The town of Deal comprises just 1.2 square miles. Until the late 1800’s, Deal was mainly a farming & fishing area. By the early 1900’s, much of the land of Deal had been purchased by developers and laid out for residential purposes. They left very little space for commercial use. Even today, the charm of Deal lies in the large amount of beautiful, well-kept mansions as opposed to a thriving commercial downtown district. Visitors to the Deal region can enjoy pristine beaches, lovely architecture, as well as great restaurants and lodging in nearby Ocean Grove, Long Branch & Sea Bright.