THE ALLENHURST AT OCEAN GROVE
In 2020, The Allenhurst Apartments celebrated its 58th year in my family. The building was purchased in 1962 by a few local couples, and my parents, Jean and Donald DeRose, were hired to manage the property. At the time, the building was operated as a rooming house comprised of 30 very small rooms with common bathrooms and kitchens. Within a few years, my parents purchased the property from the owners and our family legacy officially began. In the 1970’s, I made $5 an hour working every Saturday at the building scrubbing common bathrooms and vacuuming halls.
Growing up, my family lived right here in town at 67 Broadway and I have incredibly fond memories of Ocean Grove. It was a wonderful place to grow up. We were regulars at Days, Nagle's, and the Sampler Inn. Although a lot of things have changed tremendously, there is a warmth and sense of community still here today that reminds me of home.
By the 1980’s, my parents began constructing private baths and kitchen areas into all apartments. Soon after, my parents divorced and my mom became the sole owner of the building. She had always worked hard but began slowing down. The Allenhurst and the town had several rough years through the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s.
After college, I spent 15 years in the hotel business and as a meeting planner I traveled extensively with my career. In early 1997, I was a single, working mother with a 2-year-old son, Santino, we were living in Atlanta. We moved back to New Jersey to take care of my mom and take over management of the building when my stepfather passed away.
Over the past 20+ years, I have continued my family’s legacy through pride and hard work and year-after-year have made improvements to the building and the now 16 private apartments.
My mom sadly passed away in 2008 but I was fortunate to have been able to show her the early stages of my vision for the building and I am proud to be able to continue the long history of woman ownership of this property. The first owner of the building, back in the 1871, was Dr. Margaret Coleman a successful homeopathic physician in Pennsylvania, who operated a medical “Spa” on the property then known as Block House. You can learn more about Dr. Coleman on the Women’s History Tour offered by the Ocean Grove Historical Society of Ocean Grove each summer.
In June, 2015, my husband Jeff and I, along with our beloved Shih-Tzu Snoopy, moved into the building as our two youngest boys graduated high school and moved on with their lives. We enjoyed spending the past few years here calling the Allenhurst HOME. In March, 2021, we moved into our own home and put down permanent roots here in Ocean Grove. We are only a few blocks away and continue to have a daily presence at the building.
Thank you for your support and interest in The Allenhurst. Feel free to contact me anytime.