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Living in Avon-by-the-Sea

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A beautiful seaside community, located north of Belmar, Avon by the Sea is nestled between Sylvan Lake and the Shark River Inlet. It is here in Avon where you can relax and watch the boats go by. Avon by the Sea has a magnificent beach, and a beautiful boardwalk with Victorian lamps and a pavilion for dining. Avon has been called the best kept secret of the Jersey Shore. There are 2000 year round residents. The Avon beaches draw thousands each summer, many of which enjoy oceanfront dining at The Columns restaurant, which is open in the summer season and offers dining and dancing.

Avon by the Sea has an active recreation department and offers year round activities for children and seniors. Soccer, basketball, swimming and tennis programs are offered. Avon by the Sea is home to the infamous “Pond”, an outdoor ice skating rink started by local residents. It is here where the family can free skate and hockey games are also played. Season skating badges are $45.00 for the season.

Avon by the Sea has a town pool available with badges to town residents.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful ocean retreat or a luxurious single family home, call The Connolly Agency and let our experienced realtors find you the home of your dreams in tranquil Avon by the Sea..

The Connolly Agency is a proud supporter of The Avon Pond, The Avon Education Foundation and The Avon Home & School Association’s annual Harvest Evening fundraiser

AVON-BY-THE-SEA HISTORY

In 1878, Edward Batchelor, a successful tobacco manufacturer from Philadelphia, purchased 300 acres of land called “New Branch” on the north shore of the Shark River. He paid T.W. Finn $45,000. He hired a surveyor named Robert Love and an engineer named F.G. Harrison to help him develop the land as the new center for his tobacco firm, but the two persuaded Mr. Batchelor to look instead to its real estate potential. Taking their advice, he renamed the land “Key East”, and set about creating a beautiful seaside resort community in an area growing in popularity with wealthy visitors from New York and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Batchelor invested in the development of the necessary infrastructure to support a resort community, surveying the area and dividing it into lots. A sewer system and roadways were constructed. The Pavilion on Norwood and Ocean Avenue was built, and the Avon Inn was opened in 1883. Properties were sold to private home owners, and a town was born.

The name “Avon-by-the-Sea” was adopted when the town was incorporated on March 23, 1900. Sadly, the Avon Inn, for which the town was believed to have been named, was destroyed by fire in 1978.

A number of early structures remain in town. Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, at Lincoln and Fifth Avenues, was built in 1908 on property donated by Mr. Batchelor. Although it was heavily damaged by a fire in 1986, it was rebuilt and remains in use today.

Originally The Berwick Hotel, The Columns Restaurant was built by Mr. Batchelor in 1883 and remains a popular dining and entertainment venue, offering stunning views and sea breezes from its home on Ocean Avenue across from the Pavilion.

The Avon Baptist Church, on Sylvania and Fifth Avenues, was also an original part of the new town when it was called Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

AVON-BY-THE-SEA HOMES FOR SALE

Avon-By-The-Sea offers a fine array of real estate options. Whether you are looking for the large seashore colonial or a condo up on the oceanfront, the agents at The Connolly Agency have the local knowledge and the experience to help you find the home of your dreams.

AVON-BY-THE-SEA AREA SCHOOLS

The Avon-By-The-Sea School District consists of one very highly rated public school, Avon Elementary School, for grades K-8, enrolling approximately 160 students per year. For high school, public school students attend either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School. In addition, Avon-by-the-Sea students can attend Red Bank Regional High School, or one of the five academy nationally-ranked schools in the Monmouth County Vocational School District. There are also a variety of private and parochial schools at both the elementary and high school levels in the immediate area.

AVON-BY-THE-SEA TRANSPORTATION

Located approximately 60 miles from New York City, Avon-by-the-Sea is served by several public and private transportation operations.

Train
Avon-by-the-Sea is located along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line, served by train stations in neighboring towns of Belmar and Bradley Beach. This line runs from Bayhead, NJ, in the south to Hoboken, NJ, Newark Penn Station, and New York City Penn Station and connects riders to Amtrack and Newark Airport.

Bus
Avon-by-the-Sea is served by NJ Transit Buses with routes throughout New Jersey.

In addition, a number of private commuter bus companies operate in the area, including Academy Bus (www.academybus.com), providing daily service to New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and points between.

Ferry
Commuters and visitors to New York City can travel from Avon-by-the-Sea via ferry from nearby Atlantic Highlands on Seastreak Ferry NJ.

Airports
Avon-by-the-Sea is served by several nearby international and regional airports offering a variety of travel options.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark NJ (50 miles)
JFK International Airport (JFK), Jamaica NY (70 miles)
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, PA (83 miles)
Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), Atlantic City NJ (70 miles)
Monmouth Executive Airport (BLM), Wall Township NJ (8 miles)

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