A Nest Egg in Egg Harbor Township Seashore, Farmland and Family

 Whether its the close proximity to the coast, the reassurance of knowing its a  safe place to raise children or simply its easy distance from the bright lights  of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township in southeastern New Jersey has something  for everyone. The word is spreading, too, as more people take notice of its  large selection of new homes and developing communities. The township’s population, in fact, has grown more than 25 percent in the last seven years,  not too bad for a place that was mostly farmland just a century ago.  

 Bordered on the west by Hamilton Township, to the north by Galloway Township, to  the east by Absecon, Pleasantville, Northfield, Linwood and Somers Point with  Ocean City and Estell Manor to its south, Egg Harbor Township is centrally  located, offering nearby big city amenities while maintaining its small-town  feel. “Egg Harbor is the center point of Atlantic County,” says Shari Tomasini, a broker with Sellstate Innovative Realty, LLC, in  Northfield. “It’s the best of both worlds. You’re close to (Atlantic City), but you’re far enough away that you can enjoy the suburban life.”  

 Although places like Egg Harbor are suffering from the same housing slump felt  all over the United States, it is still a place of extraordinary development  with new planned communities rising from its landscape seemingly every day.  From single family homes, to townhouses to adult living communities, nearly  every type of habitation is available within the confines of Egg Harbor  Township. In fact, more than 50 percent of Egg Harbor’s existing homes were built since 1980 with more than 23 percent erected since  1999.  

 Where It All Began

 The history of Egg Harbor Township goes back more than 300 years to the late  1600s when it was first mentioned in records for Gloucester County. The land  that would eventually become Egg Harbor was first claimed by the Dutch who were  settling the East Coast with carefree abandon in the 17th century. Egg Harbor  got its name, in fact, from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey in 1614 when  he stumbled upon the inlet for the Great Egg Harbor River. He noticed that the  shoreline was covered with the eggs of local birds and dubbed it “Eyren Haven,” which translates to Egg Harbor.  

 The land was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native American tribes,  who sold much of the land in a somewhat questionable deal to the New Jersey  legislature in 1832 for just $2,000, relinquishing all their rights to the area  from that day forward.  

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