It's a very small town. I like some of the restaurants here, d'italia and bellinis, also nora's deli is very good. It's a safe and a very friendly neighborhood with fairly low crime rate. I have been living here for more than 10 years and there were no major issues or problems. All major highways are less then 5 minutes away from here,ex. Rt1 and 9, parkway, and NJ turnpike. Also, middle school and high school are very nice.All in all I really like Avenel and would recommend it to other people.