It could be that folks are tired of the traffic to shore points south, or it could be that the Monmouth County borough of Spring Lake has been listed among New Jersey's best places to live. But Realtor Elizabeth Hewson-Judge from Ward Wright Sotheby's says more and more Philadelphians are heading north to Spring Lake. These three properties offer another good reason for the trend: Luxury real estate there has a lot to offer.

2021 Ocean Ave., Spring Lake
$12,295,000
Monthly taxes: $5,188
Tell me all about it: This sprawling, 10-bedroom, 12,045-square-foot oceanfront home features the perfect outdoor entertaining space. It boasts a seating area with outdoor televisions and fireplace, a separate cabana with changing room and shower, an outdoor kitchen with built-in grill, and a saltwater pool and spa. Inside, walls of windows and glass doors offer ocean and pool views.

Courtesy of Christine Keating Realty
Courtesy of Christine Keating Realty

17 Washington Ave., Spring Lake
$8,900,000
Monthly taxes: $3,020
Tell me all about it: Among the largest homes in Spring Lake, this compound property includes a historic main home as well as a separate, two-bedroom, 1,750-square-foot "beach cottage." We love the wide, wrap-around with its broad awning out front and the saltwater gunnite pool behind the property.

17 Washington Ave. in Spring Lake is listed for $8,900,00.
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's
17 Washington Ave. in Spring Lake is listed for $8,900,00.
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's

101 Jersey Ave., Spring Lake
$6,250,000
Monthly taxes: $2,219
Tell me all about it: This six-bedroom home features a grand living space with two-story windows and leafy views. We love the custom kitchen with side-by-side Miele refrigerator, dual dishwashers and center island with blue labradorite counters. The home also includes a private elevator, five fireplaces and whole-house music and security systems. The property also boasts a catering kitchen and pantry adjacent to the entertainment room in the lower level, as well as a wine room and multiple porches and decks.

101 Jersey Ave. in Spring Lake is listed for $6,250,000.
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's
101 Jersey Ave. in Spring Lake is listed for $6,250,000.
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's
Courtesy of Ward Wright Sotheby's