Famous for one of the United State’s oldest and most prestigious universities that shares the town’s name, the town of Princeton continues the academic rigor in both its public and private schools. Town events are as diverse as its inhabitants, and buildings both old and new are sure to delight anyone who passes under Fitz-Randolph gates.
With a school district third in the state and close proximity to a train station, West Windsor is the ideal location for the family with the city job but the suburb sensibilities. In my own experience, plenty of new parents who experienced their childhoods in this neighborhood come back so that their children can reap the benefits of safety, academics, and convenience that provided their adult lives with success and happy memories.
In addition to sharing the school district with West Windsor, Plainsboro shares many of the same features of West Windsor. A new hospital in the area brings new jobs, and a renovated town center brings unique shops, restaurants, and cafes with live music.
Few towns in the US are able to keep their one hundred year old public libraries in tip top shape! Dating back to 1909, the public library is a symbol of the town’s dedication to excellent school systems and quality of life. In addition there are many Victorian era homes maintained in excellent shape by the home owners who treasured their historical styling.
“Originally settled in the early 1700’s and later incorporated in 1891, Hopewell Borough today remains one of New Jersey’s most quaint and historic treasures. Travelers passing through the Borough in 2015 can easily imagine days of yesteryear, when horses and trolleys carried passengers through town or to Trenton and nearby destinations. One glance down Broad Street with its many acclaimed restaurants, unique and antique shops, specialty service establishments and centuries-old residences, and it is understandable why New Jersey Monthly magazine consistently ranks Hopewell Borough as one of the “10 best small towns in NJ”” Borough of Hopewell
“Dating to 1697, Pennington Borough maintains its historic ambiance today. On Main Street, well-kept houses display plaques engraved with dates from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.Others, keeping pace with the borough's lively, contemporary mood, have been transformed into comfortable coffee shops, restaurants and specialty shops. Away from the quaint downtown area, houses of varying ages and architectural styles line quiet streets.The serene parks in Pennington are perfect to enjoy with kids at the playground or for those looking to take an evening walk. Visit Pennington in August for the Annual Butterfly Festival where they showcase the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House and have snacks and activities for the whole family.” -Visit Princeton-Mercer
Shown here is the East Windsor Township Municipal Building, a very progressive building in a township with pockets of surprising history. Next to Etra Lake is Grover’s Mill, featured in this historical radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. The townships diversity shows through the grocery store chain Patel Brothers right next to the local Target. In addition, East Windsor is the only township in NJ to have 11 blue ribbon schools!
Named for the 5th President of the United States, Monroe takes the convenient location and good school systems of New Jersey and combines it with the lower density normally associated with the neighboring states. On its seal is the oak tree pictured. Visit this town and you will see why New Jersey still deserves the title of “The Garden State”.
Safe and quiet, few would expect that Montgomery Township is home to its own rodeo! Like the Rodeo, Montgomery’s school district promises both excellent sports and academic performance, along with safe neighborhoods, and quiet suburban living. This township is the least dense in the list which is music to the ears of someone who wants lots of land acreage.
Hamilton Township is in fact indirectly named after Alexander Hamilton. In the war of 1812, anti-british sentiment rose to such a level that the Mercerville Square was renamed to the Mercerville-Hamilton Square, now known as Hamilton Square. From this, Hamilton Township gets its name. What you wouldn’t guess from the association with the historical figure is that Hamilton Square is also one of New Jersey’s happiest towns according to several studies!
“Situated in the southeast corner of Mercer County, Robbinsville Township is a 20.7 square mile community with a population of 10,000 located approximately midway between New York City and Philadelphia.The Township of Robbinsville was founded in 1859 when it separated from East Windsor Township. It soon became known as a commercial hub for many companies and still remains so today. Its proximity to Trenton, Philadelphia, New York and other employment centers has triggered a development boom since the early 1980s. Restaurants, retail shopping, the historic town of Windsor, and a winery can all be found in Robbinsville.” - Visit Princeton-Mercer
“Lawrence, founded in 1697 was named in 1816 for naval hero Captain John Lawrence, who spoke the now-famous words, "Don't give up the ship." Lawrence Township is known for its diversity and historic beauty. The Main Street Historic District, as well as the beautiful architecture and exhibits of the historic houses and churches, will take you back in time.— Visit Princeton-Mercer
“Ewing Township was settled by Thomas Hutchinson in 1679. Trenton (Ewing) Township was formed by an Act of the New Jersey State Legislature in 1834, and the name was changed from Trenton Township to Ewing in honor of Charles Ewing, late Chief Justice of New Jersey.” - Visit Princeton-Mercer
South Brunswick Township is a suburb of New York City with a population of 45,602. South Brunswick Township is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in South Brunswick Township offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. South Brunswick is home to many parks, nature reserves and historic sites. - Niche