what is the difference between Highlands and atlantic highlands? My husband and i want to retire to the area. Thanks

Asked by maestrina, Mon Apr 30, 2012

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Mon Apr 30, 2012
Often mistaken for areas of the same town, these are two distinct towns - each with their own municipal office. Both are small, Highlands has just under 1 square mile of land mass, and Atlantic Highlands has just over 1 square mile of land mass.

In Atlantic Highlands you will find most retail businesses and restaurants on First Street, along with a local 5 cinema movie theater (my favorite place to go to the movies!!) Particularly on weekend summer evenings, you will find people strolling the sidewalks and marina boardwalk. (Though I live 10 minutes away, the marina boardwalk is a regular dog walking route for our family, and many others also.) The marina is large and there is a park nearby where small gatherings happen or bands play. The waters are deep and allow for larger vessels and the marina was recently re-certified by the NJ DEP for their efforts in protecting marine waters. Atlantic Highlands is often referred to as a Victorian town with a number of old restored homes and an active historical society. Also, you will find more contemporary homes here than in surrounding areas. Part of the town is flat, but much is hilly with windy roads, and lots of trees. Snag a home with a fantastic water view........and the Verrazano Bridge is spectacular. Prices are a bit higher in Atlantic Highlands compared to neighboring Highlands.

Highlands also has a flat area and a hilly area. The ferry service to NYC stops in both towns. Highlands has a few smaller marinas, and a handful of restaurants on the river with outdoor dining. The outdoor decks are a favorite gathering place for many on weekend eves or Sunday afternoons. Entertainment is available at several. There are several townhouse and condominium developments in Highlands, located in both the flat area and the hills. The average and median housing price point is a bit lower in Highlands, but houses on the hill with fantastic views can tip the 7 figure mark also.

Both are lovely towns. It's worth looking at property and the community areas of each to determine which better fits the lifestyle you seek. If you would like our relo package, we send that out via first class mail and it contains several maps in addition to community info.

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Guess you haven't lived in the area very long. The main street in Atlantic Highlands is First Avenue, not First Street. The "flat" part of town, is not actually flat at all - it's just not situated on a hill as is the other side of town. The "flat" part of Highlands actually is very flat, the hill part of Highlands drops off quite suddenly and becomes the flat part of Highlands. I grew up in Atlantic Highlands - it's a very lovely town, with a lot to do for all ages, low crime rate, great schools, incredible harbor and nice people. Some of the homes in Highlands, particularly those on the hill are quite expensive. Most of the homes in Atlantic Highlands are quite expensive. This has not always been the case as it was a very affordable place to live for people of all incomes until the last 20-25 years or so. After the ferry service to New York became a reality, many people from the city moved to these towns and others like them. The price of homes and rentals sky-rocketed after that.
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Jennifer Lee, , Highlands, NJ
Sat Jun 15, 2013
There is a rather big difference and both towns, from a retirement perspective, have pros and cons. If you are interested in a waterview and have a budget you are better off in the HIghlands WEST OF ROUTE 36. It is a lovely and quiet area to retire which peppers woods and nature with Shore Living.

To have a waterview in Atlantic Highlands is an expensive proposition.
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Steven Porzio, Agent, Holmdel, NJ
Mon Apr 30, 2012
They are two seperate towns with easy access to the water. Will be a nice place to retire too. I have a listing in the town and know it well.

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Marilyn Hold…, Agent, Westfield, NJ
Mon Apr 30, 2012
These are 2 separate towns -- there is 'Atlantic Highlands' and the "Highlands" -- they are adjacent to each other. Atlantic Highlands has a large marina; Highlands is just to the east and is closer to "Sandy Hook"
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