The song, "The Kid From Red Bank," written by Neal Hefti, refers to Red Bank's favorite son and jazz great Count Basie.
New Jersey's Red Bank is a friendly town with a rich history and a promising future. There aren't many towns that have a population of less than 15,000 that can boast of not one but two nationally known 4-star restaurants, world famous music and performing arts acts and one of the largest arcades in the world! This town is large enough to have it all -- and small enough to appreciate it. It's a great place to live. and newcomers are always welcome.
Moving to Red Bank
Renting places to live in Red Bank is similar to renting in any smaller community. While an application is likely to be required, that is primarily a streamlined way of getting all of your information in one place. You will need first and last months' rent, a security deposit and deposits for utilities; few places are all bills paid. Pets are not typically a problem, but there may be some restrictions on larger dogs or specific breeds, particularly if you are looking for a small studio for rent! If you want to hedge your bets, include a reference or two with your application to smooth the way. Apartment complexes and a few individuals may run a soft credit check.
When you live in a place where the population barely moves past the 12,000 mark, you typically don't expect the urban concept of neighborhoods, often used as taxing districts or real estate designations, to exist. That is true in Red Bank, except for the neighborhood of Shrewsbury.
Borough: Housing choices are somewhat limited in this older part of the town. There are a few apartment complexes and buildings where you can find apartments, but the neighborhood is mostly comprised of larger single-family homes and homes that have been converted into townhouses. There's not too many dining and entertainment options here, but it is a good place to look if you're just looking for somewhere to live.
Front: This is the largest neighborhood in Red Bank and the primary residential area for the city. Expect to find every type of housing here! You will have the option of selecting from larger apartment complexes, which offer premier apartments with plenty of amenities, as well as smaller single-family homes and even starter homes. This is a quieter area than the others because it's the one farthest from the shopping and business district. There are quite a few dining and drinking options in this area, however. For something a little less formal, consider a visit to Red Restaurant and Lounge. Great food along with outstanding service combine to give you a great place for a relaxing dinner with friends. The lounge provides a nice environment to gather with friends for drinks. You will find other favorites in the neighborhood. Everything from Asian cuisine such as Thai, Chinese and Japanese to Italian and Mexican.
Shrewsbury: This is as urban as it gets, and if you love jazz, then this is the neighborhood for you. There are several jazz clubs and dining places that cater to those who love this type of music. Expect to find smaller apartment buildings, townhouses and a few duplexes scattered throughout the area. Count Basie Theater is the big draw in this neighborhood and for good reason. If you are expecting only jazz then you are in for a treat! This historic theater plays host to everything from classical to country music and also hosts the ballet and opera. This is truly a cultural center, and the theater itself is a showcase.
Living in Red Bank
Red Bank not only has a great variety of indoor activities and attractions, but it will also get you outside with a schedule of events that span the majority of the year. From the Red Bank Street Fair in April to the Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides that last until late December, there is sure to be something that interests you. Be sure to give the Riverfest a try in May. This 3-day festival features food, music and a carnival. It's a great way to sample local flavors, as well as check out local artists. This event attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors a year so you know it has to be good. For great home cooking, frequent the farmers' market that runs from mid-May until December and will allow you to get great local fruits and vegetables and meet those who grew them. It's every Sunday so be sure to mark it on your calendar.