by Shawn Clayton
on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 10:31am.
The charming, small community of Bay Head is the heart and soul of the Jersey Shore’s “Gold Coast”, along with the neighboring boroughs of Mantoloking and Point Pleasant. It’s idyllic small-town sensibilities and warm locals have attracted residents and visitors to its sandy shores and oceanfront real estate for generations.
The beautifully preserved Victorian-era structures throughout town are prized by those looking for a quiet escape, with the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean mere steps away!
But First a Little History...
The borough was first incorporated in 1886 from portions of neighboring Brick Township. It gains its name from the developer, the Bayhead Land Company, and for its position at the “head” of the Barnegat Bay and Peninsula, which is technically the barrier island, “Barnegat Bay Island”. Reportedly, the community’s name was originally meant to be “Bayhead”, one word, but a railroad sign post labelled the borough “Bay Head”, two words, and the spelling just stuck.
Bay Head real estate represents a brilliant example of beautiful Victorian-style architecture. There are many examples of Shingle, Stick and Queen-Anne style designs throughout town. Bay Head’s large historic district was named to both the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places in 2005 while boasting a whopping 550 plus historic buildings, making it one of the largest historic districts in New Jersey!
The Bay Head Community
Local residents take full advantage of the region’s stellar natural setting and beautiful climate. The Bay Head Beach is an always popular stopover for families, featuring clean white sands and a large non-commercial boardwalk. Food and drinks aren’t allowed on the beach itself but a wide array of water sport equipment can be rented from within the town. Visitors and locals alike enjoy swimming, kayaking and surfing in the cool waters of the Atlantic.
Constructed shortly after the borough itself in 1888, the Bay Head Yacht Club is an established local institution as well as a popular wedding venue. The wide, wrap-around balconies create a truly iconic and instantly recognizable structure along the Jersey Shore. The club is very active in local sailing organizations and hosts numerous community events throughout the year.
Local Shops and Restaurants
Bay Head may have a small, quaint central core but it hosts over 40 boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. With an eye on maintaining its quaint, small-town atmosphere, there is a definite emphasis on smaller shops and cozy restaurants; plus, they all sit just a few blocks from the beach!
Among Bay Head’s attractive central core are two local favorites: the Dune Grass Café and Mueller’s Bakery:
Serving breakfast, lunch and ice cream, as the sign outside describes, the Dune Grass Café maintains a fantastic laid-back vibe that has quickly become a hit with locals and visitors. Come in and enjoy a selection of omelettes, fresh sandwiches and, or course, ice cream after a day on the beach!
Located right across the Bridge Avenue Bridge from the beach, Mueller’s Bakery offers full line of freshly made baked good, everything from pastries to breads and bagels. Leave your diet at home on a trip to this local gem and try the crumb cake, you’ll be glad you did.
With a charming architectural style and laid-back atmosphere, Bay Head is a seaside town like no other. The community is nestled right on the beach in serene surroundings with friendly, welcoming locals. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Bay Head may be the perfect place for you to call home. Please give us a call at 732-295-2222 or contact us online to learn more!