by Shawn Clayton
on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 7:25am.
Colts Neck has been the home of rock stars and movie stars, and the appeal is plain to see - large pastoral lots, incredible estate homes and intoxicating wide-open spaces are the norm. Plus, all this is perfectly positioned just over an hour south of downtown Manhattan, and 20 minutes from the beautiful Jersey Shore coastline! The Colts Neck real estate is made up of extremely appealing colonial, ranch-style, and mansion/estate homes on extremely generous lots - some waterfront properties can even be found.
The upscale, suburb of New York City has strict guidelines for development with an end goal of preserving its pristine farmland. There are strict zoning guidelines that keep urban development out, as well as large big-box retailers. Instead, you’ll find numerous small, local businesses run by dedicated locals. A farmland preservation committee has also been set up and has been successful in preserving some 1000 acres of prime, natural land in the area.
The township of Colts Neck was created in 1847 from portions of surrounding Freehold, Middletown and Shrewsbury Townships. For a large proportion of its early existence, the area was known for its sprawling, farmland and numerous equestrian farms.
Today, many of the equestrian farms remain but the working farms have been replaced by opulent mansions and staggering estate homes. Colts Neck’s current claim to fame is its position as one of New Jersey’s most affluent communities. Its position close to downtown Manhattan has made it a popular choice for many power players in New York’s financial district. Several popular entertainers have also called the township home over the years, including Queen Latifah.
Rock and Roll legend Bruce Springsteen currently owns a 378-acre horse farm in the community, the largest equestrian farm in the area!
A Premier Jersey Shore Hot Spot
The Colts Neck community encompasses many of the stellar amenities you come to expect from a town of its caliber. Several of the homes in the area are positioned on the beautiful Swimming River Reservoir and enjoy spectacular access to three world-class golf courses, including:
Hominy Hill Golf Course
Colts Neck Golf Club
Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck.
Colts Neck’s most iconic landmarks harken back to the early days of its existence. The Colts Neck Inn Restaurant is connected to the historic Colts Neck Inn and is commonly heralded as one of the best steak and chop houses in New Jersey. In addition to its position as an award-winning steak house, it’s also a historic revolutionary war landmark.
The Colts Neck General Store is also a fascinating relic from a bygone era. Originally constructed back in 1858 as a general store, it now serves mainly as a deli.