When you’re one of the most sought after areas in a region famous for luxury on the grandest scale, it really doesn’t matter if your name might translate “frog ground.” Especially when it’s equally possible that your sobriquet, Mantoloking, could also mean “sandy place” or “land of beautiful sunsets.”

The exclusive high end communities of Mantoloking and its sister city Bay Head are part of Jersey Shore’s “Gold Coast,” reigning over Barnegat Peninsula, which some call an island and others call a peninsula. Again, given the extravagant lifestyles of the rich and famous on this tiny strip of land, does it really matter? Katherine Hepburn and Richard Nixon both summered here, while Peter Kellogg, Roger King and John Wanamaker could be found in nearby Bay Head.

One of the most sought-after residential destinations for those who can afford the very best, Barnegat Peninsula derived its name from a Dutch word meaning “Inlet of the Breakers,” referring to the turbulent waters of the rather treacherous (and magnificent) inlet that separates it from Long Beach Island.

The 20-mile peninsula with its exclusive enclaves keeps a very low profile, letting the beautiful views and enviable amenities demanded by those who can afford the very best speak for themselves, explains Clayton & Clayton Realtors, Inc., the area’s oldest, premier real estate brokerage firm.

If anything can draw the eye away from those captivating water views, it’s the array of Shingle-style seashore houses, many of which are now on the National Register of Historic Places. The use of shingles was, in part, a means of achieving a weathered look and to obtain this on new materials, some architects had the cedar dipped in buttermilk, dried and then installed, achieving an enviable grayish tinge. They also gave the illusion of a great enveloped, flowing horizontal space.

A sense of history is everywhere, from the old Mantoloking Golf Course (1897) where golf was played with a red ball (easier to see on sand) to its expansion to a “Golf and Yacht Club,” then to the “Yacht Club,” home to ten Olympians. The famous crash of the German’s dirigible, The Hindenburg, happened at nearby Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

Bay Head’s Ocean County Historical Museum notes activity in this area as far back as 1000 BC and recalls how the famous pirate Captain William Kidd worked these waters. About the time he was hanged for his picadillos, in the early 1700s, this area’s settlement was beginning in earnest and it became a major stomping grounds for the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

These waters also helped set the standards for life-saving techniques when the U.S. Government, worried about Barnegat Shoal’s treacherous waters, began to build crude shelters along the beaches to help save shipwreck victims. Delegates from the Barnegat Shoal’s area demonstrated their techniques at the World’s Fair in New Orleans in the 1870s. The Barnegat Lighthouse at the northern end of Long Beach Island is the second oldest lighthouse in the nation.

Sailing races are just one of the many watersports opportunities available in this area. Thanks to easy access to New York, Philadelphia and other major centers, racing stars are regular visitors as are those who seek the incredible surfing, windsurfing, fishing . . . you name it.

With such an intricate and influential history, it is no wonder that the area’s oldest real estate firm should also be the go-to broke for an intimate knowledge of the local property market. Clayton & Clayton Realtors, Inc., was established in 1930 by Stanley C. Clayton and the fourth generation of his descendents are still in charge today, with a fifth generation in the “grooming” arena. The family business is still dedicated to handling clients’ properties and property searches “quietly” while publically they “just simply produce.”

They succeed “quietly” as brokers of choice because of the unique intimacy such long term community involvement permits. Combining knowledge and local connections, extremely aggressive and protective of their elite clientele, the company is recognized as the finest, most reputable & most productive in its market.

“Purveyors of Fine Properties”


Shawn Clayton 732-295-2222


Proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean County real estate community for 81 years of service, Clayton & Clayton has remained family owned and dedicated to handling their client’s properties “quietly” while publicly... “we just simply produce.”
Founded by Stanley C. Clayton in 1930, the role of providing distinguished real estate service in the Bay Head area was passed to Sharon & William Clayton. The tradition of being the broker of choice continues with a fourth generation, Shawn and Amy Clayton. And one day, the family business will continue with Shawn’s two daughters, Madison and Alexa as they become the fifth generation.

Combining knowledge and local connections, extremely aggressive and protective of their elite clientele, the firm remains focused primarily on properties of special interest. The company is recognized as the finest, most reputable & most productive in its market. Offering a variety of waterfront properties (oceanfront, bay front, river front and more) in Bay Head, Mantoloking and surrounding areas, as well as superior horse farms, Clayton & Clayton thrives on serving those seeking to buy, sell or rent luxury properties in and around Bay Head, NJ.

Areas served in New Jersey: Bay Head,Brielle, Chadwick Beach, Curtis Point, Lavallette, Mantoloking, Mantoloking Shore, Mantoloking Dunes, Normandy Beach, Ocean Heights, Osprey Beach, Point Pleasant, Sea Girt, Seneca Dunes, Spring Lake, Wall Township.