Meaning “beautiful sea” in Italian, Belmar is also known as the town whose E Street gave Bruce Springsteen the idea for a good band name. The Monmouth County borough was once known as City of Elcho, but got its proper name in 1889. These three homes take plenty of advantage of beautiful sea views.
103 11th Ave.
Monthly taxes: $1,603
Tell me all about it: We love the stately curb appeal of this four-bedroom beauty. A double lot allows for the wide symmetry we find so deeply satisfying. While the entire property is jaw-dropping, the roof deck is the piece-de-resistance. It boasts panoramic ocean views, a hot tub, a wet bar and its very own beer tap. The master features an en suite with a six-headed shower as well as a champagne tub.
202 First Ave.
Monthly taxes: $1,863
Tell me all about it: This six-bedroom home is on the inlet and just one block from the beach. The inground pool and adjacent decks mean you might not even have to walk that far to enjoy the sea breeze. The wraparound front porch is lovely as well.
1204 Ocean Ave.
Monthly taxes: $1,950
Tell me all about it: This five-bedroom oceanfront home includes two-car garage parking and nearly 4,000 square feet of living space. The property boasts a private elevator, two laundry rooms and three oceanfront balconies. The master suite features its own private balcony as well as a beautiful en suite bath.