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About Spring Lake
Spring Lake has a celebrated history of gracious living as seen in the grand mansions lining the ocean, picturesque residential streets and boutique shops in its captivating downtown. Established in 1884, this Monmouth County municipality was a refined East Coast resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s; its location was especially appealing to those from New York City and Philadelphia. Often compared to other seaside communities such as Bar Harbor, Maine and Newport, Rhode Island, there are still fine examples of Gilded Age architecture throughout Spring Lake. Two listings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Audenried Cottage on Tuttle Avenue and Martin Maloney Cottage on Morris Avenue, are stunning reminders of the town’s rich architectural heritage.
Measuring about 1.7 square miles with two miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Spring Lake is bordered by Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Wall Township, Lake Como and Belmar. This community includes a non-commercial boardwalk at the ocean’s edge, charming inns, Broadway-caliber productions at the spring Lake Theatre Company, outdoor eateries, art galleries and unique shops. A scenic park surrounds a spring-fed lake that is also the town’s namesake. Festivals and special events are held throughout the year, attracting visitors and residents to this famed “Jewel of the Jersey Shore.”
Even though it’s in New Jersey, Spring Lake is well-connected to the entertainment world. It is the setting for Spring Lake resident Mary Higgins Clark’s novel On the Street Where You Live; indie rock band Vampire Weekend filmed a music video for their song “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” in Spring Lake; and the town was used as a stand-in for turn-of-the-century
Atlantic City in the 1981 film Ragtime. Academy award-winning actor Jack Nicholson’s family moved to Spring Lake when he was in high school, and his grandmother’s beauty parlor was located at 505 Mercer Avenue.