Long Branch Condos for Sale: Explore Small Town New Jersey Charm
Those of you looking in Long Branch for condos for sale already know how much charm and beauty lies in the small state of New Jersey. Though we are a densely populated state, the Garden State is true to its name. You can dig deeper and easily go well beyond the bustling towns of Ocean City or Newark to find small-town charm, nature, and farmland. Name a season and there is delightful beauty to be found. Beaches, fall foliage, snow laden mountains, and flowery meadows are all found within our state. There are so many different types of small towns here in New Jersey. Our personal favorite is, of course, Long Branch. Condos for sale here—such as The Lofts Pier Village—are often beach front, making it absolutely soul satisfying to live in this town.
Let’s dive into why Long Branch is a classic favorite, and then let’s take a look at how diverse New Jersey is. The array of small-town charm, all within a day’s drive from Long Branch, is a huge reason people come to live in Long Branch. The condos for sale here will allow buyers to bask in the glory of Long Branch while having many options for nearby getaways. We know most of you are beach lovers, and that is why you have chosen, or are considering, to live by the serene ocean of Long Branch—but this list includes much more than just small seaside towns.
Beach lovers have been flocking to Long Branch for the long sandy beaches with clean blue water for more than a hundred years. In fact, Long Branch was the first seaside resort town to pop up on the Jersey Shore in the mid-late 1800s. Transformed and modernized, Long Branch still boasts a beautiful relaxing beach, but now with a beach side promenade for excellent shopping and a renovated boardwalk. Street fairs and concerts add an air of festivity to the summer season too. Fall and winter have plenty of cozy options with excellent places to dine, from high fare restaurants to casual pubs. You can find paradise in Long Branch year-round. The condos for sale here will give you the joys of Long Branch, plus the charming towns listed below.
With a nickname like “Antiquing Capital of New Jersey,” you can expect a town with historic charm and fun antiquing! Sitting on the Delaware River, the charisma of the town comes alive as you sip coffee on a beautiful river front bridge or park. Meandering through the quaint streets, you understand why this town is a paradise for artisans, craftsman, and history buffs. Founded in 1705, Lambertville is loaded with charm. Only an hour and twenty minute drive from Long Branch, this becomes a perfect day trip.
A little over an hour’s drive from Long Branch can land you in the nature haven of Chester. Hikers come here to explore the Chester Hiking Series, which focuses on bringing locals and visitors to trails off the beaten path. Here you can fully immerse in the bounty of trees and greenery. Before or after a hike, visit the town’s community garden, the Arboretum, and the butterfly garden at Kay Environmental Center. A naturalist’s paradise indeed! You can even bring the kids in fall and go apple picking. What sounds better than a homemade apple pie baked with the freshest apples handpicked by you and your family?! Not to mention, the foliage here in fall is spectacular. A visit to this town really reminds you why we call New Jersey the Garden State.
West Cape May
Two hours south of Long Branch you find yourself at the southern tip of the Jersey shoreline in West Cape May, population 1,020. What sounds dreamier than the feeling of being at the end of the world? This sleepy town is charming, with a touch of eerie, as you visit the shipwrecked Atlantis that sank in 1926. Enjoy some wine at a local winery, visit farm stands, and get a dose of nature at South Cape Meadows. The drive itself is a scenic experience.
In Hunterdon County, about an hour and fifteen minutes from Long Branch, lies the delightful town of Tewksbury. Between the Whittemore Nature Preserve and the Cold Brook Preserve, nature lovers can enjoy hikes and bird-watching. Rolling hills, lush stands of trees and plenty of farms make you feel like you are not living in a densely populated state at all. With nearby shopping options at antique stores, this day trip has something for everyone. Tewksbury was founded in 1734, and has a handful of historically preserved Victorian and Colonial homes.
Heading to Philadelphia? Take a pitstop for some small-town charm before you hit the big city. Collingwood is an hour and a half southwest of Long Branch, just before you cross the Delaware River into Philly. With a unique history, Collingswood has gone through some recent changes, making it a very intriguing day trip. Founded by the Quakers, Collingswood has historically been a dry town, with no alcohol. Now, you can find some microbreweries, and experience Devil’s Creek Brewery’s tasting room. History has been preserved in many of its buildings. A visit to the Stokes-Lee Mansion will take you back to 1707! Pay homage to Walt Whitman, a famed poet, by visiting his tombstone here. Equally noted for its deep history, as well as its modern eco-friendly efforts, Collingswood is certainly worthy of a visit.
Beyond New Jersey’s Quaker roots, Haddonfield is rich in history from very ancient times. From dinosaur skeletons, to Native American artifacts, Haddonfield is a must see for the history lovers wanting a day trip from Long Branch. Stroll by the Cooper River and keep an eye out for bits of Lenape Native American handiwork, like old arrows or ceramics. This town can also boast itself as the home base for where soon to be New Jersey residents met in secret to establish New Jersey as an independent state in 1777. Stroll down the attractive downtown and soak in the pride of living in the Garden State.
Clinton, New Jersey is an idyllic small town situated on the south branch of the Raritan River. Downtown Clinton occupies a very quaint Main Street housing all of the town’s stores and restaurants. Clinton is perhaps most known for the Red Mill Museum, which sits right on the banks of the river. The museum holds an interesting array of agricultural and domestic artifacts dating from colonial times all the way through the twentieth century.
An hour and twenty-minute drive from Long Branch, on the northernmost tip of the Long Beach peninsula, lies the lovely and peaceful town of Barnegat Light. For the beach lovers who chose to make a home out of one of the Long Branch condos for sale, there are so many oceanside gems awaiting you. Barnegat Light is home to the quintessential lighthouse, known as Old Barney. Enjoy the picturesque scene and indulge in some fine seafood fare while you are here.
Point Pleasant Beach
Another wonderful beach town day trip from Long Branch lies only 40 minutes to the south at Point Pleasant Beach. This small town is unique because there is a summertime slew of dolled-up tents that line the ocean front. The Great Auditorium, fun shops, and delicious restaurants inhabit Main Street.
For old school, true charm feel, a day trip to Southampton is surely the thing to do. Some people say this town feels like you are going back in time – in the most charming and delightful way! There are dairy stands, farmers’ markets, and diners throughout the township. Many of the residents here are in older generations, and can actually follow their lineage to this town many, many years back! Weekly classes keep residents occupied, like knitting circles and town meetings that take place at the local Grange Hall. Even the library has turned into a main gathering spot to catch up with friends. To get a real break from beach life in Long Branch, drive an hour and 15 minutes southwest until you end up in Southampton.
Look no further if you are seeking out true historic appeal. If you like antiquing amongst protected Victorian-age homes adorned with relaxing porches, then Hopewell Borough is worthy of a visit. Head to Broad Street to see the quaint pedestrian area of mostly historically preserved buildings. History buffs will certainly want to visit the 18th century cemetery! This town lies at the base of the Sourland Mountains, about due West from Long Branch.
So are you excited to move to Long Branch? Condos for sale here, such as The Lofts Pier Village, give you the perfect home base for so much to explore! From sleepy beach side towns, to historic sites, to the open outdoors, there is something for everybody. And almost all of it is under an hour and a half drive. Start packing up your day bags!