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Why Young Seniors Are Choosing Red Bank, NJ, to Retire

NJ | 09/8/21

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It may seem like a tall order to want a lifestyle that has it all. And by all, we mean small-town charm, big-city culture and nightlife, and laid-back coastal living. But that extraordinary combination of features really does exist. In fact, it’s the reason why many young seniors are exploring the idea of retiring in Red Bank, NJ.

Red Bank has a unique urban vibe and a combination of attractive lifestyle features that has garnered glowing reviews in top publications like The New York Times. It’s this cool factor that also makes Red Bank, NJ, one of the best cities for retirement for young seniors.


Small Town, Big Offerings

Why is retiring in Red Bank, NJ, so desirable? It recently ranked third among the 20 communities on Smithsonian Magazine’s best small towns in the United States list. And the primary reason is its superb cultural scene. 

Smithsonian Magazine based its selections on towns with populations of less than 25,000 but with a high concentration of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, and art galleries typically associated with a big city vs. a suburb. Red Bank checked all the boxes: a quaint, quiet atmosphere stemming from a population of just 12,000; a wealth of cultural assets, dining and entertainment; plus it’s less than an hour away from Hudson County and New York City, giving it close proximity to big-city energy. Clearly, retiring in Red Bank, NJ, is a great move!


So Many Choices for Fun

Whether you’re looking for daytime fun or nighttime entertainment, retiring in Red Bank, NJ, has it all. It’s an extremely walkable place to live, with things to see and do on every corner, and convenient no matter where you live in the town. 

Red Bank boasts its own theater district, a great selection of one-off restaurants, and a wide variety of great shops to browse, along with cafes, clubs, and galleries. Below is a tour of the town’s popular attractions and hangouts. 


Whatever Your Vibe, Red Bank Has Plenty of It

For art lovers … Check out the famed Chetkin Gallery with its fine collection of works by contemporary European painters. 

For live theater fans … Don’t miss Two Rivers Theater for an excellent variety of classic plays and pieces by up-and-coming authors. Locals also love Phoenix Productions, a nonprofit community theater with Broadway-quality shows.

For entertainment seekers … In case you didn’t know, Red Bank is the hometown of Count Basie, and the venue named in his honor, the Count Basie Theater. Here you can catch great musical acts, ballet, and comedy performers any time of the year.

For outdoor enthusiasts … When it comes to outdoor pursuits, the locals take full advantage of the Navesink riverfront with a Riverfest each summer, along with jazz concerts, and opportunities for sailing, fishing, and even iceboating in the winter when the Navesink freezes over. The Red Bank Marina offers both motor and paddle boats for rent, along with bait and tackle if you enjoy fishing.

For shop-a-holics … Boutiques are in abundance in Red Bank, including Cabana 19, Sorella Bella,  and GEMS Boutique, and that’s just for starters. 

For dining after the fun … Red Bankers have their choice of unique eateries like Birrivino, Good Karma, Teak, and JB’s Soul Kitchen, as well as spots to explore craft brews like Red Tank Brewing Company.


Need More Reasons to Consider Retiring in Red Bank, NJ?

When you live at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, everything we’ve mentioned above is practically right outside your apartment door. This is waterfront independent living at its best. Explore our beautiful living options, and then give us a call to arrange a tour. We know you’ll love what you see here — and we can’t wait to have you in the neighborhood!