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The Barnegat Lighthouse is a historic attraction on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

Set along the well-known Jersey Shore in southern Ocean County, Little Egg Harbor is becoming a popular destination for active adult retirees. This scenic area features small-town charm as well as easy access to nearby attractions like Long Beach Island and Atlantic City.

The Area's History

Steeped in early North American history, Little Egg Harbor can trace its roots back to an account of the town by Captain Cornelius Jacobsen in 1614. The area was named by Dutch sailors for the eggs found in gulls’ nests around the bay. The first European settler likely arrived in 1698 and the township was officially established in 1739.

Although Little Egg Harbor got its start in the 1700s, the area remained relatively undeveloped until the mid- to late-20th century. Housing developments began to appear in the late 1950s, but there wasn’t a true population boom until the 2000s when residential communities and retail centers spread rapidly. Today, active adults are continuing to discover the joys of escaping to the tranquility of this shoreside retreat.

Plenty to See and Do

While Little Egg Harbor has its own local shops and restaurants, the township is also within 15 minutes of Long Beach Island and 30 miles of Atlantic City. Long Beach Island offers many local attractions, such as the Barnegat Light Museum and the Surflight Theatre, while Atlantic City is home to top entertainment, world-class restaurants, exciting casinos, and designer stores.

Little Egg Harbor sits within easy reach of several Interstate highways that make it easy to travel to many popular east coast destinations. Both Trenton, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are about 90 minutes away by car. Within a two-hour car ride, Little Egg Harbor residents can reach destinations like New York City and Wilmington, Delaware.

Desirable Active Adult Communities

Active adults who choose to settle in Little Egg Harbor can choose homes in several charming age-restricted communities. These communities are generally designed as smaller developments with less than 400 homes. K. Hovnanian developments like Four Seasons at Harbor Bay and Four Seasons at Sea Oaks feature resort-style amenities including spacious clubhouses, sports courts, and swimming pools. Four Seasons at Sea Oaks even has its own 18-hole public golf course.

Homebuyers will also find spacious clubhouses and charming single-family homes in Little Egg Harbor communities like Mystic Shores, Cranberry Creek, and Sunrise Bay. These rural developments feature on-site recreational and social activities, as well as beautiful scenery and quiet homes. Though Little Egg Harbor is gaining popularity with active adult retirees, it continues to be a tranquil escape for those who long for scenic, rural living.