Lorenzo Bevilaqua

Insiders' guide to life in Rumson

Setting: Rumson, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, is asuburban town with easy access to the Navesink and Shrewsburyrivers and the beaches of the Jersey Shore. The Borough of Rumsonencompasses 5.2 square miles, and the population is a little morethan 7,000.

Attractions: Rumson is a quiet community about an hour'sdrive from Manhattan, depending upon traffic. Commuters can alsoreach Manhattan via the SeaStreak fast ferry departing out ofnearby Highlands, or by train from Red Bank, New Jersey. Rumson hasa low crime rate, excellent schools, a country club, and six publicparks.

Drawbacks: Property taxes are extremely high. If you'relooking to live in a multicultural area, Rumson may not be for you;the population is predominantly white. Although there are a fewsmall shops and markets, you'll need to drive to the next town forgrocery stores or larger retailers.

Housing: Along much of the Navesink's edge and on therolling hills above the town you'll find larger homes and estates;closer to the town's center are more-modest houses on tree-linedstreets. Prices range from about $500,000 for two- or three-bedroomcottages, ranch houses, and colonials to well into the millions forestates.

Your next-door neighbors: The Boss (Bruce Springsteen, tonon-acolytes) lives in Rumson. So does TV newsman Geraldo Rivera.Other residents tend to be well-educated professionals (think WallStreet executives), many of whom are married with children livingat home.

How you'd spend your free time: Boating, eating at localrestaurants (Salt Creek Grille and David Burke Fromagerie arefavorites, says resident Thomas Shea), and enjoying the amenitiesof the area's beach clubs and country club.

(published March 2007)

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