Allenhurst is dotted with large Victorian and Tudor-style homes a stroll away from a pristine beach. The Atlantic Ocean and a beach club featuring a saltwater pool are the main attractions. The few blocks of Main Street in the borough give passersby the feeling they've landed in the heart of small-town America.
Location: South of Deal and north of Loch Arbour, bounded to the west by Deal Lake and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean
Size: about one-quarter of a square mile
Population: 718 (2000 Census)
Allenhurst was a quiet farming and fishing area for most of its history. The town was incorporated in 1897 with the construction of a beach pavilion and the organization of a volunteer fire department.
The borough's name comes from the family of Judah Allen, owner of a large farm that extended from the beach to Page Avenue. "Hurst" is French for "sandy knoll."
The Allen land was purchased and developed in 1895 by Edwin P. Benjamin, the first mayor of Allenhurst, and James M. Ralston of the Coast Land Improvement Co.
Highlights, activities, events
Red-barrel Spanish tile roofing, Grecian-style columns, and even the occasional postmodern design can be found along Allenhurst's wide avenues. But sprawling Victorian-style residences with wide, welcoming porches and balconies dominate the neighborhood.
Quaint professional offices, salons and shops line Main Street. But residents say pedestrian traffic has slowed since the departure of JCP&L, once Allenhurst's largest employer. Allenhurst officials hope business will pick up with the planned redevelopment of eight acres at the borough's southwest corner.
Centennial Park on Main features a 19th-century-style wrought-iron clock. The park is the site of the borough's Halloween parade, Easter egg hunt and holiday tree lighting.
At the northeastern end of town is a small section of public beach accessible with a badge. Movie nights and lifeguard tournaments draw people to the borough-owned pavilion, which includes a seasonal restaurant and beach club.