Tom, there are many different sections of Middletown and each has its own personality. The areas near NJ Route 36 (Belford, Port Monmouth, etc.) tend to have smaller, older homes with lower prices. The caveat is that many areas between Rte 36 and Sandy Hook Bay are in flood plains. Areas such as Oak Hill and Lincroft tend to have newer, larger homes with higher prices. The Navesink/Locust area has some of both. Rumson is just over the Oceanic Bridge on the other side of the Navesink River, so I'm very familiar with all of the sections of Middletown.
For an overview of Middletown real estate, read my last blog post (under Middletown "Advice", click on "Middletown Blogs". That post covers single-family homes. Are you also considering condominiums? There are a lot of nice condos in Middletown, many are townhouses and some have 1-car garages.
Many people like Middletown because in addition to being close to the Parkway, it has easy transportation to Manhattan via train and high speed ferry.
I'd be glad to work with you to find exactly what you want. Call, text or email me!
Leonard â€œLenâ€ Dunikoski, GRI
Diane Turton Realtors â€“ Rumson Office
8 West River Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
(732) 239-0739 (cell) (732) 530-6686 (office)