Living in Fair Haven: A Real Estate and Lifestyle Guide to Fair Haven, New Jersey

Fair Haven, New Jersey—An affluent small-town community located on the Navesink River surrounded by nature and offering a popular main street

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Where Is Fair Haven Located in New Jersey?

Fair Haven is on the Rumson peninsula, along the Navesink River, in Monmouth County. The town is surrounded by Rumson to the east, Red Bank to the west, and Little Silver to the south. River Road and Ridge Road are the main roads through town. Fair Haven is about 2.5 miles from Route 35 and 5 miles from Route 36. The Garden State Parkway is also accessible at 4.4 miles away.

What Are the Transportation Options in Fair Haven?

Commuters heading into Manhattan can take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coastal Line from nearby Red Bank Station. The ride takes about an hour and a half. Academy Bus offers weekday transportation from Exit 109 Park & Ride on the Garden State Parkway [Red Bank, Lincroft exit] to both the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Wall Street. Fair Haven residents can also choose to drive to the city by taking the Garden State Parkway to the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95 N) via exit 129 or exit 142A (via I-78) and through the Lincoln Tunnel. There is also the option of taking a Seastreak ferry from Highlands, New Jersey, to Battery Maritime Building Slip 5 at 10 South St. or East 35th St. in New York City.

What Is the Architecture of Fair Haven?

As with most New Jersey towns, the housing styles vary. Fair Haven has ranches, 19th-century cottages, new construction, and riverfront homes with private docks, among others.

What Schools Are in Fair Haven?

The Fair Haven Public Schools consist of the Viola L. Sickles School for pre-K through third grade and the Knollwood School for fourth grade through eighth grade. There are no school buses in town, so kids are often seen riding to school on bikes. Students in ninth through twelfth grades attend Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson. The high school has garnered many awards and high rankings statewide and nationwide. The most recent being listed as one of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek in 2016. The athletic teams at the high school are also of note with multiple championship titles for various sports.

Private schools in the area include The Rumson Country Day School in Rumson for pre-K through eighth grade, Holy Cross School in Rumson for pre-K through eighth grade, and Red Bank Catholic High School for ninth through twelfth grade.

The early childhood learning centers in Fair Haven include Smart Start Preschool and Meadow Flower Nursery School, as well as others in the surrounding towns.

Things to See and Do in Fair Haven

Relax on the Navesink River
The town rests along the Navesink River and there is plenty to do from joining a yacht club (there are two in town) to fishing, sailing, crabbing, enjoying a small public beach and picnic area near Fair Haven Yacht Works, and shopping and eating along River Road.

Enjoy Nature
The Fair Haven Natural Area consists of 40 wooded acres with 1.65 miles of trails surrounding a 2-acre pond to explore. The Harding Bird Sanctuary, located on Ridge and Harding Roads, is home to various species of birds and animals and is maintained by the Fair Haven Garden Club. McCarter Pond has hosted fishing contests and is a quiet place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. For kids, playgrounds are located at McCarter Park, Fair Haven Community Center, and the Fair Haven Recreation Area, which also has various sports fields and tennis courts for active youth and adults.

Care For Your Pets
Fair Haven’s Two Rivers Animal Hospital offers veterinary services including exams and consultations, vaccinations, microchipping, preventative medicine, diagnostics, surgery, and a pharmacy to fill your pet’s prescriptions.

Grab a Book

Stop by River Road Books and browse through the various literary works to find your next must-read book. Its No Strings Attached Book Club hopes to resume monthly meetings on Thursdays this summer. The store also has a dedicated children’s section and has hosted author events.

Explore a Popular Museum
The Fair Haven Library has passes to popular area museums. You can check out a museum pass with your library card and return it on its due date (the same as you would for a book loan). Museum passes include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, The Frick Collection, The American Museum of Natural History, all in New York City, and the Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton.

Sign the Kids up for Camp
The Fair Haven Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Rec-N-Crew Summer Day Camp that runs for three hours each day from the end of June through the end of August for Fair Haven children entering first grade through eighth grade. Other summer camps available to local children include (as of 2021) lacrosse, STEAM, soccer, running, baseball, handwriting, as well as USSI camps for soccer, t-ball, football, lacrosse, and tennis.

Where to Eat in Fair Haven?*

Drive along River Road and you’re sure to find a highly rated restaurant to fill your appetite, including:

Raven & the Peach
Considered a romantic dining destination, Raven & the Peach offers modern American cuisine with menu items including crispy pork belly, lobster-glazed halibut, Australian rack of lamb, as well as steaks served with confit marbled potatoes and sautéed broccolini. There are six wines on their featured wine list and they also offer a raw bar. Don’t forget dessert! Try the carrot cake-inspired donut holes or the pancakes with pecan apple crisp. Soufflés are also on the menu.

Nauvoo Grill Club
With an ambiance inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Nauvoo Grill Club menu focuses on American cuisine with a Southwestern twist. Dishes include Cornish hen with wild rice and roasted chicken jus, braised short rib with cauliflower puree and bordelaise sauce, and eggplant Napoleon.

Seed to Sprout
Seed to Sprout brings organic, vegan food to you with selections available for pickup from a Mexican omelet and bacon cheddar melt to a sweet and smoky beet burger, kimchi rice bowl, and buffalo chickpea salad. Soups and sides are also on hand, as well as baked goods, smoothies, and superfood lattes.

Tavolo Pronto
In the mood for Italian? Tavolo Pronto is a one-stop-shop with a bistro, bakery, and market. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, selections include paninis, wraps, sandwiches, pizza, salads, pasta, prepared dinners for four (all your Italian favorites), and homemade pastries and gourmet cakes.

*Review dining websites for COVID-19 protocols.

How Many People Live in Fair Haven?

Population: 5,873*

What Is the Average Home Value in Fair Haven?

Price: $731,900**

What Are the Property Taxes in Fair Haven?

Median Cost: $15,886***
*United States Census Bureau
**Census Reporter

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