OUR TOWN: PRINCETON

Hosting the nation’s top University might suffice for some towns, but Princeton, N.J., has always been an overachiever. It redefines the term “suburbia” with its proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and easy rail access. But make no mistake: Princeton is in itself a destination. Recently the The Huffington Post featured their “12 Top Picks in Princeton, NJ”.

For some local flavor, look no further than The Princeton Tour Company, whose tours include Princeton University campus; Einstein’s neighborhood; the neighborhoods of T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Oppenheimer, James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, Grover Cleveland, J.F.K., signers of the Declaration of Independence, and more. Another amazing fact, according to the Tour Company: Princeton has more prize winners than any two square miles on earth (and that’s of the Nobel and Pulitzer varieties).

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At the helm of Princeton’s cultural community is its shining star, The McCarter Theatre. One of the most active cultural centers in the nation with more than 200 theater, music, dance, and special events each year, McCarter has sent many productions on to Broadway and Off Broadway. In June 2013, Artistic Director Emily Mann accepted a Tony Award for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a play she commissioned from playwright Christopher Durang and debuted in Princeton. More must-do’s: Take in Monet’s Lilies at the Princeton Art Museum, enjoy the latest Oscar-winning film at the Garden Theatre, or peruse the shelves of Princeton’s state-of-the-art Public Library.

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For fine dining and shopping, look no further than the town’s center to find two of the top 25 restaurants in New Jersey: Agricola and The Peacock Inn, and stores including local gems Luxaby Baby and Child, Rouge, and Jane Consignment, or the best of big retail including J. Crew and Ralph Lauren.

This is just a sliver of all that awaits you in Princeton—the perfect town for a day trip, weekend jaunt, or, best of all, to call home. Click here to find a property in Princeton.