We hope that you’ve had a good fall, and that you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your family!  We are home with our respective families – they are traveling to us, rather than us traveling to them! :-)  All is well here, in spite of the recent stormy weather, and the cold snap that is expected late this week (only a high of 30 and WINDY for Thanksgiving!).  The beaches did suffer in the recent nor’easter, but their current condition is not unusual for this time of year.  Hopefully, we will have a mild winter!  The video below has recent views of some of the beaches in Bay Head and Mantoloking, as seen from Downer Avenue and Johnson Street.

Around the Towns

As you probably know, if you own oceanfront property, fall is generally considered the best time to plant dune grass – Bay Head and Mantoloking both offer programs that make it easy for oceanfront owners to obtain dune grass.  You can learn more by contacting your respective town.  Everyone may find this video about the importance of dune grass interesting – it was released by the Friends of Island Beach State Park.  They will be hosting a fall dune grass planting event on December 1st, and more information can be found on their website.  As you may have noticed, there has been dredging activity in the bay in our general area, including Brick, Mantoloking, Bay Head, and parts of the Metedeconk.  This is part of a $16 million dollar project to improve the bay’s channels – much of this work is necessary due to shoaling that occurred during Sandy, now over six years ago.  Further details can be found here. In conjunction with the Bay Head Business Association and Point Pleasant Beach Rotary, we are collecting items to donate to veterans who are in need – small toiletry items, socks, gloves, hats, and non-perishable foods (such as granola bars and the like) are preferred.  Items can be dropped off at our office at 88 Bridge Avenue through December 10th.  Cards and notes are also welcome.  We used to be able to collect donations for active duty military, but overseas delivery is no longer possible.  As a reminder – Saturday the 24th is “Small Business Saturday” – please shop local, and support our local businesses.  Please see below for upcoming holiday events in both towns, and other meetings.

Upcoming Events

Bay Head Christmas Walk – Friday, December 7th, Begins at 4:00 pm (please find a full listing of the activities at the very end of this email)

Mantoloking Town Tree Lighting – Sunday, December 9th, 5:00pm

Meetings

The next Bay Head council meeting is December 3rd at 7:00 pm; the next Bay Head Planning Board meeting is December 19th at 7:30 pm; and the next Bay Head Environmental Commission Meeting is December 11th at 5:30 pm.

Upcoming meetings in Mantoloking are as follows – The Mantoloking Planning Board Meeting will be December 6th at 6:30 pm. The Environmental Commission Meeting will be December 11th at 4:30 pm, and the Mantoloking Council Agenda Setting meeting also will be December 11th at 5:30 pm. The Regular Borough Business meeting is scheduled for December 18th at 5:30 pm.

All dates are subject to change, and the latest information is usually posted on the respective website. More town meetings and events can be found on the town calendars: Bay Head | Mantoloking

Market

There has been some market activity in the last 30 days, but often things are a bit quiet as the holidays approach.   Our listing at 900 Ocean Avenue in Mantoloking has a new price of $1,539,000.  We have also had two recent sales of our listings, one at 642 Main Avenue, Bay Head (listed and sold by us at a price of $1,400,000), and the other at 208 Squan Beach Drive in Curtis Point, Brick (sold at a price of $1,175,000).

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 24 homes and parcels of land on the market, (down from last month’s total of 26) and 2 properties under contract. In the last 30 days, there has been only one closing in Bay Head – our previously mentioned listing and sale at 642 Main Avenue.

In Mantoloking, there are currently 31 homes and parcels of land on the market (down from last month’s total of 37), and 2 properties under contract. In the last 30 days, there has been only 1 closing in Mantoloking.

We welcome your comments, suggests for topics, and other feedback.  We also would be happy to meet with you at your convenience if there is anything that you would like to discuss.

Be well, be safe, and we hope that you had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you,

Ed and Suzie

All statistics are per the Monmouth/Ocean MLS as of 11/20/2018.

37th Annual Christmas Walk in Bay Head
A Bay Head Tradition full of holiday spirit.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Holiday Highlights on Bridge Avenue:
CEREMONIES AT THE BAY HEAD FIREHOUSE
Bay Head School Musical Program at 6PM
Hot Cocoa & Hot Dogs Courtesy of B.H.Y.C. & Boy Scouts

SANTA ARRIVES BY FIRE TRUCK at 6:30PM

OPEN HOUSE IN ALL THE SHOPS &
BUSINESSES from 5:30-8PM

DIANE TURTON, Realtors – 88 Bridge Ave.
Come hear the Brass Band play the joys of the season while you enjoy refreshments. We will be collecting unwrapped toys to support area children through Collier Youth Services and Casa of Ocean County. 6-8PM

THE JOLLY TAR – 56 Bridge Ave. Friday evening refreshments. The 3rd Annual Memorial Stars will be hung throughout the Holiday Season. Come in anytime to fill out a Memorial Star honoring a loved one, family, friend or pet.

MUELLER’S BAKERY – 80 Bridge Ave. Stop in for free coffee, tea & a special savory snack.

THERAPEUTIC TOUCH – 58 Bridge Ave (2nd floor) Stop in over the weekend to enter our drawing for a Back, Neck & Shoulder Rescue and Spa Gift Basket. ($100 value)

TANGERINE BOUTIQUE – 84 Bridge Ave. Don’t forget our furry friends in shelters this holiday season! Bring an item for a shelter animal & receive an entry to win a gift certificate!

THE COASTAL COTTAGE BAY HEAD – 60 Bridge Ave. Come join us for our GRAND OPENING & some holiday spirits! Enter to win a gift certificate!

INTEGRATIVE HEALING & WELLNESS
Come meet this gifted team at our new location behind The Coastal Cottage Bay Head. We will be hanging out with the gift shop crew & enjoying spirits & laughs. Enter to win a gift certificate for a modality of your choice.

LA LUZ SALON- 82 Bridge Ave. Come enjoy some music with Me & Bobby D. & stop in to enter raffle for gift basket!

ANDI’S – 76 Bridge Ave. Happy Holidays from Andi’s! Please stop by & listen to the bell choir, Guess how many snowballs are in the window to win a gift certificate!

Holiday Highlights on Main Avenue:

GLORIA NILSON & CO REAL ESTATE- Main Ave. We will be serving light refreshments raffling off a ‘Basket of Cheer’. We are also collecting for Dottie’s House. Cleaning supplies & gift cards: Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Target. 6-8PM

BEACH HOUSE SURF SHOP – 517 Main Ave. Come enjoy Food & Drink and Charlie Brown Christmas playing on the front of the shop! 6:45PM
Come by Curtis Court to talk to the Talking Tree & share your Christmas Wishes to report back to Santa.

Holiday Highlights on Mount St. & Lake Ave.:

CANDY CABANA – 33 Mount Street. Stroll on over for some Christmas Karaoke, hot cider & candy. While you wait your turn to sing… make an ornament for your tree!
Friday, Saturday & Sunday

BAY HEAD SCHOOL OF BALLET & VIOLIN
56 Mount St (corner of Lake & Mount)
“THE NUTCRACKER IN THE SKY” Look up & see the ballerinas dancing in the windows. 7PM

REFIND – 43 Mount Street, ReFind: Christmas shopping for #thelittlethings & some holiday cheer!

NOON DESIGN SHOP – 524 Lake Ave. Shine bright with us as the first 50 customers will receive our limited edition “Bay Head Shine Bright” candle. Enjoy Christmas cookies, egg nog & lots of holiday cheer!

ALL SAINTS CHURCH & HALL – 500 Lake Ave.
We will be open with refreshments, Christmas caroling and a tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 on Friday. Tours of this historic building will be offered. Everyone is welcome.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
12:30 – 3:30pm Free rides on the Christmas trolley with Santa aboard! Ride around Bay Head with stops at St. Paul’s for The Christmas Bazaar & at the BH Historical Museum for a Victorian Christmas party & new exhibit. Free to everyone.
Thank you to Manasquan Bank sponsoring the trolley rides
& the candy canes for Santa’s visit!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Bay Head Fire House from 9:30-11:30AM
($10 for adults, $5 for children)
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS &
THE BAY HEAD SCHOOL EXHIBIT
at the Bay Head Historical Society Museum. 12:30-3:30pm