Avon, or Avon-by-the-Sea, is a Victorian community on the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the town's attractive homes feature large porches. Avon boasts a noncommercial boardwalk.
Location: Between Belmar and Bradley Beach, Avon is bordered by Sylvan Lake to the north, Shark River to the south and Neptune City to the west
Size: 0.4 square miles
Population: 2,244 (2000 Census)
Avon — which was earlier called New Branch — was established in the late 1800s by Edward Batchelor of Philadelphia. Batchelor, a manufacturer of tobacco products, planned to use the area for his business.
Batchelor, who paid $45,000 for 300 acres a day after driving through New Branch for the first time, decided instead to turn the area into a resort community.
The Avon Inn, constructed on Sylvania Avenue in 1883, may have had something to do with the name adopted when Avon-By-The-Sea was incorporated in March 1900.
Main Street is lined with a mix of old-fashioned shops and modern specialty stores, and the boardwalk is spotted with Victorian-style lamp posts. The commercial establishments of Main Street are balanced by peak-roofed residences and a handful of bed and breakfasts.
Avon has retained its public school, built in 1908, and the borough library, constructed in 1916.
Swans and ducks glide along Sylvan Lake, and vessels of many descriptions use the Shark River Inlet.
One of Avon's most popular restaurants is Schneider's Family Restaurant (www.schnediersrestaurant.com) on Main Street. A family business that began in 1960 as a Newark ice cream parlor and candy shop, Schneider's has a varied menu.