Fair Haven is a picturesque waterfront community set on the southern banks of the Navesink River in Monmouth County. Incorporated in 1912 and measuring just 1.7 square miles, it is characterized by a historic district known as the Old Village, a friendly small town ambiance and proximity to Manhattan, about 50 miles north. Bordering towns include Little Silver, Rumson, Middletown and Red Bank.
Fair Haven is comprised of mainly year-round residents numbering around 6,000. They gather as a community at Fair Haven Day in May, the state’s largest Fireman’s Fair on Labor Day weekend, and Fair Haven Fields, a 77-acre park offering recreational facilities, wooded trails and summertime yoga and movie nights. The Parks Department sponsors a long list of events including the Memorial Day parade and ceremony, an opening day baseball parade, fishing derby, spring egg hunt, camp-out at Fair Haven Fields, Sounds at Sunset summer concert series, Halloween Parade, father-daughter dance, mother-son brunch and holiday tree lighting.
Truly a small town that cherishes its traditions, “Transition Day” is one of the borough’s most sentimental occasions. It takes place on a day in June when the principal of the middle school escorts a parade of third graders as they walk and bike their way up Third Street. This route connects the town’s two public schools, beginning at Viola L. Sickles Elementary School and leading to the Knollwood School for grades 4 to 8. The short journey introduces students to their future home in September as friends and parents line the street to cheer them on. Since Fair Haven doesn’t have school buses, another common sight is children walking or cycling to school.
Students from grades 9 to 12 attend Rumson-Fair Haven High School, a Blue Ribbon-designated school that is continually rated one of top public schools in New Jersey. Private educational options in the area include Holy Cross and Rumson Country Day schools in Rumson and Red Bank Catholic High School.
The borough’s commercial stretch along River Road is lined in small shops and restaurants. From fine dining at Raven & Peach or Nauvoo Grill Club to a quick bit at Kind Burgers, Seed to Sprout or Tavolo Pronto, there are plenty of choices in town. River Road Books, Distinctive Toys and boutiques like Sadie James, 606 and Moon Child are among the small shops, while the Acme supermarket and landmark Fair Haven Hardware are convenient for everyday needs.
Commuters heading to Manhattan can use NJ Transit train stations in neighboring Little Silver or Red Bank. A ten-minute drive to Highlands or Atlantic Highlands leads to Seastreak ferries for a 40-minute boat ride to New York City, while the drive is approximately an hour.
The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere in Fair Haven makes it a community where citizens are likely to place more emphasis on flip flops than formalities. Deeply rooted in its coastal heritage and justifiably proud of its present-day charms, the borough is one of the state’s most unique riverside gems. Please call 888-467-6683 or email to speak with a real estate prof