Bay Head & Mantoloking Today – May 2019
[Publication of this issue was delayed due to a technical issue – you may have already seen this content via other means. Thank you!]
We hope that all is well with you and your family, wherever you may be! After nearly a week of stormy weather, it seems like summer is finally on its way – the sun is back, trees are in leaf, flowers are up, and there is pollen everywhere! 🙂 This past weekend was beautiful here!
The “big news” in Bay Head is still the beach replenishment activity, currently near Karge, and also near Chadwick. More details below. In Mantoloking, a recent concern is the proposed restaurant and wedding venue to be located on the property that many of us still think of as Winter’s Yacht Basin. More on that below too.
As a general reminder, our local police departments have been warning of many instances of fraud and/or scams via phone and email – if you do receive a phone or email, please be sure that is it legitimate before continuing the conversation or sharing any information. The Bay Head Police Department has also issued a warning about the town’s dog ordinance – in short, unleashed dogs are not permitted, and they are watching…
Last but not least, if you like to fish, crab, or clam, here are the 2019 regulations and size limits, current as of this posting. Have fun out there!
As usual, the video below contains scenes from Bay Head, Mantoloking, and the surrounding area. Hope you enjoy it! We have also linked to a previous video from the start of beach replenishment in Bay Head. If you haven’t already seen it, you can view it here.
Around the Towns
In Bay Head, beach replenishment activity continues, with work continuing north from Karge Street, and also between Chadwick and Johnson (currently, at the middle of this block). The Army Corps still indicates on their website that they hope to finish by mid to late June (as of 5/14). Access points at Osborne, North, and Karge are currently closed, but access is also limited at other sites where the steps have been washed away, or removed. The latest information from the Army Corps can be found on their website, and updates from the town can be found on its website.
We are also told that the state has sent letters to property owners that abut the old railroad right of way (along Clayton Avenue) indicating that they have the option to purchase that property. We do not have any information regarding pricing, timing, or the like.
Across the bay from Mantoloking, the owners of Barnegat Bay Marina have brought an application before the Brick planning board to develop a four story restaurant, bar, and wedding venue, on the site that many of us still think of as Winter’s Yacht Basin. A variance is required due to height, per published articles and other sources. The Borough of Mantoloking has expressed concerns about the project (due to safety hazards, noise, and light pollution), as have property owners on both sides of the bay. A full article can be found here. We will share additional information as we receive it, but feel free to contact us with any questions.
Beaches (also included in the April email)
In Bay Head, the BHIA has announced their fees and schedule for 2019 – Season badges will be $85, half-season $50, and daily $5 – children under 12 do not require badges, and activity duty military personal with ID will be given free badges. The beaches will be guarded from June 16th through September 3rd. Beach replenishment could affect access in some Bay Head locations from May through June, but the mayor states that it is hoped work will be completed by the end of June. Dune and fencing work may continue after this time.
In Mantoloking, badges are currently for sale ($75 each) at the Borough Hall. After May 28th, the price will go up to $85. Additional details can be found here. From June 22nd through Labor Day, there will be guards at Downer and Lyman, 7 days per week (10 to 6, and 10 to 5, respectively), and at Albertson, Saturday and Sunday only, 10 to 5.
Bay Head Farmer’s Market – 3:00PM, Thursdays, starting June 6th.
Barnegat Bay Blitz (bayfront cleanup) – Friday, June 7th, 9:30AM – Meet in front of Mantoloking Yacht Club. More details here.
Bay Head Historical Society – Opening Reception and Exhibit – Sunday, June 9th, 3 to 6PM
BHIA Opening Day – June 15th
The next Bay Head Council Meeting will be held on June 3rd at 7:00PM, and Mantoloking’s next Council Meeting is on May 21st, at 5:30PM. As you may know, Mantoloking’s dial-in number recently changed – the new number is (605) 313-5156, and the access code hasn’t changed (Access Code: 231051).
Additional town meetings can be found on the respective websites, linked below. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please let us know.
Market activity continues as we approach Memorial Day, and the improved weather and start of summer should result in increased activity. The recent stock market activity and new tariffs may affect some buyers, but not all. We are pleased to share the recent sales of our listings at 16 Mount Street, Bay Head ($3,185,000), and our listing at 201 Meadow Avenue, Point Pleasant ($650,000). Congratulations and thank you to the sellers, and to the new owners!
As always, all of our current listings can be found on our website.
Additional details about the current market in both towns can be found below. If you have questions about your property, or another neighborhood, please ask.
In Bay Head, there are currently 37 homes and parcels of land on the market, (up from last month’s total of 29) and 3 properties under contract. In the last 30 days, there have been 2 closings in Bay Head, including our listing at 16 Mount Street, and another transaction involving agents from our office.
In Mantoloking, there are currently 43 homes and parcels of land on the market (up from last month’s total of 40), and 1 property under contract. In the last 30 days, there has been 1 closing in Mantoloking.
If you are considering moving, we would be happy to meet with you. In addition, if anyone you know is talking about selling or buying, please keep us in mind.
We always welcome your comments, suggestions for topics, and other feedback.
Please remember and honor those who died serving our country, and have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.
Thank you, and be well!
Ed and Suzie
All statistics are per the Monmouth/Ocean MLS as of 5/20/2019.