What’s the best way to choose a vacation home in the state? Fortunately, there’s research available to help beach lovers eliminate some of the guesswork.
Research engine Dwellics — which specifically focuses on narrowing down choices when it comes to finding places that suit individual’s lifestyles — unveiled the top 10 places to buy a vacation home in the Garden State:
1. Harvey Cedars
2. Sea Bright
3. Long Branch
4. Asbury Park
5. Point Pleasant
6. Seaside Heights
7. Ocean City
10. Cape May
Dwellics looked at 40 New Jersey beach towns and communities, covering more than 130 miles of Atlantic coast. It factored in: number of visitors each summer, median property taxes, ability to rent vacation properties, beach quality, crime rate, property taxes, year-round climate and entertainment offerings.
The research team did mention New Jersey’s notoriously high property taxes — which again ranked the highest in the nation according to the latest WalletHub report — as a downside to owning another home on the coast, but said some homeowners rent out their vacation homes to help offset those costs.