Bay Head & Mantoloking Today – October 2019

We hope that this update finds you well, and that you’re enjoying the mild fall weather, wherever you may be! Suzie and John recently returned from a trip out west to see Yellowstone, the Badlands, and more, and Meagan and Ed recently visited the Lake Placid area. In spite of some beach erosion and flooding (bay) from recent storms, both towns are doing well!  You can see the current beach conditions, and images of the recent flooding in this month’s video.  Look closely at the video of Mount Street – you’ll see foamy water coming out of the pump station vent, and what appears to be air bubbling up from the street!

As some of you may know, we periodically mail out our magazine, American Lifestyle (containing articles regarding food, travel, art, and many other topics).  We are now offering a digital version –  if you would like to receive it, please let us know (just reply to this email).  Also, a recent article discusses what happens after beach replenishment, and includes input from the Army Corps of Engineers.  Last but not least, there continues to be a large number of phone and internet scams, so please watch out!  They often involve computer technical support, or your finances, so be very wary about phone calls or emails regarding any related topics.  When in doubt, call a verified number (eg – one from a printed bank statement, or the back of a credit card – not one provided via phone or email) to make sure everything is above board.

The video below includes a variety of local scenes, including a photo or two of some of our listings.  There is also footage of the beaches following the recent storms.

Around the Towns

in mid-October, both towns experienced bay-side flooding, in the usual locations, but more severe than average.  Flooded locations included Mount Street, Lake Avenue, Club Drive, Bay Avenue, and parts of Barnegat Lane, to name a few.  The severity was increased by a number of factors – full moon and high tide, but also the after effects of recent storms – though we had higher than average flood waters, the day in question was calm, clear, and sunny – the calm after the storm!  One of the factors that increased the flood levels is known as a seiche (follow the link for a detailed explanation from NOAA) – in short, water is pushed out of  of a body of water (or in our case, towards the south end of the bay), by wind and atmospheric effects – when conditions stabilize, the water equalizes, often with a “sloshing” effect – eg – it becomes overly high at the north end of the bay, before returning to normal.  Think about what would happen if you carried a shallow pan full of water while walking – it would most likely slosh and spill (flood!).

Registration and check-in for the Bay Head Halloween Parade and Costume Contest starts at 11:15 on Saturday (10/26), but pre-registration and other details can be found here.  Note that you do not have to be a Bay Head resident or student to participate.


Bay Head Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest – 11:15AM (Registration and Check-in), Saturday, October 26th (with a Sunday rain date) More details here.

Bay Head’s Veteran’s Day Commemoration – Saturday, November 9th, 11AM, Blue Star Memorial (west of Scow Ditch)

Bay Head Christmas Walk – 5:00PM, Friday, December 6th – many more details to follow!

The I Love Bay Head  and Suzie & Ed Facebook pages are also good sources of information about upcoming events.  If you are not on Facebook (or even if you are), always feel free to call or email with any questions.


The next Bay Head Council Meeting will be held on November 4th at 7:00PM, and Mantoloking’s next regular Council Meeting is on November 19th, at 5:30PM (agenda setting meeting is on the 12th).  The next Bay Head Planning Board meeting is on November 13th at 7:30PM, and the next Mantoloking Planning Board meeting is on November 7th at 6:30PM.

Please keep in mind that both borough halls are typically closed for Election Day and Veteran’s Day

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.

Bay Head | Mantoloking


We’ve had a busy fall so far, helped in part due to the nice weather!  Buyers have remained active, though the summer is over, and we are approaching the holidays.  As you will see below, there are a nunber of new listings, contracts, and recent closings.

We will be hosting two open houses this Saturday – 12 to 2pm at 310 Maryland Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach (Bay Head by the Sea), and 1 to 3pm, 900 Ocean Avenue, Mantoloking.

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 29 homes and parcels of land on the market, (same as last month, though the inventory has changed) and 8 properties under contract.  In the last 30 days, there have been 5 closings in Bay Head, including our sale at 660 East Avenue, and other transactions involving our office.

In Mantoloking, there are currently 33 homes and parcels of land on the market (down two from last month), and 4 properties under contract. There have been 4 closings in Mantoloking in the last 30 days, including our bayfront land sale at 1206 Bay Avenue.  If you would like to receive more frequent updates, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram (#suzieandedrealtors), or please give us a call.

We always welcome your comments, suggestions for topics, and other feedback.  If there is a particular topic that you would like us to cover, or a question that you need an answer to, please let us know.

Be well, be safe, and have a happy and fun Halloween!

We are here if you need us!

Ed and Suzie

All statistics are per the Monmouth/Ocean MLS as of  10/24/19.