Moving to Matawan / Aberdeen NJ- 10 Reasons Why You Should

Cori Dunphy
Published on September 15, 2022

Moving to Matawan / Aberdeen NJ- 10 Reasons Why You Should

The Matawan / Aberdeen area has so much to offer!

A peaceful morning on scenic Lake Lefferts in Matawan New Jersey.

A Complete Guide to Living in Matawan / Aberdeen, NJ

Are you or someone you know thinking about moving to the Matawan / Aberdeen area in Monmouth County, New Jersey?  If you are even considering making a move here, I STRONGLY suggest you read this article first.  This post will not only be based on my own personal thoughts and opinions but on the thoughts and opinions of many other Matawan, Aberdeen NJ residents.  Grab a hot cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let’s explore why Moving to Matawan / Aberdeen is such a great idea!

Moving to Matawan, NJ

Unless you have spent a fair amount of time in Monmouth County and especially the Matawan / Aberdeen area,  you may have no idea what a fabulous place it really is.  But don’t worry, I’m here to tell you why this is such a great place to call home!

Monmouth County is truly blessed to offer such beautiful towns, (and yes Matawan and Aberdeen are actually 2 different towns) But for the purpose of this video and article, I will refer to them as one place, because that’s what everyone seems to do! This is an area with so much to do and so many great people. But, If you still need some convincing, about the location, you’re in the right place. I did my very best to narrow it down to the top 10 reasons why you’ll love moving to the Matawan, Aberdeen area in NJ.

  I am a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and spent 50, yes 50 years here. Okay well 48, but it’s the same thing. I’ll leave a link for you to check out the listings in Matawan and Aberdeen. Don’t get scared when you see those first few homes pop up in the high 700,000s.  Families looking to get into this fabulous town can find a home/townhome starting in the low $300,000’s. In the past year, the average home sold in Matawan, NJ was around $570,000 – $640,000, and those homes, for the most part, offered 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, full basements, 2 car garages, and a generous size piece of property.  More than ½ of the homes sold also had country club yards, including in-ground pools!

Out of all the towns in Monmouth County, why would anyone choose to move to Matawan /  Aberdeen , NJ?  I went ahead and asked hundreds of current residents (in person and through a few local social media groups that consist of thousands of residents) and they told me what they love about living here. This is how I came up with the top 10 reasons to live in Matawan / Aberdeen, NJ. Here we go!

Some pretty boring info,  I thought I should share.

So let’s get started on our top 10 and remember these are in no special order.

1. Location Location LOCATION

The overall location makes this area extremely desirable. Proximity to the City and the shore makes the Matawan/Aberdeen an incredible place to live.  Within less than an hour, you can be in Manhattan, and in 25 minutes you can be at the gorgeous beaches of the Jersey Shore.  You are also about an hour and fifteen minutes from Philadelphia. There are many main roads that run in and around the Matawan / Aberdeen area such as the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, Hwy 34, Hwy 35, and Rt 79.  The location is prime and that’s just the beginning of what makes the area so fabulous.

Location really is everything when you are looking for a place to live. It’s important to think about how easy (or hard) it will be to travel in and out of the area. You may have family who want to visit you after moving or you may travel frequently for business. You will definitely want a major airport close to where you live. It’s a pain to live away from a major airport, and the extra connecting flights are much more expensive.  This area is super easy to travel to and from because of its location to not only Newark International Airport, but you can also choose from KennedyLaguardia, and Philadelphia. Not to mention Trenton, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia.

Let’s focus on Newark International because it’s obviously the closest and offers the easiest access to our area.   All the major airlines have a presence here. If there’s somewhere you want to go, you can get there pretty easily from Newark International. This means that the cost of your flights “should” be quite a bit less than if you lived in a city without an international airport because you’ll need fewer connecting flights to get to your destination.  Newark offers a fairly easy layout when it comes to an airport.  You can view the map here if you’d like to take a peek!  The Air Tran is “The low-cost, low-stress, low-impact way to Newark Liberty.” AirTrain is a simpler, easier way to get to, from, and around Newark Liberty International Airport. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, AirTrain provides easy connections to NJ Transit and the rail lines that run on the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line. AirTrain also offers a simple way for passengers to get to and from Manhattan and points north, or Philadelphia and points south. It also connects passengers to airline terminals, rental car facilities, hotel shuttles, and central parking lots. Best of all, you never have to worry about traffic conditions.

2. Home Prices in Matawan / Aberdeen NJ.

Hoping to live within commuting distance of New York City?   Matawan / Aberdeen  NJ is located about 50 minutes south of the city and I PROMISE, you get a LOT more bang for your buck out here than you do in New York.  Granted, there are some very expensive homes in the area,  but you can actually still find a single-family home, in the mid to high $400,000’s.  Matawan and Aberdeen, NJ also offer condos and townhomes and although I wouldn’t consider these options to be “cheap”, they do provide another way to get into the town at a more affordable price. The median home value in Matawan / Aberdeen , NJ is around $507,000. Keep in mind, that these numbers have become higher since the onset of the Covid19 Pandemic. This number is also an average price. You can find homes up to the 800,000’s now in the area as well. Included in this calculation to arrive at the median home price are some very large homes as well as smaller ones. Please feel free to check out the Matawan and Aberdeen markets!

3. Education in Matawan / Aberdeen NJ.

If you’re thinking of moving to our wonderful town, my guess is the school system here is also pretty important to you. If it’s not, just sit tight, while I review a little bit about the Matawan / Aberdeen School district. I’m sure you’ve already thought about what schools your kids will be attending if you relocate to the area. Although Matawan and Aberdeen are actually are 2 different towns, well, in theory, they do share a school system!

Matawan / Aberdeen , NJ has a good reputation for its School District. Over the past 10 years, the school’s rankings and grade averages have been consistently on the rise. To gather more information on the schools take a peek at a few websites for example,, and other sites available. I do suggest you also speak to people who have children in the schools. Sometimes the online sites, well let’s just say they are not always 100% accurate. It’s information based on percentages and there are a lot of factors that go into generating the stats on schools.

There are 8 Schools in total in the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District. They are:

2021 Best School Districts in New Jersey – Niche
#6 in Best School Districts in Monmouth County
Click here for details

Equitable School Districts in New Jersey
Click here for details

2022 Best High Schools Rankings
US News released their 2022 Best High Schools rankings and Matawan Regional High School is a winner!!!

#2793 in National Rankings
#117 in New Jersey High Schools
#296 in New York, NY Metro Area High Schools
Click here for details

4.    Fabulous Commute.

Many people who live in Monmouth County take New Jersey Transit to New York’s Penn Station (8th Avenue and 31st Street). The great news here, the station is located IN Matawan.  Click for NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line ScheduleNJ Transit Rail Tickets can be purchased at the Aberdeen-Matawan Station.  There are many ticket options. There are also numerous bus locations throughout the area if you prefer to take the bus to the Port Authority.  Please see the list below for current information.

Ticket Options

One-Way Tickets One continuous trip between the stations on the ticket. One-way tickets are valid until used (no expiration) and are non-refundable.
Monthly Passes Unlimited trips between two rail stations during a calendar month (valid until noon of the first business day of the following month). Can be purchased beginning at 5 p.m. on the 19th of the previous month, through the 10th day of the month for which the pass is valid. You can also sign up for QuikTik to receive your monthly pass by mail. Rail monthly passes can also be used on light rail or bus.
Weekly Passes Unlimited trips between two rail stations from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 6:00 a.m. on the following Saturday. On sale beginning Thursday and continuing through Tuesday. Rail weekly passes can also be used on light rail or bus.
Ten-Trip Tickets Ten one-way trips that are valid until used.
Children’s Fares Children (ages 5-11) save 50 percent and up to three children (ages 4 and under) ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.
Family Supersaver Fares On weekends and holidays, up to two kids (ages 5-11) can ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare. In effect from 7 p.m. Friday (or the day before a holiday) until 6 a.m. Monday (or the day after a holiday).
BusinessPass Offered through your employer, NJ TRANSIT BusinessPass allows you to save even more on monthly rail, bus, and light rail passes by deducting a portion of the cost from your pre-tax salaries, thus increasing your take-home pay. Your monthly pass is mailed directly to your worksite. Learn more.
PatronPass Businesses can buy one-way tickets in bulk. Learn more.
Student Monthly Passes Students who attend post-secondary schools that participate in our University Partnership Program may purchase monthly student passes online and save 25-percent off regular monthly pass fares. Learn more.
Reduced Fare Program for Senior Citizens and Customers with DisabilitiesSenior Citizens (62 and older) and customers with disabilities can travel on NJ TRANSIT trains, buses, and light rail vehicles at a reduced fare of half the regular one-way fare or less at all times. Learn more.
Military Personnel and Their Dependents All military personnel and their dependents will be permitted to purchase transportation at the senior citizen/passenger with disabilities reduced fare rate upon showing their military or military dependent ID card. The following military personnel are entitled to this fare: Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, or Retired members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. When purchasing your ticket from a ticket vending machine or through MyTix, select Senior/Disabled to obtain the discounted fare. Tickets also may be purchased at ticket offices at stations. Eligible customers may ride at reduced fare rates on any NJ TRANSIT bus, rail, or light rail service at all times, without restriction, upon presentation of authorized identification.

Both the daily lot and permit lot are open to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays and federal legal holidays, no permit is required and there is no fee for either lot.

The Borough of Matawan manages two parking lots which are owned by NJ Transit.

Daily Parking Lot

The daily parking lot (LOT #2) is located on the south side of the railroad tracks between Main Street and Atlantic Ave. The daily lot parking fee is $3.00 per day.  When parking your vehicle, take notice of the parking stall number and deposit $3.00 in the parking machines (3) located at the far corner of the lot closest to the ticket office before crossing over Atlantic Avenue.  The lot operates on a “first come – first served” basis. The lot is usually filled to capacity by 6:00 am to 6:30 am, Monday through Friday. Overnight parking is permitted in the daily lot. Please deposit $3.00 for each day you plan to leave your vehicle in the lot (5-day limit). Weekend parking (Saturday and Sunday) is generally available.

Permit Parking

The Permit Parking lot (LOT #1) is a triangular-shaped lot located on the North Side of the railroad tracks between Main Street and Atlantic Ave. Annual permits are $480.00 for the full year (January to December only), or $140.00 for a quarterly (three-month) permit. Permits are NOT currently on the waitlist.

Free Parking

Both the daily lot and permit lot are open to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays and federal legal holidays, no permit is required and there is no fee in either lot. The Matawan Permit Lot opens to the general public AFTER 11:00 am Monday through Friday. A parking permit is not required AFTER 11:00 am and there is no fee charged for parking.

Temporary Summer Parking Permits

The Borough of Matawan has instituted a summer parking permit program. A limited number of permits have been issued for a four-month period, usually May 1 to August 31. The permits are sold on a first come first served basis.

Application forms will be available at the NJ Transit Ticket Office in the Matawan-Aberdeen Train Station or at the Matawan Municipal Community Center at 201 Broad Street in Matawan (8:30 -4:30 PM) Monday thru Friday.

Fee:  $225.00 for the 4-month parking ( May 1 through August 31)

5.  Shopping.

Well, I’m not going to lie, local area residents love their shopping. Matawan and Aberdeen has some wonderful places to shop located within the township, however, the location i pretty central to some fabulous shopping.  Let’s start first with a few areas located pretty close by.

Let’s be honest. We all know where the “Fabulous shopping is” don’t we? NEW YORK CITY. And this area is a quick hour ride by car, train or bus.  Anyone who is looking for some of the best shopping in the world, simply needs to to head north and spend a day in the City that NEVER sleeps!

6. The Beaches and The Jersey Shore.

Matawan and Aberdeen are just a short drive to some of NJ’s best beaches.  From that first warm weather day in May until sometimes as late as October, many local residents along with the rest of Monmouth County enjoy the beach. New Jersey‘s crown jewel remains its 130 miles of coastline, spanning from Sandy Hook to Cape May.  New Jersey beaches boast beautiful barrier islands and bays with fabulous lighthouses, fishing villages, and scenic views. “Down the Shore” is an expression we all use here in NJ, and it means heading down to the beaches or one of the fabulous beach towns. It also means there’s something in New Jersey for everyone. Among New Jersey’s most treasured prizes are the white-sand beaches that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors and families each year to enjoy the surf, sand, sun, fun and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore. There are so many wonderful beach towns that line the NJ Coast.  If you are looking for the best beaches close to Matawan and Aberdeen Just ask.

Every “shore town” in New Jersey has a different cost for beach badges.  MOST towns offer daily badges as well as seasonal badges.  Please check out this link to give you a current list of pricing for the entire jersey shore for 2022.

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7.  The Monmouth County Park System.

I can honestly say I don’t know if another park system can truly compare to the Monmouth County Park System.  The Monmouth County Park system consists of over 30 parks:

Is GOLF your thing?  Many of the residents Matawan / Aberdeen NJ and the rest of Monmouth County purchase a county-specific golf card.  This entitles them to many benefits and perks to playing the Monmouth County courses!

The following golf courses are located in Monmouth County:

  • Bel-Aire  3120 Allaire Road at Route 34 Wall, NJ 732-449-6024
  • Charleston Springs 101 Woodville Road Millstone Township, NJ 732-409-7227
  • Hominy Hill 92 Mercer Road Colts Neck, NJ 732-462-9222
  • Howell Park 405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road Farmingdale, NJ 732-938-4771
  • Pine Brook 1 Covered Bridge Boulevard Manalapan, NJ 732-536-7272
  • Shark River 320 Old Corlies Neptune, NJ 732-922-4141
  • Bella Vista Country Club 100 School Road E, Marlboro, NJ 07746 732-308-4600
  • The Monmouth County Park System offers such a wide variety of activity and recreation.  From Athletic Field Rentals, to Campgrounds, from Playgrounds to the Skateplex, from Tennis to an Equestrian Center, there is something literally for EVERYONE at one of the Monmouth County Parks.  Some parks offer Canoe and Kayak Access,  while others offer fishing, A wonderful sprayground, and incredible hiking trails.  I promise you, The Monmouth County Park System is something you want to look into if you are in the area.  Many of these parks are located just a short drive from Matawan / Aberdeen , NJ.

8. Professional Sports Teams.

New Jersey and New York  are home to MANY sports teams, both professional and college. This area is great if you’re a big sports Fan.  Monmouth County is in a great location for you get to many sport venues in under and hour. Soccer fans moving to New Jersey will be happy to know that we are represented by three teams in the top divisions for men and women, including the New York Red BullsNew York City FC of Major League Soccer, and Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.  New York City FC, a new team owned by Manchester City F.C. and the New York Yankees, joined the MLS in 2015. NYCFC have plans to build a soccer-specific stadium within the five boroughs of the city and for the team to also develop an intra-city rivalry with the Red Bulls.

If you are a fan  the NFL the NBA or the  NHL,  you’re in luck.

The Matawan area  is under an hour from all the huge sports arenas. Home to the NY JETS and the New York Giants, you can bet at Met Life Arena in just under an hour. Is the NBA more your “thing”.  Our area has you covered.  The New York Knicks, play just a train ride away from Monmouth County in Madison Square Garden.  Are you more of a Brooklyn Nets Fan?  It’s not as easy of a commute, but you can make your way out to the Baclays Center in Brooklyn to catch a game.  Let’s not forget about The New York Liberty , a professional basketball team also based in New York City, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).  This team also calls Madison Square Garden their home.

New York has two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees ( based in the Bronx and the New York Mets  (based in Queens). New York is home to three National Hockey League franchises: the New York Rangers in Manhattan, the New York Islanders in Brooklyn and the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. Then there are some of my very favorite sports, COLLEGE SPORTS.  As I’m sure you guessed, there are way too many colleges and sports programs in New Jersey to list, so please click here to see a full list!

Final Thoughts on Moving to Matawan / Aberdeen New Jersey

If you’re moving to Matawan / Aberdeen or are considering it, as you can now see, it truly is a fantastic place to live, commute to/from, and play!

You’ll never run out of things to do in our local area and there will always be many friendly people to meet.  If you’re seriously thinking about moving to the area or just have a few more questions before deciding, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about the Matawan / Aberdeen area. Still have questions about a potential move to Matawan or Aberdeen or anywhere else in Monmouth County? You can get in touch with me HERE, or shoot me a text at 732 – 213 – 0325.  I have lived in the area for 48 years and definitely know a thing or two about Monmouth County and all the fabulous things it has to offer.  I can provide you with whatever information you’re looking for, or at the very least, point you in the direction of where to find it.

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  About the Author

The above article on Moving to the Matawan and Aberdeen Area and 10 Reasons Why You Should is provided by Cori Dunphy a leader in the field of Real Estate sales, marketing, and social media.

Cori can be reached via email at or by phone at 732 213 0325. Cori has helped many people buy and sell homes in the Monmouth County area for years.

Thinking of selling your home? I have a real passion for buying and selling Monmouth County homes, as well as marketing, social media and anything that goes along with it. Real Estate is my passion!  I’d love to have the chance to use my expertise to help sell your home!

I help people buy and sell real estate in ALL of Monmouth County!


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