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.
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group
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