
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:43 PM
 
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I agree that if you're looking in central jersey, then Toms River/Brick area is where to look. As for Matawan and those areas (keyport, hazlet, keansburg), I have in-laws there who claim it's getting bad (again, keansburg had a bad rep for a long time) and either homes aren't much cheaper there, or if they are, it's because it's an undesirable section. Regarding Toms River, the Silverton section is nice (except for the apartment complex at the end of Kettle Creek Road...right on the bay...very trashy). I also have family throughout Toms River (some in Silverton, some near the marina, and some in a few other sections). The best sections of Toms River, if I'm not mistaken, are where children would attend HS at TR North and TR East, the area around TR South supposedly isn't so good. One piece of advice though, look into the water situation. I'm not sure what the outcome is in recent years, but Toms River had a big water problem and they were connecting cancer found in children to the drinking water. Otherwise, I say go for it.
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