Island Life #5 - "Walking & Biking Around the Gardens" in Ocean City, NJ ... from Dustin A. Peters, Goldcoast Sotheby's International Realty
I happen to have lived in the Northend and Gardens sections of Ocean City (NJ) since we first purchased a home here in 1988. We have always owned single family properties which slowly caused us to move further north to a bit more ground which turned up in the Gardens. Since becoming a real estate agent in 1993, I have tended to list and sell most of my properties in this same area. And I have tended to walk and bike in this area as well. It may have been what caused me to consider real estate as my second career. I just found it so very intersting to check out houses and property.
This posting is specific to the Gardens area ... that area north of North Street and running to the Longport Bridge at the end of the island in the north. The red light intersecting Battersea Road and Wesley Road begins the drive to the Longport Bridge on Wesley Road which a few blocks further north becomes the Gardens Parkway. So one can split the Gardens into two sections: the ocean side and the bay side of the Gardens with the Parkway being the dividing point.
One of my favorite walks summer and winter is taking the Wesley Road sidewalks and continuing to follow the Gardens Parkway all the way up to Newcastle Road and continuing to head around the ocean side of the Gardens Parkway back to East Atlantic Boulevard and back to Surf Road and to where I started. It's a good starter walk for almost anyone.
I also enjoy biking the alleys throughout the Gardens. Many visitors don't realize that there are a number of alley configurations around the Gardens enabling these owners to park from the back of their property. And as one bikes around the area, they have an opportunity to see a different look at these single family properties. And it is quite save in that one rarely sees and automobile dring along an alley.
I also enjoy walking on the beach starting at the Surf Road Beach where we tend to stay on those occasions when we get to the beach. One walk can take you south all the way down to Pennlyn and a bit beyond to about the Gardens Plaza high rise condominiums. If you go the other way, you can walk all around the Gardens beaches up to the Longport Bridge and a bit further on the bay side to the first extended property opening up to the actual bay. This way tends to be a bit more interesting in that you see a lot of people fishing from the beach, you run into more wild birds running along the beach, and you have a bit more of the beach to yourself. I have often walked up to the Longort Bridge via the sidewalks alongthe Gardens Parkway and then shifted to the beach and walked back until I got to Surf Road.
There are many more side trips that you can find on your own. So I want to challenge you to find your own favorite walking or biking location in the Gardens this summer. Enjoy, and good luck!!!