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Route 35 traffic, Jersey Shore vacations, Toms River Traffic Brick Traffic

Get ready to be patient behind the wheel this summer if you're vacationing along the beautiful Jersey Shore. While the state will bring to a stop most of the ongoing roadwork along Route 35 between Bay Head and Berkeley Township this summer, residents and tourists alike will still find themselves getting nowhere fast through certain sections that are being repaired following Hurricane Sandy.

Folks along the Jersey Shore will be impacted by a 2.5 mile stretch of roadwork between Brick and Toms River. However, people can go around the construction spot by heading inland, going along Hooper Avenue and Fischer Blvd. to avoid the congestion, but it's definitely the long way around.

That particular 2.5-mile stretch of road will see traffic limited to

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Great Places To Eat In and Around Bay Head

For residents and visitors alike, the Bay Head area features many great restaurants, bistros, diners, and culinary destinations. Here are some of our favorite go-to spots for great food.

Theresa's South in Bay HeadBay head restaurants, Bay Head real estate

Recently reopened after damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Theresa's South is a BYOB establishment in beautiful Bay Head with a varied menu that's sure to please even the most discerning palate. Located a block off the beach, this highly-ranked restaurant features scrumptious homemade pasta dishes, ribs, steaks and fresh seafood. Reservations are surely recommended during the summer months and there is extra seating outdoors. It's definitely a restaurant where you get what you pay for.

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Mantoloking real estate, Hurricane Sandy rebuild New Jersey

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and it looks like it's going to be a busy one on the Jersey Shore - for both visitors and home sales. In a recent New York Times article, Bay Head luxury REALTOR® Shawn Clayton of Clayton and Clayton Realtors was asked about his thoughts on real estate around Bay Head and Mantoloking in Ocean County. Clayton noted that post Hurricane Sandy, waterfront home prices dropped and still aren't back to where they were before the superstorm.

“People are starting to say, ‘Hold it, I’m going to miss out on this,’ ” said Clayton told the Times. “ ‘Let me get my financing together so I don’t miss out.’ ”

Since Sandy rolled through New Jersey in October, 2012, much of the Jersey Shore area in Ocean and

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Once in a while one of the true gems in a neighborhood will come up for sale. Consider 296 Curtis Point Drive one of these great homes that doesn't come along very often.

Mantoloking real estate, Mantoloking homes for sale NJ

Located on the water of Barnegat Bay in Mantoloking, this exclusive, custom home is a one-of-a kind find in Curtis Point. The property, which is sheltered and protected by the Barnegat Peninsula, comes with 250 ft. on the calm waters of the bay. It's perfectly located at the end of a cul de sac on a large, well-treed lot on the south side of the road. Tie your boat or yacht up on the bulkhead, and come ashore to a magnificent home with its southwest facing backyard that features a pool so you can quickly cool off on those hot summer days. The landscaping is first-class all the way

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Jersey Shores real estate, Jersey Shores homes for saleIn 1993 a Canadian band called the Barenaked Ladies had a hit north of the border with song called "If I had $1,000,000". So if you had a million dollars and could buy a home in an area along the Jersey Shores gold coast, what would you get for your hard-earned money?

Naturally real estate in some boroughs and towns is more expensive than others, but generally speaking, and looking at only single-family homes, here's what $1,000,000 will buy you: You'll usually get a minimum of three bedrooms, more often than not, a home will have four bedrooms and at least two baths.

Generally speaking, $1 million can get you a home that's often very close to the beach, sometimes even a block of two. In some communities, like Point Pleasant or Manasquan, for

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A bipartisan bill approved by The House in early March would allow sellers to pass along their subsidized, below-market insurance rates to new buyers, while lowering the limit on just how much flood insurance premiums can go up each year.Ocean County flood insurance, Monmouth County Flood insurance

This is a good step for people in living in oceanside communities in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. The bill was approved 306-91 and the legislation would reel back a recent overhaul of the federal flood insurance program after homeowners in flood-prone regions spoke out about high premium increases.

As residents in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy continue to rebuild, the bill means prospective home buyers won't have to absorb high flood insurance rates, and families across the US can avoid what Rep. Michael Grimm

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Housing Market Continues ReboundOcean County real estate market, Monmouth County real estate outlook

Over the past year, sales of single-family homes in Ocean County were up 29.5%, along with a 13.1% increase in Monmouth County, according to the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®. Condos and townhome sales were up as well, with a 20.2% increase in Ocean County and 19.7% spike in Monmouth County. And for 2013, closed sales in the Garden State were up 18.15% - their highest levels since 2005.

In January, the median sales price of a single-family home in Ocean County was $240,000, reflecting a 1.55% increase over January 2013. Homes in Monmouth County fetched a bigger selling price at $351,000, compared to $335,000 in 2013. When it comes to days on the market in Ocean County, sellers saw a 15.1% decrease as it took,

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Willow View Stables: A Great Place to call home

Colts neck real estate colts neck horse farm

When it comes to land in highly-desirable Colt's Neck, it really doesn't get any better than this pristine horse farm. It boasts 12.5 acres of private, pristine land in one of the most peaceful areas of New Jersey. From the minute you turn down the securely gated, half-mile driveway, you will quickly be transported away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Solid Foundation in Place

This outstanding horse farm comes with 10 paddocks and miles of white, four-rail fencing. There are six run-in sheds and 14 matted stalls. The property also boasts an out building for feed and storage. And this property has an 1,800 sq. ft. home, but there is also plenty of room to build the home of your dreams at

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$36 Million Project To Build Mantoloking, Brick NJ, Sea Wall

Hurricane Sandy rebuild Mantoloking NJ

With the federal government recently signing off on a $36 million project to build a steel sea wall for Mantoloking and Brick, it looks like two of the hardest hit areas will be safer from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in on Oct. 29, 2012.

The wall will protect the borough of Mantoloking and a section of Brick's oceanfront beach from future storms and should help restore confidence that another major hurricane won't do the same amount of damage Sandy did. Hopes are high because Sandy unearthed a long-buried sea wall in Bay Head, which is immediately north of Mantoloking. The stone wall was 1,260 meters long and buried beneath the sand. It dates back to 1882. Bay Head

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Shawn Clayton Tours NYC with Top Swedish Broker

   

Shawn Clayton (left), a resident of Wall Township and owner of Clayton & Clayton Realtors in Bay Head, was recently invited to join record-breaking real estate broker, Fredrik Eklund (right), to tour some of the most coveted properties in New York City.  

When Swedish TV star and record-breaking real estate broker, Fredrik Eklund picked 18 people to join him in New York City for a private tour of some of the most-coveted properties in the city, Shawn Clayton jumped at the chance.  Mr. Clayton, a Wall Township resident and the owner of Clayton & Clayton Realtors in Bay Head, had previously been a part of the Million Dollar Mastermind program, which Mr. Eklund runs.  The program connects real

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