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Avalon New Jersey , in Cape May County, was settled in the 1600s by whaler yeomen who left New England to follow the route of the whales. It was named for an island in Celtic mythology. The Cape May area boasts many families who are descended from the original Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower. With such a fascinating history, and the beauty of sandy beaches edged with warm ocean waters, makes Avalon a wonderful place to visit or live year round. Several barrier island stretch along the eastern edge of Cape May County and form the oceanfront resort towns that include Avalon, as well as Stone Harbor, Cape May Point and Cape May, the Wildwoods, Sea Isle City and Ocean City. Each place is unique with itsí own distinct personality and share the beautiful beaches and cool ocean breezes that generations have loved for centuries. Located at the southern most tip of New Jersey, Avalon is less than a dayís drive from many major New England cities and Canada. Itís an ideal place to raise a family or to retire and has excellent schools, medical facilities and government services. Avalon is considered a premier family-oriented community that offers a beautiful bathing beach, playgrounds, parks, and a number of sports camps, many excellent restaurants, shops and family activities. A twenty-minute drive south on Ocean Highway takes you to the Wildwood Boardwalk Amusement Park, and thirty minutes north is Atlantic City and itsí casinos and shows. The area of Cape May County surrounding Avalon has historic villages, beautiful gardens, cultural arts, golf, antique shops and is easily accessible by the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Expressway and Route 9.

There are more than a dozen real estate agents in the town of Avalon alone to help with your real estate needs. Whether you are thinking of purchasing a vacation home, looking for a summer rental or if youíre planning to relocate permanently to the area, you can expect to find a wide variety of real estate available here. The local Chamber of Commerce has a business directory with a complete listing of the local real estate agents, as well as beach information, special events directory and other information. Beachfront condos and apartments, summer rental homes and cottages, single-family homes and luxurious oceanfront properties are all a possibility in the town of Avalon Ė although rentals of beach homes dominates the real estate market. All homes located on the island are within walking distance of the beach. If you are arriving for a weekend, traffic onto the island is heaviest from noon Friday until 8:00pm Friday night, and again Saturday morning from 7:00am until around noon. When leaving Stone Harbor, late Sunday night or very early Monday morning is the best time to avoid the rush. If youíre considering purchasing a home in Avalon, be aware that the majority of housing is single family second homes with an average selling price of $260,000. Listings for homes range from condos in the low $100s to spectacular oceanfront homes up to $4 million.


 

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