Manalapan Township Info and Homes For Sale

Manalapan Township Info and Homes For Sale

Manalapan Township was the site of the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778. During the late 1700s and into the mid-1800s, most Manalapan Township real estate was part of Freehold Township. In 1848, the New Jersey State Legislature moved to develop the western side of Freehold Township into a new township to include both Manalapan and Englishtown. In 1888, Englishtown officially separated from the Manalapan Township and became its own town.

Manalapan gets its name from the Lenni Lenape Native American words meaning “good land to settle upon.” At the time of its creation, the Manalapan Township was a small farming community with only 28 registered businesses consisting of grain, vegetable and fruit farmers; grist, saw and woolen mills; and other trade professionals such as blacksmiths, whiskey makers and carpenters. In 1888 Englishtown separated from the township, reducing its overall population.

Shopping and Dining
Most Manalapan Township real estate is located near multiple local shops and near big box stores. Rosie’s Posies is a floral shop in the area that specializes in gift and floral bouquet needs for both men and women for every time of the year. Whispers Fashion caters to shoppers looking for fashionable womenswear; Aramis Boutique and Jewelry, Dee Jac Designs and other small shops also provide a boutique clothes-shopping experience. The Manalapan EpiCenter provides visitors and residents with access to big box and other nationally recognized shops like Game Stop, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Target and Macy’s.

Good food is never difficult to find in Manalapan Township, and there is a wide variety of dining options. Mezza Luna specializes in southern and central Italian dishes, while Konbu Japanese offers traditional Asian fare. Dusal’s Pizza is one of more than a dozen pizza parlors in the area. For American fare, diners can sit down at Hartigan’s Grille or a national chain Applebee’s.

Parks and Recreation
Activities in and around Manalapan Township are plentiful. Every year in June, the township hosts the reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, a more than 1,500-acre park with horseback riding and hiking trails, sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter, and picnic and playground areas. The Manalapan Recreation Center offers plenty of activities to adults and children alike including Zumba and other dance classes, volleyball, street hockey, arts and crafts classes, and bowling, and has multiple basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball fields.

Golf is also popular in Manalapan and the township has multiple 18-hole golf courses and country clubs for adults and aspiring young golfers plus miniature golf courses for families and children. Each year, families look forward to the Festival of Lights during the holiday season, and gain an appreciation for other cultures and religions during the Purim Carnival.

Manalapan Township real estate fits right in with the feeling of a small-town with big ambitions. The township is growing in population and quickly; it is estimated that the population will roughly double by 2022. Manalapan is still a quiet, unassuming place to live but provides residents with easy access to the bright lights of the big city. The township is less than one hour from both Newark and New York City and is less than an hour and a half from Atlantic City and Philadelphia.

The estimated real estate value of a home or condo in Manalapan was $464,000 in 2011. Some residents work as computer specialists, sales representatives, or in upper management positions while others earn their living in trade and technical positions such as construction workers, electricians, mechanics and farmers.

Schools, Health, Transportation
For children in grades 1-5, there are five schools close to Manalapan Township. Children in Pre-K and Kindergarten share one school building, while children in grade 6, and grades 7-8, attend different schools respectively. High school students in the township attend Manalapan High School in Englishtown. There are no high schools located within the township limits. Teachers within the Manalapan public schools are frequently recognized with awards at both the state and national level for their commitment to excellence in education. The township is also only 45 minutes from Princeton University.

Medical care is also widely available with many doctors and medical plazas throughout the township. Nearby hospitals include the Marlboro Medical Center in Marlboro and the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

Township residents make use of the New Jersey transit system for shorter rides to local towns and cities. Other residents utilize the Amtrak system for longer commutes to jobs in Newark and New York City. There are also bus systems and taxis available for residents and visitors.

Contact Information

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Marie Gentile
Keller Williams Realty West Monmouth
50 Hwy 9 North
Marlboro NJ 07746
(732) 536-9010 Office
(732) 433-9117 Cell
Fax: (800) 878-5469