Brielle is a stunning New Jersey community perched majestically on the shores of the beautiful Manasquan River, mere minutes from the Jersey Shore’s sparkling coastline. Away from the frenetic crowds that frequent the Jersey Shore’s infamous boardwalks, residents are able to fully enjoy New Jersey’s temperate climate, in a more subdued and laid-back locale. Brielle neighbors the community of Manasquan to the east, with both Point Pleasant and Point Pleasant Beach located just across the Manasquan River to the south.
Away from the Atlantic coast, Brielle boasts an incredible four miles of stunning riverfront, ranging from the Manasquan River through Debbie’s Creek and into the picturesque Glimmer Glass. The small town’s ideal position along this waterway has contributed to a long history of boating. The appealing Brielle waterfront real estate has enchanted home buyers for decades, many of which make the daily one hour commute to New York City for work.
A Quick Look Back
The area now known as Brielle has been inhabited for well over a hundred years. The salt mines in the area were an essential component of the burgeoning community’s early economy. The salt extracted by the Union Salt Works during the Revolutionary War provided a local source of the vital preservative in the days before refrigeration. The borough as we know it today was created in 1919 from portions of neighboring Wall Township and named for the city of the same name in the Netherlands.
Known commonly as “a community by the river”, the area would became a popular vacation spot for wealthy New Yorkers and attracted several prominent visitors. Most notably, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, visited in the late 1880s and completed portions of his novel The Master of Ballantrae. He would name Brielle’s Osborn Island after the titular island in his most famous work after a short cruise on the Manasquan River.
Highlights of the Community
Brielle takes full advantage of its position on the Manasquan River as an ideal entry point to the luminary Jersey Shore and it's beautiful natural landscape. The community's long marine history is best represented by one of the Jersey Shore’s most established yacht clubs, the Manasquan River Yacht Club, that actually pre-dates the community of Brielle itself. The club promotes sailing for all ages with celebrated programs geared toward youth. In addition to sailing, the club also features state-of-the-art tennis facilities.
Continuing on with the nautical theme, it’s not surprising that Brielle boasts a number of supremely popular seafood restaurants. The Shipwreck Grill is found right on the docks near the Manasquan River and features an award-winning menu as well as an incredibly friendly staff. This is a local favorite you’ll return to, again and again.
Harpoon Willy’s Tavern is another local must, featuring a lively atmosphere with delicious food options and live music. Get there early though, this local hot spot fills up quick!Shawn Clayton on