I have two perspectives:
I am a resident of Colts Neck, living in a home for the past 10 years that was my in-laws' home prior to that, since 1976. The home I live in is not new and it is a simple center-hall colonial. It's on a cul-de-sac, backing up to the reservoir. There are lots of children and families on our street, young and grown. It's quiet, friendly and beautifully located. So, I love my neighborhood and consider it the the best!
I am also a local real estate agent, serving all of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. I have seen homes that are simpler than mine, on more remote streets; I've seen homes that are 4 times the size of mine, in newer developments, with pool houses, professionally landscaped yards and servants' quarters. I'm certain that residents of those homes also consider their neighborhoods the best!
I give you both perspectives to remind you that YOU must find your OWN perspective. What is it that defines 'BEST' for YOU? As a realtor, I consider myself a match-maker. I want to know what my clients are looking for, so that I can find them their dream homes.
Think about what you are looking for in a neighborhood, e.g. close neighbors or privacy, large property or easy maintenance, budget, 2-car garage, close to shopping or remote, etc. Then, make a list of what you're looking for and get in touch with me (or any other agent of your choice). Let an agent match up what you're looking for to what's available, and start looking at some homes. Or, just take a ride around Colts Neck with an agent, to view the various neighborhoods, to see what appeals to you. Then, the agent can find you something in that part of town. It costs you nothing, and will help you gain perspective.
You really can't go wrong, anywhere in Colts Neck. The schools are very good and all of Colts Neck is desirable. If you need further help, please get in touch. I'll be glad to help you.
Critelli & Kilbride Realtors